Running in Lima can is fascinating in itself but observing it from high above is simply wonderful. We start our run at Barranco’s Main Plaza and warm up our bodies by running on top of old trolley car tracks. After 2km we will arrive at Morro Solar and start climbing up some stairs, reaching a Cross that was built for Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1988. Here we have a beautiful view of the central and northern part of Lima, if it is not cloudy (Nov –Apr). After running through narrow single tracks we will start our next climb. Technically built tracks that help us reach the highest point of Apu Marcavilca are used by bikers and runners. At the top, we are about 400 meters above sea level and now we have a great view of most of the city.
Before going down we will pass by a security check point that is organized by a group of citizens called TXM – Todos por el Morro (Everybody for El Morro). Members of this organization pay monthly fees used to maintain the tracks, clean the area and hire local people to provide security.
Before returning to Barranco’s Plaza we will descend all the way to the beach and run for a while on the lower boardwalk. Our last climb will take us by a very old stairway called Bajada de Baños, built to go down to the Barranco and Chorrillos beaches.