I am currently in Quito planning to travel to the coast and from there follow the coast to Lima and from there to Cusco, Macchu Picchu. Since i am taking the bus from Quito all the way Lima i do not when i will be in Cusco. I it possible to show up in Cusco and book a tour when i come there??
Thank you for your help!
From what I've read (reading only, no personal experience), you should be able to find a spot on the train within a couple of days. It's mostly the alternative approach via Inca Trail for which you need to book half a year or more in advance.
Sander's right, but january is top season, so it may well take longer than just a few days. Also it makes a difference whether it's just you, or several people.
Good luck; before I forget, a word of unsollicited advice on routes. The panamericana down the Peruvian coast is dead boring. Unless you're set on visiting Lima, and if you can spare the time, consider taking the (much) longer mountain route (via Huaraz, Huanuco, Cerro de Pasco, Huancayo and Ayacucho) to Cusco.
Everyone seems to tell you to book in advance but I had no problem when I rocked up in October / November a few years ago. Had to hang out in Cusco for a few days before hand. This is no bad thing as Cusco is a lot of fun and it's good to adjust to the altitude before you set off on the Inca trail.
Hi, I cut this from an e-mail that was responded to me on my inquiry of a 2d/1n 'trek' to MP. I hope this is of help.
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 09:43:15 -0500
I am sorry we could not get back to you earlier but as you realize yesterday was Sunday but now I can give you more details about the short Inca trail.
I have checked with the National Culture Institute whom are in charge of the cultural heritage management of Peru, they keep a booking log of the daily visits to MP and hikers on the Inca trail, remember that they limit the daily number of hikers to 500 (including those that have started the long trail days before). These are the numbers of hikers per day for the first week of March at this moment:
7 381 *Availabilty may vary at any moment
I relieve best dates for you to pick from would be March 2 or March 4, best also because when you get next day to MP you won’t find the visitors swarm that is more common on the weekend.
If you take your decision let us know in order to provide you with our bank account number in order to book you in while there is still availability.
I give you this hint (that a friend in Peru actually provided me). This chart shows "space availability" DISPONIBILIDAD DE ESPACIOS for the Inca Trai CAMINO INCA 2008. It is in spanish but I don't think is hard to select the month (use a dictionary if you wish) click on VER DISPONIBILIDA and voila, you can see how many spaces are left each day.
Hope this be useful...find it in...(don't forget that there are only 500 spaces per day limit).
Good luck trekkers!
I´m surprised you guys (esp. Benti and Sands....shame )
all missed the "extremely Long " post I put up on the Inca Trail a few weeks ago !!!
Peter also spent time adding the Wiki Entry specifically on the INCA Trail.... including all the above links etc. so this can help you make your mind up and time scales etc.
I would suggest that you read this as there is loads of Information and links etc. regarding the Whole Inca Trail.
here´s the link to the Wiki Guide :
and here´s a link to the original thread with all my "twitterings" on :