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- Domestic airfare – Lima to Cusco
- Hotel – eight nights
- Inca Trail Marathon!
- Guided Cusco Site Seeing Tour
- Pre-race acclimitization run in Pisac and tour of the ruins, Indian Market
- Pre-race acclimitization run in Ollyantaytambo, the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Guided Tour of Machu Picchu – @sunrise
- White water river rafting excursion, gear, lunch, transport
- Group lunches, dinners with entertainment (see itinerary below)
- Bus transfers to and from airport and other events
August 9 – 18, 2013
$2440 per person – (Sharing a Room)
$3189 per person – (For Single Room, Single Tent)
Friday, August 9, 2013 – Depart home city and take overnight flight to Lima, Peru
Day 1 – August 10th – Arrive in Lima and transfer to Cusco
Please plan accordingly for a 7:00 a.m. CST arrival (or earlier) into Lima on your intl flight. Proceed through customs and immigrations and check-in for your domestic flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival in Cusco- You will be met by your trip host and staff and transferred to the hotel in Cusco where you will check in. We will then have a quick meet and greet with your trip host and guides while we taste a Coca leaf tea (traditional Peruvian drink). After unwinding from the flight for a couple of hours, we will begin the festivities with a special group lunch (offering traditional Peruvian cuisine), where you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers and athletes.
Later that afternoon, your local Cusco tour and trekking guide will meet you and take you on a sightseeing tour of the historical center of Cusco, where you will visit colonial churches and Inca ruins inside the city. This tour is specially programmed as an easy day, allowing you the opportunity to acclimate to the elevation of Cusco (approx. 11,200 feet above sea level). Welcome Lunch Included. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Cusco-Hotel.
Day 2 – August 11th - Cusco: Pisac Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart around 7:30 a.m. for Pisac. This guided group tour will take you through the Urubamba Valley to the colorful Indian Market of Pisac, where natives from the region of Cusco come to trade their products. We will then proceed to the magnificent archaeological site above this town from where you will witness amazing views of this valley. Along the way, we will visit a llama farm and local weaving co-op, where you will learn about these unique animals as well as traditional weaving techniques of Peru.
Upon arrival in Pisac, we will have a guided tour of the ruins and then you may either walk for about 30-60 minutes down about 1200 vertical feet to the town of Pisac along an old Inca footpath or take the private transport from the ruins down to the town. In Pisac, you will have a couple of hours on your own to explore the famous Pisac market and to have lunch at one of the many local restaurants.
It will be during this free time before lunch that we will offer an easier short optional run for those interested. Or you may also run on your own if you prefer.
In Pisac, you will have a couple of hours on your own to explore the famous Pisac market and to have lunch at one of the many local restaurants. Later in the afternoon, we will return to the hotel in Cusco, arriving around 5:30 p.m.
That evening, we will meet in the lobby at 7:00 p.m and take a short walk to a famous restaurant in Cusco for a special Peruvian group dinner and cultural show (included). This will be a great chance to sample more Peruvian cuisine, experience music and culture from the Andes, and mingle with fellow travelers.
Lunch on own. Dinner included. Overnight in Cusco- Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar 4-star Cusco hotel)
Day 3 – August 12th - Cusco: White Water Rafting Excursion + Zipline
There will be an optional morning run in Cusco to visit Sacsayhuaman (Temple of Lightning), located outside the city. After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart at 8:30 a.m. for a river rafting excursion.
One of the most popular rafting sections during the season is the “Cusipata” section of the river on the Upper Urubamba. There are great class IIl rapids and the water is very pure and clean.
After a beautiful 1-½ hour drive, passing through small communities and impressive scenery, we will arrive to the “put in” at the shores of the Upper Urubamba River. Our professional rafting guides will give you a safety briefing and provide you with all the proper safety equipment for rafting. We will be floating for approximately 2- 2 ½ hours, running class II and III type rapids. Afterwards, we will arrive at the “take-out”, where a hot, home cooked lunch will be provided. Showers and a hot sauna will also be available. We will arrive back to Cusco around 5:30 p.m. This is a full day tour!
