If you want to do the Inca Trail next year, you’d better book soon

If you want to do the Inca Trail next year, you'd better book soon

Permits for the trail are being released on 1 October – four months earlier than usual.

Only 500 permits are allowed for each day of the year, and only 200 of these are given to hikers – the rest are for guides and porters.

The first wave of permits is usually issued in January of the same year, with the rest released in February, but things are changing for 2018, with the country’s Ministry of Culture releasing all permits on 1 October 2017.

If you want to do the Inca Trail next year, you'd better book soon
A hiker at the summit of Dead Woman’s Pass on the Inca Trail (Picture: Getty)

The Inca Trail is a hiking trial in Peru which ends at Machu Picchu.

The trek normally takes four to five days to complete.

Tourists can only buy permits from licensed travel companies – you can’t do the trek by yourself.

However, if you miss out on Inca Trail permits you can get to Machu Picchu via an alternative route – the Salkantay trek, which is the next best alternative for travellers.

There are no limitations on tourists on this route as no permit is needed to trek it. It also takes four to five days.

If you want to do the Inca Trail next year, you'd better book soon
That view though (Picture: Getty)

If you’re looking to do the Inca Trail and want to get in there on 1 October, we recommend researching your travel companies in advance.

The government has also introduced a timed entry system into Machu Picchu, to deal with overcrowding, so be prepared for that.