Inca Trail Permit Advice
In an effort to preserve and protect the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian governing bodies have taken drastic measures in the past few years to limit the amount of people hiking the Trail. As of March 2004, no more than 500 people (including support staff) per day are allowed on the Inca Trail and this number is strictly adhered to. The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing and it is important to be aware of the issues detailed in this document before embarking on your adventure to Peru.
Current Inca Trail Regulations
As stated above, no more than 500 people per day are allowed to start the Inca Trail trek at km 82. This number includes all support staff (i.e. porters, cooks and guides) and is very tightly controlled. Once this limit of 500 people is reached, the Trail is effectively closed off for the day and no further bookings can be made. Reservations are not held on the Trail and all permits to trek must be bought as far as possible in advance with complete and correct passport information, to which no modifications can be made. Any attempts at modifications result in a loss of the permit and any money paid.
Inca Trail Closed in February
In order to maintain and clean the traditional Inca trail, the government will close this route during month of February. KE Adventure fully supports the government's decision to close the trail in order to preserve and protect such a sacred place full of rich history and culture. The Inca trail draws thousands of people from around the world each year and therefore the trail needs to be properly maintained and allowed time to regenerate. This closure will affect all trips in which the Inca trip portion of the tour starts on or after February 1st up to and including February 28th. As an alternative, we will be hiking the Lares Trek.