Rustic Sky Running

Coming in 2019

 

Rustic Sky Running is 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!

 
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Itinerary

Dates: to be announced for 2019

$2700 usd*

Disclaimer:

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!

Note:

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.

Inclusions:

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

Day 1:

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.

Day 2:

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.

Day 3:

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.

Day 4:

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.

Day 5:

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.

Day 6:

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!

Day 7:

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!)

Day 8:

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!

Day 9:

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.

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LOGISTICS

Getting to Cusco

Flights are not included in the price of the tour, but here are some things to know before you book: Cusco, the launch pad for our Peruvian adventures, is a city of 500,000 people or so, and is the gateway to Machu Picchu, so it's very much ON the beaten path. There are about a dozen flights from Lima to Cusco each day and they can be easily booked as part of a longer flight path from Canada, US, or Europe. There are only two international airports that fly to Cusco: Bogota, Colombia, and La Paz, Bolivia. So depending on where you're coming from, you might keep your eyes open for deals flying through those airports (instead of Lima).

August is somewhere between high season and low season in this area, so if you book in advance you should be able to get pretty good rates. Here are some example rates from a quick Google search that correspond to our tour dates.

Major Canadian cities <-> Cusco: $650-950 USD

LA, California <-> Cusco: $780 USD

London, UK <-> Cusco: $1,200 USD

Continental Europe <-> Cusco: $1,350 USD

 

Booking:

To book tour dates, just follow the link below by clicking the "Sign me up!" button. The form that follows asks you a bunch of questions - it is a way for us to get to know your running, training, and racing schedule so as to provide you with the very best experience. Once you click submit, we'll send you an email with details on where and how to make the payment directly to the Traverse account here in Canada. A $500 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot on the trip. You will be welcome to pay the full amount up front, or you can follow a schedule of two additional payments, listed below. Either way, you'll be given all the details.

If you'd like to email us directly here with any additional concerns or even phone us (1-514-377-2542), we're always happy to chat.

 

Payments:

Because we (Traverse) need to make final reservations and payments for all the services we employ (hotels, transport, restaurants, logistics etc.) 60 days in advance, we require that your full payment also be received by 60 days in advance, or by 10 June, 2018.

Cancellation:

It would really suck if you signed up and then had to cancel! But we understand that life happens, and we'll hope to see you next time. Because signing up and holding a reservation on a tour means that others cannot book that spot, if you DO have to drop out, we won't be able to refund the full amount. The non-refundable deposit is non refundable of course. The following calculations are made based off of the trip cost minus $500.

If you cancel:

Up to 60 days before 9 Aug: 100% refund minus $500 deposit.

59-30 days before 9 Aug: 50% refund

29-0 days before 9 Aug: Unfortunately we cannot refund money after this time. .

 

evacuation and dropping out of tour

An evacuation on foot or by horse or mule will be covered by us (Traverse). Helicopter extraction, however, will be covered by your insurance, which is why we REQUIRE you have a HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY that covers "adventure travel." We're happy to discuss this with you if you have questions about it.

If an injury or sickness sidelines you from running, you will be responsible for covering any additional costs associated with being "off trail" and/or "off program" - meals, accommodation, sightseeing, hospital, transportation, flights etc.

 

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