across peru's challenging geography in 25 daysperu offers compiled list of mountain bike cross country, downhill, uphill and excellent paved for ride a race bike. cycling holidays in peru include trails, dirt roads, paved roads or single tracks off the beaten path with different levels of difficulty. our bike tours in peruruins into culture, history, fauna, flora, and friendly smiles of the local people experience all that are possible only with our private 4x4 supporting vehicle and special towing design for carry the best available mountain bikes. inca path peru offer specialized guided bike tours holidays on the different regions of peru, as the long coast, the andes and the amazing rainforestof peru. to ride a mountain bike through the most remote villages, canyons, archaeological sites of the impressive inca empire, savage snow-capped, active volcanoes, cycle around the lake titicaca, and arrive to machu picchu after 3 or days cycling with us you will get the best unforgettable experience after visiting the most famous inca ruins in south america.the bike tour offered by inca path peru is design bike tour for beginners and experienced bikers of all ages and levels from all over the world.
easy level consist to ride on flat regions, hard level can be on the peruvian altiplano liked on the magnificent shoreline of lake titicaca to a camp overlooking the lake above 3800m or cycle around the huascaran snow peak. for downhill ride style lovers inca path peru dedicate the easy or extreme downhill form abra malaga, lares valley, chachani or misti volcano or from the high andes to the pacific ocean. race or road cycle also is available along the north or south coast, for training style can be done on the altiplano of punoand cusco region. for more exigent and sportive cyclist are available cross country and uphill ride all over peru.of course we can't avoid a nice ride and taste the famous peruvian cuisine, can be find different typical plates in different cities of peru, if you like to cycle long distances and at the end of the day you can recover your energy haven the best food prepared with the best and fresh native ingredients from the coast, andes and the jungle of peru.. don't worry good peruvian food wait for you. inca peth peru offer bike vacations and tour packages including basic or luxury lodging, supporting 4x4 trucks, bilingual degree tour guides, meals, entrance to archaeological sites or national parks, and the most modern and available mountain bikes. our bikes are equipped with aluminum frame, shimano deore xt gear, from shock or full suspension, for more information about our bikes.
if you bring your own bike you don't really to bring all repair kit or additional parts, because bike part can be found to buy or supply from our stock. on the last 3 years the outdoor bike activities in peruare increasing and you find any replaced parts in peru to fix your own mtb.
definitely inca path peru recommends mountain bike tour to across peru's challenging geography with breathtaking vistas and heart-warming memories of an ancient region that has proudly maintained its heritage and customs.
peru mountain biking destinations lima - paracas national reserve - la huacachina - sandboar and sand buggy tour - nasca lines - arequipa - colca cayon - puno - lake titicaca - puerto maldonado jungle - cusco - sacred valley of the incas - ollantaytambo - machu picchu - lima.
reception at the airport of lima and transfer to the selected hotel - overnight.
6am. pick up from your hotel travel to the peninsula of paracas in the department of ica, located a distance of 239 kms/150 miles away from lima, where we arrive by bus after 3 hours. at 10am.
breakfast and we will begin our biking tour on trails around the peninsula towards "la catedral", rock formation on the sea side, the sea lions lookout. after lunch, continue the bike tour on the surroundings experiencing biking on the desert dunes, julio c. tello museum, paracas bay. 5pm. come back to pisco city, dinner and stay at the selected hotel (b).
ct: 5 hours lvl: easy wtr: sunny atde: 600m max trn: asphalt and dirt road dtce: 30km approx. sv: support vehicle
6am. transfer to the port of el chaco, located at 10 km away from pisco, here you will board our boats and travel in the sea to know the natural beauty of these islands. this trip on boat take 3 hours, you will have chance to look flamingos, huanays, piqueros, humboldt penguins, sea lions, zarcillos and same times the andean condor.transfer to la huacachina to have lunch there and the sand board and dune buggy tour. cycle on the south region of ica (rio grande - palpa - san jose), where exist the lookout tower to appreciate the mysterious lines and figures. arrival to nasca and stay at the selected hotel (b).
ct: 5 hours lvl: easy wtr: sunny atde: 600m max trn: asphalt and dirt road dtce: 40km approx. sv: support vehicle
the area you can marvel looking at the perfect shape of animal's, flowers, plants, objects, and anthropomorphic figures of colossal proportions made with well-defined lines.
