Inside Scoop on Booking Inca Trail Peru

18 Feb
The Inside Scoop on Booking the Inca Trail in Peru
Sunday February 18, 2018 - Posted by to Adventure Travel, Machu Picchu, Travel Tips

Inside Scoop on Booking Inca Trail Peru

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular trekking routs in Peru. This is not only because it leads to one of the most visited and renowned Incan sites, Machu Picchu. But also because it lets the trekker discover a landscape full of wonders and beautiful Peruvian nature.

The 43km Inca Trail trek starts in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near the beautiful city of Cusco. From here, the trek to Machu Picchu continues in the magnificent Andes along ancient Inca ruins. While on this incredible journey, trekkers will experience Peruvian biodiversity first-hand as they dive into a variety of microclimates, flora and fauna, typical Andean highlands, as well as the cloud forest of the Amazon.

There are, however, some challenges! Before reaching the site of Machu Picchu, the traveller has to ascend an altitude of 4600 m, climbing over three Andean passes.

Once these obstacles are surpassed, one will be rewarded with the breath taking view of the Vilcanota Mountain Range.

After four days of trekking to the Inca Citadel, the goal is reached! In the early morning hours, you will arrive at Machu Picchu through the ancient Inca Sun Gate: a breathtaking moment for everybody!



The Inside Scoop on Booking the Inca Trail in Peru


Inca Trail Permits 

To keep the landscape as “untouched” as possible and to ensure a unique experience to each trekker of the trail,  Inca Trail permits are limited. For a lot of motivated travellers, getting permits for the trek has proven to be difficult and often leads to disappointment when they have to face the fact that there might not be spots available.

What is the trick behind it? How can you make sure you won´t miss out on this amazing adventure?

There is really just one thing to do: Be the early bird!

If you would like to do the Inca Trail in high-season  (the high season in Peru takes places for late April till early September), you will have to reserve your spot at least six months in advance!

For the low-season, about 3- 4 months in advance is usually enough. Of course there are always exceptions and you might get lucky trying to get a permit on short notice, but if the Inca Trail is a fixed part of your journey in Peru, you should stick to these recommended deadlines.



The Inside Scoop on Booking the Inca Trail in Peru


Inside Scoop on Booking Inca Trail Peru

  1. Plan your trip 6 months in advance if you want to do the trek in high season (April – September) and 4 months for low season (October – March).
  2. Look at the itinerary and description of the Inca Trail here
  3. Check availabilities for the tours on or contact Dos Manos directly to check it for you*
  4. Contact us and we will quickly help you make the bookings (have a copy of your passport ready!) Write us to
  5. Should the traditional Inca Trail be totally booked, check out the great alternative treks to Machu Picchu (see below here) and contact us about your chosen tour!


Alternative Tours to Machu Picchu: train or trek

So what if your worst fears are realized and you are too late to book the Inca Trail? Don’t worry – there are alternatives!

First of all: it is important to know that you will most likely not have to miss out on seeing the famous Machu Picchu itself.  You can book a Machu Picchu Tour by Train even a week or so before arrival (although your preferred arrival or departures times could be sold out).

The train from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley will take you on an exciting and comfortable ride to Aguas Calientes. This village is worth a visit, too! Situated below Machu Picchu, you can relax in its hot tubs in Aguas Calientes. And if you are feeling motivated, you can take the hiking trail up to Machu Picchu itself instead of taking the bus.


The Inside Scoop on Booking the Inca Trail in Peru



Click here for more information about Machu Picchu tour by train.


Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu

If you don´t want to miss the adventure of a trek to Machu Picchu, there are other hikes to Machu Picchu, too!

Here are two perfect alternatives to the Inca Trail: thee Salkantay Trek and the Inca Jungle Trek.


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The 5 day Salkantay Trek is a more remote path in the same region as the Inca trail, with spectacular views of the snow-capped “Apu” Salkantay. It is a magnificent wilderness alternative for those who wish to escape the more congested trekking routes. The route crosses the Andes and then descends into the high jungle. The highlight of the trek is the visit to Machu Picchu on the fifth and final day of the journey.

Contact Dos Manos Peru Travel for more information about the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.


The Inside Scoop on Booking the Inca Trail in Peru


Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

The exciting 4 day Inca Jungle Trek offers the complete adventure! Starting in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, your first activity will be mountain biking towards the cloud forest and through small villages, fruit plantations, and rivers. On the second day, you will get the chance to hike through the beautiful landscape of the Incas. You will continue trekking along the rushing rivers and will eventually reach Aguas Calientes, the city just below Machu Picchu.

The Inca Jungle Trek reaches Machu Picchu on the fourth and final day. After soaking up as much time at Machu Picchu as possible, the train will take you back to Cusco.

Contact Dos Manos Peru Travel for more information about the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu.


We hope this information Inside Scoop on Booking Inca Trail in Peru was helpful to plan your travel to Peru!




If you can’t choose between the Salkantay or the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu,

this blogs compares the treks and will make you help to make your decision.


*Please contact one of our Peru Trip Counselors any time for updated information about availabe Inca Trail Tickets.  



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