PERU – CHASKI CHALLENGE SACRED TRAILS – TRAIL RUNNING RACE + TOUR – August 19th to 30th : 2020

Experience:
Peru and the ancient Inca Empire in a unique way. This Trail Running Race tour starts in the World Heritage City of Cusco (3399m) the historical centre of the Incan Empire. Then continues into the Sacred Valley where we explore and run the beautiful trails in this part of the Peruvian Andes including the Legendary Abra Lares trail and the amazing Moray plateau and Patacancha trail. Included in this experience is information revealed through many private guided tours of the ancient sites in Cusco and the Sacred valley. From here we take you down to the rivers and jungle to one of the amazing seven wonders of the world, the ancient Inca City of Machu Picchu. This completes your 8 day transformation to become a Chaski runner. The Chaskis were the messengers dispatched along thousands of kilometers of the Inca Empire, taking advantage of the vast system of purpose-built roads, trails and rope bridges in the Andes of Peru, Ecuador Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. Highly trained and physically fit, they were in charge of carrying the quipus (an Incan information system of knotted strings) as well as messages and gifts up to 240 km per day through the Chaskis relay system. Stopping at Tambos (relay stations)  where they would stop to transfer and translate the information and messages to the next Chaski. This Trail Running Tour finishes in spectacular way with the Andes Race Chaski Challenge Trail Run Events (13k/30k/60k/100k) in the stunning High Mountain areas above the Sacred valley.

Chaski Challenge Sacred Trails – Trail Running Race plus Cusco/Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour:
Days: 12 Days/11 Nights
Fitness Level:  Intermediate/Advanced
Group Size: 4  to 6* runners minimum, 14 runners maximum.
Price: $2880 (USD/EUR/NZD/AUD/CAD) $240 Per Day – $2225 (GBP) $185 GBP Per Day  (everything included)

This tour includes, Chaski Challenge Trail Run Race Events Registration: (This includes all entry fees (100k – $180 USD, 60k – $100 USD, 30k – $50 USD, 13k – $30 USD) transport and all other logistics)

Group Discount:
10 % Discount for Group Registrations 3+ Runners. On the Booking form tell us your Group names.

Prices explained: Resident Currency Pricing (RCP)
Pay for this tour in the country currency and economy you live and work within. We think its fair that way. We have 6 currencies (USD/EUR/NZD/AUD/CAD/GBP). If you live in North America (USA or Canada) Great Britain, Europe or the South Pacific (New Zealand or Australia) you will pay in the currency where you live. All other residents of other countries will pay the USD price. *The Tour minimum is 4 runners if bookings paid in (USD/EUR/GBP) currency and 6 runners minimum if bookings paid in (NZD/AUD/CAD) currency. If we get a mix of both that’s ok the tour will be confirmed.

Note about Fitness levels and Training:
Its very important you prepare and train for this medium to high altitude running tour. You should currently be able to run your chosen distance. Or within a 8 week training block build up to run your distance in the last weeks of your training.

2020 Date:
August 19th – 30th
Close off Date
: Sign up for this tour with a $500 NZD deposit before June 21st 2020

Tour Highlights:

  • Sight seeing the World Heritage City of Cusco the historic center of the Inca Empire (including 2 walking tours).
  • Guided Tours of Cusco City ancient sites (including Qorikancha, Qinqo, Saqsayhuaman and the San Pedro Market)
  • Guided Tours of the Sacred Valley ancient sites (including Ollantaytambo and the Pisaq ruins and traditional market))
  • Guided Tours of Moray ancient site and Mara’s Salt mines.
  • 8 Running days
  • Running Epic Cusco and Sacred valley trails ( Legendary Abra Lares Trail and Patacancha Trail)
  • Soaking in some incredible mountain hot springs.
  • Hiking/Running to Machu Picchu
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu, the incredible ancient Inca Citadel.
  • Running remote High Mountain trails and passes.
  • Competing in the the Andes Race Chaski Challenge Trail Run events (100k – 60k – 30k – 13k)
  • Feel Good Factor. Making a difference. A percentage of all Tour proceeds goes back to the local communities we visit. We invite you to change other peoples lives while experiencing a trip of a lifetime.

