Nomadic Run: Oaxaca (August 20—26, 2018) – Janji
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Nomadic Run: Oaxaca (August 20—26, 2018)

$ 400.00

Join us for 6 full days of run-hopping from village to village through one of the coolest regions of Mexico as we explore, connect + run through the streets and wilderness of Oaxaca.

A deposit of $400 is required to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due 3 weeks before the start date.  

Total Cost:
Shared Room — $1680
Private Room — $1880

Price includes lodging, meals and transportation within Mexico as well as exclusive Janji gear. See more on pricing, and a full trip description here.

*** Regular Janji discount codes not applicable***

Have more questions? Check out the FAQ below or drop us an email at travel@runjanji.com.

Trip FAQ.

topic > > general

HOW DO I SIGN UP/SECURE MY SPOT FOR THIS TRIP?
Easy. On this page hit the Add to Cart and put down your deposit to secure your spot.
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HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ON THE TRIP?
12—20 participants including the Janji crew and the Aire Libre guides (our travel partner). To craft the best possible experience for all attendees, we are keeping this a small group endeavor. Space is limited. 
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WHAT IF THE TRIP DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH PARTICIPANTS?
A minimum of 7 participants are necessary (excluding staff from Janji + Aire Libre). If we do not meet this number, and you have already signed up, you will be fully refunded.
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IS THERE AN AGE MINIMUM TO ATTEND?
Yep. 21 and older only please. 
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CAN WE BRING A NON-RUNNING/PARTICIPATING COMPANION?
Yes. The non-running participant can choose to either walk the routes and/or do other activities while the group is out running. We promise, they will not get bored. 
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HOW MANY GUIDES WILL THERE BE?
Three guides for every run. One leading, one middle and one covering the back of the group. No one is ever left behind. 
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DO I NEED A PASSPORT? DO I NEED A TRAVEL VISA?
For our Mexico City trip: You need a valid passport (with an expiration date greater than 6months post-end date of the trip - that would be July 2019 or later).
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For our Bolivia trip: Yes you will need both a valid passport (with an expiration date later than November 2019) as well as a travel Visa to enter Bolivia. To avoid unnecessary stress, visa applications should be sent at least 6 weeks before the start of the trip to provide the consulate ample time. More information on Bolivian visas can be found here. We will also help with this if you need. 
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IS THIS TRIP FOR AMERICANS ONLY?
No, not at all. We welcome all global citizens. As long as you can get entry/exit into the country where the trip occurs (with a valid passport and visa), we want you to join us. 
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DO I NEED TO SPEAK SPANISH?
Nope, you do not need to know Spanish. All guides and staff speak fluent English. We are more than happy to help you practice your Spanish though if you prefer. 
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WILL THERE BE FREE TIME TO EXPLORE ON OUR OWN?
Yes, the trip is set up for a mix of planned group experiences and flexible free time to explore however you choose.
 
