Trek Entry Fee Info
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We try to price our treks as affordably as possible, but need to include the following entry fees and costs: The price of our trek prices as listed on our website are based on the following costs, which are correct as at January 2009. Please note that The government reserves the right to increase the entrance fee at any time and may only give us one or two weeks notice.
Inca Trail entrance fee is 256 Peruvian Soles, about US$103 (US$30 discount for students with ISIC cards and children and 41 Soles, about US$14 for all of our porters. The price paid for the entrance fee is clearly marked on the trek permit. This price includes entrance to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu entrance fee is 128 Peruvian Soles (approx US$52) per visitor. (US$20 discount for students with ISIC cards and children.
Return on tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo expedition (US $55 approx). Note: Peru Rail has a monopoly, seats on services are limited but we will do our best to get a reasonable timetable for clients. The backpacker cerrojo services leaves Aguas Calientes at either 2.30pm or 6pm. If you would like to leave at another time, you need to pay an upgrade to Vistadome service, an extra $30 per person. The price paid for the train ticket is clearly marked on the ticket.
The price of the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is US$18.5 per person Round Trip. The price paid for the bus ticket is clearly marked on the ticket.
$18 US for train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes. In 2013 we did not include this charge, but after feedback from clients are including this charge, whether or not you utilise this service.
The current rate of Peruvian sales tax (IGV) is 19%
An increase to any of the above third party costs are completely outside of the control of Alternative Inca trails and will be passed directly on to our clients. As soon as we are aware of any such increase we will immediately update our website and the price of our trek increased accordingly. Clients will be asked to pay any differences to the cost of the trek when paying the trek balance upon arrival in Cusco. We appreciate you understanding in this matter.
Exchange Rate. Trek prices are based on an exchange rate of 1 USD = 2.5 Peruvian Nuevo Soles.(as at 1 January 2013) We revise our trek prices quarterly if there is a substantial change. Although we accept payment for the trek in US dollars the majority of our expenses are in Peruvian Soles (trek permissions, wages, food, taxes). Alternative Inca Trails will absorb any change in costs up to 10 points difference from 2.5 PEN. if the exchange rate falls to 2.40 we will not ask you to pay any additional surcharge. If however the value of the US dollar falls below 2.40 we will ask you to pay a US$15 surcharge, if the value falls below 2.30 we will ask you to pay a US$20 surcharge, below 2.30 we will ask you to pay a US$25 surcharge etc. Exchange rates can go both up and down so if the value of the US dollar increases against the Peruvian Sol we will refund you the following amounts: exchange rate greater than 2.65 we will refund US$10, greater than 2.75 we will refund US$15, greater than 2.90 we will refund US$20 etc etc. Apus Peru will have to show any calculations to clearly justify such surcharges.
Inca trail bookings When to make a trek booking: The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible. In 2008 the trek permissions for some dates sold out more than 4 months in advance !! However don’t make a booking until you have all the group details (names, passport numbers, ages etc) and you are sure about your trek departure date since these details cannot be changed after we have bought your trek permit.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names&passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application. You must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Inca Trail. If the name or number in your passport is different from the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. If you make a trek booking at the student price you must send us a copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek deposit. If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek. You will not be given the opportunity to pay the extra difference in price.