Frequently Asked Questions


Fitness Preparation:

All hikes involve intense hiking for various hours (4-8 hours), on more than 4 consecutive days, over rugged mountaint rails at high elevations (above 15,000 ft). Pre-trip preparation should include challenging cardiovascular exercise (including regular hikes on varied terrain) and a healthy, balanced diet. Well-worn-hiking boots and additional acclimatization nights in Cusco before the trek are both highly recommended. During the trek, all travellers are encouraged to hike at their own pace, taking breaks whenever needed, to ensure a successful and enjoyable trek for all.

Weather:

Cuscco is usually sunny and slightly warm during the day, but gets really cold during the night. It has two seasons: rainy and dry. Rainy season goes from November until March, and dry season form April to October – the best time for treks. . Its sunny (blue bird skies), and gets cold at night. Tempature during the day ranges from 10-20, and nights can get as cold as 0°C. In the mountains, temperature can drop to -10°C.

Please be advised that climate can dramatically change and rain storms can happen during dry season.

What's Included:

1. A Reputable Guide: All of the guides at Runnatrip are English speaking (fluently, not casually) and are officially certified guides which is important because a lot of tour operators will use non-certified guides because it is cheaper. Our guides are experts in these treks and will make you feel both safe and welcomed. You have the option to meet your guide in our office prior to your trek so you can learn more about what you should expect on your journey. This is very much encouraged, but not required.

2. All Food and Water: The mules will be carrying all of the food we will need during the trek. The food is typical camping food like soup, noodles, chicken, beans, rice, fruits, vegetables, tea and coffee. We also provide vegatarian/vegan options – we just need to know in advance. We will also boil clean water to drink each morning and evening, but be sure to bring your own container.

3. Camping Equipment: We spent the nights in campsites. We provide 4-season tents and sleeping mats, tables (varies between treks), chairs, and cooking equipment. Each night we will set up a community tent where we will have dinner and enjoy each other’s company before we head off to bed/go our separate ways for the night. Porters/cookes/mules to carry the equipments and handle logistics. (depending on the trek, mules can carry up to 10kg of your personal stuff (your tent will already be carried)).

4. Transportation: Transportation is included from your hotel to the start of trek and from the end of trek to plaza de armas. This is usually a private van. Treks that include Machu Picchu also include the cost of the train ticket into the ruins.

5. Evacuation & Safety: There will be at least one horse just in case of accidents, so people can be evacuated fast. We will also have a first aid kit and oxygen tank with us as well.

6. All Fees: All entrance/trek fees are covered. You are good if you bring no cash at all. However, tip is always appreciated by the guides/porters.

People per tour:

We operate with a minium of 3 and a maximum of 8 trekkers per tour. On the other hand, we also provide other options offered privately. Just send as an email.

What to Bring:

Comfortable and moisture wicking clothing, hiking boots, sleeping bag, toilet paper, trekking poles, lightweight sandals (to hang around campsite), bottle/container for water.

What Not to Bring:

Jeans, heavy books, laptop, knives, drugs, alcohol, and babies.

Currency:

Peru´s official currency is the “Nuevo Sol” (S/.)”, which its exchange rate to US Dollars is US$1 = 3.3 soles. Both currencies are accepted in most places