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The information shown below is taken directly from the government trek permit database and shows the real-time availability of trek permits for the Inca Trail. Trek permits are required for the classic 4-day Inca Trail, the shorter 2-day Inca Trail and the 7-day Salkantay / Inca Trail trek. Alternative treks such as Lares Valley, Ausangate, Choquequirao, and the 5-day Inca Trail via Santa Teresa do not require trek permits. The government issues a maximum of 500 trek permits for each day. Since trekking staff are also included within this limit of 500 persons this means that, on average, about 200 trek permits are allocated to tourists and about 300 allocated to guides, cooks and porters.
Review updated permit availability information in the following .PDF electronic documents. Make sure permits are available for the date you want to start the trek and proceed to booking:
trekking alternative to Machu Picchu: Salkantay Machupicchu 7day, Lares Machu Picchu 4 days, Inca Trail 2 dias to Machu picchu, Choquequirao Discovery