Thinking of traveling to Peru this summer? Always wanted to hike the world famous Inca Trail so you arrive at Machu Picchu on foot? Too late! Permits to trek the regular Inca Trail are already sold out from April until the latter part of August. And once permits are gone there is no chance to hike the Inca Trail.
Or is there? The Government of Peru has just decided to create an additional 250 permits per day for the 1-Day Inca Trail, also known as the Royal Inca Trail, that joins the regular trek for the final stretch of trail to Machu Picchu. These permits are in addition to the 500 permits for the full Inca Trail and mean that, yes, you can still hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu this summer!
Previously, 500 permits were issued per day for any stretch of the Inca Trail. And, while this sounds like a lot, the 500 permits are for both tourists and trekking staff, meaning at best there are 200 – 250 trekkers allowed to start the trek each day. Most of these permits were booked by trekking groups on the full Inca Trail, and the permits always sell out months in advance. If you didn’t start planning your Inca Trail trip in January, odds are you wouldn’t be able to get a permit for prime summer dates.
The new regulations separate permits for the full Inca Trail (still 500 permits per day) and the 1-Day Inca Trail. There are now 250 additional permits just for the 1-day Inca Trail, meaning there should be plenty of permits available for people wanting to do this trek, even in mid summer. Yes, you can still trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu this year. Continue reading