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Peru Sacred Valley Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

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This Retreat is Level III

This retreat is suitable for you if:

  • This retreat is suitable for you if you are comfortable with a combination of trail running and hiking six days in a row for around four to five hours each day. Each time we are out on the trail it is inclusive of hiking sections of trail and stops for water breaks, snack breaks and photo opportunities.
  • You are comfortable trail running and hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks and some muddy sections.
  • You have experience on mountain trails.
  • You are comfortable trail running at high elevations. 
  • You are physically able to hike long uphills and steep downhills.
  • You are comfortable on narrow trails that are high up and at times exposed.
  • You are game for running in the rain! Don’t worry about what to wear; we provide you with a comprehensive packing list.
  • You have, or are willing to acquire before the retreat, a pair of trail running shoes.

Note: The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 25 and 30 miles between 7,000 to 13,100 feet above sea level. The itinerary does include rest days with no running (or the option to run on your own). Due to the altitude, runners may find that they will need to adjust their pace so we have built in plenty of time to run/hike this itinerary. The precise route and trails run may change due to trail closures, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.

About Running in Peru

The runs have been designed by our Peruvian travel partner who is a trail runner and knows the trails here like the back of his hand! Knowing that our group is coming from lower elevations, our guides will set a comfortable pace and we will hike sections as needed. While all the routes we run will be on well-established roads an trails, be aware that there will be some steep ascents and descents, rocky, uneven terrain and some exposure to heights. 

Many runners will also find they will need to adjust their pace at these altitudes, so plenty of time has been built into the itinerary to allow you to hike or run at your own pace. Runs range from 2 to 9 miles. You'll notice that we allow a generous amount of time for each day's run, and that's to accommodate all paces and soak up the scenery along the way. Learn more about how we manage run pacing here:


The Weather

In mid-April, the weather in Peru is typically mild and pleasant. The region is situated in the Andes Mountains, and the climate is generally temperate with relatively low humidity. During this time of year, daytime temperatures average around 68°F (20°C), with nighttime temperatures dropping to around 39°F (4°C). It's important to note that the weather in the Sacred Valley can be unpredictable and can change rapidly, so come prepared for a variety of conditions. It's recommended to bring layers of clothing, including a warm jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings. Overall, mid-April is one of the best times to visit Peru, with comfortable temperatures and generally dry weather.

Machu Picchu and Running the Inca Trail

On this retreat you will have a full day to experience running a section of the Inca Trail, ending at Machu Picchu. Running along the Inca Trail is an exhilarating way to explore the stunning scenery of the Andes Mountains. This iconic trail passes through rugged terrain, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, cloud forests, and rushing rivers. Running the Inca Trail is a challenging but rewarding experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories of the natural beauty of Peru. And what better way to end your journey than by arriving at the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the world. 

This ancient Incan city is nestled high in the Andes Mountains and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The city's intricate stonework and terraces are a testament to the incredible architectural achievements of the Incan people.

Incan Archeological Sites

Explore the fascinating Sacred Valley of Peru by visiting some of the top Incan archaeological sites, including Moray and Maras, Punamarca, and Ollantaytambo.

Moray and Maras are interesting examples of Incan ingenuity. Moray's circular terraces were likely used for agricultural experimentation, while Maras' salt mines have been in use for centuries.

Punamarca was an important center for the Inca Empire, both politically and religiously, and still has impressive structures such as a large fortress and ceremonial plazas.

Ollantaytambo is a well-preserved Incan town that was a significant stronghold for the Inca Empire, with impressive stone terraces and a temple complex that provide a glimpse into their fascinating history. Don't miss out on the chance to explore these incredible sites and learn more about Peru's rich culture and history.

Andean Community Visit

Visit a Quechua Andean Community nestled in the heights of the Sacred Valley, where you'll be welcomed by humble and hospitable people who have preserved traditions that date back thousands of years. These people have a deep connection with Mother Nature and live amongst exotic flora and fauna, and their cuisine is made with delicate, locally-sourced ingredients.

During your visit, you'll have the opportunity to experience their way of life and learn about their common past that's closely linked to the pre-Hispanic cultures of the Andean region. Your guide and transport will accompany you on this cultural journey, ensuring you have a meaningful and unforgettable experience.

Andean Weaving Ceremony

Experience a hands-on weaving workshop that dives into the spiritual meaning behind the traditional textiles, with the Q’eros community. Weaving is a spiritual practice, representing the sacredness of daily life and weaving intentionally in the present moment. During this ancient spiritual ritual called Haywarikuy, they will thank the Mother Earth (Pachamama) and Father Sky (Pachacamac) for their blessings and ask for protection and health for themselves, their families, animals and lands, while you learn more about their traditional textiles and culture.

Sound Healing Bath

Experience the healing power of vibration and sound. Sound healing is a practice that encourages healing of the body, mind and soul through intentional sound vibrations from some of Peru’s indigenous ancient instruments.

Food in Peru

Experience exceptional dining! Most meals are included in your retreat package, and we handpick high-quality restaurants for unforgettable culinary experiences.

