On our personalised running holidays we have the option to visit Rainbow Mountain, or by its local name Vinicunca Montaña. An incredible feat of nature which has only just caught the attention of tourists and tour agencies in the past year. Situated 3 hours from Cusco, Peru Fitness Holiday offers an incredible 22km run that shows you there is more to Vinicunca Montaña than just the 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 say goodbye to the other tourists as we leave the trail head behind us and start following the 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.
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