Here are 5 points that will help you better plan and be prepared!
1) Plan Your Trek Months Ahead of Time!
Sometimes travelers arrive to Cusco city and want to book the Inca Trail that same week. This is not possible. Travelers who have done so have likely been led falsely by unlegitimate travel agencies that actually take them on alternate trails to Machu Picchu: trails that are equally beautiful and challenging (such as Lares or Huchuy Qosqo), but are not the Inca Trail, and do not feature the original Inca archaeological sites that make the Inca Trail the famous trail that it is. Don't be disappointed, and don't be fooled- book ahead!
*You yourself can check the government website to see when spaces are available for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu:
(Click on Consultas, from there you can choose Inka Trail from the drop-down list, then choose your month to see the availability).
2) You Need Your Original Passport
(South American travelers can use their DNI cards if they have entered Peru with the same piece of ID.)
Many people worry about fraud or identity theft. In Peru, this is the manner in which the government has set out to control booking and entry, being that the Passport is world-recognized, and they and each travel agency take measures to protect your information and identity.
3) Students can get a Discount
Children are also applicable for different discounts on travel and entrances, just check with your travel agent prior.