RLAG Peru Adventure

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Adventure in Peru with Run Like a Girl

Join us for an 8 day adventure in Peru in the mountains and ancient cities and hike to one of the 7 wonders of the world, Machu Picchu!

Join us for a week in Peru for an incredible, once in a life time adventure. We will be taking in the sites of ancient Peruvian cities, learning about the ancient cultures of the people that once lived there, and hike on the world famous Inca Trail as we make our way to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world.

This the perfect trip for anyone who wants to explore, learn and experience an incredibly unique experience. Excite, challenge and push yourself as we hike into the high mountains and ancient ruins of the sacred valley. This is one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountain scapes, cloud forests, and jungles. It’s time to take that leap and join us on an epic adventure!

We have opened this retreat to everyone, of all fitness levels because there is something here for everyone to enjoy!

-Peru was on my ‘must see’ list for years and when RLAG announced they were going I was immediately in. Having done the Chakra retreat a couple of years ago, I had no doubt it would be amazing…and it was. RLAG did not disappoint, they seem to attract the best people. Our group was fun, adventurous and became family in just days. Everything was exceptionally well organized and clearly communicated. The Inca trail is beautiful and even though there was a variety of paces, everyone supported each other and was in it together. I feel like RLAG does a great job of creating that supportive environment and embracing a positive attitude. I am so glad that my Peru experience was another RLAG experience and I am looking forward to the next one! ♥️ -Jane 2017

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Retreat Details


Our trip starts and finishes in the ancient city of Cusco. We will explore the sacred valley of Ollantaytambo and learn all about the culture and ancient civilizations. We will then begin the 4 day trek along the world famous, astonishing Inca trail to Machu Picchu.


Hiking the Inca Trail, city tours of Cusco and Ollantaytambo and Sacred Valley tour. Experiencing one of the 7 wonders of the world with an awesome group of people and your Run Like a Girl ladies!

We are providing an extra 2 day tour at the end of the trek of the Rainbow Mountains. We will send out information to those registered for the option tour!


  • September 16-23rd, 2018 (10 spots left)


For anyone and everyone (girls and guys!) who is looking to get away from the craziness of everyday life, challenge yourself to try new things in one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Step outside your comfort zone, experience personal growth and try new things.

If you want to experience a truly unique and unforgettable experience in Peru and hike one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. private, eco mountain lodge that you won’t experience in any other way. If you want to travel with a purpose, to give a true gift to yourself and spend a week exploring a world lost in time.

“Peru was my first trip by myself and in totally changed my life. I was able to experience an incredible challenge, meet new people and see absolutely astonishing places. It was a once in a life time trip and I am forever grateful I took a leap and went” —Hailey Van Dyk (Traveled to Peru in 2010)

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Retreat Itinerary

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Welcome to Cusco! On departing the controlled baggage delivery area in the Cuzco airport, take a taxi to the group hotel, Hostal Apu Huascaran (or similar). You have the day free for acclimation to the 3300 meter elevation, for exploring the streets and settling in. Lunch is on your own. We will meet at 4:00 pm for a welcome meeting and then head to our chocolate making course and welcome dinner (included in the price).
Meals Included: D
Accommodation: Hostal Apu Huascaran
After breakfast we will all go together to the Inca Trail orientation and briefing. We will meet our Inca Trail guide. We provide your Inca Trail duffels and sleeping pads, sleeping bags if you have rented them, review cash needs, and answer other questions you may have. Once we’re done, you have the remainder of the day to enjoy Cuzco on your own or we can do a warm up hike to the famous Saksaywaman Ruins where we will have an amazing view of Cusco and learn about the ancient Incan civilization.
Hike Duration: 1-4 hours, to help you acclimatize
Meals included: B
Accommodation: Hostal Apu Huascaran
Today we immerse ourselves in the fascinating contemporary culture and outstanding Inca sites of the splendid Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the morning we explore Pisaq’s famed ridge-top terraces as we hike to the Intihuatana site. We then drive to the western end of the valley, and check into our overnight hotel (Tunupa Lodge, Ollantaytambo Lodge or similar). We spend the afternoon discovering the many aspects of Ollantaytambo. The town was the site of one of the few battles between Incas and the Spanish invaders where the Incas were successful in repulsing the attack by European horses and armour. Ollantaytambo village is a time capsule, the best-preserved example of classic Inca town planning. The town irrigation system harkens back to Inca days and still functions superbly. We include lunch today at an owner-operated restaurant in a back street in the town.
*Pack your trek duffel this evening in preparation for your trek. You can store your non-trek luggage in the hotel for safekeeping during the trek. Stored luggage should be locked and labeled.

