You do not have to wait until the last moment and we are taking reservations already for the next season; once you unsure your preferred start date, choose a date and we can adjust this until the end of the year. Depending on availability; after this we need to close off reservations to make sure we will be well organized and ready for the release of permits of 2021.
No worries, we await you and are always so excited to go with you on this beautiful and sacred journey to Machu Picchu and will do everything possible to make this your best vacation in Peru.
Most travellers are not aware of the 500 permits/day limit in the Inca trail expeditions. In addition, most travellers do not know that this limit applies not only to trekkers entering the trail each day but also to all support staff required tour guides, chefs and porters.
To preserve the integrity of this famous part of what the Inca called the Qhapaq Ñan, no hooved pack animals are allowed along the majority of Inca path. We, therefore, have to rely on people (Inca tours – support staff) to help us carry camping gear, food, sleeping and cooking supplies. Better known as Runners = Chaskis in ancient times and well renowned for their lightning running speed along the paths to relay messages across the vast expanse of the Inca Empire, support staff is vital to the operating of treks on the Inca Trail.
Due to such regulation, the permits required for any one group of trekkers, requires double if not triple the permits (of that of the number of hikers) just for the support staff.
Now that you know the reason behind the Inca Trail´s high demand, you will perhaps feel a bigger need to book your permits sooner than later!
Booking with Gringo Tours is very easy! You only need to complete our Booking Form with all required details and send us your USD $200 booking deposit per participant through Paypal. Once both aspects of your reservation are received, our booking team will process your reservation, book your permits and confirm your Inca trail tours.
For the booking form, please make sure you send us complete and accurate information. Below are the details you will need on hand to complete the reservation form.
If you are in the process of renewing your passport, send us your old passport information and we can later update it with your new passport number. If you do not have a passport number (being renewed), please send us your valid Driver’s License Number and update us with the correct passport number once available.
After we receive both your Booking Form and booking deposit via Paypal, we will put your reservation in queue for your requested preferred date. Once permits are released, we will be ready with all required information to secure your Inca Trail permits before they sell out. Although, we cannot guarantee the successful reservation of your Inca Trail permits for a particular date at this point, we can rely on our 99% efficiency of securing our clients´ first date preferences as in previous years.
Below are some tips on how to maximize your chances of obtaining your Inca trail permit for your preferred dates:
The most important aspect of this process is obtaining your Inca Trail permits. Additional arrangements pertaining to additional tours, extra nights, upgrade services, equipment rental or dietary restrictions may all be confirmed once we have your Inca Tours permit in our hands!
Important Note: once we secure an inca path permit under your name and details, it is 100% non-refundable and non-transferable. The Ministry of Culture (regulating body of the Inca Trail) does not allow for any name, passport number or date changes.
Important: Personal Extra porter included in the package – Up to 7 kilos per hiker with a duffel bag where you put your personal belongings.
For more information about this unique trek in South America, check our detailed article about the Inca Trail.