Dates: July 20 – July 29, 2021
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Prices range: Price is based on double occupancy; fees apply for single occupancy.
- €2,600 Double room – Sharing a room with someone is included in the program price.
- €2,950 Single room – If you’d like a single room, there is a €350 surcharge.
Starting point: Peru. We will meet at the airport in Lima and continue on Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.
Terrain: Soft surface road running | Trail running
Average daily running distance: 5-15 km
Longest distance in a day: 20+ km
Group size: up to 12
TABLE OF CONTENT
What level of running is this trip suitable for?
Alternatives for non-runners
What’s included in the price?
What’s NOT included in the price?
Begin your trip in Lima – the nation’s coastal capital – before flying into the Andean city of Cusco. Take a couple of days to acclimatize to the high altitude and explore this beautiful, historic city with guided tours of local sights, a local cocktail-making class, and even a late-night trip to the famous planetarium!
Then head down into the Sacred Valley – arguably Peru’s most beautiful area. Start in Pisaq with a trip to the world-famous artisan market before your running adventure begins. Each day, you’ll marvel at the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains as you run along the dirt roads through the Sacred Valley, using the afternoons to visit different small towns to partake in local cuisine, natural hot springs, Inca ruins, and even adventure sports.
At the (literal) end of the road in the Sacred Valley, take the path less travelled and head high (think, 14,000+ feet) up into the mountains where you’ll then hop on a bike and head downhill on a spectacular ride from the Andes into the Cloud Forest some 10,000 feet lower. Don’t worry – it’s a smooth, paved road without limited traffic and the route is almost all downhill (and you can also ride in the van and take pictures if you don’t fancy yourself a cyclist)! Once there, get back in the van for a quick ride to the Hydroelectric plant where you’ll enjoy a scenic, flat walk along the railroad tracks to the small, bustling town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of famed Machu Picchu where you can enjoy a good night’s sleep before your day at the ruins.
Finally, explore Machu Picchu – with a tour from a professional guide and free time on your own. Take the train back to Cusco and then fly back to Lima – the culinary capital of South America – with an optional last stop at one of Lima’s famous seafood restaurants before your flight home.
Private trips are available all year round. If you are interested in scheduling a private tour for Running to Machu Picchu, then please refer to our contact form. Select subject “Other” and please mention the specific name of the running trip in the comment section. NOTE that private trips are only available for group sizes of minimum 4 participants.
What Level of Running is this Trip Suitable for?
This trip is suitable for all levels of fitness and running ability. Each participant will have the opportunity to run as much, as little or as fast or slow as they want on a daily basis. Some of our participants might run 16+ km(10 miles) a day while others might run every other day or spend some days biking/hiking versus running. We make sure to cater the program to the individual so each person gets the most out of their experience.
Are there any Alternatives for Non-runners?
Yes, for this running holiday it is possible for non-runners to join. Alternatives to running are:
There are dietary options available for participants of the following:
If you would like any dietary accommodation during the trip, please let us know in the comment section when you finish your booking.
DAY 1 | Arrival in Lima
You’ll arrive in Lima, Peru in the evening (after 6 pm)* at the airport where your gurus will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Enjoy a restful night before your adventure begins the next day.
Lodging: Hotel Runcu Miraflores (or similar)
Meals: Late night snack
*Note: you can choose to arrive on the morning of Day 2 if the flight is more convenient. Please contact us with any questions about arrival logistics. We’re happy to accommodate as many special requests as we can.
DAY 2 | Lima/Cusco (0 feet, 11,152 feet)
Start the morning with a relaxing breakfast and (if you’re up for it) go for a run along Lima’s beautiful cliff-top bike path, right next to the hotel. Then head to the airport for a flight from Lima to Cusco, Peru. Cusco is located at more than 11,000 ft above sea level, so be sure to take it EASY today. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore the local markets or relax in the beautiful hotel. Try to get to sleep early to help adjust to the altitude and prepare for the upcoming adventures.
Lodging: Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi (or similar)
Running/Biking: 2-8 miles on Lima’s Malecon – a beautiful bike path which stretches for miles from Miraflores along giant cliff-tops overlooking the ocean. A clear day yields an amazing view of the rest of the city as well!