- Transportation from hotel in Cusco to the “put-in” at the river
- All rafting equipment, such as helmet, life jacket, paddle, self bailing raft
- Spray jacket, wet suit
- Professional English speaking rafting guide
- Delicious lunch
- Transportation back from the river to your hotel
Day 4 – August 13th - Cusco: Morning Tour/Afternoon Free
There will be another optional run this morning followed by breakfast at the hotel.
10:00am 2-hour tour: We will visit Inca ruins outside the city; Sacsayhuaman (Temple of the Lightning), Qenqo (ceremonial place) and Tambomachay (Temple of the Water).
Afternoon Free. Lunch and Dinner on your own. Overnight in Cusco- Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar 4-star Cusco hotel)
Day 5 – August 14th - Ollantaytambo – Llactapata
After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Ollyantaytambo, located at one end of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will then proceed on a guided tour of the ruins and the town, which is commonly referred to as a modern day living Inca city due to the fact that some citizens inhabit original Inca houses over 500 years old. Lunch on your own in Ollyantaytambo.
Racers: Transfer to Inca trail. We will proceed from the town of Ollyantaytambo with our private tourist bus to Km 82 (2,650 meters) where, after meeting the porters and collecting the gear, we will commence walking via the Urubamba Valley. At this point, we pass through the Inca trail control checkpoint and must have passports handy. From Km 82, we will cross the raging Vilcanota River and proceed walking in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,680 meters). We will continue the easy hike near the Cusichaca River, admiring the Inca ruins at Llactapata. This is where we will have our campsite set up and a healthy dinner served to us on the eve of the race. Overnight on Inca trail at campsite near Llactapata. Camping gear provided.
Spectators: Afternoon free in Ollyantaytambo. We will take a late afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, where we will then transfer to the hotel. There will be a special hosted group dinner for spectators in town that evening, with the rest of evening free at leisure.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Hotel Inka Town (or similar)
Day 6 - August 15th - Inca Trail Marathon!!
Racers: After a very early (pre dawn) breakfast, we will proceed to the start line. RACE! The finish will be at Machu Picchu where you can then re-unite with your loved ones. (For more detailed race information- Please see course overview) *Please note: The last bus down to Aguas Calientes from Machu Picchu leaves at 5:30 p.m. Machu Picchu closes at 6:00 p.m.
Spectators: Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. You will have the morning free, at leisure (options include day hikes, shopping, thermal baths, coffee shops, etc), then you will proceed up to Machu Picchu to visit the ruins and see the runners crossing the finish line.
*Please note: The last bus down to Aguas Calientes from Machu Picchu leaves at 5:30 PM. Machu Picchu closes at 6:00 p.m. All: Post race, runners will have the opportunity to change/refresh at the hotel. Afterwards, everyone can proceed to a special included group dinner in Aguas Calientes to celebrate the race! Awards/results will be presented at dinner.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Hotel Inka Town (or similar)
Day 7 – August 16th - Machu Picchu – Aquas Calientes
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will take the morning bus up to Machu Picchu. Guided group tour. For those willing to get up early, you can arrive in time to witness the sunrise over this majestic place. For all, we will have a 9:00 a.m. guided tour of the complex with our local guides (approx. 3 hours). Later, there will be several hours available to spend as you choose in this unique archaeological site, allowing ample opportunities to explore on your own. The rest of day will be free in Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
Bus back to Aguas Calientes town included. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Hotel Inka Town (or similar)
Day 8 – August 17th – Aquas Calientes – Chincherros – Cusco
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart via a morning train to Ollyantaytambo. We will then take private transport to Cusco, with a special stop at the town of Chincherros. Here, you will visit the Inca/Colonial site and a very famous local weaving community in town. Afterwards, we will continue to Cusco and check back into the hotel. Lunch on own. Rest of day/evening at leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Cusco- Hotel San Agustin El Dorado (or similar 4-star Cusco hotel).
Day 9 – August 18th - Cusco – Lima
Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Cusco airport. Fly back to Lima from Cusco.
INCLUDED DOMESTIC FLIGHT: Cusco to Lima
Departures approx. 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Arrives approx one hour after departure
(exact time subject to changing airline schedules)
Please book your flight home from Lima for a departure after 12:30 p.m. to ensure you make your connection.
*Please note- If you are continuing on one of the extension trips (Lake Titicaca/Arequippa or Manu Rainforest), you will have a briefing for your next trip and then a free day in Cusco as the extension trips will begin the following day. End of tour.