The Classic Inca Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the world. Welcoming tens of thousands of visitors every year. Due to its popularity and need for preservation, the Peruvian government closely monitors and regulates its use. Therefore, it is mandatory to obtain a permit before embarking on this trail. There are various factors that determine the availability of permits.
Orange Nation has Guaranteed and Flexible Departure Dates, we only need a minimum of 2 trekkers and a maximum of 8 for all of our listed tours.
Permits: All visitors who wish to hike the Inca Trail must have a permit. These permits are limited, and it is recommended to book in advance, especially during peak season (May to September).
Peak season: The peak season for the Inca Trail is from May to September.
Off-peak season: The off-peak season for the Inca Trail is from October to April. Permits are easier to obtain. However, this is Peru´s rainy season, so the weather is unpredictable. On the other hand, this is the perfect time to book, if the rain doesn´t bother you much and you would like to trek and visit the citadel with fewer crowds.
How to obtain a permit: Permits for the Inca Trail can only be obtained through a licensed tour operator. You cannot obtain a permit directly from the Peruvian government. Tour operators will purchase permits on your behalf, and you must provide your passport information when booking.
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The 1 Day Inca trail is the fastest trek to Machupicchu and Yes! it is possible to hike part of the Inca trail and visit the archaeological site of Machupicchu in one day. It starts from the train route of KM 104. This route has more spaces available than the Classic Inca Trail with a moderate level climb. This trail features one of the most important archaeological sites, Wiñay Wayna ´Forever Young´. Stunning Inca ruins and beautiful mountainous landscape that enters through Sun Gate, where most classic photos of Machupicchu were taken. A 02 hour private guided tour takes you into the fascinating history of these spectacular ruins.
The 2 days inca trail involves only 1 day of hiking, meeting the last part of the Inca Trail visiting the ancient archeological site of Wiñay wayna and to the Sun gate with the first glimpse of Machupicchu.
What is the 4 day Inca Trail ? It is an experience you don’t want to miss. It should inspire some excitement and stir a little sense of wonder in your soul. It is in the top 5 of the most popular excursions in South America and one of the world’s most famous hikes. The hike brings you along ancient paths into Peruvian villages through the Andean highlands. It’s a multi-day hike of 4 days 3 nights to the greatest endpoint in the iconic Machupicchu.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is voted one of the top 10 Treks in the World and this 5 day version covers 43 kilometers and visits mysterious Inca cities surrounded breath taking mountainous landscape and thriving cloud forest rich in Andean flora and fauna. The 5-day trek is an excellent alternative to avoid the crowds found on the 4-day classic trek and to reach quieter, more distant campsites. It is also recommended for families with children and mature adults, as the daily walking distance is shorter than the 4-day version. The legendary Inca Trail takes you through the diverse wilderness of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, passing numerous Inca ruins on the stone path before descending to the World Famous Machu Picchu. It starts from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, hiking from km 82 to Machu Picchu, and returns to Cusco with an overnight at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Please check the Inca Trail availability online to see if your desired starting date is available.
Our specialization is in trekking, “off the beaten track.” Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu Trek is a personally designed and unique trek taking you to remote and rarely visited Inca ruins. You’ll trek by beautiful waterfalls, view wild panoramic landscapes, ancient Inca aqueducts, and take yourself back in time to the Inca stonemason’s unmatched masterpieces. You will visit the old Inca quarry from where the Incas carved the rocks to build the important Ollantaytambo Inca city, the impressive gate to Machu Picchu. Take time to explore the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo and hike up to the dusted remnants of the old Inca hillside storehouses. Then enjoy true luxury at the exclusive Veronica View Hotel! On your final day, will be the long awaited tour to explore and experience the magical UNESCO World Heritage site: Machu Picchu!
Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire called Tawantinsuyo and is a living museum overflowing with our country’s history and culture. You can see the different stages of History from ancient times to the Conquest until modern days. There are numerous archeological sites, Cathedrals, museums, and many shops to explore. Visit the most interesting sites in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley with all of its ancient treasures and Inca ruins, plus a Tour of Machu Picchu followed by a visit to Rainbow Mountain! The Sacred Valley is vast and stretches for miles with many small indigenous towns, secluded weaving villages, outdoor handicraft markets and ancient Inca Ruins including Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Urubamba. Visiting the Salt Mines with thousands of ponds carved into the mountainside (amazing sight) and the Terraces of Moray, which are built in the form of an amphitheater and have different temperatures at each level to grow different crops. They were watered through a complex irrigation system and allowed the cultivation of the Incas to grow over 250 types of vegetables. We will explore interesting and incredible ruins and the world famous Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, which lies at the feet of the Huayna Picchu Mountain. Next, we will enjoy the radiant colors of the recently discovered Rainbow Mountain, hiking through some secluded communities, in which you may interact with the indigenous people who are still holding onto their traditional culture. You will appreciate snowcapped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and blue lakes, all set within a breathtaking colorful mountain range. The Rainbow Mountain trek provides a different types wildlife such as soaring condors and Cara Cara falcons. The colorful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area are probably the most unique and coolest thing you will ever see!
Orange Nation has guaranteed and flexible departure dates we only need a minimun of 2 trekkers and a maximun of 10 for all of our listed tours
Browse through the calendar to see if they are permits available for the 1 or 2D Inca trail on real-time.
Government issued permits are required and only from a licensed tour operator - Orange Nation
There are only 250 permits per day for the Short Inca Trail. All visitors and professional crew needs a permit. Tickets do sell out fast (Peak season sells out within days) We recommend booking as soon as there’s availability for your preferred dates.
Please note that the Inca Trail will be closed on February, 2023 for the 2 days Inca trail due to maintenance.
Browse through the calendar to see if they are permits available for the 4, 5 or 7D Inca trail.
Government issued permits are required and only from a licensed tour operator - Orange Nation.
There are only 500 permits per day for the Classic Inca Trail. All visitors and professional crew needs a permit. Tickets do sell out fast (Peak season sells out within days) We recommend booking as soon as there’s availability for your preferred dates.
Please note that the Inca Trail will be closed on February, 2023 for the 4 days Inca trail due to maintenance.
The Inca trail is a famous hiking trail in Cusco, Peru. It has many variations including the popular Classic Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail. The trail follows in the same footsteps the Incas took more than 600 years ago, enroute to the sacred Machu Picchu Citadel. Also known as ¨Camino Inka.¨
The trail begins in the small town of Ollantaytambo and terminates at Machu Picchu. You have the pleasure of trekking through various micro-climates in the Andes Mountain before arriving at your destination at the foot of the Amazon Jungle.
The only way to book the Inca Trail is to source a tour operator that´s been licensed and authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. Once you have chosen a tour operator, you select your travel dates and check availability. Once availability is confirmed for the dates required, you pay your deposit, forward personal information and copy of passport to your tour operator. Finally, your tickets are booked and you receive a confirmation email.
There are many questions to ask yourself and factors to consider before settling on a tour operator. We recommend choosing a local tour operator because only they can be licensed to do the Inca Trail and are less likely to hand you over to third party. Click the following link for our blog on: Choosing the best tour operator.
Since 2002 everyone needs a guide and permit to hike this historical monument. The Peruvian government imposed a number of regulations and limitations on the number of people that can start the trek on any given day. They did this to ensure the continued preservation of this for future generations.
Permits for the Inca Trail can only be obtained through a licensed tour operator. You cannot obtain a permit directly from the Peruvian government. Tour operators will purchase permits on your behalf, and you must provide your passport information when booking.
This is fully dependent on the tour operator you choose. With Orange Nation you can look forward to a licensed, bilingual and knowledgeable guide for the entirety of the trek, including a guided tour inside the Citadel of Machu Picchu. We provide personal porters to carry your luggage up to 7Kg and to set up your campsites during the hike. Our chef and the assistant will prepare abundant, restaurant standard meals. Finally, we provide camping equipment of the highest standard and quality.