We take small groups, why?
The principal reason to take small groups, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the Inca trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference often over onehour in a section of the trail between the fastest andslowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guides explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Smallgroups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.
What are the benefits of doing a private tour?
One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.
Important new trail regulation MC (Ministry of culture)
- Limited number of people can enter the trail each day (500 People per day) and hikers require permits obtained in advance by a licensed tour operator to do so.
- Your passport details and ISIC student card if applicable must be presented to the UGM park control to obtain a permit. You must scan / fax your valid ISIC card at the time of booking and carry these documents on the trail or risk losing your permit. YOUTH TRAVEL CARD or ISTC is not accepted by the control.
- We have daily departures for the 4 day Inca trail (except in all February) and from May to October (high season) you need to confirm your booking at least 3 months in advance if you do not have flexibility in a departure date.
- For lower season dates November to April there are often many dates with permits available so just make your reservation through the website and confirm by email the deposit booking.
Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly. Note: that the Trail is closed every February for cleaning. If you are a group of 2 - 3 or more people and there is still enough Permits Available in the Park (Ministry of culture MC), then we can open a new departure date according to your required date as long as it is not alongside another group departure date. * If for any reason you miss out on a trek permit you can still visit Machu Picchu by train. See the many options into our web site such as : 2 Day or 2 Day trip to Machu Picchu / 2 Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu / 2 and 3 Day hike to Huchuy Qosqo with Machu Picchu so I suggest you get further information from each and let us know which one is great option for your !!
If you are student, send us and scan of your student card (ISIC Card only) through e-mail at the same booking time (valid student cards are the International ISIC cards. Are not valid teachers card, or youth travel card. Notice that only the complete details will allow us to get your permit and save a spot for you, also make sure that if you renewing your passport after reserving the Inca trail what counts in the passport number on which you made the booking. So, bring the old and the new passport in order to avoid problems at the Inca trail check point, which is very strict.
For a valid Booking, you have to send through e-mail the following info:
- Name and last name :
- Passport number :
- Date of birth :
- Nationality :
- Gender :
Confirmed departure dates:
At any time you wish during the whole year but it must be 5 to 6 months in advance, except in February due that is closed for maintenance. Please contact us to check departures to alternative routes.
What to Bring/ Carry:
- Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail (Day 1).
- Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
- Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
- Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
- A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
- Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
- T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
- Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
- Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
- Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
- Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - April, but during the dry season can be raining too
- Camera with extra batteries and flash light , head torch and extra batteries
- Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna, or in Aguas Calientes town
- Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
- Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail
- Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
- Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
- 2 Liter water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machu Picchu site.
- Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water.
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs in Soles
- First Aid kit (alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
- Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
- Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
- Optional: Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage the Inca Trail) without rubber covers you CAN'T use them.
- Optional: Optional: Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
- Optional: Optional:GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU