Inca Trail Marathon Adventure

Inca Trail Marathon Adventure & Amazon Expedition June 2020


The 2020 Inca Trail Marathon Adventure will be launched soon. This event is limited and sells out quickly. If you are interested in booking this adventure, please add your name and email to our list at the button below and we will email when it launches.


Thank you for your interest in the Inca Trail Marathon Adventure!  This is a once in a lifetime, bucket list marathon adventure!

A little about the  journey.
Keep reading if you’re looking to marathon outside the box —> trekking along the Classic Inca Trail, through 10 different eco-systems, cloud forests, alpine tundra, dry cactus plains and three mountain summits. You’ll digest the marathon distance over a period of four days, earning breathtaking views of the Inca Ruins and the Andes Mountains, and having a photo finish at sunrise at one of the New Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu.

This is one marathon adventure you’ll never forget. Plus! We’re offering a bonus adventure option to the Amazon Rainforest!  Keep reading to learn more. This event is limited. If you’re interested and think you want to go for it, we highly recommend booking now to confirm your spot as it sells out quickly.

Machu Picchu

What’s Included in the Inca Trail Marathon Adventure Package:

  • Domestic flights within Peru (Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima)
  • Airport transfers: on arrival and departure to Cusco
  • Accommodations: 5 nights in 4-star hotel in Cusco, 1 night in Aguas Calientes (Machu Piccu), 3 nights camping on Inca Trail
  • Hotels include: Full buffet breakfast (with beverages: coffee, tea, and fresh juices)
  • 3 nights/4 days Guided Inca Trail Marathon Trek. Private group. Experienced guides, cooks, porters- to provide services while on the trail. Complete camping equipment for trek includes: 4-season tents, tent for kitchen, sleeping mat, dining tent, cooking gear, First Aid Kits, 2-way long range radios, Satellite phone (for emergency only).
  • All meals included while on trek, snack and tea times, purified water (boiled) available from morning of day 2 onwards, camp (tents, food…) is assembled and broken down by staff.
  • All Inca Trail permits
  • US based hosts for entire trip
  • Extra Luggage storage in Cusco hotel
  • All tips and gratuities to trail and tour guides, porters, hosts, drivers, restaurant staff
  • Porter baggage service for Inca Trail
  • Entry fees to all tourist sites, historical sites, national parks (Inca Trail, Machu Piccu, Sacred Valley…)
  • Professional English-speaking local tour guides while on all the tours
  • Private transport on all tours
  • City tours in Cusco and nearby Inca sites
  • Sacred Valley Tour – Pisac
  • Sacred Valley Tour- Ollyantaytambo archeological site and town
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist Train and Private Bus return from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Meals and special dinners as indicated in the itinerary
  • Inca Trail Marathon Adventure Long Sleeve Tech ShirtInca Trail Marathon Adventure Medal
  • Inca Trail Marathon Medal
  •  Training Program including; Coach Jenny’s Inca Trail Training Plan, training tips and advice packing and training videos, answers to all your questions on training, gear, logistics, altitude, and more.
  • Private Facebook Group to get to know your new traveling friends, share training stories and tips and support and motivation.
  • A bucket list adventure of a lifetime, new active friends and lots of laughs

Not Included: (extra personal expenses)

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All extra drinks during included meals and otherwise (alcohol drinks, sodas, bottled water, etc.)
  • Amazon domestic flights.
  • Sleeping bag rental (you may bring your own)
  • Optional Adventure Activity (white water rafting, horseback riding, or Maras Tours) on Day 3

Have questions?  Email us here.


June 21 – 30, 2020: 10-Day Inca Trail Marathon Adventure

June 30 – July 3, 2020: 4-Day Amazon Expedition Option


per person (Inca Hiker):  Inca Trail Marathon Adventure – (Sharing a Room)

per person (Non-hiking Guest):  Inca Trail Marathon Adventure – (Sharing a Room)

per person (Inca Hiker): Inca Trail Marathon Adventure + Amazon Expedition  (Classic Room – sharing a room)

per person (Non-Hiking Guest): Inca Trail Marathon Adventure + Amazon Expedition  (Classic Room – sharing a room)

per person (Inca Hiker): Inca Trail Marathon Adventure + Amazon Expedition  (Superior Room – sharing a room)

per person (Non-Hiking Guest): Inca Trail Marathon Adventure + Amazon Expedition  (Superior Room – sharing a room)

The Inca Hiker rate includes the 4-day Trek.  The Guest rate includes a 4-day non-hike itinerary.) Single rooms in Cusco, Aguas Calientes, tent and guest Non-Hiker room options are available upon request and for the additional charge mentioned below.  Due to the limited number of rooms in the Amazon, rooms must be shared.

