Inca Trail permits for 2018 are going on sale this year earlier than ever. Unlike past years when permit sales have opened in January, permits will go on sale this October, a full three months earlier than past years.
How Many Inca Trail Permits Are There?
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture releases only 500 permits per day to hike the Inca Trail. That may seem like a lot, but that number includes every traveler, guide, porter, and cook too. Consider this: a group of 10 travelers will require around 20 to 30 permits or more to cover the entire crew. Considering most trekking groups are 6 to 14 travelers, that means those 500 permits may cover only around 20 groups or less. That’s why these permits go fast, and not everyone gets their first choice date.
If I Miss Out, Can I Get on a Waiting List in Case of Cancellations?
No. Since permits must be purchased with the exact name and passport details of the traveler doing the trek, it’s impossible to get a permit once they are sold out, even if someone cancels. Once permits sell out, it doesn’t matter what company you go to, you’re out of luck.
OK, What Should I Do?
Plan your Inca Trail trip now, before it’s too late. Popular months like April, May, and June sell out often within the first hour of permits going on sale, and much of March, July, and August will also sell out. Don’t miss the opportunity to hike the Inca Trail next year, and start planning your trip today. Our custom trip planning process takes time, so don’t wait until the last minute. Give me a call at 612-315-2894 ext. 105, and I’d love to help you plan the experience of a lifetime!
Renee is a Trip Specialist at Knowmad Adventures, a company dedicated to creating unique, private and custom trips in South America. She lived in Mexico for over 3 years and is excited to help Knowmad travelers discover the wonderful impact not just travel, but really experiencing a different country and culture can have on your life. Read Renee’s biography and more about the Knowmad team.