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Inca Trail 2021-2022 Permits

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the unique treks in the Peruvian Andes, Hiking throughout beautiful Andean landscapes in the footsteps of the Inca and reaching at the stunning complex of Machu Picchu on the last day. Both Machu Picchu itself and the Inca road (known as Chapaq Nan) are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites and with the Classic Inca Trail being such a popular activity the Peruvian government have set up a permit system for access to the Trail to control numbers and help preserve this beautiful activity for future generations.

Inca Trail Permit Information by the Peruvian Government

Everyone who wishes to Hike the Inca Trail must have a permit, this includes tourists but also guides, porters, cooks. The Peruvian government limits the number of permits to 500 people per day (so a maximum of 500 people can enter the Inca Trail ever day).

Permits are issued on a first-come-first-served basis and once they are all issued no more will be released.

Permits are required for any access to the official  Inca Trail, including for the full 4-day Inca Trail, 5-Days Inca Trail Private and the short 2-day Inca Trail Hike.

Inca Trail permits are issued by the Peruvian authorities against personal passport details (including name, date of birth and passport number). Full passport details of each individual are required when reserving a permit and Inca Trail permits are not transferable, this means that permit date changes, changes to passport details etc are not possible. Passports are checked by the authorities at the access point to the Inca Trail so it is important you travel on the same passport you used to book your holiday. As permits are issued against passport details it is impossible to reserve or pre-book Inca Trail permits in advance so be wary of any company that claims to have Inca Trail permits when they have sold out, as it is impossible to do so.

How To Guarantee an Inca Trail Permit

Unfortunately it is not possible to “guarantee” an Inca Trail permit as permits are issued by the Peruvian authorities on a first-come-first-served basis.

To give you the best possible chance of getting a permit to trek the Inca Trail we recommend you book as far in advance as possible before permits have sold out.

The busiest time of year for the Inca Trail is during Peru’s peak-season, from March to October, and during this time we would recommend you try and reserve your holiday for the trek at least 6 months in advance to give you a very high probability of being able to secure a permit.

During the off-season from November to January and March to April (the Inca Trail is closed every February) 4 months in advance would usually be sufficient.

Inca Trail Permit Availability 2021-2023

Permits for the Classic Inca Trail in 2021 have not yet been released by the Peruvian authorities, however you can still book the Inca Trail or a holiday including the Inca Trail with us for 2021-2022 as we can place advanced reservations on the permit for you, ensuring that a permit will be issued immediately when they become available.

If you would like to book the Inca Trail in 2021- 2022 just contact us for further information.

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Deposit $ 200 for each hiker, so we will be ready to reserve your Inca Trail permit for the date you chose. We have several payment methods: PAYPAL. After receiving your deposit, we will send you a confirmation email.

2021 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Itinerary


We pick you up from your hotel very early to travel by bus until Ollantaytambo where we stop for a break to buy last minute gear and personal items.

Then we go by bus to Piskacucho (Km 82) to start our hike. After about 3 hours we arrive at the first Inca site, Patallaqta.

Then we continue walking about 30 minutes until our lunch spot called Tarayoc. After a break, we ascend about 2 hours toward our fist campsite called Huayllabamba village.

TRAIN STATION – PISKACUCHO : 3 hours approx.
PISKACUCHO : 2600 m.a.s.l.
PATALLAQTA : 2750 m.a.s.l.
HUAYLLABAMBA : 3000 m.a.s.l. / 9842 feet


We start the day with a healthy breakfast and providing the snacks for this hike, then we go up around 5 hours to the highest point of the Inca Trail, Warmihuañusca Pass (4215 m.a.s.l.).

Then we descend about 1 ½ hour until Paqaymayu campsite, where we have lunch, dinner, and a well-deserved rest.

ESTIMATED WALKING TIME : 7 hours WARMIHUAÑUSCA : 215 m.a.s.l. / 13828 feet
PAQAYMAYU : 3600 m.a.s.l. / 11811 feet


After a delicious breakfast we walk about 1 hour until Runkuraqay archaeological site and then 1 hour more until Runruraqay Pass.

Afterward, we descend about 1 hour to visit Sayaqmarka archaeological site and after 30 minutes we arrive at Chaquiqocha campsite, where we have lunch.

After that, we walk about 1 ½ hour until Phuyupatamarka Inka site that is at the same time the next Pass. Finally, we descend 3 hours to Wiñaywayna Inka site, where we spend our last night on the Trail.

