Inca Trail Regulations since 2002

General description of regulations

Between 1996 and 2001, 1,500 people started the Classic Inca Trail every day, which begins at Km 88 of the railway. Today it is limited to 500 foreign walkers, including porters.

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These regulations restrict the number of hikers and prevent hikers from independently trekking the Trail.

Payment of entrance fees:

This ticket is personal and non-transferable and includes the entrance fee to Machu Picchu Park. There is no reimbursement of payment under any circumstance.

Inca Trail Regulations Trekking Company

Inca Trail Reservations:

The INC makes reservations in Cusco city, including the confirmation with the corresponding reservation code. The reservation is subject to the daily capacity set by the government: 500 people, including guides, porters, and hikers. Please send us your full name, passport number, age, and nationality, for the government authorities, INC, and UGM.

The New Inca Trail Regulations 2002

  • There are only 500 permits issued per day for the Trail, about 200 trekkers, 300 guides, porters, cooks, etc. Although this seems like a lot, they are sold out two or three months in advance during the high season. Permits do sell on a first-come, first-served basis. It is a good idea to reserve six for the rest of the year.
  • A licensed guide must now accompany trekkers. The group size must be no more than 16 people, and there must be two guides for groups with more than eight.
  • Pets and pack animals, such as llamas and horses, are not allowed on the Trail.

The Trail will be closed each February for conservation projects and to give the vegetation a chance to recover. It is also the wettest month of the year. Other treks remain open, however.

What to bring to Inca Trail

  • Backpack
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking shoes
  • Tent (most likely included)
  • Canteen (plastic water bottles are not allowed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag
  • Plenty of layers of clothes
  • Hat, gloves
  • Water purification tablets or drops
  • Basic first aid
  • High-energy snacks such as candy bars or power bars

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