The Llama run has become one of the favorites routes for both those looking for an incredible trek or run. An added bonus of this route apart from the hundreds of Alpacas and Llamas and the impressive Ausangate is that we also visit Rainbow mountain (Vinicucnca Mountain).
The route starts at 4300 metres, meaning that this wouldn't be one of your first runs in Cusco but for such a high altitude run we are lucky for such good running conditions, with large parts flat and the last 5km all gradual downhill.
Starting at the trail head we make our way along a small dirt road leading up the valley.
From the start of the run the views are pretty spectacular with snowcapped mountains and llamas as our company.
We pass several homes of Llama herders as we work our way through the valley.
As we get closer to the pass, we may be treated with some snowy conditions so be sure to bring your sunglasses!
The pass, requires a much slower pace but it allows us the opportunity to take in the incredible views.
Working our way down, we arrive at some mountain top lakes.
As well as incredible views of Asungate, the highest mountain in the Cusco region.
A little more effort and we finally arrive at Rainbow mountain.
Here we are able to take a nice break and enjoy such an amazing feat of nature.
From here we have a 5km run of pure downhill, with this a pretty nice backdrop!
The 360 degrees of mountains and outstanding scenery made this one of the best runs I have ever gone on. I hope that we at Peru Fitness Holidays can share this and many of our other runs with you.