Half Marathon Des Sables MDS Peru


December 2024

The concept

The concept

Due to the current situation in Peru, the instability of the country and for security reasons, the MDS Peru 2023, initially scheduled from December 1 to 8, 2023, is postponed to December 2024

On the program: a week of adventure in which you will live at the rhythm of the desert, through 3 stages, to be done at your own pace: by walking or running

You will sleep 3 nights on the MDS bivouac, along the Pacific Ocean, and 4 nights in a hotel (2 before the race: in Lima, 2 after the race: in Paracas).

You have the possibility of continuing your experience in Peru with the discovery of Machu Picchu, the region of Cusco and the famous Rainbow Mountain for and unforgettable stay. 


New: discover the MDS Peru companion offer.

Discover the film of the MDS Peru 2022

Les formats

Les formats

You will have the possibility to choose between 3 different distances: 70, 100 or 120km, divided into 3 stages.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Stage 1: around 25 to 30km
  • Stage 2: around 20, 40 or 60km
  • Stage 3: around 25 to 30km

The stages of the MDS can be completed at your own pace: walking or running.

More info on the distances and format here


The program of the adventure

Peru 2023 program

Join the adventure serenely

The organization of the MDS does its best to ensure that the event takes place in the best conditions, and that participants don’t take any risk with flexible cancellation and postponement conditions.

Free postponement

In case of doubt as the adventure approaches, you can postpone your participation free of charge to the next edition, up to 60 days before departure, without giving any justification.

We invite you if you are not a finisher*

If, in spite of your training and preparation, you don't make it to the end, we invite you on the next edition, on the same offer (excluding plane ticket, material and other options).

Cancellation insurance

In case of cancellation of the event by the organisation, you will be refunded 100% of the amount you paid within 60 days.

Details of cancellation and postponement conditions are available in the MDS Peru 2023 Rules and Conditions of Sale.


The MDS Peru concept comprises a unique offer, which includes:

  • Bib for the adventure
  • Transfers between the hotel and the desert
  • 4 nights in a 4 star hotel (2 before the race in Lima, 2 after in Paracas)
  • 3 nights on the MDS bivouac, in individual tent
  • Medal and finisher t-shirt
  • Dinner and Gala evening
  • The non-finisher guarantee

When registering, you will be able to inform the name of the people with whom you would like to share your accommodation. If you don’t provide any information, you will be assigned with other participants who speak the same language as you.

MDS Peru offer

Offer including the bib for the MDS adventure and 4 nights in a hotel in double room.

Price limited to the first 100 to register

2 800€/person

2 700€

Discovery of Peru offer

Offer including flight tickets, transfers, accommodation in double room, full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel restaurant) as well as train, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountain.

More details on the offer here.


Discover Peru offer: Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain

Discover Peru offer: Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain

Following your adventure in the Ica desert, you have the possibility to continue your discovery of Peru with an exceptional trip: direction the Machu Picchu and Cusco, and the Rainbow Mountain for an immersion into the Peruvian culture, on the footsteps of the Incas.

We take care of everything: bus, plane and train transfers, accommodation, guides, meals... you just have to enjoy this trip that will end your Peruvian adventure in the best possible way!

On the program: after the MDS, let's go to Cusco, a typical Peruvian city in the heart of the Andes, for an unforgettable experience. Let yourself be carried away and discover the Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, and the famous Rainbow Mountain.

You will stay 3 nights in a 4 star hotel (double room accommodation) and taste the local specialties (breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel restaurant).

Price of the offer: 850€

Program of the trip

Program of the trip

Friday, December 8

  • Transfer to Lima airport 
  • Flight Lima - Cusco (about 1h30) 
  • Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel Xima, located in the historical center of Cusco 
  • Free program in the afternoon to discover Cusco 
  • Dinner in the restaurant of the hotel offering a menu of traditional and ancestral dishes, based on regional products 
  • Night at the hotel 


Saturday, December 9

  • Breakfast at the hotel 
  • Transfer to the Poroy train station (20 minutes from the historical center of Cusco) 
  • Travel by train to Aguas Calientes (about 3 hours) 
  • Once arrived at the train station, last trip by bus (about 25 min) direction Machu Picchu 
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, with explanations in French, English and Spanish 
  • Lunch planned on the spot 
  • Return to Cusco at the end of the afternoon by train 
  • Dinner at the hotel's restaurant 
  • Night at the hotel Xima in Cusco 


Sunday, December 10 

  • Breakfast at the hotel 
  • Transfer 
  • Discovery of the Rainbow Mountain 
    • Dinner at the hotel's restaurant  
    • Night at the hotel Xima in Cusco


Monday, December 11 

  • Breakfast at the hotel  
  • Transfer to Cusco airport  
  • Flight Cusco - Lima (about 1h30)



You need to book your flight to Lima airport in Peru on 1st.

