Inca Trail To Machu Picchu – 5D/4N

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LENGTH

4 DAYS/3NIGHTS

MAX. ALTTITUDE

4200m/13779ft

Hiking Miles

26 MILES (42KM)

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Group Size

8 People max

Difficulty

Moderate to Challengue

Peru Machu Picchu Tour, 5 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Price From

$920 PP

This trekking tour Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu in 5 days invite you to enjoy the classic 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu a bit slower, spending more time in every archaeological site you visit. This option is ideal for families with younger hikers and for older people who want to enjoy the journey at their own pace. Because this trek is done in smaller groups, this is a great option to avoid most of the crowds found on the Classic Inca Trail.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best treks in the world for the natural beauty of the path. Along the way, you will find different ecological areas, from highlands to tropical Andean forests and Inca archaeological sites that will make you wonder if you have just discovered them.

This Tour Gives you Tranquility Avoid Crowds

The Classic Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world the 5 day Inca Trail really gives you the opportunity to take in all the sights and experiences of the Inca Trail at your leisure. Staying at campsites that few people use you get to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and see the sunsets and sunrises in peace and tranquility. Trekking the Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life and the 5-day version allows you to enjoy it to the full.

Important:

Peruvian government requires permits to hike on the Inca Trail, limited to 500 people per day, which includes support staff. Permits sell out 4-5 months in advance! So book early is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.
The minimum to open the departure is two people and our maximum is eight so if you guys are two we can do it!

Machupicchu (Machu Picchu) Inca Trail to 5 days takes more time to do the traditional Inca Trail to Machupicchu(Machu Picchu), leaving more time to appreciate the nature and archaeology along the way. We spend one long fourth-day visiting Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu, and on the fifth day, we return to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise from the Sun Gate. We encounter valleys that contain wildlife endemic to high deserts or the tropics, between stretches of puna and cloud forest. We encounter mysterious archaeological sites half-covered by jungle overgrowth, which looks like you are discovering them for the first time. Machu Picchu (Machupicchu) is one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures, and of these is the most enigmatic.

Why you should BOOK NOW!.

the spots for the Inca Trail for next year, have already been opened, and there are limited spaces, so we suggest you make your reservation as soon as possible, we have had many clients who could not go to the Inca Trail because they did not book on time

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  • HIKING 95% 95%
  • FOOD 90% 90%
  • HISTORY/CULTURE/NATURE 100% 100%
  • PHOTOGRAPHY/ADVENTURE/CAMPING 100% 100%

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MACHU PICCHU HIKE

  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel
  • Top of the line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two Persons
  • 8 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
  • Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
  • Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
  • Hotel Aguas Calientes with all facilities
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu
  • Umantay Lake included (most companies skip this wonderful lake)
  • Private transportation on each trip
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Visit Machu Picchu twice with this tour!

Day 1: km 82 – Wayllabamba

We pick you up at your hotel and transfer by car to our trailhead at Piscacucho, km. 82 on the Train route to Machu Picchu a 3-hour drive from Cusco city. After clearing the trailhead control point, we hike along the left bank of the Vilcanota River enjoying the impressive snowcapped Veronica ( highest point in the area). The valley is dry walking adjacent to fields of corn In the rapids below the trail, We explore the enormous Inca site of Llactapata, then turn south and begin to gain altitude following the narrow side valley of the Cusichaca River. We camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba (2,954 m/9,690 ft).

Distance 12km/7.2 miles,
Elevation gain 300 m/984 feet.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

Climbing up from Wayllabamba for about 3 hours through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brings you to the tree-line and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3,680m). After this, we will take approximately 2 hours to the first highest pass of the trail Abra de Huarmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,215m. During this part of the trail, hikers are exposed to the Andean elements: first scorching sun and then, closer to the pass, freezing winds. Once at the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail.
The descent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd campsite at Pacamayo (3,600m). There are toilet facilities here and also we relax for the rest of the day.

Distance 12km/7.2 miles,
Elevation gain 1,215 m/3,986feet

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka

We cross a second pass (3,975 m/13,038’) where we find the first Inca site Runcuracay and follow a fine Inca highway down to the exquisite ridge-top Inca place of Sayaqmarka. Further on, we pass through a tunnel amid luxuriant cloud forest vegetation. Camp at the superb Phuyupatamarka Inca place (3,679m/12,067 ft) overlooking the Urubamba River far below. Phuyupatamarka is Quechua for “City above the Clouds”. The views toward the sacred peak of Salcantay are sublime.

