Lying south of the Cherangani Hills on the Uasin Gishu Plateau, Eldoret is a prime town in the Rift Valley region of Kenya and the fifth largest in the country. It serves an agricultural area; the chief crops are maize, wheat, and pyrethrum (a plant used in manufacturing insecticides). Cattle raising in the vicinity is essential. Eldoret serves as a rail stop on the line running northwest into Uganda. The town is the principal economic hub of western Kenya, but for the traveler, there is little to see and less to do. The town's highlight is a visit to the Doinyo Lessos Creameries Cheese Factory to stock up on any one of 20 different varieties of cheese. It's also a gateway to Iten, the home of Kenyan long-distance running.