lunch and cycle trip to cahuachi ceremonial complex, located 30km away from nasca on the west side. follow a dirt truck along desert, arrival to the complex. guided tour in this enormous archaeological site, climb to the pyramid construction, made with adobe by nasca civilization. return to the hotel in nasca (b).
ct: 3 hours lvl: easy wtr: sunny atde: 600m max trn: dirt road dtce: 40km approx. sv: support vehicle
after breakfast we drive into the chauchilla cemetery, where you can see tombs underground with real mummies from the nasca civilization. transfer on our private transport to yauca, recognized like "valley of the olive" from here cycle to atiquipa and ending in chala, where we stop for lunch and relaxing time on the beach. transfer directly to arequipa passing through valley of ocoña, camana, majes, vitor and finally arrival to arequipa, stay at the selected hotel (b).
ct: 4 hours lvl: easy wtr: sunny atde: 2300m max trn: asphalt road dtce: 70km approx. sv: support vehicle
leisure morning for personal activities, we recommend visit the santa catalina monastery and ";juanita ice maiden" museum. at 1pm pick from the hotel in our private four wheel drive vehicle. depart arequipa going up to 3400m above sea level. the trip takes an hour and half by a dirt road to the base of the conical misti volcano.
up there we do a short trek on the slope of this active volcano. at 2:30pm is time to descend misti downhill on our best-quality bikes, with a fun atmosphere, good tour guides, and good technical support with the jeeps nearby. we enjoy this spectacular ride all the way down to arequipa, optional single tracks on the misti slope. riding our bikes we enter the city, to the hotel (b).
ct: 4 hours lvl: easy wtr: sunny/cold atde: 3400m max trn: dirt/asphalt road dtce: 40km approx. sv: support vehicle
at 8am departure to the colca canyon in our private 4wd, travel to see the rest of the north part of desierto de atacama and drive up to the highlands crossing the valley of vitor, alto sihuas, el pedregal - short explore the remains of wary culture named huacan - visit the south part of the volcanoes range named pampa qerqe - ampato mountain viewpoint (4300m). from this high point (pass) cycle down on the dirt road or single tracks to enter to huambo valley (3200m) this is nice downhill with spectacular view of the real andes and ore inca terraces on the slopes of the mountains. humabo located between impressive mountain range, nice and very welcoming town with friendly local people. after 3 hours of cycle we set up our tents out of the town, rest of the noon will be free to contact the local people or visit the small school were we can exchange some spanish and english lessons. dinner accompanied by camp fire and under the amazing milky way (stars) and stay in camp (b - l - d).
ct: 3 hours lvl: easy wtr: sunny/cold atde: 4200m max trn: dirt/asphalt road dtce: 33km approx. sv: support vehicle
at 7am will be our country breakfast with first sunshine and nice morning in the mountains, after we drive up to another highest pass between chinini and cabanaconde town. from the top of the mountain will be the largest downhill by serpentine off road. from the top (4200m) to the bottom of the canyon takes 3 hours of full adventure and fun on two wheels in the second deepest canyon in the world. some spot for pictures along the way down, we will descend 2 kilometers on the mountain bikes through terraces and cactus forest. after 3 hours arrive to soro valley (2000m) and end the downhill for this day, form here we start a nice hike firstly crossing the all suspension bridge to the abandoned valley of soro, hike in the middle of the agriculture and cactus forest along the river. after 2 hours of nice hike arrive to llahuar lodge where will be waiting a delicious lunch prepared by fresh ingredients. free afternoon to enjoy the thermals baths located next of the encounter of llatica and colca rivers, the river is available for swim in cold water (3ºc) and also is available fishing lessons with net.
nice evening under starry sky and stay the night in bamboo cabins running by local family (b - l - d).
ct: 3 hours lvl: easy wtr: sunny/cold atde: 4100m max trn: dirt road dtce: 40km approx. sv: support vehicle
at 6am 2 hours trekking to soro valley, where our 4x4 vehicle is waiting. drive up to the cabanaconde town. breakfast at this quiet town and then transfer to the condor viewpoint (3600m), where is possible to see the flight of the biggest flying bird in the world. ride on the right bank of the canyon, through the remote villages (pinchollo, maca and yanque). visit the hot spring in chivay. at 7:30pm visit the maria reiche planetarium, we invite you to immerse in the mysteries of the colca valley sky and enjoy the performance "colca deep canyon, deep sky". you can learn how the ancient inhabitants of the andes interpreted the night sky according to their myths and beliefs. the performances include projecting constellations in the planetarium dome as well as observing the stars of colca`s sky through a professional telescope. stay at the selected hotel (b - l).