Peruvian cuisine is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, combining indigenous ingredients with influences from Spanish, African, and Asian culinary traditions. Known for its diverse and colorful dishes, Peruvian food often features fresh seafood, tender meats, potatoes, and an array of chili peppers. The country's iconic dish, ceviche, showcases the freshness of the Pacific Ocean, while other favorites like Lomo Saltado (stir-fried beef), and Aji de Gallina (spicy shredded chicken) capture the essence of Peru's rich gastronomic heritage.

We make every effort to accommodate your dietary preferences and restrictions. However, there are occasions when we may face limitations. You'll have a chance to indicate your specific dietary requirements in the retreat participant intake form.

Please note that alcoholic drinks are excluded, and snacks and beverages outside of meals and trail runs are not included.

Guided Mindful Runs

Learn how to run more mindfully to become a better runner. This includes natural running form clinics during which you'll learn about the Power Posture: use proper alignment to make gravity do more of the work. This reduces the muscular force involved with running so it feels easier and less strenuous on muscles and joints.
Focus on efficiency: Use natural running techniques to drastically improve efficiency. You'll practice changing stride length, cadence and tempo on various types of terrain. Then put the pieces together to achieve the ultimate trail running experience. Learn to cultivate the circumstances for flow to occur by being relaxed and mindful.

Yoga in the Geodesic Dome

While staying at Los Qolqas Eco Resort, you'll enjoy yoga classes in the Geodesic dome, situated at the foot of the Apu Pututuyuc, an 800-meter cliff where many condors nest. It is surrounded by fruit trees and aromatic herbs used in their infusions. It’s private setting lends itself for a relaxing and peaceful experiences. 

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (Machu Picchu)

Rio Sagrado, a 5-star Belmond Hotel enjoys a privileged location overlooking the Urubamba River in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With 10 deluxe terrace rooms and eleven junior suites with riverfront terraces. The accommodation is spread out over the grounds and are decorated with warm hues and natural materials of rock and wood. Dining is sophisticated at the El Huerto Restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine, El Bar del Huerto over looks the Urubamba River and is the perfect place to savor a cocktail on the outside terrace shaded by capuli trees, El Jardin uses the best locally sourced ingredients and is the ideal spot to have a light lunch by the river.


Los Qolqas EcoResort

Las Qolqas Eco Lodge is located two kilometers to the east of Ollantaytambo on the road to the villages of Willoq and Patacancha.  It is far enough to be surrounded by peace and quiet on Peru's Sacred Valley. While staying here, you'll enjoy yoga classes in the Geodesic dome, situated at the foot of the Apu Pututuyuc, an 800-meter cliff where many condors nest. It is surrounded by fruit trees and aromatic herbs used in their infusions. It’s private setting lends itself for relaxing and peaceful experiences. Our Andean Spa is lodged between the mountain peaks of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, surrounded by natural beauty and tranquility. The Andean Spa offers a serene space to disconnect and charge your soul.  Located on the banks of the Patacancha River, enjoy a daily massage or other healing body treatment that will let your energy will flow, taking you on a mystical transformation.



Antigua Casona San Blas

Antigua Casona San Blas is a boutique hotel in the heart of Cusco. Rooms are outfitted with hand-made furniture sourced from local woods, and high-quality allergen free linens. Enjoy refined amenities and cozy turn-down service, complete with hot water bottles and sleepy-time tea. In-room heating and soundproofing ensure a good night’s rest.

Indulge in the private spa, which offers holistic wellness experiences complete with a steam bath, jacuzzi soak, salt rubs from a local quarry, Spanish-style shower, and therapeutic massage. Rest in the hyperbaric chamber and find equilibrium with the altitude of Cusco, or let yourself go with a hot stone or Andean herbal massage.

Drop in to a vinyasa or hatha yoga class in the Exhala Yoga Studio. Beautiful Amazonian hardwood floors and twisting vines provide a peaceful space for you to connect inward amidst the rush of travel and the high energy of Cusco. 

Dedicated Retreat Leader

Our highly trained retreat leaders provide the space and support for you to have a potentially transformational experience. As experts in mindful leadership, she provides valuable guidance on how to be mindful on and off the trail. Here's more about what you can expect from your retreat leader. She leads the opening meeting on Day 1, explaining what you can expect, the general flow of each day, what's expected of you, how she'll support you and all the other logistics you need. She works with our local staff, such as guides and drivers, to keep things safe, on schedule and running smoothly and leads mindful running clinics that teach you how to run more efficiently and with more flow and ease. She manages the pace of each run so that you never feel rushed or get left behind, facilitates sharing circles, creating a safe space for the group to reflect and share openly and provides emotional support if ever you need it.

Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag

Your retreat gift bag contains a curated selection of items designed to support your mindful travel experience with us. 



Add-on +US$38

Transformational Travel Journal

One of the best ways to deepen your experience with mindfulness during and after your retreat is to add the Transformational Travel Journal to your package. This co-branded journal by Run Wild Retreats in partnership with the Transformational Travel Journal provides an intentional space to write, draw, sketch and otherwise creatively express what meaning this travel experience has for you. Filled with thoughtful writing prompts, inspirational quotes and mindfulness-inspired ideas, we highly recommend using this journal to help you enhance your mindful running experience. 


Cusco, Peru
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