Note:
All Guided Tours are private personalized tours for just our group.

 

Tour Description and Itinerary:
This is a medium to high altitude trail running trip and its important to spend some days to adapt and acclimate. So we have 4 days in and around Cusco (3400m) and then a further 4 days in the Sacred valley (2800m). The first few days include hiking/running days so you ease into more activity, with a rest day before the Chaski Challenge Trail Run events. This tour has been carefully planned in such away for you to gradually adapt and acclimatize.

Day 1: – Pick you up from Cusco airport
Check into the Hotel. Welcome meeting and tour introduction with our guides, then relax.
Day 2: – Acclimation day – Walking Tours
Sight seeing around Cusco with walking and Guided Tours of the city, downtown and ancient ruins.
Day 3: –  Acclimation day – Guided Tours  – 15k Cusco City Hills Run (2hrs approx)
In the morning we are sight seeing around Cusco with walking and Guided Tours of Cusco City ancient sites (including Qorikancha, Qinqo, Saqsayhuaman and the San Pedro Market). Then later we have an afternoon run around the hills above the city including some nice single track trails.
Day 4: –  20k – Sacred valley Run (2hrs approx)
In the morning we have free time and later we transfer to Pisaq for a tour of the ancient sites and traditional market. Then continue to Calca in the Sacred Valley. We run the Sacred Valley along side the Urubamba river. Tonight we stay in Calca 2800m.
Day 5: – 32k – Run Lares  – (2.5hrs approx)
We awake early and start with a transfer up a stunningly beautiful valley into the mountains to the top of the Legendary Abra Lares (4461m). This views of this area are amazing. We run the Lares trail and descend for 2hrs and finish back in Calca. From here we and then transfer and continue onto the Sacred valley town of Urubamba, we visit the Urubamba Market and have an authentic Peruvian Lunch. Tonight we stay in Urubamba.
Day 6: – 15k – 32k – Run Moray and Sacred valley  – (2.5hrs approx) – Guided Tours 2hrs
We awake early and start with a transfer up to Moray with spectacular views of the Peaks of the Sacred valley.This views of this area are amazing. We have a Guided Tour of Moray then run down to Maras Salt Mines where we have a tour. From here we run down to the Sacred Valley and towards Ollantaytambo. Option to run the full distance or stop early. We stay in Ollantaytambo tonight.
Day 7: –  Pre – Run Patacancha Trail – 10k – 29k – Guided Tours Ollantaytambo 2hrs
This morning we transfer early to the top of the Yanamayo Pass (4350 m). We pre-run the last part of the Andes Chaski Challenge race course. .A total elevation loss of 1800m in 29k on the way back to Ollantaytambo (pronounced Ollan tay tambo). Option to run just 10k or 15k. On the way stop at the Pumamarka Inca Ruin Then we transfer over the majestic Abra Malaga and down into the jungle region of Santa Maria 1051m Tonight we stay in Santa Teresa and soak in the stunning Hot springs.
Day 8: – 11k Run/Hike to Aquas Calientes – Guided Tour of Machu Picchu Tour (4hr approx)
We awake early to transfer to the Hydroelectric where we then run or hike the beautiful picturesque flat 11k trail along the river and railway line to the Machupicchu village of Aquas Calientes. After lunch we visit one of the 7 wonders of the world. This afternoon we spend visiting the breathe taking Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. We are guided for 2.5hrs then are free to explore for another 3hrs perhaps walking to the Sungate, or climbing Machu picchu mountain. We then say goodbye to this incredible place and take the train to Ollantaytambo. Tonight we stay in Ollantaytambo.
Day 9: – Rest Day in Cusco – Chaski Challenge Technical Race meetings
Today we wake late and transfer to Cusco to arrive for various Chaski Challenge Technical Race meetings throughout the day. Tonight we stay in Cusco.
Day 10: – Rest day Cusco – Race day Chaski Challenge 100k runners
Today is more race prep and race day for the Chaski Challenge 100k runners who leave Cusco at 1pm and start the race at 5pm. 60k runners leave Cusco at 10pm and start their race at 3am. For the 30k and 13k runners we rest all day in Cusco and prepare for the 4am departure (next day) for transport to the start of your events.
Day 11 : – Race day Chaski Challenge
Race day for all events. The 30k and 13k runners will depart Cusco at 4am for transport to the start of your events. 30k and 13k starts at 9am. 60k runners start their race at 3am. The finish is in Ollantaytambo. The prize giving and ceremony is at 4pm. We celebrate with other runners your achievement and then transfer back to Cusco. Tonight we have a Farewell Dinner Party in Cusco.
Day 12: – Tour ends
Morning in Cusco. Transfer to airport or other transport.

