After some time exploring the imperial city of Cusco, we head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to hit all the best trails in the Urubamba range, visiting forgotten ruins sites along the way. Then it's just a little detour to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. With several mountain passes over 4000m, it's not an EASY route, but you'll be more than rewarded by an unparalleled luxury experience: think mountain-view jacuzzi, daily massages, exquisite local cuisine and the kind of rest and relaxation that'll have you recharged to make the very most of the next day's run-of-a-lifetime!.
While we'd love to have everyone along on this spectacular trip, this is a high altitude and remote running excursion. All those who sign up should be comfortable running 10-25km and ~1000m of positive elevation per day for a week, and be aware that conditions could be anywhere between scorching sun, pouring rain, and blizzard. (That being said, if you want a day off, you can always hang out at the lodge or walk the day's route.) We guess that if you got this far, you're probably into that kind of thing, but we want to make sure our guests have the best possible experience and know exactly what kind of awesomeness you're getting yourselves into!
1 running guide
4 nights at Antigua Casona San Blas
4 nights at Mountain Lodges of Peru (various locations)
All breakfasts included
4 lunches and 5 dinners included
After arriving in Cusco and setting up at our hotel, the Antigua Casona located in the heart of the historic center, we'll stroll around the city looking at some of the sites before our first dinner all together.
Our first full day of acclimatization will start off easy with morning and lunch free to relax and explore. Then we'll head out to hit the dirt for an easy run around some local ruins. We'll get great views of the whole city while exploring quiet local trails. Again we'll get the evening free to explore Cusco and relax.
Today's morning run will take us to several local ruins where we can poke around (and catch our breath). The rest of the day we'll be free to relax and explore on our own.
We'll depart from Cusco at 7:30am to head to Amaru where we'll be dropped for a 9.5km easy run down to Pisaq. We'll have the option of exploring the town or heading straight to our lodge in Lamay for a relaxing afternoon, getting us ready for the next day's run.
A 17.5km run from Ancasmarca to Lares will have us hungry and ready for lunch and a relaxing afternoon at the lodge in Huacahuasi. If you're still raring to go, you can run or hike to the alpine lake. Your choice.
Today we'll head up to the biggest pass, at over 4600m - hard, yeah! But the alpine and lake views are well worth the sufferfest. Besides, we'll have a picnic at the lake before heading down to Yanahuara. The day's run clocks in at about 20km.
From the Inca city of Ollantaytambo we'll run up the valley to Pumamarca and back down, around 15k. After a lunch in Ollantaytambo and a private visit to the archeological site we'll have a free evening.
No running today. We head up to Machu Picchu and a nearby mountain, with enough hiking to shake out the legs. Then we'll take the train back to Cusco for a farewell dinner and our last night together.
After a last delicious breakfast at Antigua Casona, it'll be airport shuttles and home time. (Unless, that is, you plan on staying just a little longer...) The upside is that we'll all have huge lungs, stronger legs, and memories to last a lifetime.
Fee per guest: $3200 USD*
*All prices based on double occupancy accommodation. Private rooms carry an additional cost.
This trip will be a highly demanding extreme mountain running experience through the heart of Peru's Urubamba Range. You'll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular mountain routes in Peru, and if that weren't enough, you'll be spending several nights in traditional farming and weaving communities, and accompanied by pack llamas. Tracing Inca roads, you'll be living the life of an ancient Chaski for a few days of the most extreme and authentic mountain running in the world!
While we'd love to have everyone along on this spectacular trip, this is a high altitude and remote running excursion. All those who sign up should be comfortable running 10-25km and ~1000m of positive elevation per day for a week and be aware that conditions could be anywhere between scorching sun, pouring rain, and blizzard. We guess that if you got this far, you're probably into that kind of thing, but we want to make sure our guests have the best possible experience and know exactly what kind of awesomeness you're getting yourselves into!
This itinerary includes 3 nights of camping. We provide the tents, but you'll need to bring a sleeping pad and sleeping bag. But don't worry, our Llama Pack llamas will lug your gear between camps.
2 running guides
4 nights in Antigua Casona San Blas
1 night at Casita Huaran
3 nights camping
All breakfasts included
All on-trail meals included
After arriving in Cusco and setting up at our hotel, the Antigua Casona, located in the heart of the historical district, we'll walk around town seeing some sights and getting oriented before our first dinner together.
On our first day of acclimatization, we'll go for a 12km hike/run in the morning that offers some great views of the whole city while exploring quiet local trails. The first days at altitude are always tiring, so we'll take the whole afternoon and evening off.
Today's 16km run will be our first opportunity for some significant vert, getting up to a pass and ridge at 4000m before cruising down through a quaint village, and all the way back to Cusco. We'll have a free lunch and then we'll meet back for a visit to Sacsayhuaman, surely the most stunning Inca ruins in Cusco. Free dinner in town.
Our final morning and acclimating run in Cusco before heading to the Urubamba range, we'll again be getting above the city on some great single track. Post-run we'll be free to do our own thing for lunch before we reconvene and hop on our transport to get down to Huaran, where we'll spend the night.
Once our guides load up the llamas with gear, and after we enjoy a light and local breakfast, we head out on our hardest run of the trip. After 10km of uphill, we'll have lunch and meet the weavers and herders of Cancha Cancha, a hamlet located at around 4000m. Then we'll head over Pachacutec pass at 4700m and down to the lake above Quishuarani to our camp, for a total of about 20k.
The day starts with a fun downhill past a waterfall to Quishuarani, where we'll stop to refuel before heading up over the pass and down to our camp in Cuncani. Those who want to rest can stay in camp, but they'll be missing out on a further 15k out and back to some beautiful hot springs in Lares! You snooze you lose!
From Cuncani we go over the lowest pass of the route at 4300m and end in Huacahuasi, where we'll be able to hang out with the villagers and take the enthusiastic village kids for a run (or have them take us for one!)
Our last day is another big pass, at over 4600m, but the alpine and lake views are well worth the sufferfest. Besides, we'll have a picnic at the lake before heading down to Yanahuara and the transport that will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. After we make ourselves presentable again, we'll head out for our last dinner together, and maybe some tears. Then we'll sleep like babies!
After a last delicious breakfast at Antigua Casona, it'll be airport, and home time. The upside is that we'll all have huge lungs, stronger legs, and memories to last a lifetime.
*All prices based on double occupancy accommodation (and 2-3 per tent on camping days). Private rooms will carry an additional cost.