DAY 3 | Cusco (11,152 feet)
Continue acclimating to the high altitude of the Andes today while exploring the beautiful ancient city. Start the day with a guided walking tour of the historic center. See the hybrid architecture, with Spanish cathedrals built over 16th century Inca stonework. In the afternoon, we’ll go to an authentic local market for lunch – this is a great opportunity to try Ceviche, a famous local fish delicacy, among other things. We’ll follow lunch up with an optional Pisco Sour class, where you’ll learn the correct way to make and enjoy Peru’s national beverage. If you’re up for it, take a short afternoon jog to “test the waters.” After dinner, take private transport to a hill-top overlooking the city for a visit to the Cusco Planetarium. Your guide will teach you all about Inca astronomy and constellations and you’ll even have a chance to use their telescopes to see the rings of Saturn while exploring the night sky.
Lodging: Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi (or similar)
Running: Let your legs rest today as your lungs adjust to the thin air! Stay hydrated and don’t push it if you’re not used to high altitude.
DAY 4 | Cusco (11,152 feet) and Pisaq (9,514 feet)
Say “hasta luego!” (see you later!) to Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley with our private driver. Stops on the way will include the local animal sanctuary and weaving center, both of which are conveniently located just before Pisaq. Arrive in town for lunch and in the afternoon, your Gurus will give you a tour of the area – the home base for STRIVE’s summer service programs – as well as a tour of the STRIVE Community Center, local food markets, and a visit to the main attraction – Pisaq’s famous artisan market. Satisfy your souvenir shopping needs and meet for an (optional) group run/bike along the beautiful dirt roads that flank the river. Enjoy dinner in town and then it’s time to get some rest for an early rise the next day.
Lodging: Chaska Wasi Hotel
Running/Biking: Our first run in the Sacred Valley! Runs can head out on the rolling dirt road along the Urubamba River or – for the trail-runners – on steep single-track twisting through the hillside forests for 2-6 miles.
DAY 5 | Pisaq (9,514 feet)
With a few days of high altitude running under your belt, you should be feeling ready to go. Pack up your things for transport on our private vehicle and begin the first of your point-to-point runs along the dirt roads that follow the river. Enjoy the views of mountains, pasture-land, and tiny towns as you make your way down-stream from Pisaq accompanied by your Gurus and trip-mates. Run/bike distances will vary, with different distances available. Our private van will pick you up and reunite the group in the town of Calca for brunch at the local market. Afterward, the group will board the van and head into the mountains outside of Calca where we’ll visit a beautiful and seldom-visited pre-Inca ruin site, Ankasmarka, and then proceed to the natural hot springs in the town of Lares. Soak in the hot (and cold) pools in the spectacular mountain-side setting to revitalize the legs and body for the remainder of the trip. After the drive back to Pisaq, enjoy a last dinner in Pisac before resting up for tomorrow.
Lodging: Chaska Wasi Hotel
Running/Biking: A point-to-point of 2-10 miles from Pisaq toward Calca (downriver) will take you through small towns and open farmland with majestic mountains towering above.
DAY 6 | Pisaq (9,514 feet) to Ollantaytambo (9,160 feet)
In the morning, the group can decide on either via ferrata (think rock climbing but with built-in ladders), zip-lining or choose to have a free morning to explore and rest. In the afternoon, get ready for another spectacularly scenic run or ride, as you continue downstream towards the town of Ollantaytambo, where we’ll spend the night. Once again, distances will vary depending on desire and ability. Our van will pick up everyone at their stopping point and reunite the group in our Ollantaytambo hotel for check-in and showers. Dinner in town and another early night’s rest.
Lodging: Intitambo Hotel (or similar)
Running/Biking: An easy point-to-point run of 2-8 miles toward Ollantaytambo (downriver) will lead you over packed dirt through the outskirts of town and into beautiful open country. Giant snow-caps tower over the valley surrounding Calca and this run should provide a beautiful view! Very hilly single-track runs are also available for trail-runners.
DAY 7 | Ollantaytambo (9,160 feet)
Run from Ollantaytambo and once again follow the river downstream on one of the most beautiful routes of the trip, with the giant snow-capped, 19,000 ft Mt. Veronica towering above you. While run/ride distance is up to you, keep in mind that today is the best day for your “long run”, so go for it! Finish with our van reuniting the group in Ollantaytambo – literally the end of the road in the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the cobbled streets of this tiny town, an ancient Inca stone fortress which retains much of its original architecture, and if you have time, check out the famous Ollantaytambo ruins out your back door. Tonight you can choose to stay at a local hotel or spend the night with a local family as part of a homestay program arranged by friends of STRIVE at the Awamaki, a US-based non-profit that works with local communities in the area.
