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Alternatives to the Classic Inca trail

IN early 2000 the Inca trail was being badly damaged by the having so many trekkers. To stop this damage a permit system was introduced which limited trekkers on this route to 500 per day. This number includes all crew. Permits are released in early October for the following year and popular dates sell out in weeks. For 2018, all dates from April to mid- November have already sold out. If your heart is set on hiking the Classic Inca trail, please get in touch so that we can check alternative dates for you. Permits went on sale in the first week of October and popular dates will sell out very quickly. For the full detail on Inca trail permits see here.

If you want to visit Machu PIcchu and permits for the dates you want to travel are sold out, we do offer some fantastic treks to Machu Picchu, all of which are ancient Inca trails. Our favourite alternative routes are  the Lares trail, which offers a stunning combination of mountainous trekking and cultural immersion and the Salkantay trail which offers a more mountainous approach to the ruins at Machu Picchu. On both of these trails we operate a regular schedule of open group treks and you can see availability here.

We can also operate a private trek on any of the routes featured below.

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