Booking Inca Trail tickets in advance is a must. With Inca Trail permits limited each day it is essential to book early. But just how far in advance do you need to reserve your Peru trek to guarantee a place on this most famous of trails?
Reading through websites and marketing emails of various agencies selling trekking in Peru ,you would think that you need to be reserving your place for next year on the Inca Trail already. I will explain why this is not quite true.
Advantages of booking inca trail tickets in advance
There is no doubt that getting all your holiday plans sorted for next year early is a great idea. On certain dates hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes do almost sell out. Spaces on trains also sell out leaving you with a less desirable time of your train to Machu Picchu or in the case of those hiking the Inca Trail, perhaps leaving you with less choice of train times back to Cusco.
Reserving your Inca Trail trek early also allows the agency to gather more people for the date you wish to hike, thus guaranteeing your departure. ( While the majority of agencies do guarantee departures, the cheaper ones may not do so, or may end up passing you onto another operator). It can also mean that you get more people to share your trek with which in many people´s eyes makes it more fun.
When do Inca Trail tickets go on sale?
Despite all these very good reasons for booking your Inca Trail hike for next year now, the truth is that Inca Trail permits do not actually go on sale until January. Anyone who tells you any different is not telling the truth. Once permits do go on sale, they tend to start selling very fast, and some dates sell out straight away, especially for March and April. So while you should not be fooled by the marketing hype put forward by some agencies, it certainly does make sense to get booking your Inca Trail hike now, so that come the first few days of January when the tickets go on sale, your tour operator is ready to get in the queue and buy your tickets. Remember that setting up an itinerary and planning a holiday also takes a bit of time. To book your Peru tour any operator will need a deposit, your booking form and passport details,all of which can take a bit of time to send, especially over the Christmas period.
So to find out more and to book your Inca Trail tickets for next year now, contact us by filling in the form on the right of this page. Whatever you do, do not leave it too late, as you may end up disappointed when all the Inca Trail tickets are sold out for the date you want.