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Travel News: Machu Picchu Inca Trail Hike Permit On Sale Now (Adventure Travel)

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The Inca Trail is a legendary hike that leads to Machu Picchu through the mountains and cloud forests of the Peruvian Andes. Only travelers with the Inca Trail travel permit are allowed on the trail. Permits for the Inca Trail have gone on sale a full three months early for 2018. Southern Explorations, a Latin America adventure tour provider, encourages travelers to book next year's trips to Peru now before the trail permits sell out.

Southern Explorations' Classic Inca Trail Trip is a 10-day exploration of the region that takes travelers off the beaten path and into the dramatic beauty of the Andes. The tour includes:
  • Several days acclimating to the elevation and exploring the culture and landscape of nearby Peruvian cities and villages
  • Hiking the Inca Trail over four days and three nights with a licensed guide and porters
  • Entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate – with the ruins spread out below – in the afternoon, after most other visitors have left
  • Lodging before and after the hike in luxury accommodations

Southern Explorations' Inca Trail [southernexplorations.com] trip includes all necessary camping equipment, permits, accommodations, meals and transportation.

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is this a good deal? looks like package starts at $3,000. is it possible to just get a permit for a one or two day entry instead?
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is this a good deal? looks like package starts at $3,000. is it possible to just get a permit for a one or two day entry instead?
Depends. What's your goal? Is it to see the area or must you have bragging rights that you walked the "Inca Trail" AKA "The Inca Tourist Highway"?

Just with normal MP admission you can walk to the Sun Gate and a bit beyond on the "Inca Trail". If you can survive without walking with hoards of other tourists, there are plenty of Inca trails all over the area. Real ones. Ones that people still use today. Not just one that leads you to a tourist attraction. I've been to MP many times over the years. It keeps getting bigger and bigger. You can see the guys there building more of it.

Going to the Sacred Valley is fantastic. There is much to see away from the tour groups and are just as impressive as MP. Most people just go to MP and maybe stop off for lunch at one of the tiny towns there. I suggest you spend time in the tiny towns. After the tour groups come and go at lunch, it's a completely different experience. Almost all the little towns have their own set of ruins up in the hills around them. In many of which, you will be the only one there. You can see the locals walking this way and that way on trails they have used for hundreds/thousands of years. Just follow one of them as they head off into the distance and follow in the footsteps of the Incas. Some of the trails are just a worn down patch of dirt. Some of them are remnants of fully stone paved roads. Sadly, those sections tend to be short. If you do explore on your own make sure to bring plenty of water, warm clothing and a phone with a GPS just in case.
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Depends. What's your goal? Is it to see the area or must you have bragging rights that you walked the "Inca Trail" AKA "The Inca Tourist Highway"?

Just with normal MP admission you can walk to the Sun Gate and a bit beyond on the "Inca Trail". If you can survive without walking with hoards of other tourists, there are plenty of Inca trails all over the area. Real ones. Ones that people still use today. Not just one that leads you to a tourist attraction. I've been to MP many times over the years. It keeps getting bigger and bigger. You can see the guys there building more of it.

Going to the Sacred Valley is fantastic. There is much to see away from the tour groups and are just as impressive as MP. Most people just go to MP and maybe stop off for lunch at one of the tiny towns there. I suggest you spend time in the tiny towns. After the tour groups come and go at lunch, it's a completely different experience. Almost all the little towns have their own set of ruins up in the hills around them. In many of which, you will be the only one there. You can see the locals walking this way and that way on trails they have used for hundreds/thousands of years. Just follow one of them as they head off into the distance and follow in the footsteps of the Incas. Some of the trails are just a worn down patch of dirt. Some of them are remnants of fully stone paved roads. Sadly, those sections tend to be short. If you do explore on your own make sure to bring plenty of water, warm clothing and a phone with a GPS just in case.
thanks for your suggestions and tips. I guess I'd count myself among the tourist hoard, as I have no ideas about the place, other than the "typical" spots, as bucket list thing.

