Inca Trail Permits and Availability 2020

It is more important than ever to secure a trekking permit to access the Inca trail. Permits sell out months in advance and Machu Picchu tickets are in high demand. During the high season of July and August from 1996 to 2001 as many as 1600 people were starting the Inca Trail trek everyday (about 1000 tourists and 600 porters). There were no regulations and many trekkers camped wherever they wanted, using the ruins as latrines and disposing rubbish along the trail. The Inca Trail was starting to get a lot of negative press and UNESCO threatened to remove its status as a World Heritage Site.

In 2002, Inca Trail Regulations were introduced in order to protect the monument. These regulations restrict the number of visitors and prevent hiking the Inca trail without a permit.

We strongly recommend you to Act NOW with your online bookings. -We are now taking bookings for trek departures in 2020.

We have been informed by the government that Inca Trail Trek Permits for departures in 2020 will go on sale in early October. (Last year trek permits for some dates in April, May and June sold out within a few hours so you must book much earlier this year). Please try to book before the end of September if possible to avoid disappointment. (Permits are so limited every year... we recommend you to book (9-7 months in advance)

This page is connected to the system of the Ministry of Culture, so you will see the same as in the website of the Ministry.

Tours in the Inca Trail are the unique in Peru that need a permit, these permits change day after day in order to protect the inca trail, thats why this trekking is so especial and is continuing considered in 2018 as the best hikes in the world.

The Inca Trail will be closed the month of February by disposition of the Ministry of Culture of Peru, because maintenance, upkeep and cleaning will be performed. The entrance to the Inca Trail will be re-enabled from March 1.

ITEP Eco Travel is from Cusco and has a team who are able to book and collect your permit in person of the Ministry of Culture of Peru that is located in Cusco. This means that as soon as your permit is confirmed, you are guaranteed to trek the Inca Trail on the date that you want to travel.

In order to preserve the surroundings of Inca Trail the Peruvian authorities (Ministry of Culture) currently limit the number of access to the Inca Trail, only allowed 500 people per day, including hikers, guides, porters and other staff support. Permits often sell out months in advance and you must book in advance to secure your space, especially if you want to trek in the high season, which is from June to August.

In this section you can check the permits and availability of the Inca Trail provided by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. Here some information should take into account:

If permits for your Classic Inca Trail desired date are Sold Out, you can always make a reservation for next year or consider the Short Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek as the best alternatives to get to Machu Picchu.

Note: Inca Trail Availability availability is updated every day (Please press Ctrl + F5 to refresh the availability). First you must choose the month and year you want to come to Peru, followed by the date of your trek. The number shown per day is the number of places available to the selected date. “0” means that there is no longer any space available.

Ministerio Cultura Peru

This information is provided courtesy of the Regional Directorate of Culture of Cusco.


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