Embark on an exhilarating journey through the heart of the Andes in Peru, combining the thrill of hiking and running with the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu. This meticulously crafted tour itinerary offers adventurers the chance to traverse ancient trails, lush valleys, and breathtaking mountain passes. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region as you connect with local communities and witness their traditions. The pinnacle of the expedition is the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, where history and nature converge in an unforgettable spectacle. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a passionate runner, this program promises an extraordinary fusion of physical challenge, natural beauty, and cultural discovery in the stunning Andean landscape.
6 Day Machu Picchu Trail Running Adventure
Day 1: Arrival in Cusco, City Tour, and Sacsayhuaman
Meals: Not Included Upon arrival in Cusco, you'll be transferred to your hotel, where our staff will provide brief and informative details about your activities. Around 11:00 AM, we'll begin our running excursion from the hotel to Sacsayhuaman, located at an altitude of 3,700 meters above sea level. It's approximately 2.5 kilometers. Sacsayhuaman showcases some of the finest examples of Inca masonry and construction, including meticulously cut stones forming impressive walls. After exploring Sacsayhuaman, we'll ascend the hill to the Qenqo Archaeological Complex, an Inca labyrinth featuring a ritualistic altar. We'll then run to Cusco's main square, where you can relax and enjoy your afternoon.
Included Services: Airport Transfer to Hotel (20 minutes), Tour: Sacsayhuaman & Qenqo, Entrance Fees Overnight: Hostal Saphi Cusco - Standard Room Accommodation
Day 2: Humantay Lake Trek/Run
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner We depart Cusco at 5 AM and head to Soraypampa, where our arrieros (muleteers) await. After breakfast prepared by our chefs, we'll begin our journey to Humantay Lake. We'll run for about 1 hour, capturing stunning photographs before running for another 1.5 hours to Salkantaypampa, our first campsite. This day's trail covers 7 to 8 kilometers, totaling approximately 2 to 2.5 hours of running.
Included Services: Humantay Lake Trek/Run, Not Included: Special Contribution for Non-Traditional Activities ($30), Overnight: Camp Salkantaypampa
Day 3: Soraypampa to Paucarcancha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and Drinks en route Early morning, after breakfast, your guide will lead you on a run to Paucarcancha, covering 25 kilometers in 4 to 6 hours. We'll pass through Inca canals and ascend the Inca Chiriasca pass at 5,000 meters, enjoying breathtaking mountain views. Descend through lush green valleys and streams to reach the Paucarcancha campsite.
Included Services: Guided Running, Inclusive of Horsemen and Mules (carrying kitchen and camping equipment), Overnight: Camp Paucarcancha
Day 4: Paucarcancha to Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and Drinks en route Enjoy breakfast and explore famous Inca ruins. Run until KM 82 (14km = 2.5 hours), where transportation awaits to transfer you to Ollantaytambo for lunch and an afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. After arriving in Aguas Calientes, rest at your hotel.
Included Services: Transportation: KM 82 – Ollantaytambo, Train Tickets: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (The Voyager Train 45 at 16:36), Overnight: Hotel Susana Posada - Standard Room Accommodation.
Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Cusco, Machu Picchu Visit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Wake up early for a guided trek to Machu Picchu, exploring its famous archaeological sites. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train back to Ollantaytambo, then return to Cusco.
Included Services: Guided Running, Bus Tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (approx. 25 minutes each way), Entrance to Machu Picchu, Train Tickets: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (The Voyager Train 44 at 14:30), Private Transportation: Ollantaytambo Train Station – Hotel in Cusco (approx. 2 hours), Overnight: Hostal Saphi Cusco - Standard Room Accommodation.
Day 6: Farewell Cusco
Meals: Breakfast Enjoy your last day at leisure before heading to the airport for your return flight home via Lima.
Min. 4 People
Visiting "Machu Pichu"
Visiting "Cusco" and its Cathedral
Hiking and Running through unique landscapes
2 nights accommodation in Cusco and 1 night in Aguas Calientes in Standard Rooms
2 nights camping
Private transportation from Cusco to Soraypampa
Professional certified guide
Equipment (tents, meals)
Basic round-trip train service
Entrance to Machu Picchu
Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Private transportation from Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco
First aid kit
24/7 support and emergency line throughout the itinerary
What's Not Included
Evacuation (in case of serious medical injury)
Personal trekking equipment: Sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses, poles, extra horse for personal belongings or horse for riding.
Personal items and expenses (e.g., insurance, flight details, cash)
Weather-appropriate clothing, running gear, sandals, personal hygiene items
Sunscreen, sunglasses, headlamp, camelback, insect repellent, antibacterial gel, small first aid kit
Reusable water bottle, waterproof backpack
Running poles (can be rented at our office)