Distance 10 km/ 6 miles,
Elevation gain 315 m/ 1,033feet

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu

Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 Inca sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites. The final stretch of the Inca Trail is completely deserted at this time of the day, so our arrival at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is perfect. With good light and very few tourists around, we can get great photos of Machu Picchu from a distance before carrying on down. After we arrive at Machu Picchu, we’ll head down to Puente Ruinas (the campsite near Aguas Calientes) to be greeted by our porters for our last night camping together. We’ve made it!

Distance 11km/ 6.146 miles
Elevation all descent to Machupicchu 2,400 m/ 7,874feet

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco city

We will begin very early to take the first bus to the city of Machupicchu, where we will be the first visitors of the day to enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the wonders of the world. The tour with your guide will take around 3 hours. Then, you will have free time to explore the entire city on your own. In the afternoon, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Cusco.

Note:
The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
If you are interested in this tour or do you have any questions about it.

We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

From: $ 920.00 per person Group Service

$1,100.00

Note: An initial deposit of $250.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Inca trail admission ticket, and for your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

Additional Upgrades

Hauyna Picchu

If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.

$40 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Vistadome Train

From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way.

Machupicchu Mountain

Machupicchu Mountain offers even more magnificent views than Huayna Picchu. There are also only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. A 360-degree view of Machupicchu and the surrounding valley and glaciers are seen from this mountain.

US$35 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel

The price depends on the season and Hotel availability.

Inka Bridge

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is an hour and a half round trip hike.

Sun Gate

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is a two-hour round trip hike.

Peru Travel Packing List Sleeping Bags and Accessories

  • Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
  • Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
  • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
  • Professional Walking Poles $20 per pair
  • Backpacks $25
  • Head Lamp $10
  • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)

Inca Trail Hike Packing List To Machu Picchu

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable).
  • A comfortable 45 Lt trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
  • A small daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC (You can hire from SAS Travel.)
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough sport shoes, (light sandals or clogs are recommended to rest at campsites).
  • Trekking poles with rubber tips. (metal tips are not allowed on the trail).
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Flashlight, head torch, and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries, – Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2-liter water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden).
  • Bathing suits for hot springs for hikers with a night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
  • Extra money for drinks en route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes. ($10-15)
  • Tips for (porters, cooks, guides. ($30-40) Not mandatory.
  • Emergency money at least 200-300 soles. ($ 120)

  • Temperature checks for all traveler are mandatory
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
  • High traffic places and equipment sanitized regularly between use
  • Maximum 8 people per group to reduce crowds, for bigger groups we will assign two teams
  • Transportation and touristic sites capacity will be reduced to 50%
  • Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.
  • 100% online payments with no booking fees at all
  • Flexible bookings during COVID – 19 outbreak

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDE

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
  • Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
  • 11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco

NOT INCLUDE

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco.
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)

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Food & Drink

Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all of your trips

Daily Seasonal Food on each trip and Tours

Peruvian cuisine has only recently exploded onto the international culinary stage, but Peruvians have always been crazy about their nation’s culinary heritage, and they steadfastly cling to the traditional, multiculti flavors of home. Even in the face of modern gastronomic innovation. A range of climates, from high altitude to low, offers an impressive diversity of produce. Yes, that means potatoes over 3800 kinds but also a variety of corn and other grains, to say nothing of the country’s native aji chilies that are often puréed into sauces.

Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages

Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.

*Special Diets Available Upon Request

TRAVEL REVIEWS

{We had a great tour of With Tour Guide Aldo (he's great): Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu. Jose was always there, attentive, hiking in front, back, side, showing us extra ruins on side trails. It was great! For the Amazon, we switched to great naturalist and super birder Jose Antonio and hiked and birded in Manu National Park.
{PERU PACKAGE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Date of Experience: 12/2019 I visited Peru with my family back in Dec. 2019 with this company. We were picked up at Lima airport by our guide Miguel and given a tour of Lima city along with the Larco museum. The following day we headed to…
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{I have always wanted to see Machu Picchu and when the opportunity came, I didn’t want to pass. My friends and I did the Salkantay Trek with Odon as our main guide and he was just so passionate about telling us the history and the culture behind Machu Picchu. Odon took care of us like we were his children haha, he helped us adjust or feel better with altitude sickness.
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REI Camping Equipment for each trip

We are not affiliated with this REI Brand But as a local Tour operator we support local business and our customer enjoy their private Sleeping tent only for two persons learn more in our Camping Equipment for Inca trail

Private Eco Toilets

We do not share public toilet along the Inca trail we carry our portable ECO Toilets Only for our Groups

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Peruvian Gourmet Food on each Tours

Food Include in each Trek, Vegetarian option available. we really take care of your gluten-free food contact with our office for any food restriction.

