The Inca Trail in Peru is one of the most popular hikes in South America. The classic route covers a distance of 30 miles in four days, and while it is physically challenging, the rewards include spectacular Andean Mountain scenery, Incan archaeological ruins, and watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu at Inti Punku, the ‘Gateway of the Sun’. The trail is open year-round, except during the month of February.
For all Inca Trail Hikes, you must purchase a permit. Since the number of permits sold is limited to 500 per day (of which roughly 300 are issued to service providers including guides, porters, and cooks), we suggest that you start planning at least three to six months in advance, to ensure that permits are available during the time period that you want to hike. Beginning January 1, 2011, we can confirm availability and purchase Inca Trail Permits.