Trail Running Peru: Cusco + Sacred Valley Spring 2024

Cusco, Peru

Runcation Travel
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Apr 7 - 12, 2024
Group size: 4 - 14
Trail Running Peru: Cusco + Sacred Valley Spring 2024
Cusco, Peru

Runcation Travel
  • Email address verified
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33 reviews

Apr 7 - 12, 2024
Group size: 4 - 14

About this trip

This Peru Runcation is for all levels! This Peru Sacred Valley guided trail running vacation provides a unique opportunity to explore the ancient Inca city of Cusco and its surroundings. From salt mines to Incan ruins to Machu Picchu, you'll cover amazing sites and terrain while running on beautiful Peruvian trails and staying in comfortable hotels. You'll have the chance to visit some of the sacred valley's gems, including Moray, the earliest agricultural experimental "labs" in existence, and the infamous salt mines of Maras, while also enjoying breathtaking views of the Patacancha Valley and Apurimac Canyon. Overall, this itinerary offers a well-rounded experience that combines historical and cultural exploration with the thrill of trail running in a beautiful natural setting!

Day 1 Cusco – Sacred Valley

Day 2 Sacred Valley- Maras & Moray

Day 3 Sacred Valley- Pumamarca - Ollantaytambo

Day 4 Sacred Valley – Inca Trail Express – Machu Picchu 

Day 5 Urquillos to Chinchero & Piuray Lake - Cusco 

Day 6 Cusco -Out

Trip Difficulty: Level 1

While the program is  considered to be for all levels including beginning trail runners, it still requires training for the distances run each day and at altitude. 

Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime! 

This trip requires a minimum of 4 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer. 

What’s included

- All acommodations

- Local Running Insider

- Transportation

- Professional bilingual guide

- Train from Machu Picchu Village to Cusco

- Bus ticket Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu Village

- Entrance ticket to mentioned attractions

- First aid kit and oxygen tank

- Meals listed in detailed itinerary

Hotels every evening at these accommodations:

Las Qolqas


Not included

- Personal travel insurance

- Laundry service

- Airline tickets

- Sleeping bags (rent available)

- Personal gear

- Alcoholic beverages

- Additional services

- Tips

- Extras

Before You Go

Trip Minimum:

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants to run. Please contact trip organizer before booking flights.


Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.

Travel Insurance:

Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip. 


While there are guides to accommodate a variety of paces for attending runners, this trip requires participants to be able to run and complete the mileage and elevation gain/loss specified on the itinerary in mountainous climates at high elevation. While most of the uphill climbs at high altitude are hiked, you are expected to jog/run the flats and downhills. Please read more about the trip level below. 

Trip Difficulty: Level 1


Although this time of year is the dry season in Peru, weather in the mountains is variable and trail conditions are subject to change. Routes and itinerary subjective to change based on the safety of conditions and climate of the trail at the time of the trip. Please pack layers and options for multiple climates accordingly (a detailed packing list will be sent upon registration).

Available Packages

Trip Price
Deposit: $750

Available options


Welcome to Cusco!
Day 1

Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley

The group will be arriving to the ancient Inca city of Cusco this morning, giving us the chance to meet at the delightful Pachapapa Restaurant at 12:00 hrs, where we’ll introduce ourselves and enjoy a welcome lunch together. After lunch, we’ll enjoy a gentle post-prandial walk around Cusco, visiting its main attractions. You’ll be struck by the unlikely yet intriguing combination of ancientness and modernity in this urban wonderland, as you traverse its streets and feast your senses on its eclectic sights and sounds. A city replete with history on every corner, the ancient Inca capital is among the most visited urban areas in South America. Fashionably dressed modern Cusqueñans stride down the streets, intermingling with campesinos, or country folk, often dressed in traditional garb and leading alpacas or donkeys, while carrying great bundles on their backs. During this half-day tour, we’ll visit the most important sites of this folkloric Andean city. You’ll traverse cobblestone streets lined with original Inca walls on the way to the ancient Inca Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) found inside the Church of Santo Domingo. Once completely covered in gold, and housing hundreds of golden artifacts, the sight of Qoricancha so excited the lust of the conquistadors that they had thousands of irreplaceable artworks and sculptures melted down so that they could send the gold to the king and queen of Spain. 