Lodging: Intitambo Hotel (or similar) or homestay
Running/Biking: Long run day! A point-to-point of 2-12+ miles from Ollantaytambo all the way to the literal end of the road, carrying us down-river towards Machu Picchu. The route travels through forests, under giant snow-caps, and past many acres of beautiful farmland. Very hilly single-track runs are also available for trail-runners.
DAY 8 | Ollantaytambo (9,160 feet) to Aguas Calientes (6,693 feet)
Regroup in the morning for an early, easy run in the stunning hills surrounding Ollantaytambo (if time allows). Return to your hotel/homestay for a quick shower and breakfast before leaving town. Our van takes us up the beautiful, winding road to the high pass at Abra Malaga (14,300 ft) and then we’ll hop on bikes and head down the 50 km road into the cloud forest – some 10,000 feet of descent – and then rejoin the van for the remainder of the journey. Arrive in Aguas Calientes in the late afternoon, just in time for a nap to rest up for tomorrow.
Lodging: Denny’s House (or similar)
Running/Biking: Early morning shakeout runs of 2-5 miles before a spectacular downhill bike ride from the high mountains to the hot edge of the jungle!
DAY 9 | Aguas Calientes (6,693 ft)/Machu Picchu (7,972 ft)/Cusco (11,152 ft)
An early wake-up this morning to maximize your time at Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Either hike (1 hour) or take the bus (30 minutes) from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu where your group will begin its guided tour. Have a bag lunch in the middle of the day and then enjoy free time to explore the site in the afternoon. Return in the late afternoon for dinner in town. After dinner, catch the train back for a late arrival in Cusco.
Lodging: Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi (or similar)
Running/Biking: Take today to simply enjoy your Machu Picchu experience. You’ll spend plenty of time on your feet anyway.
DAY 10 | Cusco (11,152 ft) to Lima (0 ft) to Departure (39,000 ft)
Celebrate your last morning in the Andes and all your hard work with… chocolate! Peru is famous for producing some of the worlds best cacao beans, so take advantage of the Cusco Chocolate Museum where you’ll learn about the process and get your hands (deliciously) dirty. Leave the Andes with your own personal, custom chocolates! Head to the airport for a flight back to Lima. Depending on your international flight’s departure time, you may have some free time in the afternoon or evening to visit one of Lima’s signature seafood establishments or a short run around Lima’s beautiful Malecon – a cliff-side bike path with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and downtown. Finally, bid a final farewell to Peru and your trip-mates.
Running/Biking: There may be time for morning runs of 2-5 miles in Cusco depending on flight times. Depending on the timing of your international flights, we may also have time for runs in Lima in the afternoon if you’d prefer to run at sea level or if you’d like to double.
What’s Included in the Price?
- All lodging
- Meals as noted in the itinerary
- Non-alcoholic beverage with meals
- Domestic airfare and other ground transportation
- Excursion entry fees
- Professional guides to lead group activities and help organize free time
- 24-hour-a-day support both on the ground and from the US-based staff
What’s NOT Included in the Price?
- International airfare
- Visa charges
- Overweight luggage fees
- Snacks and beverages outside of meals
- Personal spending
- Massages and sports therapy services
- Internet or cell phone access fees
- Tips for additional assistance
Go! Running Tours charges a non-refundable deposit of 10% upfront when you book your holiday.
Once your booking is confirmed, the local tour operator will contact you and ask for the subsequent deposit to hold your spot and send the invoice for the remaining amount for the trip. This amount needs to be paid 20 days before the departure date.
The deposit you pay to Go! Running Tours is non-refundable (unless cancelled due to too few signups).
Cancellation made within 60 days is eligible for a full refund minus any costs already incurred by the tour operator for reservations or other expenses. Cancellation inside of 60 days is not eligible for a refund, but the tour operator will do its best to work with customers to find a solution that works for both parties.
*Be aware, that in case of fewer than 4 participant sign-ups, the trip will be cancelled.