Single Supplement:

$795 additional for a single room and tent for the Inca Trail Marathon Adventure

Booking Deposit:

$600 Deposit is due at the time of online booking registration. The balance of the payment is due July 1, 2019.

Cancellation Schedule:

Prior to February 1, 2019: $200

February 2 – July 1, 2019: $350

After July 1, 2019: 100% of deposit/tour package

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Day 1 – Sunday, June 21, 2020 –  Arrive in Cusco, Peru

  • Arrive Cusco, settle into your room, and welcome lunch (traditional Peruvian cuisine) to meet your fellow adventurers and guides.
  • Two to three-hour sightseeing tour of the Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Cusco and some of the Inca sites located above the city of Cusco. 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 at a 4-star Cusco hotel.

 Day 2- Monday, June 22, 2020 –  Cusco – Pisac TourDSC_1110

  • Depart in the morning for Pisac. This excursion 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 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. 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 around 7:00 p.m (exact time TBA) and take a short walk to a famous restaurant in Cusco for a special 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.
  • Overnight in Cusco at a 4-star Cusco hotel.

Day 3- Tuesday, June 23, 2020 –  Cusco – Optional Adventure Excursion or Day On Your Own

  • Meeting with your trek guides to go over details related to the upcoming days on the Inca Trail.
  • After breakfast at the hotel, you will be able to choose from two Horseback_Cuscodifferent adventure activities or simply have a free day in Cusco to explore on your own.
  • Choose between a full day Whitewater rafting trip ($65), 1⁄2 day Horseback riding tour ($40) or mountain biking tour ($60). Or if you prefer, you may have the day at leisure to pursue a different activity or tour on your own.
  • Lunch and Dinner on your own.
  • In the evening, there will be an optional get together at the hotel with your hosts to help you with final packing and organizing of your things for the trek.
  • Overnight in Cusco at a 4-star Cusco hotel.

Day 4- Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – Cusco – Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.IntiRaymi
  • Inti Raymi Festival: This special festival of the sun is held only once a year and is perhaps the most famous festival in Cusco.  After breakfast, we will proceed to the area outside Coricancha (Sun Temple) and also to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco to view the first portion of this famous ceremony and the processions that start around 9:00 am and can last until about noon.
  • Afternoon- Optional visit to the second part of the ceremony inside the Saqsawayman ruins (closed to the general public today). This visit must be arranged in advance with a special entry ticket. Exact cost and more information TBA when 2018 rates are released.
  • The rest of the day is free and at your leisure to relax, shop, explore more of Cusco.
  • Lunch and Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Cusco at a 4-star Cusco hotel.

Day 5- Thursday, June 25, 2020 –  Sacred Valley of the Incas TourStage 1 of the Inca Trail Marathon Adventure

  • DSC_1409After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Ollantaytambo, located at one end of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will then proceed on a short guided group 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. It is a very historical place with plenty of services for tourists.
  • After the tour, you will have time to eat an early lunch in town (on your own).
  • After the lunch/free time: Transfer to Inca trail for the first of four stages of the Inca Trail Marathon.   We will proceed from the town of Ollantaytambo 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.
  • Stage 1 of the Inca Trail Marathon – (7-8 miles, approximately 4-6 hours) Generally flat with a few rolling ups and downs along the river valley and a climb up to our camp. Comfortably done at a medium pace with stops, explanations, and pictures in 3-4 hours.
  • When we pass through the Inca trail control checkpoint- you must have passports handy. From Km 82, proceed walking in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,680 meters). We will continue the 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.

Day 6- Friday, June 26, 2020 –  Stage 2  of the Inca Trail Marathon Adventure

  • Trek Llactapata to Pacamayo (6 miles, approximately 6-8 hours).  DSC_1782
  • This second day is the most challenging of our journey. After a hearty breakfast, it starts with about 3-3.5 miles of gradual incline and then we ascend to Warmihuausca (Dead Women’s) pass (4,200 meters). This change in altitude means that we will pass through three separate ecological zones during the day: Quechua, Yunga, and Puna (from valleys with trees, through a high pasture, to arid grassless areas short of the snow line).
  • The ascent of over 1,200 meters to the first pass earns magnificent views. Descending from this superb vantage point we pass waterfalls before making camp at Pacaymayo (3,550 meters).
  • 6-8 hours of walking time at a medium pace.  Please adjust times for short lunch break, rest, explanations, and pictures, etc. We leave very early this morning (at first light).