ct: 5 hours lvl: easy/hard wtr: sunny/cold atde: 3600m max trn: dirt road dtce: 40km approx. sv: support vehicle
at 7 morning transfer to patapampa (4850m), it is the highest pass between colca canyon and puno. downhill and cross country ride over 4 thousand meters, on the way we stop at toqra pampa lagoon to observe andean birds and groups of llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and a local museum running by local people. cycle into the aguada blanca and salinas reserve, is the natural home of the vicuñas, considered protected animal. transfer in our private vehicle to the stone forest, short hike around this scenery, transfer to lagunillas lagoon incredible place for picture companied with picnic (snack).
at 4pm arrival to puno, located over 3800m near the shore of lake titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. if there's time, we'll visit sillustani, which was a sacred burial site of the pre-inca colla civilization. the chullpas, or funeral towers, on the peninsula overlooking lake umayo create an other worldly setting, and we'll hike around this area. transfer to puno and stay at the selected hotel (b - s).
ct: 5 hours lvl: easy/hard wtr: sunny/cold atde: 4850m max trn: asphalt road dtce: 35km approx. sv: support vehicle
at 07:00 am you will be picked up from your hotel. travel and after 2 hours by motor boat and then you will arrive at the uros island. fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the uros. the residents of the uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. the dense roots that the plants develop support the island. the roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water. at present they speak quechua and aymara. then we will visit the taquile island, including lunch in the co-operative restaurant, there is also a co-operative shop on the plaza that sells exceptional woollen goods which are not cheap but of very fine quality. taquile island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. the island is narrow only about 1 km wide, but 6 to 7 km long, on taquile there are numerous pre-inca and inca ruins and inca terracing. at 5pm return to puno (b-l).
at 7am transfer to pukara on our private 4x4 vehicle, pukara is a handicraft village located over 3700m, from here we ride our bicycles on the even terrain, exploring the large group of lamas and alpacas grazing, passing through remote and rarely visit village of farmers. we will cycle across the spectacular la raya pass (4300m), after photo stop on the top of the pass, we will enjoy a sweeping descent to the hot springs. late lunch and camping near of the hotpring, on the bottom of vilcanota range (3815m) (b-l-d).
early morning optional enjoy the hot spring and them is downhill that follows the spectacular vilcanota river, seeing small farms with colorful crops growing in harmonious patterns on the hillsides. enter cycling to sicuani valley and stop for lunch and visit raqchi complex, denominate the wiracocha temple, an impressive inca ruins surrounding by pre inca terraces and extinct volcano at the top of the mountains. continue riding on right bank of the vilcanota river and lake afternoon transfer by van to ocongate village (4100m). stay in a basic shared room (b-l-d).
ct: 6 hours lvl: easy/hard wtr: sunny/cold atde: 4100m max trn: asphalt/dirt road dtce: 35km approx. sv: support vehicle
starting early we drive to the top of spectacular hualla hualla pass (4950m). thought the adventurous may decide to cycle up part of the way. climbing up we see spectacular views of mt ausangate (6340m) and the glacier (caravaya range) which is the focus of the qoylluriti festival where thousands of pilgrims flock each year to pay homage to the "apu" or spiritual mountain, and pass grazing flocks of alpacas watched by shepherds in traditional andean dress. once over the pass the eastern side of the andes fills the view. deep glacial valleys strewn with giant boulders and remote hamlets surround us we start to descend. there are many opportunities here to take exciting off road shortcuts and further down the mountainsides are covered in steep terraces before the high scrubland gives way to cloud forest. we finish the day at marcapata (2900m), a mysterious town cloaked in cloud by afternoon but offering spectacular views in the clear mornings. hot springs wait to loosen your aching muscles, and a hearty meal to replenish your energy levels (b-s-d).
