The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks of Latin America and takes you in 4 breathtaking days to the amazing Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, in Peru.
Unfortunately many people who visit Peru miss the opportunity to do this trek, because the booking rules are a bit complicated.
Not anymore for you with our Five Step Stress-Free guide.
Step 1: Decide which Inca Trail Trek is right for you. The Classic Inca Trail Trek lasts 4 days and 3 nights and the Short Inca Trail Trek lasts 2 days and 1 night. It is also important to note that this trek involves a lot less trekking and camping. Which trek do you have time for and how much trekking do you really feel like doing? For more alternative options read our article So the Inca Trail Trek is Sold Out… Now What?
Step 2: Check for availability. We recommend booking your Inca Trail Trek approximately three months in advance, especially for the high season (from June through August). This is also the dry season so the weather is nicer for trekking! The Inca Trail is closed during February for maintenance every year. You can only book the trek “ last minute” (this is about 6 weeks in advance), if you are booking for the very low season, which lasts from November through January. The Peruvian government limits the number of people, including trekkers, guides, porters, etc., that are allowed on the trail to 500 per day. To check the number of spaces available on any given day, visit the official Peruvian Ministry of Culture website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe or send an e-mail to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inmportant: if the trail is sold out at one travel agency it is really sold out everywhere and there is no chance of booking with a different travel agency. Don’t waste your time contacting every travel agency in Cusco! It is also not possible to book your trek after another trekker has cancelled because individual passport numbers are used to book spaces on the trail.
Step 3: Choose a travel agency. Every trekker on the trail must book their trip with a travel agency. It is not possible to do the trek on your own. Choosing the right travel agency for you can be confusing. Of course, it is important to book a trek that suits your budget, but it is also important to think about where your money is going. Make sure that your trek includes entrance tickets to both the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu as well as a train back to Cusco. Also make sure that you are booking with a travel agency that practices responsible tourism.
Step 4: Book it! To book with Dos Manos visit our website at www.dosmanosperu.com or just click right here: “Book Inca Trail “. Fill out the form and click Send to Dos Manos. We will then contact you, usually within 24 hours, with more information about the trek and our booking methods. You will need to make a 50% down payment and send us a scanned copy of your passport in order to securely book your trek with us. IF you have an ISIC Card, you are entitle a discount but we need a copy of your card at the moment of booking (now). We definitely need to book online in advance in order to secure your space on the Inca Trail. You do not want to arrive in Cusco only to discover that the trail is fully booked and your dream of trekking to Machu Picchu is not going to come true, which will happen… Once in Cusco, we hold trek briefings with a guide two days before departure to give you all the important information you need to know about your trek and to answer all of your questions.
Step 5: Sort out the details. Now that you have booked your trek, you will need to make your flight and hotel reservations for Cusco and probably Lima as well as there are no international flights that fly directly to Cusco. You might also want to book more tours for your exciting trip to Peru. We definitely recommend touring the City of Cusco and the Sacred Valley during your time in Cusco. Read our article Cusco…Before and After the Inca Trail Trek! for more information. We can help you with all of your travel needs at Dos Manos. It is very important to consider the altitude here in Cusco, Peru. We definitely recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least two days prior to the start of your trek in order to acclimatize. You will want to be healthy and ready to start your adventurous trek on the Inca Trail to the majestic Machu Picchu ruins.