Peru Sacred Valley Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

Apr 17 to Apr 24, 2024

Peru Sacred Valley Trail Running + Wellness Retreat
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The fully supported eight-day retreat departs Cusco and ventures deep into the Sacred Valley, where you'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks and historic Andean villages. During your five nights here, we'll balance your time on day excursions with mindful hours at Las Qolqas, where you can practice yoga in the geodesic dome. 

Each day, you'll explore the mystery of ancient sites that may spark your curiosity about the Inca and the lost technologies that made possible the construction of a citadel like Machu Picchu. You'll run and hike on well-worn paths leading to such marvels as The Maras, hundreds of small salt pools carved into a mountainside from which Incas extracted salt, and The Moray, an ancient-yet-sophisticated agricultural site involving terraced growing fields, each with its own microclimate.

On your daily run/hikes around the Sacred Valley, you'll have the opportunity to interact with local communities and learn about their rich cultural heritage, as you visit ancient Inca ruins, and traditional markets and meet local artisans. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Andean people, and gain insights into their traditional farming practices, culinary traditions , and spiritual beliefs.

Feel the thrill of running along ancient Incan paths, surrounded by lush valleys and towering peaks. Participate in a mindful weaving ceremony and spiritual ritual called Haywarikuy, meet Marquesa, a wonderful woman healer from the Q'eros community, who will help you connect with the power and spirituality of this sacred land and learn about the Inca's reverence for Pachamama, the Andean earth goddess. 

One of the retreat's highlights is a visit to the legendary Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Explore this mystical citadel, hidden in the misty mountains and marvel at its awe-inspiring architecture, terraced fields and intricate stone masonry. Your experienced guide will share fascinating stories and insights about the history, mythology and mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu, as you soak in the spiritual energy of this ancient wonder.

Here, you'll be treated to the luxurious comfort of the 5-star Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (pictured above) that overlooks Machu Picchu. Savor delicious Peruvian cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients, and unwind with soothing spa treatments that incorporate indigenous healing techniques. Reflect on your journey and connect with fellow travelers as you share stories and create lasting memories.

Join us on this unforgettable journey to Peru's Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, where you'll experience the perfect blend of physical activity, cultural enrichment, and wellness. Immerse yourself in the ancient heritage of the Andean people, explore breathtaking landscapes, and awaken your mind, body, and soul. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime that will leave you with a profound sense of awe and wonder.

This retreat is level II

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. 

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 Pichu 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 archaeological 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.

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. 

About The Host

We specialize in trail running- and wellness-based travel experiences that support women’s overall health and well-being. Our programs feature mindful running techniques that help women run better while maximizing running’s stress-reducing effects on the body and mind. Set in some of the world’s most inspiring natural destinations known to runners, each itinerary is an immersion in nature and wellness experiences such as yoga, hot springs, or spa.

We include the specific elements you need to have a wonderful retreat and leave out anything that doesn’t support that mission. 

Why Choose Us

We are about experiencing running as a means to cultivate mental and physical health and well-being. While our purpose is to provide transformational travel experiences for runners like you, our mission is to offer you the time and space to clear your mind and focus on breathing deeply, connect with nature, dial down stress, and release endorphins so that you can relish in the joy and inspiration running brings.

No one succeeds in isolation, which is why the empowering community and connections that women find through our retreats are such a gift. Time after time, we hear the most heartwarming stories of the friendships that were made on our retreats, and why so many women come back year after year (sometimes even multiple times a year!) to run with us in a new location and often with women they’d met before.

When you travel with us, you are choosing to:

🏃‍♀️ connect deeper with yourself because no matter how long you’ve been on this planet, there’s always more to discover about who you truly are. We offer things like travel journals for writing and sharing circles during the retreat that support your inner as well as outer journey.

🏃‍♀️ experiment with mindful running principles that make you a better, more playful runner because there’s nothing like taking yourself too seriously to stifle motivation. Our retreat leaders provide mindful running exercises and tips you can use on an off the trail to run and live more mindfully.

🏃‍♀️ be open to connecting with other like-minded women because meeting new people is less scary than you might think. You’ll meet women who value running as part of a health lifestyle as we all as a sport. It’s amazing how quickly retreat groups bond after the very first run together!

🏃‍♀️ receive support, even when you don’t necessarily think you need it, but are so grateful you did when you realize how great it feels. In addition to the company of our professional running guides and expert retreat leaders, we highly encourage peer support to give you what to need to feel comfortable in this group.

🏃‍♀️ experience the mental health benefits to running that having nothing to do with your last race result or next goal. Our retreat leaders help you replace expectations and performance pressure with intentions and a focus on simply having fun.

🏃‍♀️ be intentional with the words you choose to express yourself, promising to be authentic and forget about trying to be anything you’re not. Intentions are rooted in values, and there’s no better opportunity to reflect on your values than when you’re traveling.

🏃‍♀️ make peace with the runner you are today, knowing that you belong here because runners come in all shapes and sizes and that’s okay. Since this isn’t a training camp, we’re not focused on where the future, but rather, rooted in the present moment, since that’s where the magic happens.

🏃‍♀️ give up the need to control everything going on around you because that’s the only way to find peace, restore your energy and find true joy. Our expert travel planners have worked out the logistics, and our professional guides scouted the routes, which means you can relax and let go.

🏃‍♀️ trust us to take you on a journey that has the potential to be deeply transformational and profoundly meaningful in a way that is entirely unique to you. Our retreat leaders understand that getting vulnerable can be scary, so they’re prepared to hold the space you need to have your experience at your own pace.

🏃‍♀️ forget about comparing yourself to others, either in terms of pace, speed, accomplishments, age or any other way, and focus instead on what you share in common. This is what we mean by community; you don’t have to “qualify” to be here, you show that you belong here by simply being you.

. . . and so much more.


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