3 Day Trek to Machu Picchu via Inca Trail


Min: 2,430m/7,972 ft. Max: 4,231m/13,881 ft.


3 Days

Physical Level


Tour Type


Group Size

Min 2 people, Max 12 people

Best Season

April to October


Are you short on time but still want to experience the Classic Inca Trail and visit the majestic Citadel of Machu Picchu? Our 3-Day Inca Trail is designed for travelers just like you. This trek allows you to explore some of the most stunning Inca sites along the way and arrive at the Sun Gate for your first breathtaking view of the Lost City of the Incas.

Inca trail 4 days - Puyupatamarca site


Understanding the 3-Day Inca Trail

Potential hikers should note that this 3-day trek follows the same route as the traditional 4- and 5-day Inca Trails but at a faster pace. You will need to be in moderate to excellent physical condition to complete this hike and reach Machu Picchu on the third day, with enough time to explore and then return to Cusco the same day.

If you find this trek too challenging or have never hiked above 13,700 feet, consider our 4-Day Classic Inca Trail or the 5-Day Inca Trail, which follows the same route at a more relaxed pace with more opportunities to explore Inca sites along the way and enjoy Machu Picchu twice.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful hikes. Book early, as permits for the 3-Day Inca Trail are extremely limited and sell out months in advance.

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What to Bring?

  • Original passports and student cards (if applicable and booked as a student).
  • Good backpack or daypack.
  • Good sleeping bag (can be rented from the company for $20).
  • Hiking boots.
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from the company).
  • Warm clothing (temperatures change; you might experience all four seasons in one day).
  • T-shirts (4), sun hat, 2 pairs of trousers/pants, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, warm jacket, extra layers.
  • Camera.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent (non-malaria mosquitoes).
  • Rain poncho (can be bought in Cusco or on the trek).
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer.
  • Sandals recommended for evening.
  • Scarf.
  • Water bottle (no need to bring water tablets).
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Student card if you are a student, must be scanned when booking.
  • Flashlight.
  • Some plastic bags during the rainy season.
  • Waterproof gloves (important!).
  • Toiletries: toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, wipes, hand sanitizer.
  • Towel.
  • Good trekking shoes as the trail is muddy and slippery in some parts.


  • 2 Trekkers: US$835 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: US$830per person
  • 4-6 Trekkers: US$825 per person
  • 7+ Trekkers: US$820 per person


  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC card to qualify).
  • Under 18 Discount: US$20.

Optional Extras (Available for rent in our office in Cusco):

  • Sleeping bag: US$20.
  • Walking stick: US$15.
  • Inflatable sleeping pads: US$20.

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  1. Is the 3-Day Inca Trail the same route as the 4-Day Inca Trail?
    • Yes, the 3-Day Inca Trail follows the same route as the traditional 4 Day Inca Trail. The difference is that the 3-Day version is completed at a faster pace, which requires participants to be in moderate to excellent physical condition.
  2. What physical condition is required for the 3-Day Inca Trail?
    • Hikers should be in moderate to excellent physical condition. The trek involves significant altitude changes and long days of hiking. It’s recommended that participants have previous hiking experience and be prepared for strenuous activity.
  3. What is included in the 3-Day Inca Trail tour package?
    • The package includes a pre-trek briefing, hotel pick-up and drop-off, private transport to the trailhead, spacious tents, foam sleeping mats, dining and kitchen tents, professional English-speaking guides, all meals during the trek, a portable bathroom tent, first aid kit, porters, drinking water, entrance to Machu Picchu, bus tickets from Machu Picchu, and a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  4. What should I pack for the 3-Day Inca Trail?
    • Essential items include a good backpack, sleeping bag, hiking boots, walking sticks, warm clothing, t-shirts, sun hat, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain poncho, toiletries, sandals for the evening, water bottle, personal medical kit, flashlight, and a student card if applicable. Some items can be rented from the tour company.
  5. How do I book the 3-Day Inca Trail tour?
    • It’s recommended to book well in advance due to the limited number of permits available. You can book the tour through AdventureInPeru’s website or contact their customer service for assistance. Make sure to have your passport and any student ID ready for booking.

Travel Guide

Altitude and Acclimatization

The trek reaches altitudes of up to 4,215 meters (13,829 feet). It’s crucial to spend a few days in Cusco before the trek to acclimatize to the altitude and minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Weather Conditions

The weather on the Inca Trail can vary greatly. Be prepared for both warm, sunny days and cold, rainy conditions. The trail can be muddy and slippery, especially during the rainy season (November to April).

Permits and Availability

Permits for the Inca Trail are limited and can sell out months in advance. Make sure to book early to secure your spot. Permits are non-transferable and require your passport information at the time of booking.

Check now: Inca Trail Permits for 2025.

Health and Safety

A first aid kit and oxygen tank are included in the tour. However, hikers should bring their personal medications and be aware of their physical limits. It’s important to stay hydrated and communicate with your guide if you feel unwell.

Explore the beauty of the Inca Trail in just 3 days with AdventureInPeru, your local tour operator, and make memories that will last a lifetime.


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