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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

My wife and I wish to arrive at Machu Picchu on April 30th at dawn for my 50th birthday. So we would need to start the 4-day hike on the 27th.

I went on the ticket site and found that tickets are available for april 27th, but none for the 30th. Are the date on the calendar for arriving in Machu Picchu or starting the trail (Q1)?

Also, do we need to purchase the trail ticket first, then find a tour/guide to take us(Q2)? or do we just go with the information, and get a guide/tour agency to book for us before all are gone(Q3)?

Also, we wish to hike Huayna Picchu? will we have time to visit the site and do the climb in the same day we return to Cusco or do we need to add an extra day(Q4)?

Thank you for prompt answer.

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1. Re: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

Q1: If you are going to book the inca trail on 27th, you'll be in Mapi 30th. that's right!!. there aren't any available spaces for 30th, and supposedly you would arrive to mapi 03 may.

To do the inca trail you have to take a company or tou guide ( if you take a tour guide it means that you would carry your personal items, belongings, tents, etc). (is advisable to take a company).

You can climb to Waynapicchu the same day (In one day). Mapi sanctuary is open until 5 pm.

Kind regards!

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2. Re: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

You need to book with a liscensed tour operator for the Inca Trail and the MP entrance tickets should be provided as should your return train tickets. You should contact whoever you are booking your Inca Trail trek with and confirm all of this though as different companies may offer different train departures and/or options.

Hiking Huanay Picchu the same day you arrive is possible but it will all depend on how tired you are and how much time you want for the rest of Machu Picchu. If you add another day you will have to have another entrance ticket for the second day. Im sure you tour operator will be able to accomodate you but again you should confirm this with them.

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4. Re: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

robert v,

Your advice is not really in the best interest to most travelers. Llamapath is certainly a very respectable and good operator. Your second one is Wayki Trek, not wankitrek and your link is wrong - it should be www.waykitrek.net

Wayki is a very good operator as well.

There are many other good options though (both local and international) and to suggest that International Companies would give worse service than a local Peruvian company shows a lack of knowledge and familiarity that is not constructive or helpful to anyone. I am all for promoting the good Peruvian Companies on here but your message is not accurate or effective advice.

Most International Companies do outsource the Inca Trail specifically to one of these local operators but it depends and to group them all together as a worse option is silly. There was recent thread on here grouping all Cusco Companies as bad and that is just as foolish.

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5. Re: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

You need to book the Inca Trail with a registered agency, ASAP. It looks like there are still openings for April 27 & 28, but the April is selling out quickly: machupicchu.gob.pe/rpt/…

You do not need to purchase your own tickets for Machu Picchu -- this should be included in the overall trek fee. I'm guessing that some MP tickets are reserved for Inca Trail trekkers but don't show up in ticket availability.

More info on the Inca Trail: andeantravelweb.com/peru/…incatrail4.html

We used Llama Path, www.llamapath.com & thought they were great. Other agencies often recommended on this forum include Peru Treks, www.perutreks.com , Pachamama Explorers, www.pmexplorers.com and Q'ente, www.qente.com

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7. Re: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

After booking your inca trail with a company you will have your entrance ticket to machu picchu as default , but you need to add 60 USD aproximately . also u can book huaynapicchu the last day.

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9. Re: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

Hi There,

I just wanted to say that in you would like to do a nice trek without the hassle to book many months in advance for your trek.

The new inca jungle trail is a very good option specially if you enjoy nature, culture ,local people, archeology and relax at the natural hot springs close to the river.

In case you like hard hike, with the view of amazing mountains the salkantay trek is another good option and you don´t have to book months in advance.

When you book a trek, always be sure about what is included and not , so you won´t have any last minute surprises.

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10. Re: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - ticket and guide booking

The Inca trail is the best trek for me, lares and salkantay can be fine if all spaces for the classic inca trail are sold out.