CAN I USE A CREDIT CARD IN MOST PLACES WE WILL GO IN BOLIVIA/ MEXICO?
Definitely not all. 
In Bolivia there will be many ATMs available through banks in La Paz as well currency exchanges in the airports >> we suggest getting some Bolivianos for personal expenses.
In Mexico credit cards are much more commonly accepted, but we still recommend changing some dollars for pesos just in case.
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WHAT'S THE EASIEST WAY/WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO EXCHANGE MONEY?
Some banks have great exchange service with very low fees so we suggest checking with your bank first. Currency exchange at airport are probably the second best bets. 
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SHOULD I TIP OUR RUN GUIDE(S)?
It is not necessary to tip the running guides.
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WHAT IS THE TIPPING POLICY IN BOLIVIA/MEXICO?
While the Aire Libre guides will be able to help us with this on the ground, we recommend checking out a good summary on tipping in Mexico like this one on TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g150768-s606/Mexico:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html 
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Tipping in Bolivia is minimal although most taxis expect something, 10% or less. Since we will have our own private van, this isn't necessary but good to know.
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CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY LATER THAN THE LISTED DURATION?
Yes you can, under your own arrangements.
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SHOULD I PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Although not necessary, this is something we would recommend in case of emergencies, natural disasters, or other occurrences that are out of our control. But it is up to your discretion whether to purchase this or not. 
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topic > > accommodations
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WHAT STANDARD ARE THE HOTELS?
In both Bolivia and Mexico City we will be moving around between several locations with a range of accommodations ranging from cabins to boutique hotels. Comfort is always a major priority wherever we stay.
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       WHAT DOES SHARED ROOM MEAN?
Shared rooms sleep between 2~6 people. Beds are individual; the bathroom (shower + restroom) is communal. 
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ARE THE SHARED ROOMS CO-ED?
We try as much as possible to keep the shared rooms gender separate, but depending on the group number and mix, some may end up being co-ed. 
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topic > > food/beverage
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WILL THERE BE VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN OPTIONS?
Yes. Both are available and really tasty. Please email us to let us know beforehand so that we can accommodate your dietary needs.
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WILL THERE BE NON-ALCOHOLIC OFFERINGS?
Of course. Everywhere we will be will have plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options. 
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topic > > transportation 
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IS AIRFARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Airfare is not included and up to you to book. We recommend booking far in advance to save on cost. Bolivia in particular can get expensive with short notice. We also recommend booking flights with La Paz as first entry into Bolivia, rather than others which connect from the city of Santa Cruz.  
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ARE RIDES FROM THE AIRPORT INCLUDED?
In Bolivia, yes there will be a shuttles to and from the airport to our hotel.
In Mexico City, no. Guests can easily take a taxi from the airport to the hotel to meet the group.
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topic > > cell + wifi
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CAN I BRING MY PHONE? WHAT IS THE CELL SERVICE LIKE THERE?
Yes, you can bring your phone, and there will be good coverage during most of the trip. Please check with your service provider for more details on cell service, roaming and data charges.
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WILL THERE BE WIFI OR IS THIS AN #UNPLUG THING?
There will be wifi available in most of the places we will stay, but we would encourage participants to come with an 'unplugging' mindset to be fully immersed in their surroundings.
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topic > > fitness 
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AM I FIT ENOUGH TO FOR THE RUNS?
This experience is about having fun. That means that time, pace and distance are not the priority. We designed this trip to have guides in the front, middle and back of the group, even if we have walking participants. That being said, if you are able to run up to 8 miles and finish without feeling completely exhausted, you will be able to join us.
For Bolivia: please note that the altitude of the Altiplano region where the trip will take place is at or above 12,000 feet. At this altitude, the air is much thinner compared to sea level, and will cause shortness of breath and tiredness quickly. Luckily, our longest runs are descents, which makes it easier, but the altitude amplifies the required effort. Believe us, the views, landscapes and experience are well worth the hard work that your lungs will go through.  
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ARE ALL RUNS MANDATORY?
Nope, not all the runs are required. This is a running-focused trip, and therefore we're hoping you are as excited as we are by the idea of running in a new place, but its not required.
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CAN I GO FARTHER ON THE RUNS THAN THE MILEAGE INDICATED IN THE ITINERARY?
Feeling good huh? On most of the runs it is possible to do more, just talk with one of the guides so that they can accompany you.
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HOW TECHNICAL ARE THE TRAILS?
They are mid-level technical. 
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THIS SOUNDS AMAZING BUT I CAN'T/DON'T RUN (INJURY, ETC). CAN I COME ANYWAY?
Yes, you can. You can either walk the routes and/or do other cool things while the group is out running. We promise you definitely will not be bored. 
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topic > > packing + gear 
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WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHING SHOULD I PACK?
Bolivia: In late May, Bolivia is within their winter/dry season, so the weather will be relatively cold ranging from lows of 35 degrees Fahrenheit to highs of 65 degrees. It should be relatively dry, but weather can be unpredictable, especially in the mountains.

