Frequently Asked Questions about a Trek to Machu Picchu

Alpaca Expeditions
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Why Book 2019 Inca Trail Treks Now?
Permits with a Licensed operated required

Cusco, Peru – The time to book a trip to Machu Picchu in 2019 is now! Here are the frequently asked questions about trekking the Inca Trail:
Hiking the Inca Trail is a bucket list worthy event, but it involves a lot of advance planning. In order to hike this amazing trail, visitors must book through a licensed operator, like Alpaca Expeditions, to secure permits for their trek. Permits are extremely limited and sell out almost immediately. Here are some answers to the most common questions about this process...
What do I need to hike the Inca Trail?
You NEED a permit from the government in order to hike the Inca Trail.
How do I obtain a permit?
A licensed Inca Trail Tour Operator, such as Alpaca Expeditions, must do so on your behalf.
How many permits does the government give out?
The government issues 500 permits per day for the Inca Trail. EVERYONE needs a permit, including your crew, which means that only about 200 - 300 visitors will be able to start this hike every day.
Do I need a permit for each day of the trek?
No, you only need a permit for your START date.
Once I book a permit, can I change my start date?
No. The government does not allow us to change any dates for permits. If you need to change your date, you will need to purchase a new permit and your new date is likely going to be sold out.
When do I need to book my trek?
ASAP. The day that the government releases next years permits, which should be early October, most of March, April, May and June will be sold out. Because of the limited number of permits, they sell out extremely quickly.
Shouldn't I wait until October to book then?
Definitely not! If you know that you want to do this hike, booking soon will ensure you get a permit. The government is changing the rules all the time about when they will release permits and you want all your details in our system so we are ready for the moment we are notified. Plus, booking now ensures you get our current prices for next years trek.
Am I guaranteed to get my start date?
Unfortunately, no, but by booking with a trusted company like Alpaca Expeditions, you are in the best hands to make this happen. For the last three years we have been 99% successful in getting everyone's first choice for a start date. But giving us a backup or two for possible starts does help us make sure that you get to do this hike. We will always work to get your top choice and notify you if this doesn't happen (which will not be the case). If we weren't successful at all, which has NEVER happened, we will refund your money entirely - 100%.
What makes Alpaca Expeditions better at this process?
We are already working to organize our early bookings and those who booked first will be reserved by us first (another good reason to book now). The day we are notified of the release date, we work to get a few of our satellite offices around Cusco equipped with the highest speed internet to make sure that we have a huge, organized team all working hard to get you to Machu Picchu. No other company has our success rate
Machu Picchu one of the 7 Wonders of the World is a very popular trek. If adventurous travelers have been putting off going to Machu Picchu, now is the time to book a trip to assure preferred dates are available. Alternative routes do not require permits and are generally available throughout the year. The Salkantay Trek offers spectacular hiking into the Andes Cloud Forest and back down to the jungle. This trek is 4 days and nights culminating in the magnificent Inca Ruins. The Lares Trek is another option. These alternative treks offer cultural interaction with villages along the way, soaks in hot springs, spectacular scenery and the opportunity of making new friends along the trail
Alpaca Expeditions is the TripAdvisor’s highest rated operator in Peru offering treks to Machu Picchu. Their services to guests include everything from applying for permits, guiding groups on all trails, providing for every need along the way. Using superior equipment, gear and well-trained and experienced guides, Alpaca Expeditions guests are well cared for on the trail. Prices are affordable and all-inclusive of meals, activities and camping.
Alpaca is concerned about safety, so they bring satellite phones in case of emergency and all staff are trained in first aid.
Alpaca Expeditions is a 100% Peruvian Company offering traditional and alternate treks to Machu Picchu. There are many routes that lead to Machu Picchu – literally something for everyone! These include classic multi-day treks with camping all the way to one-day or overnight train trips from Cusco to Machu Picchu with no hiking at all. Alpaca Expeditions will help choose the best fit for each guest.
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About Alpaca Expeditions
Alpaca Expeditions, a 100 % Peruvian company, is a pioneer adventure operator diligently working to provide the best services in available. Although they offer daily departures, it’s important to check with a member of their sales team to plan a trek. Please email them at,. They stand ready to help answer questions and help prepare for this amazing journey

Your view from a tent

Your view from a tent

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