Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Are permits required for this one-day Machu Picchu trek?

Current as of July, 2014 The UGM (Unidad de Gestion de Machupicchu, the regulatory body responsible for management of the Machu Picchu National Sanctuary), limits the number of passengers on the routes within the Sanctuary. Included in these routes is the one-day hike Chachabamba to Machu Picchu. The regulations are administered locally by the DDC-C (Direccion Desconcentrada de Cultura - Cusco).

The DDC-C assigns the same status for hiking the Chachabamba to Machu Picchu route as they do to requests to trek the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The DDC-C limits the number of permits for the Chachabamba route based on the traffic for that day already issued for other routes within the Sanctuary.

New applications are currently being accepted on a first come/first served basis for hiking anywhere within the Sanctuary in 2017, including the Chachabamba route. We must submit a permit application listing the passenger name(s) as they appear on the passport; nationality and passport number; date of birth and gender. We also pay the trail fee at the time the permit is issued. Once issued, the only changes allowed on the trek permit are to remove names from the permit, with 100% loss of your tour deposit.

Insofar as our passengers have to make flight reservations and all other travel plans far in advance of the date deemed convenient by the UGM, we process these Chachabamba requests as soon as we have required passenger data and the trail fee prepaid. The park fee for the normal Chachabamba route is $77. We collect this as part of the prepaid services. The park fee is subject to change.

These bookings must operate within DDC-C regulations. Terms and conditions for entry to Machu Picchu and its peripheral sites are subject to change without prior notice

What information do you need from us in order to obtain the permits?

We must submit a permit application along with a $350 deposit. We must have all the passenger name(s) as they appear on the passport; nationality and passport number; date of birth and gender. We also pay the trail fee at the time the permit is issued.  Thereafter, the only changes allowed on the trek permit are to remove names from the permit, with 100% loss of your tour deposit.

Is the $350 deposit refundable?

No, it is non-refundable. Our staff in Cuzco have to purchase your permits as soon as we send them your information.

Insofar as our passengers have to make flight reservations and all other travel plans far in advance of the date deemed convenient by the UGM, we process these Chachabamba requests as soon as we have required passenger data and the trail fee prepaid.

These bookings must operate within INC regulations.  Terms and conditions for entry to Machu Picchu and its peripheral sites are subject to change without prior notice.

If I cannot travel on the original date of my trek permit, can I transfer to another date?

No, unfortunately the INC rules are very strict. All permits are non-refundable, non-transferable. There are no cancellations, wait-lists, etc.

Quick Facts

  • One-day or two-day private guided departures
  • Trek permits are required -- book early!
  • Explore the astonishing Winya Wayna ruins, and intimate Chachabamba
  • Arrive into Machu Picchu via the famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • In/out Cuzco

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