Regulations given by National Institute of Culture ( INC - Instituto Nacional de Cultura del Perú)
The regulations that govern the use of the Inca Trail are very strict and we therefore recommend the following:
- Make your reservations as far in advance as possible. There is a daily limit of 500 people permited on the Inka trail of which only 50% are tourists, the rest being staff and guides.
- Correct personal information is essential: name as it appears on your passport; nationality, age at the time of the trek, gender and occupation. information given at the time of making your reservation must coincide exactly with the information which features on the valid passport you will be using for your trip to Peru. If travelers arrive in Peru with a new passport (not the one they used when making their reservation) then they will not be allowed to enter the Inca Trail. We therefore recommend that travelers bring both their passports in such cases.
- The campsites offered by official tour operators on the Inca Trail are established by Inka trail regulators: The National Institute of Culture (INC). The typical campsites of Route 1 are Huayllabamba, Pacaymayo and Wiñaywayna. There are also other campsites available if these campsites are full. Campsites are assigned by the reservations system of the INC in accordance with availability. This means that the campsites may differ from those published in our programs. Tour Operators are obliged to obey the regulations established by the INC.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON PASSPORT:
- THE CLIENT SHOULD PRESENT HIS/HER ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON ENTERING THE INCA TRAIL AT THE DIFFERENT PARK RANGER CONTROL POINTS, AND THE DETAILS ON THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE PRECISELY THE SAME AS THOSE ON THE RESERVATION OTHERWISE THE CLIENT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER ON THE INCA TRAIL PARK.
- The maximum number of people permitted within the system of Inca trails is 500 persons per day, including tourists, guides, cooks and porters, which limits the spaces available to tourists each day to an average of 230 permits within the entire Inca trails network in the Machupicchu Sanctuary.
- This is why we suggest you to reserve your space as far in advance as possible, at least 3 to 4 months during high season before the date required. The high season for visitors to the Inca Trail is from May to October.