Visit the Plaza de Armas, once the Inca’s main city center, and learn about its dramatic and sometimes violent history. Two churches stand on the Plaza, the Cusco Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cusco, dating from 1654; and the even more ancient Church of the Triumph, which was built on top of the Suntur Wasi, an Inca religious temple. Note the significant works of art depicting Mary and the infant Jesus, saints, and apostles from the Cusco School of Painting, There is a “Last Supper” painting that depicts the main course in the center of the table as a guinea pig or cuy; it was painted by Quechua artist Marcos Zapata in the 18th century. The Plaza de Armas is a gathering place for locals, especially on weekends, and boasts lovely flower gardens, benches for the repose of locals and tourists, and central statuary. The tour will proceed at a gentle pace to give you time to acclimatize to the high- altitude and to present questions to your guide. In the afternoon, we’ll transfer to the picturesque town in the Sacred Vallaey, where we’ll spend the night at a local boutique hotel. Dinner on your own.

(L, D)

Duration of the City Tour: 4 hours

Driving distance: 45 km (28 mi) – Time: 1 hour

Your Organizer

Runcation Travel
33 reviews
Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle to explore and learn different cultures, countries, and landscapes. Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia, and more in group and custom itineraries. Our Runcations are for every level of runner.


This was an awesome trip, and a wonderful experience! The trip was well planned out with great runs, but also plenty of downtime. Each of the runs were incredible and always ended up in beautiful scenery and sites. With a wonderful group of people that I met and have to say this was one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken!!
By Bethany L for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén March 2024 on Mar 09, 2024
Wow. The Patagonia Runcation was absolute perfection. We explored the Perito Moreno glacier together before heading up to El Chaltén for arguably some of the most beautiful running scenery in the world. Every day was designed to challenge us on the trails but each run was accompanied by rewarding views that seemed almost too beautiful for reality. I particularly appreciated the balance of trail running with other non-running activities, including the glacier viewing and the Estancia lunch and activities. The entire trip was expertly designed and organized and I would do this Runcation again in a heartbeat. To top it all off, everyone in the group bonded quickly over our love of running and adventure and we now have 13 new friends from around the world!
By Shelby L for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén March 2024 on Mar 07, 2024
This was the trip of a lifetime for me. Exceptional views, great company and well organized. It was not “easy” and you should be in good shape and able to handle the climbs if you want to enjoy it, but if you’re up for it , you will not be disappointed. Patagonia is incredible and well worth the effort to get there. Runcation travel did a great job.
By Christine D for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén March 2024 on Mar 05, 2024
The Runcation team put our dream TMB trek together for us. We utilized the custom trip option and are so excited for our trip this summer! They took all the hassle and anxiety out of planning a trip this big, so all we have to do is enjoy it!
By Taylor C for Custom Trip Deposit 2024 on Jan 18, 2024
This trip exceeded our expectations on every level. All of the accommodations booked by Runcation were great. We had a good mix of hotel and refuge/hut stays, and they were all very comfortable. Some were quirkier than others, but it was all part of the charm. They were all clean and had warm showers, so it beat camping by a long shot. We were also very grateful for the luggage transfers, which all worked flawlessly. It was SO NICE to only carry a daypack each day. We did a self-guided trip, which meant that Runcation provided us with a brief description of each day's trek along with the GAIX track for each day. It was perfect for the style of trek/travel that we like to do. When paired with a book about the Tour du Mont Blanc, we had all the info we needed. Runcation did the heavy lifting on the logistics which meant that we could just enjoy the trails, scenery, and food :-) We would definitely book with Runcation again.
By Erin G for Erin + Friends Custom Self-Guided TMB Sept 9-18, 2023 on Sep 29, 2023
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My husband and I went on the Hut to Hut run in the Dolomites, July 2022. What a luxury to have all accommodations booked and luggage transport taken care of, for us! The scenery was unimaginable, and you just can't imagine the beauty-you have to be there! We had 8-15 miles runs each day and felt challenged by the ascents and terrain, but not defeated. (We are from Ohio, NO moutains.) The runcation organizer, Liz and guide, Dario took care of all of the logistics and it was amazing to just have to cover ground an eat a bunch of great food! Thanks for a fantastic experience.
By Amanda F on 21 Jul, 2022
The tldr: Do it! This was an amazingly well planned trip (thoughtful planning, clearly),, the runs and views were unforgettable, and I'm already looking at the next one I can go on. The longer version: Runcation in Patagonia was amazing. Every thing was well-planned, the views were unforgettable, the crew was the best you could ask for, we stayed at nice spots with great staff...I could go on and on. Also, as someone who is super type-A, I really appreciate all of the early communication of expectations, what to pack, itineraries, and super quick responses from Liz.
By Marne P on 05 Jan, 2020