Private Transportation on each trip

As a responsible tour operator in Peru, we do not share our mobility with other tourists, all our transportation is only for your group or family members.

Best Chaskis (Porters)

We do not overbear our staff, they are principal resources in this travel industry 

We leave no trace

We carry all our Trash From The begging to the end of each hike keeping clean all our hiking trail 

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INCA TRAIL HIKE FAQ

The trail itself is breathtaking, but the end of the trail is a spectacular sight as you reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at sunrise. The classic Inca trail runs 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights and is tucked away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.

How much it actually cost to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu?

The price tag for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu depends largely on the tour company, package, and guide you choose. Here are some of the general costs, plus actual specifics from our own recent treks on 2021.

Doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu independently is not an option. The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers on the trails each day. Everyone must have a permit and be accompanied by a licensed guide. And yes, through a series of checkpoints on the trail, they actually enforce it.

The general cost for Inca Trail trek: $600

On average, the classic Inca Trail hike costs around $600/person (this generally includes transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, a guide, porters, three meals a day, hiking permits, entry to Machu Picchu, and tents). You can find it even cheaper. But besides the advertised sticker price, there are a few other things to consider when choosing a tour company: How many hikers are in each group? How often and how much food is provided during the trek? And finally, what’s the reputation for the company’s treatment of its porters?

Even though we tend to focus on budget traveling, it’s good to remember that sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Cheaper companies for the Inca Trail often have larger groups (15-25 people), provide smaller meals, and/or no snacks. Some even have a bad reputation for inadequately providing their porters (i.e. lacking rain ponchos, jackets, or even proper hiking shoes). I was surprised by how many people online included snacks as a necessary item to pack and bring along because some companies don’t provide enough food pro by other companies.

How hard is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear, stoke jealousy amongst your friends, and stir a sense of wonder in your soul.

One of the most popular things to do in South America – and one of the world’s most famous hikes – the Inca Trail is the sort of singular adventures for which we all travel. The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.

After our own hike, we wanted to share our hard-earned insights, advice, and tips to help you plan and prepare for your own successful Trail experience – all neatly whittled down into this comprehensive guide.

So, whether you’re heading there in high or low season and want to understand the camping and accommodation situation better, have no idea what to pack or how to get a permit, are worrying about whether you’re fit enough, will get altitude sickness or if it’s too late to book a spot on a tour, then this post will provide you with all the necessary information answers from experienced fellow travelers (and, we hope, quite a bit of excitement and inspiration for the hike itself!).

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike.

How hard is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear, stoke jealousy amongst your friends, and stir a sense of wonder in your soul.

One of the most popular things to do in South America – and one of the world’s most famous hikes – the Inca Trail is the sort of singular adventures for which we all travel. The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.

After our own hike, we wanted to share our hard-earned insights, advice, and tips to help you plan and prepare for your own successful Trail experience – all neatly whittled down into this comprehensive guide.

So, whether you’re heading there in high or low season and want to understand the camping and accommodation situation better, have no idea what to pack or how to get a permit, are worrying about whether you’re fit enough, will get altitude sickness or if it’s too late to book a spot on a tour, then this post will provide you with all the necessary information answers from experienced fellow travelers (and, we hope, quite a bit of excitement and inspiration for the hike itself!).

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike.

Are there toilets on the Inca Trail?

This is where the bad news begins. Inca Trail toilets are not the most hygienic, clean or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.

Our Inca Trail toilets – Portable option

As a tour operato, the best option on the Inca Trail is to hire a tour company that provides a portable toilet all the way up. These are known as ‘toilet tents’.

Although not as common, this is probably one of the most important things we would recommend when deciding on what tour operator to use. You’ll probably have to book with a western operator and it may cost slightly more, but it’s definitely worth it! The toilet tent is carried up with you by porters.

