Are you ready for your MTB tour with the Incas? Peru is the third largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina. It is made up of a variety of landscapes, from mountains and beaches to deserts and rain forests. The second highest mountain range in the world runs through Peru. These peaks, called the Andes, have unique landscapes and here is where the fun starts!
Peru: Land of the Incas.
We are pretty sure that if something is known about that country, it is the Inca Civilization and their heritage: Macchu Picchu is the first thing that comes to mind. But Incas left us not only amazing monuments, but there is an even bigger heritage. We are fortunate that Inca’s built an immense network of trails used to connect the territories of their empire. And those trails are the best for a mountain bike! Rides are mostly long descents, with some challenging climbs at altitude, some technical singletracks, and fast singletracks. The riding in Peru is off the charts!
I am coming to Peru, what should I bring?
Our tour in Peru includes riding in the areas where there are none or very little bike shops. So, first, we suggest you make a deep clean and maintenance of your bike and check for worn parts. Make sure everything is working properly, especially your brakes! It might also be good to bring spare tires. We suggest 2.30/2.35 width and extra protection on the sides. Tubeless system is also suggested. If you are using tubeless, check it has liquid inside and it is not dry. We do carry some bike parts on our tours but there are some parts that are very specific to each bike.
So, we suggest you bring the following parts with you:
• extra derailleur hanger
• 2 sets of brake pads
• 2 tubes, patches, and a pump (We suggest putting tubeless system.)
• some special tools for your bike and a bike multi-tool
• backpack with water container – You will need to take your food, tools, water, and jacket.
• rain jacket: waterproof, for cold mountain weather
• light thermal jacket (This will keep you warm if the temperature drops considerably.)
• helmet, gloves and safety glasses (Full face helmet is suggested.)
• knee pads (Elbow pads are optional.)
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Cusco Airport (Peru)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||as per request|
|RETURN TIME||as per request|
|GROUP SIZE||4 – 8 participants|
Day 1 – Arrive and prepare for your adventure
Welcome to the Sacred Valley. We will get settled down in the lodge first and in the afternoon, after building up the bikes, we will ride one of the many trails in Lamay Valley.
Day 2 – Warm-up Ride Huchuy Qosco
Another demanding Inca trail for mountain biking in Peru. Our van will drop us in the lake Qoricocha (12,795 feet) and we’ll start climbing this amazing Inca trail for 1.5 hours until we reach the mountain Pass of Qoricocha at an altitude of 13,779 feet. From Qoricocha we will start a long and impressive downhill that will take us to different Inca locations and then to the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we will reach the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River, at an altitude of 9,186 feet. The views on this ride are impressive.
Day 3 – Pallares & Hot spring dip
Today you’ll experience arguably two of the best mountain biking trails in the Andes. In the morning we shuttle for 1,5h to an amazing ride that goes from one side of the mountains in the Sacred Valley to the valley of Lares, following the ancient trails. After that, we will stop for lunch in Lares and a relaxing dip in the hot springs. We will drive back in the van for a 50min shuttle for another epic ride that ends in the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley.
Ride 1: Distance: 9,3 miles. Up: 738 ft; Down: 4154 ft. Time: 3 hrs. Max elevation: 14.567 ft.
Ride 2 Distance: 12,5 miles. Up: 131 ft; Down: 4528 ft. Time: 2 hrs. Max elevation: 14.567 ft.
Day 4 – Visit Machu Picchu
Resting Day! This morning we will transfer you to the Ollantaytambo for a 1,5h train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will board a bus for the 20min transfer to Machu Picchu for your privately guided walking tour of the site. After the tour, you can spend time exploring and hiking on your own. After lunch in Aguas Calientes, we will head back on the train to Ollantaytambo.
Day 5 – Ride Lamay Trails
Early start today for a full day of epic riding in the Lamay Valley that features three shuttled all mountain rides that you’ll never forget.
Ride 1: Distance: 6,2 miles. Up: 59 ft; Down: 2788 ft. Time: 1 hrs. Max elevation: 14.222 ft.
Ride 2: Distance: 8,8 miles. Up: 164 ft; Down: 3806 ft. Time: 2 hrs. Max elevation: 13.747 ft.
Ride 3: Distance: 3,7 miles. Up: 49 ft; Down: 1968 ft. Time: 1 hrs. Max elevation: 11.680 ft.
Day 6 – Ride Misminay, Maras & Moray
This morning we’ll load the van and shuttle an hour to the village of Misminay in the Sacred Valley. Misminay is one of the most scenic rides passing through the Inca sites of Moray and the salt mines of Maras. After a snack in Urubamba, we will ride local classic Inca trails which are mostly all downhill and super-fun. We will have lunch in Urubamba and prepare to return to Cusco.
Ride 1: Distance: 10,5 miles. Up: 623 ft; Down: 3445 ft. Time: 2 hrs. Max elevation: 12.513 ft.
Ride 2: Distance: 6,5 miles. Up: 147 ft; Down: 2887 ft. Time: 1 hrs. Max elevation: 12.106 ft.
Ride 3: Distance: 6,2 miles. Up: 105 ft; Down: 3376 ft. Time: 1 hrs. Max elevation: 12.566 ft.
Day 7 – Ride Patacancha and Pumamarca
Today’s ride is another one that you’ll not forget; starting in the high-alpine all the way to Ollantaytambo mostly on narrow singletrack. Today’s ride is a journey! We’ll stop for a snack in the small village of Huilloc. After the ride, we will have lunch in Ollantaytambo.
Distance: 21,5 miles. Up: 1893 ft; Down: 6627 ft. Time: 5 hrs. Max elevation: 14.633 ft.
Day 8 – Departure day
Adios & shuttle back to the airport.