Photo: Eduardo Zárate
Have you ever run not to reach the finish line but to conquer one of the wonders of the world? If you answered no, this is your chance.
Inca Trail Marathon and Races:
Since 1998, a local tourism agency has organized the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Marathon, which is a strenuous run over mountain terrain that takes you from 8,000 to 13,500 feet to reach the Lost City of the Incas. This is recommended for very experienced runners.
Photo: Mr. Juninho
Marathons in Colombia have become an important leisure and fitness activity. For globetrotters looking for good places to run and practice for marathons throughout the year, check out a complete calendar of sport activities you won’t want to miss. In Colombia, May, August and September are great months to find road races and other competitions. You can sign up as an individual or as a group for a chance to win prizes of up to 30.000.000 Colombian pesos (USD$17.000).
Run for Fun at this Altitude?!
It was a bit of a surprise to find out there are a lot of enthusiastic runners in the Andes, but it was a shock to discover they have been around for 50 years.
I assumed the idea of “running for fun” was a North American concept, but it seems to have just as long a tradition in Quito.
The tradition of running for fun has grown to the point where you can find road races, marathons, and other competitions throughout the country, at every altitude, almost every week. Find a complete list of races by month and city at Carreras Ecuador.
Photo: Daniel Diaz Vera
Road races are increasingly becoming more popular in Chile. Nowadays it’s easy to run a marathon on Santiago’s streets or a triathlon or a road race in other regions of the country throughout the year. All you have to do is search for these runs and sign up!
Photo: Elvert Barnes
Last year, more than 7,000 runners crossed the finish line of the Buenos Aires Marathon and set a record for the biggest running race in the history of the nation. This year, on October 7, the city is aiming to break that record yet again. If the countless marathon fliers papering the capital right now are any indication, this year’s race may very well be its largest yet.
Photo: Café Velez
Back in the 1980s, a man named Tom Miller came to Ecuador to explore the Panama Hat Trail, writing a book by the same title. The Panama Hat (despite what the name suggests) comes from Ecuador and Miller was in search of its origins. But along the way he had one very big frustration. He could never find a good cup of coffee in Ecuador.
Photo: Haroldo Kennedy
This year, the Festival de Música Interactiva de Uninorte en Verano is turning five years-old. Uninorte is one of the most important universities in the coast of Colombia. It is also a recognized institution in certain subjects such as engineering and law. The festival is sponsored by the Uninorte Centro Cultural Cayena, the Academic Viceprincipal and the music program of the university.
Few people outside of Ecuador realize how popular the coastal region is, not just for nationals who like to escape to the beach – particularly those who live in the Andes – but another entire population invades the coastal waters from June to September—whales! They come from Chile, Argentina, and even points further south.