RUNRURAQAY : 3760 m.a.s.l. / 12336 feet
SAYAQMARKA : 3620 m.a.s.l. / 11876 feet
CHAQUICOCHA : 3500 m.a.s.l. / 11482 feet
PHUYUPATAMARKA : 3650 m.a.s.l. / 11975 feet
WIÑAYWAYNA : 2650 m.a.s.l. / 8694 feet


We wake up very early and after breakfast, we start our final leg of the trek and arrive in 2 hours to Inti Punku, where we have the first beautiful view of Machupicchu.

After a short hike down to Machu Picchu, we register and then enjoy a 2 ½ guided tour of the sanctuary. Afterward, we have free time to explore by ourselves.

And finally, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town, from where we take the train to come back to Cusco.

AGUAS CALIENTES : 2040 m.a.s.l.
MACHUPICCHU : 2400 m.a.s.l.
HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN : 2700 m.a.s.l. (2 hours round way)
MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN : 3150 m.a.s.l. (3 hours round way

NOTA: if you are not looking for 4 days hike we offers another option of hike with just 1day, 2 days, or 5 Dayd hike, and the permits apply for those hike too.

  • Inca Trail 1 Day: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
  • Short Inca Trail 2 Days: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Wiñaywayna – Aguas Calientes Town (spend the night) – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
  • Private Inca Trail  5 Day: Cusco – km 82 – Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo – Wiñayhuayna – Machupicchu – Cusco.
  • Salkantay Mountain to Inca Trail 6 Days: Cusco – Humantay Lagoon – Snow-capped Salkantay – Connection to Classic Inca Trail 4-day.

The advantage of booking your Inca Trail permit through AndeanPath Travel is that we are a Local Tour Company-based in Cusco with 100% Local people

We hoppend to see you hiking the inca trail in 2021-2022 with us




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    • Once in a lifetime experience
      David acted as our guide during our 4 day Inca Trail adventure in April. David went above and beyond for everyone and really made the trip a “once in a lifetime” experience.
      No question was a stupid question and we learnt so much during the hike itself and when we eventually reached Machu Picchu. When we struggled up those Incan steps David was there offering support and never made anyone feel they were lagging behind or causing an inconvenience. I can’t recommend David or the Inca Trail enough and I will definitely be back!!

      Sarah Cloonan
      Dublin - Ireland
    • Machu Picchu would not have been the same without doing the 5-day comfort tour of the Inca Trail first, and entering through the Sun Gate. David and his crew did a phenomenal job taking care of us, with patient hiking tips, amazing meals and exceptional service every step of the way. My husband and I are both in our 50’s, and we went with our 24 year old son. The altitude was definitely noticeable the first two days, and when they say the hike is challenging – they mean it! However, the physical exertion is well worth the effort for the breathtaking views! David timed our day so that we had plenty of time to comfortably hike, and still enjoy all of the scenery. He chose the best camping spots so we could relax in the evenings with a cup of coca tea and watch the sunsets! This was definitely a once-in-a-life-time experience! Put this on your bucket list!

      Sandra M
      Italy - Rome
    • Once in a lifetime” Experience
      When i did the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in June a dream came true and i had the trip of my lifetime.
      I coud not wish for a better guide than David. He is a fantastic guide and made this trip to something special.
      Although the hike was very hard at some points, David was very supportive and helped every member of my group keep ging. He was very funny and we had always a good laugh together. Besides he had an awesome cultural and historical knowledge and told us a lot of interesting things about the trail itself and every ruin we visited, especially about Machu Picchu.
      David made our four day hike to an amazing and unforgettable experience and i highly recommend him as a tour guide to everyone i know.
      If i ever come back to Peru, i will definitely join one of Davids tours again!
      Lovely greetings from Germany

      Sarah Schoenborn
      Würzburg - Germany
    • Thank you David!
      Thank you for an incredible outdoore experience. 4 days Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu july31- aug4 was amazing. With our guide David and his stuff we had excellent food, breathtaking views, knowledgement of local culture and history and support of all kind when needed.
      I can higly recommend David and his stuff!

      Ingela D
    • Amazing !!
      I was fortunate enough to have David as a guide whilst doing the inca trail trek. David was knowledgeable, kind, engaging, fun and respectful. He took time to get to know each member of our group and allowed us to go at our own pace. I would highly recommend David as a guide for future travellers. 🙂

      Stepho Jenko
      Australia Meridional - Australia

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