Our Toilete sit and tent are clean and only used by your group. You’ll be able to sit on a toilet drum within the privacy of a tent, and if there are any issues, we will solve immediately. 

When to book the Inca Trail trek 4 days?

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 days inca trail). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as posible we recommend 4 months in advance.

It is recommended to book the tour inca trail to Machu Picchu 2 days in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reservation for Inca trail at INC and PERU RAIL (train Tickets).

How Many Miles is The Inca Trail from km 82?

We’ve outlined our own route on the Inca Trail below and, in broad terms, this is the sort of the itinerary you can expect (note that this relates solely to the days spent on the hike, not the days of travelling to/from Cusco and Ollantaytambo):

Day One: Travel from Ollantaytambo to km.82 in the morning and hike to campsite

Distance | Approx. 6.8 miles/ 11 km

Elevation Gain | 350 metres

Difficulty | Moderate, with a steep tiring section towards the end.

Day Two: Early rise to hike through cloud forest and up to Dead Woman’s Pass and the descent to campsite

Distance | Approx. 7.5 miles/ 12km

Elevation Gain | 1,115 metres

Difficulty | High, this is the hardest day of walking but after you reach DWP, it’s mostly downhill.

Day Three: Early rise to hike the most photogenic section of the Trail

Distance | Approx. 9.6 miles/ 15.5km

Elevation Gain | Minus 1,000 metres

Difficulty | Moderate to a little difficult as there are several steep sections.

Day Four: Very early rise (3 a.m.) to reach the entry check-point and hike 1-2 hours to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.

Distance | Approx. 3.1 miles/ 5 km

Difficulty | You’re almost at the end and Machu Picchu, you should be hopping, skipping, and jumping all the way there!

Best time to hike Inca Trail

Towards the end of February is the wettest month in the Andes. The Inca Trail, as well as several other national parks in Peru, is closed throughout the month for essential maintenance. Machu Picchu remains open at this time.The trail reopens in March, though the highlands are still rainy through into

early April.May and October, are the best times to trek the Inca Trail as permits may sell out slightly less fast as in the peak months, plus it’s dry, and warmer than June, July and August.The Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) takes place towards the end of June and cities, such as Cuzco, always get busier with local crowds heading towards Machu Picchu.Peru’s national vacation at the end of July is also a peak time for Peruvians to tackle the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu by train. The dry conditions prove popular with vacationmakers all the way through August and

into September.By November, the rainy season is starting up again in earnest. However, you still might get some solid trekking conditions with nothing like the crowds of the summer – and you won’t need to secure your pass quite as far in advance.December is wet and attracts crowds over the vacations with accommodation and flight prices rising, despite the weather. Things ease off again in January – which is wet but without the vacation crowds.

Machu Picchu hike difficulty

First, the numbers: if you tackle the classic four-day Inca Trail you’ll have 24-26 miles to trek (depending on which trailhead you set out from), over 2,000 metres to haul yourself up and level yourself down, and over 3,000 steps to deal with in total.

In terms of fitness and technical challenge, this is considered to be a trek of moderate difficulty. The effort required, though, isn’t evenly distributed across the four days. Rather, the greatest lung-bursting effort is front-loaded into the first day and a half. The high point, Dead Woman’s Pass, is – at 4,198 metres – definitely the toughest of the three passes, both in terms of the potential effects of altitude and the sharpness of the elevation gain. There are, however, a number of campsites on the way to this first pass, and some groups opt to make the second day easier by staying at the highest campsite on the first night. 

Due to Coronavirus Machu Picchu Tickets and Inca Trail, Permits can be Changed

Peruvian authorities are allowing visitors to change their Machu Picchu entry tickets. And tour operators can change Inca Trail permits. I’ve included a link to see information about the new rules at Machu Picchu, a link to the new Machu Picchu website, and other tips to help you navigate your way through the process of canceling or changing your trip to Peru.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to perhaps salvage some of your expenses if you canceled a trip to Machu Picchu. The borders of Peru are closed and train service to Machu Picchu is suspended since March 17, 2020, to limit the spread of Covid19. The Peru government has extended the border closing now until October 30, 2020. However, they announced that international flights to Peru will resume on January 1, 2021.

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INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

3 CUSTOMERS
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08/02/21

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

6 PEOPLE 2 LEFT
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