Meals: B,L

We depart our lodge at 7am, with a brief stop at the hotel in Ollantaytambo to drop off our luggage, then transfer to our trailhead at Piscacucho, on the Vilcanota River. Here we meet our team of Peruvian porters, pass through the trailhead control point where passports and trail permits are reviewed (do not forget your passport!), and cross the river on a suspension bridge to enter the park.
We hike along the left bank of the powerful Vilcanota River, beneath the impressive snowcapped Nevado Veronica. The valley is dry, with Opuntia and Cholla cactus common; where irrigation is possible, we walk adjacent to fields of corn. In the rapids below the trail, you may spot Torrent ducks swimming in the eddies as they graze the algae growing on the riverbed. We explore the enormous Inca ruins of Llactapata, then turn south and begin to gain altitude, climbing up the narrow side valley of the Cusichaca River. We camp on a quiet terrace belonging to a local family in the hamlet of Huayllabamba at 2,954 m or 9,690 ft.
Hiking Distance: 11.4 km/ 7.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 300 m/ 984ft
Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Tent Camping at Huayllabamba
Today we endure the toughest challenge of the entire route. We climb steeply through fields and intriguing forest of indigenous queuñal and chachacomo trees, then emerge above the tree line and reach Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman’s) Pass at 4,234 m/ 13,887ft. Enjoy magnificent views from the pass to the Huaynay Range snow peaks and distant Inca ruins. Descend to our camp at Pacaymayo in the valley below the pass at 3,613 m/ 11,850ft.
Hiking Distance: 7.7 km/ 4.83 miles Elevation Gain: 1,280 m/ 4200ft Elevation Loss: -621m/-2037ft Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Tent Camping at Pacaymayo
We climb steeply to reach the second pass at 3,975 m/ 13,038ft, and follow a fine Inca highway down to the exquisite ridge-top ruins of Sayaqmarka. Further on, we pass through a tunnel, and remarkable luxuriant cloud forest vegetation. We camp at the superb Phuyopatamarka ruins at 3,679m/ 12,067ft overlooking the Vilcanota River far below. Phuyopatamarka is Quechua for “City above the Clouds”. The views from our campsite toward the sacred peak of Salcantay are sublime.
Hiking Distance: 7km/ 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 362 m/ 1,190ft
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Elevation Loss: -296m/ -971ft
Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Tent Camping at Phuyopatamarka
Today we descend steeply all day, following the famed Royal Highway through orchid-rich cloud forest to Winya Wayna ruins. The final part of the trail on the east side of Machu Picchu Mountain is a stunningly beautiful traverse on finest Inca stonework through cloud forest, leading to the Gate of the Sun overlooking Machu Picchu. We stroll down into the citadel, and enjoy an in-depth guided tour of the site. After the tour, you are free to further explore the site or if you purchased the extra hike, be at the gate on time to tackle the rigorous climb up Huayna Picchu. We depart when the main gates close at 5 PM, descend by shuttle in time to board the Peru Rail 84 train 6.20pm/8.05pm to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to Cuzco, for your final night in group hotel (Hostal Apu Huascaran or similar). We can grab a quick bite in Aguas Calientes before getting on the train. We will not arrive to Cusco until 10:00 pm.
You can depart from Cusco at any time today.

Meals included: Breakfast

Questions? Please email Hailey@runlikeagirl.ca!

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This incredible experience is $2450.00 USD which includes:

  • All transportation in Peru
  • Accommodations at hotels in Cusco
  • Most meals
  • All meals during the Inca trail
  • All of the scheduled activities
  • Tent and gear use during the Inca Trail
  • Entrance fees into ancient ruins
  • Run Like A Girl expertise and advice
  • Local guides
  • Inca Trail entrance fee and permits

Questions, want to join us but need more info? Email: Hailey@runlikeagirl.ca

For questions related to gear and packing Email: Courtney@runlikeagirl.ca

Why should you come on this adventure?

  • You do not need to be an experienced, advanced or fast runner.
  • We have a Challenge by Choice Motto
  • You can hike at your own pace each day
  • We will be with you at your athletic level
  • Porters carry all your gear while on the Inca Trail
  • Camping equipment is supplied by the tour company
  • We have meal options for all types including vegan and vegetarian.
  • There will be free time for shopping and exploring on your own.

Extra Information

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  • Any accommodations for extra days in Peru
  • Your flight
  • Bringing your own additional snack foods
  • Spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Some meals
  • Tips
  • Souvenirs

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