Onward journeys: Staying in Cusco, Peru or South America?
We are happy to help and can advise you on all possible activities and destinations you want to visit.

   

Price Includes:

  • All Transportation and Airport transfers
  • Professional Local Peruvian guides (Bilingual Spanish/English)
  • Meals (All Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners)
  • Advanced Oxygen Enhancing Nutritional Supplements and Drinks ($100 USD value)
  • Healthy snacks and hydration during the trail runs
  • Daily after run Yoga/Stretching classes
  • Beyond Andes Running Top
  • 11 nights accommodations at Hotels, Eco lodges and Luxury B+B’s. Accommodations are Twin shared – (Single Room Supplement add $275 USD)
  • Chaski Challenge Trail Run Race Registration and transport
    Other activities included:
  • Guided Tours of Cusco City ancient sites (including Qorikancha, Qinqo, Saqsayhuaman and the San Pedro Market)
  • Guided Tours of the Sacred Valley ancient sites (Ollantaytambo and Pisaq ruins)
  • Guided Tours of Moray ancient site and Mara’s Salt mines.
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu, the incredible ancient Inca Citadel.
  • Cusco and Sacred Valley Ancient Ruins Tickets ($60USD)
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets and Train Tickets ($60USD + $80USD)
  • Farewell Dinner Party


Not included:

    • Flights (International)
    • Insurance – Travel, Personal and Equipment
    • Hotel charges such as mini bar and phone
    • Tips in restaurants and hotels
    • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
    • Any other items not listed as included

Booking and other important Info:

  • The close off date to book this Tour August 19th- 30th 2020 with a deposit is June 21st 2020.
  • To book this Tour please click through to fill out the Booking Form and submit. This is an email booking, we will reply to you with information on how you can make payment of the deposit and confirm your booking.
  • A $500 NZD per person deposit is due within 10 days of you receiving the booking/payment information from us. The deposit confirms your spot on the tour.
  • The Deposit is Fully Refundable (less any Transaction fees) if the Tour minimum bookings are not reached by the close off date. We will refund your deposit within 3 weeks following the close off date.
  • We have a minimum of 4  to 6 runners to Guarantee this tour. Please Do Not Book your Plane Tickets until you have received notification from us that we have Guaranteed this tour.
  • If you cancel your booking the Tour deposit is not refundable. It is however transferable and maybe applied to other later date tours.
  • This tour is for Intermediate/advanced fitness runners.  All runners are expected to train to prepare for this tour. We want you to come on this tour prepared so you will enjoy it more.
  • Insurance. You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. We recommend that you take out a policy once you have received confirmation that the tour is Guaranteed, which covers trip cancellation, your baggage and equipment.
  • Flight Information. We will email you flight information and recommended equipment details.
  • Full tour payment is due 1 Month before the tour.


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Photo credits: Antonio ‘alitas’ Juan