Running and Yoga Retreat in Cuenca, Ecuador

Destination

Of all of the cities in Ecuador, Cuenca is arguably the most charming with its cobblestone streets, old-world cathedrals, colonial parks and urban rivers. The center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its many historical buildings. In recent years, Cuenca has become a hot spot for foreigners and retirees settling down to live. Safety, low cost of living, and pleasant climate attract many people to settle down in this small Andean city.

Highlights

  • Cuenca is located at 8,400 feet above sea level; be prepared to adjust to high altitude with gentle hikes and easy runs
  • Running or hiking in the scenic mountains around Cuenca (1-15 miles per day with rest days)
  • Daily Yoga practice
  • Healthy Ecuadorian food as well as other cuisines (mostly vegetarian) 
  • Daily Trips to Cuenca center, nearby towns, natural hot springs, and El Cajas National Park (over 12,000 feet)

Registration

Step 1. Fill out Registration Form as soon as possible.

Step 2. Submit Deposit of $500 or Full Payment below. If you prefer to pay with any major credit card by phone, please call 781-296-6249.

Step 3: Get our Confirmation Email before you make any Air Flight reservations.

We need a minimum of 6 participants to run this retreat. In the unlikely event of retreat cancellation, your full payment will be refunded.

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Our Hosts

Hacienda Caballo Campana is an inn, located in the hills outside of Cuenca, 15 minutes from the city center. It is a family enterprise that offers 16 years of excellent service.

It is located on 28 acres of land containing forests and gardens surrounding the refurbished antique colonial house. Caballo Campana has 12 country-style rooms, 2 luxury suites, and 4 two-floor cabins.

Hiking, trail running, or horseback riding through the stunning mountains of Cuenca is truly an awe-inspiring and unforgettable experience. The inn provides experienced English speaking guides to safely travel through the Andes while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the forest and rivers.

Some of these hiking trips would be at an altitude of 3,500 meters, or almost 12,000 feet. Trail running will be optional.

Included on the Tour

  • Lodging for 8 nights at a beautiful Hosteria Caballo Campana, 15 minutes from downtown Cuenca
  • Transportation
  • Three meals per day (*Note: on day trips lunch is at your own expense)
  • Daily running and hiking trips to explore the countryside (5-15 miles/day)
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Transportation for day trips to Cuenca and surrounding areas
  • 3-Day Trip to United Villages with lodging, 3 meals, and transportation
  • Running Clinic on safe body mechanics and injury prevention
  • Running Treks T-shirt

Not Included

  • Airfare and lodging prior to the trip 
  • Personal expenses for gifts, snacks, lunches during outings, tea and coffee, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Fees for optional horseback rides at Hosteria
  • Medical expenses in case of any emergency or injury

What to Bring (more detailed list after registration)

  • Valid Passport
  • Trail Running shoes (required)
  • Second pair of running shoes (recommended)
  • Light clothing for running and hiking outdoors (required)
  • Thermal/warm sweater, pants, and hat for cooler temps at high elevation (recommended)
  • Light backpack for long hikes (required)
  • Water bottle with belt (required)
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunhat or visor (recommended)
  • Wrist watch with GPS for tracking mileage and pace (recommended)
  • Heart Rate Monitor (recommended; unusually high heart rate signals illness, injury, or dehydration, and the time to slow down or stop)

General Day-to-Day Itinerary (detailed itinerary will be emailed to each participant before the start of retreat)

Prior to the start of the retreat: 

  • Participants are strongly encouraged to arrive to Cuenca at least 1 day before the Retreat in case of any travel delays and to acclimate to the time difference
  • Recommended Lodging in Cuenca will be emailed to Retreat Participants
  • If arriving on January 19, transportation from the airport will be provided

Day 1 (Sunday, Jan 19)

  • Meet the rest of the group at 11am Hosteria Caballo Campana
  • Orientation and introductions (11-12pm)
  • Check in and Lunch 
  • Get acquainted with the Inn and the surrounding lands
  • Free time
  • Yoga class 
  • Dinner
  • Group Cultural Briefing, discussion of our Itinerary for the week, running and injury prevention

Days 2 - 7 (Monday - Sunday, Jan 20-26)

  • 7:30/8am - Morning Run - warm up together, break into 2 groups, Group 1: experienced runners (longer run), Group 2: beginner runners and hikers (shorter run or hike)
  • Stretching session
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 10:30am - Free time or Day trip
  • 11:30am - Yoga Class (when not on Day trip)
  • 1pm - Lunch
  • 2-5pm - Day Trip with free time to explore each place as a group and on your own
  • 5:30/6pm - Yoga Class (if back in time from Day trip; Note: there will only be 1 yoga class per day)
  • 7:30pm - Dinner
  • Group discussion/Meditation

Day 8 (Monday, Jan 27)

  • 7/8am - Morning Run or Yoga Class (optional)
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 11am - Farewell to Hosts and Depart for Cuenca or Airport Drop-off

Cuenca Retreat Guide: Slava Kolpakov