We recommend bringing:
2 pairs of running shoes, one pair specifically trail running shoes; a light running jacket that is water repellent, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs tights/leggings; a breathable hat, beanie, neck warmer, running gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen and lightweight long sleeves for extra sun protection if you wish; 2 sets of casual clothing, and a warm jacket. Baselayers and long underwear are a good idea for when not running. A swimsuit for a potential cannonball into Lake Titicaca too — Janji shorts are also great for this ;).
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Mexico City: In early January Mexico City ranges from lows of about 40 degrees to highs of about 70 degrees  Fahrenheit.
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We recommend brining: 2 pairs of running shoes, one pair specifically trail running shoes; a light jacket that is water repellent and comfortable on the run, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pairs tights/leggings; a breathable hat, beanie, running gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen and lightweight long sleeves for extra sun protection if you wish; and 2 sets of casual clothing including a warm sweatshirt or fleece. A swimsuit for the steam-cleansing Temezcal ritual is also recommended.
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WHAT OTHER GEAR IS NECESSARY FOR THE TRIP?
See above plus headlamp, hydration vest, trail running shoes and anything else you know you will need to get you through those trail runs, such as body glide, tiger balm, nip band-aids. It is also a good idea to bring Imodium, Tums, Advil or IB Profin (whichever is your choice of pain reliever). We are also big believers in salt tablets to replenish those electrolytes.
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For Bolivia: it's a good idea to carry a roll of toilet paper with you — while all of our hotels will provide it, some places we visit during the day may not.
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topic >> vaccines
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WHAT SHOTS DO I NEED?
For Bolivia: Yellow Fever vaccine is NOT required for the region that we will be in but it is recommended and definitely required in other parts of the country (just a heads up if you are extending your stay down there).
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Please check with your physician or travel clinic about other shots you may need. With any international travel, it's recommended that you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, especially influenza and typhoid to name a couple.
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WHAT ABOUT THE ALTITUDE?
For Bolivia: the altitude is no joke in La Paz and its surrounding Altiplano, ranging largely between 11,000~15,000 feet. While some suggest getting a prescription for Acetazolamide (aka altitude sickness pills) for travel to this area, it is not required and completely up to your discretion. If you do decide to get a prescription, it's always good to consult with your physician before taking new meds.
 
topic > > pricing 
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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
All lodging, meals and most drinks; transportation to all included activities, meditation & yoga sessions, local rituals or ceremonies, 3 English speaking/ super-knowledgeable guides, and some other fun surprises and Janji exclusives. Remember, airfare to and from is not included. 
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IS BEER/WINE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
For every meal one drink is included (this is not applicable to wine, cócteles or hard spirits, but does count for beer and non-alcoholic choices). 
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IS COFFEE/TEA INCLUDED?
Yes, it is provided in the mornings by the places we are staying.

 

topic > > refund/cancellation policy 
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WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
The amount of your refund varies depending on when you cancel. Please see refund policy below for details. 
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WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
Okay, the fine print: cancellations made within 3 days of deposit will receive a full refund. Cancellations made over 3 days after the deposit is paid will result in forfeiting said deposit. Cancellations up to 3 weeks prior to the trip will be refunded 50% of the trip cost back minus the deposit. Cancellations within 3 weeks of the start of the trip will not receive a refund. 
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CAN I TRANSFER MY SPOT TO SOMEONE ELSE? 
Yes, you can. You must provide us with all relevant information for the new person attending in your place so that we can contact him/her.
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SHOULD I PURCHASE TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE?
We don't think this is necessary. If the trip is suspended or cancelled for extenuating circumstances related to weather or safety, then you will receive full reimbursement of your deposit. 
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topic > > safety
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IS THE  TRIP GOING TO BE SAFE?
Traveling anywhere carries certain risks, but we can ensure you that your safety is our top priority. If something happens in the interim time between now and the week before the beginning of the trip that changes the safety status of this region for travelers then we will take this into consideration accordingly. If we cancel the trip for a reason related to this or any other safety issue, you will receive full reimbursement. 
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DO I NEED TO PROVIDE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT?
Yes, you will need to provide us with an emergency contact. 
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WHO SHOULD I ALERT TO MEDICAL ISSUES?
We require each participant to fill out a medical form before the trip so the we know about any conditions and can make considerations appropriately. You will receive this form and a couple others 3 weeks before departure date. 
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WHAT IF I GET INJURED DURING THIS TRIP? WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?
While Aire Libre has never had an injury on one of their running ventures to date, there is an emergency plan in place at all locations of the trip in which the injured person will be transported to the nearest medical facility and escorted by one of the 3 guides. Our priority on and off the trails is your safety. 
 
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WHAT IF I GET INJURED RIGHT BEFORE THE TRIP?
Even if injured — depending of course on the severity of the injury — you could still come and enjoy this experience as a non-running, companion member, for whom we will have other cool things to do while the others are out running. OR, if it is too tough to muster, you can transfer your spot to someone else (just make sure to inform us of this so that we can get the proper forms, etc to this person).  
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HOW DO I KNOW MY STUFF WILL BE SAFE WHEN WE ARE OUT RUNNING?
Your stuff will either be kept a) with our personal transportation and private driver or b) in your fully-lockable hotel rooms or cabins during any run. While your stuff should be completely safe, there are always certain risks in traveling. Travel smart, pack smart and use common sense. We do recommend keeping your expensive valuables at home and you can purchase travel insurance that covers any theft while traveling abroad.