The “Inca Trail” you have read about on the internet is a specific hiking route in Peru that starts in the Sacred Valley, goes through Inti-Punku (Sun Gate), and then reaches the famous ruins of Machu Picchu.
There are many Inca trails in Peru, and the ancient Inca civilization established the Andes mountains hundreds of years ago. But there is only one official trek on the “Camino del Inca.” This is the ONLY trek that allows visitors to enter the Machu Picchu National Park on foot.
All other treks include a visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu and then a rest in the town of Machu Picchu.
Availability was limited in early 2021, but all Inca Trail permits are available at total capacity for Inca Trail treks from 2022. Contact us now to make your reservation.
No. Access to the Inca Trail is controlled by licensed tour operators who employ licensed Peruvian tour guides to accompany hikers from Cusco to the starting point of the Inca Trail until you reach Machu Picchu, National Park.
Kondor Path Tours guides will accompany you to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco, depending on your itinerary. A licensed Peruvian tour guide must accompany all hikers.
Kondor Path Tours’ treks have always been in private service. We will continue to organize private tours and hikes, but in 2022 we will also offer Open Walks and Small Group Trips. Click here to see availability.
There is no official age limit to make the Inca Trail. People of all ages can do the 4-day trek or the 2-day Inca Trail.
The 4-Day Inca Trail is much more challenging than the short version of the Inca Trail. Both hikes require permits that must be purchased through a licensed tour operator. Permits are included in the cost. People cannot buy their permits to make the Inca Trail.
The 4-Day Inca Trail has a total length of 26 miles/41 KM (also known as the Classic Inca Trail) and includes three nights of camping. Permits can be viewed on the official government website.
Permits usually run out many months in advance. The highest point is Dead Woman’s Pass (approximately 14,000 ft/4,260 m).
The 2-Day Short Inca Trail is 7.5 miles/12 KM long, also known as the short or easy 1-day Inca Trail trek.
The highest altitude is 8,800 feet/2,730 m. Permits are required, and availability can be seen on the Machu Picchu government website. Permits are rarely sold out and can be purchased last minute, at least 05 days in advance, before you plan to start the hike. Includes 01 hotel night in Aguas Calientes
YEAH! We can add these hikes to any itinerary.
The 4-Day Inca Trail can be combined with hotels, time to acclimatize, guided tours, and activities in the Sacred Valley—a classic 9-day excursion on the Inca Trail.
The 2-day Inca Trail can be combined with hotels, where you will have time to acclimatize, guided tours, and day hikes in the Sacred Valley—a 7-day vacation walking in Machu Picchu.
Why are permits required?
The Inca Trail is the only trek that leads to the Machu Picchu National Park, so permits are required for both the 2-day and the 4-day trek.
Permits are required to control access to the Machu Picchu National Park and limit the daily number of people on the trails.
Licensed tour operators will obtain your permits for you. Note: Permits are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Anyone can make the Inca Trail if they are physically fit enough to carry a small backpack and hike in the Peruvian Andes at high altitudes.
The 4-Day Inca Trail is divided into specific distances for each day, and we will spend the night in a designated camp each night.
The walking distance is the same for everyone, and the Peruvian government and the operators determine the choice of camps. You can walk at your own pace as long as you have the physical ability to complete the allotted distance for each day.
No, the 4-day tour (Camino Inca de 4 Dias) must be completed in 4 days, just like the 1-day tour must be completed in 1 day. The Inca trail begins in the Sacred Valley and is one way. You cannot do the Inca Trail in reverse, starting from Machu Picchu.
Yes, the porter service is included in the cost of the 4-day tours provided by Kondor Path Tours.
The porters carry all the cooking equipment, the tents, and up to 5.5 kg of your personal belongings, including the sleeping bag and mat.
The level of service offered by Kondor Path Tours is pleasing to our walkers: 2 porters for each hiker, small groups, Therma-Rest mats, and high-quality meals prepared by a specialized chef on the trail.
Yes, permits are required for each tour and must be obtained through a licensed operator. You cannot make the Classic Inca Trail on your own.
Permits cannot be changed, refunded, transferred, or canceled. Your spot will be empty if you don’t show up for your walk. Permits for the 4-day tour often sell out months in advance.
There is no age limit for hikers. Here’s a parental checklist to help you decide if your kids should do the hike.
Yeah! In the Sacred Valley, leisurely walks, including a support vehicle, can be adapted to your needs. No permits are needed, and can be arranged on the go.
What are the essential things to know about the Inca Trail treks and how to prepare?