Day 7- Saturday, June 27, 2020 –  Stage 3  of the Inca Trail Marathon Adventure

  • Trek Pacamayo to Winay Wayna (6.7 miles, approximately 5-8 DCIM100GOPROhours).
  • The day starts with the pass of Runkuracay (3,900 meters) where we see an Inca watchtower. Then we continue to the Inca ruins at Sayacmarca (a small maze-like ruin built above a cliff) and, passing through a rock tunnel, we reach Phuyupatamarca (City above the clouds) (3,600 meters), a beautiful set of linked stone baths still supplied by mountain streams.
  • From this area, we should achieve views of Mt. Salkantay (6271 meters), one of two of the most sacred peaks to the Incas. The descent down from the third pass (3,700 meters) is by a continuous set of steps (over 2,300 of them), into the cloud forest, to our last campsite.
  • From here a short walk takes us to the impressive ruins of Wiñaywayna (2,600 meters), curving around a steep valley with walled terraces hanging the contours.
  • The extra relaxation time provided here allows us to recoup our strength to make an early start the next day and maximize the experience of Machu Picchu.
  • Easier than Stage 2, but includes a lot of stairs particularly going up the 2nd pass and down to WW camps. Comfortably done in 4-6  hours of walking time at a medium pace.  Please adjust times for short lunch break, rest, explanations, and pictures, etc. We leave early this morning.

Day 8- Sunday, June 28, 2020 –  Stage 4  of the Inca Trail Marathon Adventure

  • MachuPicchu_istockTrek Winay Wayna to Machu Picchu (3.3 miles, approximately 2 – 3.5 hours).
  • We leave very early this morning to reach our finish line – Machu Picchu at Intipunku (the sun-gate).
  • A pre-dawn breakfast allows us to ascend to Intipunku (the Sun-Gate) 2,750 meters where we may observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu (2,450 meters) and the world’s most epic finish line.
  • After taking in this memorable view we descend to the ruins and will proceed on a guided tour starting well before the crowds arrive by train from Cusco. There will be plenty of time available to spend in this unique archaeological site, allowing ample opportunities to explore on your own.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Bus back to Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of Machu Picchu). You will come down from Machu Picchu when you have finished exploring on your own and check into the hotel In Aguas Calientes. Your duffel bag from the trek will be in the luggage storage at the hotel.
  • In the evening, meet up with everyone in Aguas Calientes for the special included Celebration Dinner at a famous restaurant in Aguas Calientes!
  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Casa Andina Classic (or similar).
  • Comfortably done in 2-3.5 hours of walking time at a medium pace.  Please adjust times for short break at sun gate, rest, explanations, and pictures, etc.

Day 9- Monday, June 29, 2020 –  Aguas Calientes – Cusco

  • After breakfast at the hotel, we will all depart via a morning train aKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAround 9:00 a.m. to Ollyantaytambo.
  • We will then take private transport to Cusco (please note- almost all tourist class trains only run between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes, not all the way to Cusco). Afterward, we will continue to Cusco and check back into the hotel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Rest of day/evening at leisure for shopping, sightseeing, and relaxing. Meet in the lobby to return rented gear and duffle bags.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Cusco at a 4-star Cusco hotel.

Day 10- Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – Travel  Home or to the Amazon

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to Cusco airport. Fly back to Lima from Cusco.
  • OR continue from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado via an early morning flight for the extension trip to the Amazon Rainforest (see extension trip program for these details)

Note: The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek is a beautiful 3 night/4 day trek covering Andean valleys, vistas of snowy peaks, Inca ruins, and the area near Machu Picchu. This amazing trek is considered a moderate to difficult hike for which you need to be prepared. The elevation is as high as 4200 meters (13,800 ft) and as low as 2400 meters(7,800 ft).  The trek is a one-way trail and our route on it covers a total distance of about 40km. These are good reasons to be in good physical shape and spend a few days in a high altitude city such as Cusco before starting the trek (which we do).

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What’s Included in the Amazon Rainforest Package:

  • 4-day/3-night guided Amazon Rainforest program (see itinerary below)
  • Accommodations: 3-nights at the Rainforest Expeditions – Refugio Amazonas Eco Lodge.
  • All meals while at the lodge, purified drinking water, juice
  • All river transportation, transfers to and from the Puerto Maldonado airport to the lodge
  • USA based host
  • All tips and gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • National park entry fees

Additional Fee: Amazon Flight supplements: $250 per person based on today’s best current published fares ( as of 5/16 subject to change).  We will book the tickets for the group to get the lowest rate and include it as an additional charge to the package fee in the second payment. Adventure activity excursion options; kayaking, mountain biking.


