Run the Andes
1) How strong of a runner do I need to be?
Run the Andes holidays are designed to cater for all those that have a passion for running regardless of ability. We have amazing support every part of the journey to ensure that you can enjoy the running/ trekking at your own pace.
In addition, our itineraries are designed that everybody can participate in the activities that you want to, so if one day you don't feel up to running, no problem.
It is important to remember that Cusco and the Sacred Valley is all at altitude, this makes it perfect for training but it does mean that you are likely to be running at a slower pace and especially the first few days are likely to be harder.
2) What is it like to run at altitude?
Running at altitude can be challenging at first as there is less oxygen, this is why many professional athletes go on high altitude training camps, as your body is forced to produce more red blood cells, improving your aerobic capacity. The first few days are generally the toughest as it takes a while for your body to adapt; this is why our first runs are acclimatisation runs. However, our tours aren't races and we want you to take all the runs at your own pace, taking in the experience and enjoying the routes that we run.
3) What is included in the price?
We want your trip to be as memorable and as problem free as possible, which is why we make sure that everything is included in the trip, we even include one free sports massage (additional ones are at a cost), photography snacks and water everyday and even bank and card fees. Please see each specific itinerary for detailed listing, as there are some optional extras that aren't included in the price. The only extra that you have to pay would be drinks (except water) during lunch and dinner. **Please note that international flights are not included in the price and the tour starts from Cusco.**
4) What is the maximum group size?
Our maximum group is twelve participants. With all the support we give, the tour will feel like your own private running holiday!
5) Who will be our guides and tour leader?
We do not outsource guides or workers, all those that will be with you are trusted and an intricate part of the company from the guide, support runners to the driver.
6) What is the accommodation like?
We include information on all accommodation in the itinerary, the minimum level of hotel will be 3*, and the price of the trip is on the basis of two people sharing a twin room, (Single supplement option).
7) What is the food like?
The trip will give you the chance to try the world-renowned Peruvian cuisine (voted worlds leading culinary destination 2015), with a healthy twist. In addition bananas and fruit will always be available after every run as well as bottled water available throughout the day (please bring a bottle that we can re-fill to save on plastic waste).
8) Should I buy travel insurance?
We strongly recommend that you buy travel insurance before you come.
9) What happens in the case of an emergency?
We are first aid trained and always carry a first aid kit with us throughout the tour, which includes oxygen. There are many private clinics in Cusco in case of any emergencies. At the beginning of the tour we require emergency contact details for every participant.
10) My partner doesn't run but wants to come on the trip?
We know that there are many couples where only one-person runs, this trip is perfect for both of you. There are options to walk some of the routes or if you prefer, you can relax when your partner goes off running and enjoy the beautiful scenery and calming environment.
11) How do I book?
If you would like to get in contact with us prior to booking for any questions or queries you can use the contact page. To book, you just need to select book now, which will take you through to the booking page. You will need to choose which running holiday you would like to go on and pay the $500 deposit. Once this is done your place on the holiday is reserved.
We request that the remaining balance is paid 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday. If payment is not received prior to this, we cannot guarantee your position on the holiday. This can be done through the same process but this time choose the 'full amount' option for the relevant running holiday.
Once the deposit has been made, we will send you out a booking form that contains a health questionnaire, emergency contact details amongst other important information. We kindly ask that this is sent back to us promptly.
12) What should I bring on the holiday?
Once your reservation is made and the deposit has been paid we will send you all the relevant information including a list of essentials to bring and recommended items for the trip.
13) What is your cancellation policy?
We understand that sometimes emergencies occur and prevent you from travelling. If we are able to fill your position on the tour then the full amount minus the deposit and any bank fees will be returned to you. If we are unable to refill your position then these are the rates:
Cancellation fees More than 90 days before the start of the tour- Deposit $500
89 to 61 days- Deposit $500
60-31 days- 50% of full price
30 days before the start of the tour- 100% of full price
(If there is genuine reason- future discounted will be available for future tours)
14) How do you support local athletes?
Peru Fitness Holidays is really proud of its support of local athletic talent in Cusco. During the holidays we hire professional athletes to be pacers and 10% of all profit goes into a fund to support promising athletes in their quest to become professional athletes. The talent that many of these runners have is astonishing and Cusco is the perfect location to produce world-class athletes. Currently there are good coaches but what is missing is the support that is needed for the athletes to excel. We provide this in our fund that is used for: paying for medical exams- MRI scans for injured athletes and their rehabilitation, transport to travel to competitions etc. To read more please click on the Foundation page.
15) Do I need a visa?
The majority of countries do not need a visa to travel to Peru, you normally get 90 days when you arrive at the airport but if you are unsure you can visit http://visacentral.ch/visas to check.
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