I'd love to see more than just MP, including the other things you noted, but as a foreigner its a huge fear or getting lost, so the "typical" spots usually provide some kind of comfort in familiarity. On the same note however, I'm not willing to shell out $$$thousands for a super tour either, just somewhere in between, for instance a tour/guide for the MP area with entry permits and I'll explore other things.
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I'd love to see more than just MP, including the other things you noted, but as a foreigner its a huge fear or getting lost, so the "typical" spots usually provide some kind of comfort in familiarity. On the same note however, I'm not willing to shell out $$$thousands for a super tour either, just somewhere in between, for instance a tour/guide for the MP area with entry permits and I'll explore other things.
If your main interest is in MP, you don't need a tour guide at all. Like all major tourists attractions, it's easy to get to and easy to see on your own.

1) Get to Cusco. I would suggest you spend a couple of days here. I like Cusco. It's a pretty town with a great, albeit touristy, central market. There's a smaller market up on the hill where the locals go. It has it's own very easily accessible ruins.

2) Take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. Many people take a bus to the train station but it's easily walkable if a bit tiring since it's up from the town. Once you get to the train station, it's pretty much follow the tourists flock. Just go where they go.

3) I would suggest you get to Aguas Calientes a day before going to MP so that you can wake up super early and get into MP as early as possible. Why? For the sunrise? No. To greet the people coming in from the "Inca Trail" at the Sun Gate? No. It's to get tickets for Huayna Picchu. It's the peak next to MP that looks down on it. DO NOT TAKE THE LONG WAY BACK DOWN! I REPEAT. DO NOT TAKE THE LONG WAY BACK DOWN!. While it is quite impressive at times, it is a LONG way. They only give out so many tickets to Huayna Picchu in the morning. First come, first serve. When they are out, they are out. They go fast.

4) While it is walkable, most tourists take the big buses that go between AC and MP. So in the morning just follow the tourists as they coalesce where the buses leave from.

You really can't get lost. There are a ton of tourists at MP. If you ever find that you are alone, you are in the wrong spot. Just look for a bunch of tourists and head back over there.

It is possible to do the whole MP thing as a daytrip from Cusco but why rush it? Once you get to MP, it's an easy walk around. They are wheelchair accessible.
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If your main interest is in MP, you don't need a tour guide at all. Like all major tourists attractions, it's easy to get to and easy to see on your own.

1) Get to Cusco. I would suggest you spend a couple of days here. I like Cusco. It's a pretty town with a great, albeit touristy, central market. There's a smaller market up on the hill where the locals go. It has it's own very easily accessible ruins.

2) Take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. Many people take a bus to the train station but it's easily walkable if a bit tiring since it's up from the town. Once you get to the train station, it's pretty much follow the tourists flock. Just go where they go.

3) I would suggest you get to Aguas Calientes a day before going to MP so that you can wake up super early and get into MP as early as possible. Why? For the sunrise? No. To greet the people coming in from the "Inca Trail" at the Sun Gate? No. It's to get tickets for Huayna Picchu. It's the peak next to MP that looks down on it. DO NOT TAKE THE LONG WAY BACK DOWN! I REPEAT. DO NOT TAKE THE LONG WAY BACK DOWN!. While it is quite impressive at times, it is a LONG way. They only give out so many tickets to Huayna Picchu in the morning. First come, first serve. When they are out, they are out. They go fast.

4) While it is walkable, most tourists take the big buses that go between AC and MP. So in the morning just follow the tourists as they coalesce where the buses leave from.

You really can't get lost. There are a ton of tourists at MP. If you ever find that you are alone, you are in the wrong spot. Just look for a bunch of tourists and head back over there.

It is possible to do the whole MP thing as a daytrip from Cusco but why rush it? Once you get to MP, it's an easy walk around. They are wheelchair accessible.
ty, ill save these suggestions when i start planning shortly
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Check out Alpaca Expeditions. I used them to hike the Andes and it was only $600 for a 5 day hike with everything included.

As for doing it on your own. I believe Peruvian laws were just changed and its now required to go with a certified tour guide to MP. You cant even stay all day like you used to.. only 2 groups are allowed.. a 6am group and a noon group. You also can't go exploring the site on your own, everyone has to do the same tour guide circuit.

It's def not like it was ten years ago and is changing all the time! Go now before they change even more stuff and slap on more requirements.

http://theonlyperuguide.com/2017/...y-01-2017/
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