August Marathon & Running Adventure Options
Great for a couple where one can run the marathon
while the other one can EITHER run the Inca Trail Running
Adventure with the additional night in Phuyupatamarca camp,
OR hike the last portion of the Inca Trail and enter Machu
Picchu through the Intipunko Sun Gate - the same entrance
the runners take, OR take the train all the way to Machu
Option 2: Run the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Running Adventure - Start the trail a day earlier, run the Inca Trail in two days, and arrive in Machu Picchu the same day as the marathon runners.
Option 3: No camping, some hiking. Stay at a hotel in the Sacred Valley. Take the train to Km 104, then hike 7 miles to Machu Picchu and arrive the same day as the marathon runners. See the description of the hike from Km 104 to Machu Picchu below. This option has an additional cost of $140 per person, to cover for extra hotel night, meals at hotel, train to Km 104.
Option 4: No camping, no hiking. Stay at a hotel in the Sacred Valley. Take the train all the way to Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu and arrive the same day as the marathon runners. This option has an additional cost of $140 per person, to cover for extra hotel night, meals at hotel, train to Km 104.
Note: The runners that select the Inca Trail marathon and the runners that select to run the Inca Trail Running Adventure will arrive the same day in Machu Picchu, but each group will have different Inca Trail permits. Runners doing the trail in 2 days will have an additional camp in Phuyupatamarca. Let us know your choice before the Inca Trail permits are issued in January, so that permits are issued correctly.
This morning everyone in the group travels by train along the Urubamba River to Chachabamba at Km 104 (7,200’). Here the participants that have selected to do the optional hike to Machu Picchu will get off the train and start their hike, and the rest of the group will continue by train to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu.
You must let us know in advance if you plan to do the 7 mile Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, or continue on the train and follow the traditional route to Machu Picchu.
If you selected in advance to do the Inca Trail hike, you will follow this itinerary (picnic lunch en route):
We cross the hanging bridge over the Urubamba River and hike uphill, passing Chachabamba. Along the way there are views of sparkling cascades and lush vegetation. After about 3 hours of moderate hiking we reach the site of Wiñay Wayna “Forever Young” at about 8,400 feet.
Descending into the cloud forest, we are surrounded by exotic varieties of plants, orchids and flowers. We continue for about 2 hours along a mostly shaded trail to Intipunko “Gateway of the Sun” at 8,860 feet. Suddenly, the full grandeur of the world’s greatest ruins are revealed: the domed peak of Huayna Picchu, and the lost City of the Incas, MACHU PICCHU at 7,900 feet. A 40 minute walk brings us down to Machu Picchu.
If you are not hiking, you will continue on the train to Aguas Calientes. The guided visit will be the next day and you will spend the entire day visiting Machu Picchu.
If you want to hike the Inca Trail, to ensure your spot we recommend that you reserve at least 6 months in advance of departure!
Today’s optional hike: About 7 miles, or 5 to 6 hours
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