Inca Trail Regulation
This is the translation of a summary of the current regulation of the Inca Trail for information purposes.
Note: The complete regulation is available in Spanish on the Website of the Ministry of Culture Cusco.
Resolution N° 02- 2003-UGM-CD
Regulation of the Inca Trail Network of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (HSM), recognized by the UNESCO as Cultural and Natural World Heritage. It includes the whole Inca Trail Network and its organized and authorized existing roads.
Use of the Inca Trail Network
The use of the Inca Trail Network for tourist purposes is organized through:
Organized groups with Travel agencies
They are composed by:
Authorized Travel agencies
Authorized legal organizations which fulfill the established requirements of the legislation in force.
Number of members of an organized group
40 people at most:
500 persons per day.
We consider assistance crew:
Payment of the entrance fee
The payment of the entrance fee to the Inca Trail Network shall be made only in the city of Cusco, at the Treasury office of the Ministry. For any reason the payment for the entrance fee will be accepted at registry and control points of the Inca Trail Network.
Modification by RESOLUTION Nº 0O2-2004-UGM-CD
Authorization requests to entry the Inca Trail Network of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu must me made on the name of the person and with appropriate documents and paying first 100% of the corresponding fee, depending strictly on established capacity of load. These requests can be made up to 48 hours prior to the date of entry.
Restrictions of the tourist use of the Inca Trail Network
For ecological recovery reasons, the tourist use of the Inca Trail Network is forbidden in February every year, for the roads 1, 2 and 3, indicated on the annex E of the present regulation.
For preservation or restoration purposes, some restriction or closing periods of the Inca Trail Network will be established. In this case, the UGM will inform the visitors thirty (30) working days in advance.
Exceptionally, only in high risk situations, fortuitous or force majeur cases, the access to the site will be closed or restricted without prior notice. In this case, the Direction will inform visitors about the situation.
Duration of the stay for tourist use
It mandatory that all users of the Inca Trail Network identify themselves with their original ID documents and that they register their entry at the registry and control point of the INRENA or the Ministry.
Banning of circulation and night use of the Inca Trail Network
It is forbidden to circulate inside the Inca Trail Network between 19:00 and 05:30, except in fortuitous or force majeur duly proved cases.
Mandatory minimum equipment for agencies and guides
Authorized guides should carry this equipment.
Equipment for the Assistance crew
First aid kit (mandatory for Travel agencies and Tourist guides)
Forbidden elements inside the Inca Trail Network
Travel agencies, Tourist guides and assistance crew must separate solid waste generated during their stay in the Inca Trail Network in organic and non organic waste and take it out the HSM.
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