Once there, you just need to take a taxi to the hotel located about 45 minutes from the airport in the Miraflores district, where MDS staff will welcome you (the fare will be less than 10€, about 35 Peruvian Soles).


If you arrive on Friday 1 December, you can arrive whenever you like. 

It is better to arrive early enough on December 1st so you have time to get some rest.

We recommend that participants take flight tickets with cancellation and modification insurance, taking into account restrictions that may be applied by countries.

Find our flight recommendations in our Frequently Asked Questions.


Participants will be accommodated in the DoiubleTree, 4-star hotels, in Lima and Paracas the nights of December 1, 2 and December 6, 7.


Friday: arrival at the hotel, day in Lima, night at the hotel.

Saturday: technical and medical checks, Road Book collection and discovery of the detailed information about the adventure. 

Sunday: bus transfer, first stage, night in the bivouac. 

Monday: second stage, night at the bivouac. 

Tuesday: rest day, night at the bivouac.  

Wednesday: third stage, ceremony awards, gala night, night at the hotel.  

Thursday: day in Paracas, night at the hotel.  

Friday: transfer to Lima end of the MDS adventure.


If it’s your first MDS, you probably have a lot of questions. Once you register, we'll send you a full checklist of the material, but here is the principal to have per person:

  • Backpack plus 2 water bottles (type Ultrabag 20L)
  • T-shirt + running shorts
  • Trail shoes + anti-sand gaiters
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Change: T-shirt + light shorts / leggings
  • Windbreaker jacket for the evening and morning
  • Sleeping bag + mattress for the night
  • Hygiene products (sun cream, soap, antiseptic...)
  • Toilet paper
  • Food and kitchen utensils (cooking utensils, lighter, fire pellets...)

You can bring a large suitcase with more clothes, which you will leave at the hotel and find after the MDS adventure.

Find more details by clicking here.


A total of 10 meals will be required as follows:

  • Day 2: lunch, dinner.
  • Day 3 and 4: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • Day 5: breakfast, lunch.

The equivalent to 2000KCAL per day is recommended by the organization.


The HALF MARATHON DES SABLES is an event that took place for the first time in 2017 in Fuerteventura. In 2022 will be held the fifth edition in Fuerteventura and the third in Peru.

The event is organized by WAA.


The MDS Peru 2023 prices are the following:  

  • MDS Peru offer: 2 800€  
  • Discover Peru offer Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain: 850€


Additional nights: 50€ per night.

The prices are individual.


Cancellation conditions:

  • Cancellation free of charge until June 3, 2023.

  • From June 4, 2023 to August 3, 2023 inclusive, 25% of the total amount of the registration will be retained by the organization in case of cancellation.

  • From August 4, 2023 to October 3, 2023 included, 50% of the total amount of the registration will be kept by the organization in case of cancellation.

  • After October 3, 2023, no refund is possible, however it will still be possible to postpone according to the conditions detailed below.

Postponement conditions:

  • Up to October 3, 2023 included, postponement to the next edition free of charge. 

  • From October 4, 2023 to November 03, 2023 included: 250€ fee for a postponement.

  • From November 4, 2023: no postponement possible.

If you are not a finisher of the MDS Peru 2023, you will be invited to the next edition on the same offer (excluding airfare, equipment, and other extras).


In the amount of the registration is included:

  • Bib for the race
  • 2 nights in half-board: 1 night before the race + 1 night after the race
  • Gala Dinner
  • Medal and finisher t-shirt
  • Full refund in case of cancellation of the event by the organization
  • Offer "If you are not a finisher, we invite you next year "
  • Free postponement offer*


During the race, you will be surrounded by the medical and organization teams from the beginning to the end of the stages.

The courses are marked with stakes every 50/100m, so it is almost impossible to get lost.

You will all be equipped with a GPS beacon with an alarm button, allowing the organization to locate you at any time.

A medical tent is present at the bivouac where you can go at any time.


You can pay by : 

  • Credit card
    • 1, 3 or 5 instalments
  • Bank transfer
    • 1 instalment

The number of instalments may vary depending on the date of registration. The registration will be 100% validated once the total amount of the registration is paid.

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