Changes to Permitting for Inca Trail in 2017
If your New Year’s Resolution includes visiting Machu Picchu by way of the Inca Trail, you’ll need to act fast to make those plans a reality because of a recent change to the way permits are issued.
Only 500 permits are issued by the Peruvian Tourism Ministry for each day (with 200-300 reserved for guides and sherpas) and often sell out months in advance - available exclusively through travel agencies and tour operators.
What You Need to Know to Trek the Inca Trail
The annual permitting process is typically opened in January; however, 2017 permits are going on sale nearly a month early, beginning December 15, 2016, leaving travel professionals eager to secure permits for their clients - for which there is no waiting list and permits cannot be transferred.
Permits for the most popular dates (in May and June) can sell out immediately, while other dates will sell out in a matter of days or weeks.
Why You Should Hike the Inca Trail
While the Inca Trail is not the only way to get to Machu Picchu, it is the most iconic hike in Latin America. A moderately-strenuous hike at an altitude of nearly 14,000 feet, the Inca Trail is 27 miles long and takes four days, passing by various Incan ruins before arriving to Machu Picchu from above - providing stunning views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site not seen from the main entrance.
Despite its challenge, travelers are escorted by porters who will carry your gear, cook meals, and set up tents, making for a comfortable way to experience nature, culture, and an unforgettable trip to the Andean highlands of Peru.
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