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 $400 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. 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 10 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 won't be 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?
You need a valid passport (and we strongly recommend an expiration date greater than 6months post-end date of the trip - that would be February 2019 or later). Visa is not required.
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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 valid entry/exit into Mexico (with a valid passport), 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?
Yep. See the itinerary here for more details. 
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CAN I USE A CREDIT CARD IN MOST PLACES WE WILL GO IN MEXICO?
Most places do accept all major credit cards, although a few places are cash only.
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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. You can change dollars into pesos right at the airport.
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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 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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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?
We will be run hopping from town to town within the Oaxaca region staying at some very cool, unique places. Specifics regarding lodging is coming soon. 
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       WHAT DOES SHARED ROOM MEAN?
Shared rooms sleep between 4~6 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. 
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HOW DO I BOOK MY AIRFARE?
The recommended arrival time into Oaxaca City is on Wednesday August 20 before 6:00pm (hotel check-in is after 12:00pm) and departure from Oaxaca City on Sunday August 26 after 3:00pm. As to what airline you should fly, that is up to you and whichever is most convenient.
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ARE RIDES FROM THE AIRPORT INCLUDED?
Yes, there will be a shuttles to and from the airport running all day on August 20 and 26. 
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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 A #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. 
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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 through the Oaxacan landscape and its trails from town to town. 
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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. While the idea of this trip is to run from one town to the next one we are staying in, there will be a support vehicle transporting luggage/gear that you can ride in if you are not able to run. 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?
In August, the weather in Oaxaca is going to be sunshine! Highs in the 80's with lows at night in the high 50's. It is going to be amazing. The region can and may likely get some rain within this time period so we recommend: 2 pairs of running shoes, one pair specifically trail running shoes; a light jacket that is water repellent and comfortable on the run, 3 pairs of shorts and/or light tights/leggings; a breathable hat or visor, bandana or headband, sunglasses, pair of comfortable gloves, sunscreen and bug repellent, and lightweight long sleeves for extra sun protection if you wish; and 2 sets of casual clothing. A swimsuit for some river splashes and the temazcal steam ritual is also necessary. 
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WHAT GEAR IS NECESSARY FOR THE TRIP?
See above plus headlamp, hydration vest, and trail running shoes. 
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topic > > pricing 
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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
6 nights, all meals and most drinks, transportation to all included activities, 5 meditation & yoga sessions, 1 temazcal ritual, 3 English speaking/ super-knowledgeable guides, and some other fun surprises and Janji exclusives. 
Remember, airfare to and from Oaxaca City Airport 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 1 week of deposit will receive a full refund; cancellations made up to July 31, 2018 will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 3 weeks of August 20, 2018 will forfeit the full deposit. 
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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 OAXACA CITY SAFE TO VISIT?
Yes, the Oaxaca region, and Oaxaca City in particular is one of the safest states and urban centers to visit within Mexico. Of course, 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 August 20 that changes the safety status of this region for travelers (currently there are no travel warnings for Americans in this region), 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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Also, the guides will have emergency kits on the runs and for all runs outside of Oaxaca City, there will be at least one guide trained in First Aid/CPR. 
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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. Oaxaca City is one of the safest urban centers within Mexico. 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.