Day 1- Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Transfer from Cusco hotel to Airport. Flight from Cusco to Puerto Refugio-Amazonas-RoomsMaldonado.  In Puerto Maldonado- Arrival & Reception by Guide. Our English-speaking guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members.  We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Refugio Amazonas.
  • Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters. Upon arrival from Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.
  • Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
  • Transfer Boat – Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas. The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.
  • Boxed Lunch
  • Orientation. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
  • Dinner
  • Caiman Search (alligator!). We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.  Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 2 – Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • BreakfastTambopata-Monkey-1
  • Oxbow Lake Visit. We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
  • Canopy Tower. A thirty-minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25-meter scaffolding canopy tower. A staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws, and raptors are likely.
  • Lunch
  • Farm Visit. Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighboring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops – just about every plant and tree you see serve a purpose.
  • Ethnobotanical Tour. Along this trail, we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.
  • Dinner
  • Tambopata National Reserve Lectures Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities, and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve
  • Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 3 – Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • BreakfastParrotClayLick
  • Parrot Clay Lick.  A fifteen-minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a blind, you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck, we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in mid morning or early afternoon, when they are active.
  • Lunch
  • Brazil Nut Trail and Camp. A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.Turtle-Amazon
  • Mammal Clay Lick. Twenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.
  • Dinner
  • Night walk. You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
  • Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 4 – Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer Boat – Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port
  • Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters
  • Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
  • Flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima.
  • Connect in Lima with your international flight back to your home city.

Quick Facts About Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Raised Boardwalks – Four wings of 8 rooms connected by raised boardwalksRefugio-Amazonas-Loft2

Private Bathrooms– All of the bathrooms at Refugio Amazonas are private.

Hot Water -Hot water is available in this lodge.

Dining Room and Loft – The dining room is a huge open building with a loft on the second story for an eye level view of the surrounding rainforest canopy..

Wellness Center – Refugio Amazonas contains a wellness and holistic center for massages and aromatherapy.

Electricity – A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles.

Mosquito Nets – All rooms have mosquito nets over the beds, bedside tables and a rack of clothes hangers.

Jungle Views – Bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem even on their downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge.

Comfort Rooms

Twenty-four rooms overlooking tropical rainforest allow guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem, even during their down time. Wild monkeys and birds are often visible from our signature windowless verandah, which also provides excellent ventilation. The rooms are built with local materials such as wood, bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees. Rooms are double or triples, as requested. Each bed is equipped with its own mosquito net. Each room has a spacious private bathroom with hot water, electricity and lighting.

Superior Rooms

We have eight superior 45-m2 rooms overlooking the tropical rain forest. The fascinating sounds and colors of the forest are important elements of the experience during your stay in our Superior rooms. The entire decoration is based on Yanchama, a natural bark that is “harvested” by artisans from Eseeja community of Infierno. The rooms are single, double or twin, as requested, Each one is equipped with a bed, a mosquito net, two hypoallergenic pillows per person, a hammock and a reading table. Rooms have spacious private bathrooms with hot water. Electric lighting is available in the evenings until 10:00 pm, at your bedside table, your bathroom and an outlet to charge your electronics. Free Internet is available in every room. Each visitor has access to a personal safe-deposit box, an umbrella for rain and a special set of eco-friendly amenities.

Refugio Amazonas Activities

Canopy Tower – Our 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower gives you spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest. You will have good chances of spotting toucans, parrots, macaws or mixed species canopy flocks.

Lake – We will paddle around the Lake Condenado on a catamaran, looking for wildlife such a hoatzin, caiman or horned screamers.

Claylicks – From a blind, you will see parrots and parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a river bank.

Cultural Activities – Visit an ethnobotanical trail, working jungle farm, and a real Brazil nut concession.

Extra Activities- Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Canopy Climbing, Wellness Center (available at extra charge)

Amazon jungle wildlife you are likely to see during your visit include

Monkeys such as: Saddle Backed Tamarins, Squirrel Monkeys, Brown Capuchin Monkeys, Red Howler Monkeys, Dusky Titi Monkeys

You can also spot: Parrots at a clay lick, Canopy tower, Mixed species tanager flocks, Caymans and capybaras on the river bank, active harpy eagle nests in the area

Meals at Refugio Amazonas Lodge

We provide self-serve three course meals at Refugio Amazonas. Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, and desserts combining Peruvian and international cuisine. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. We also provide at all times unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide fruit juices during the meals.

Have questions?  Email us here.