ct: 5 hours lvl: easy/hard wtr: sunny/cold atde: 4950m max trn: dirt road dtce: 57km approx. sv: support vehicle
after an energizing breakfast in marcapata and a quick look around the town we start our rapid descent through the cloud forest. dramatic green mountain sides meet in the valley bottoms where streams turn into rivers and waterfalls run like ribbons down the slopes. coffee beans can be seen drying next to the road, while early morning fresh forest smell and fantastic views make this a beautiful downhill ride. as our road winds down the cloud forest flattens out and we enter the jungle. the second half of this day is spent fording streams and cycling on more of an even road. giant ferns and cliffs hug the roadside and hundreds of butterflies flutter around you. we finish the day at quincemil (755m), a small gold mining community (b - l - d).
ct: 5 hours lvl: easy/hard wtr: sunny/cold atde: 2900m max trn: dirt road dtce: 70km approx. sv: support vehicle
leaving bright and early to make the most of the cool morning we follow on the left bank of the river out of town and spend the first three hours alternating between fairly steep up and downhill sections. the road is fairly smooth on this day offering some lovely descents and some interesting stream and small river crossings which is a lovely way to cool off in the heat of the day! we pass through several small jungle villages including san lorenzo and inambari, constructed out of wood and raised off the ground to avoid the flooding in the rainy season. though we obviously cannot promise wild life the sorts of animals that can be seen include squirrel monkeys, macaws, wild boar, orapendulas, parrots, snakes and vultures. toward the end of the day the road flattens out and we finish at masuco town and lake afternoon transfer by van to puerto maldonado, stay at the selected hotel (b-l).
ct: 5 hours lvl: easy/hard wtr: sunny/cold atde: 755m max trn: dirt road dtce: 68km approx. sv: support vehicle
"sunset point". once back at the lodge, board a canoe for a short night trip to spot caimans on the riverbanks. after dinner at the lodge, the resident naturalists will brief you on the amazon (b-l-d).
early morning travel by canoe on the tambopata river to bahuaja sonene national reserve, just in time to see the amazing sunrise, also to see many types of wildlife watching like deer, capibaras, tapir in the deep rainforest. after short trip we will be in the best location to appreciate hundreds of parakeets, parrots and macaws clay, around the springs enjoying their daily diet of salts on the banks of the river. short trek looking for wildlife animals. return to the lodge to have our breakfast. after lunch will enter walking to observe wildlife, like peccaries, deer, and others, with the possibility to hear or see the tracks of them, or discovering a troop of monkeys traveling through the forest in search of food. time permitting, we will be able to enjoy a relaxing swim in the cascade of the cat. after dinner relax in our lodge surrounded by exotic nocturnal jungle sounds (b-l-d).
early breakfast at lodge and transfer by boat to the airport of puerto maldonado and then flight to cusco. leisure afternoon for personal activities. stay at the selected hotel (b).
leisure day for optional tour around cusco or personal activities (b).
we will leave from cusco at 7am in our private 4x4 vehicle, drive into sacred valley of the incas, through chincheros, urubamba and ollantaytambo until we reach abra malaga (4350m). from there we will begin our bicycle tour to santa maria (downhill and cross country). in this experience we will see archaeological centers like huamanmarca and inca jail, and an incredible landscape. we will be able to appreciate birds of the tropics, as well as medicinal plants in the cloud forest. this trip also takes us past many exotic fruits plantation such as mango, pineapple, papaya, avocado, coffee, and coca plants. we can take samples and enjoy the different flavors of the region. we can also observe the coca and coffee plantations and see local families in their daily routine. we will have diner in santa maria town nearby river. stay in tents or basic familiar accommodation (b-l-d).
ct: 6 hours lvl: easy/hard wtr: cold/sunny atde: 4350m max trn: dirt road dtce: 90km approx. sv: support vehicle
at 6am breakfast and then trekking along the banks of the vilcanota river about 2 kms. from san pablo we will go up to inca jail where we will see waterfalls, and archaeological centers of the inca time.
plenty time to relax in the thermal baths, observation of the wildlife of this region. have lunch at inca jail. after 6 hours of trekking camp nearby of santa teresa town (b-l-d).
at 6am wake up and packing allour camping gear and the aboard a private van to drop us to the check point of machu picchu sanctury. today is one of the best opportunities for bird watching along this day, the most common bird in this area is the cock of rock (peruvian national bird).
we hike 4 hours to aguas calientes to have lunch and free time for rest or visit the thermal pools located next of the town.
optional climb to putucusi viewpoint, located at the top of this mountain, nice award of machu picchu on the other side of the urubamba river. stay at the selected hotel in aguas calientes, optional visit the hot sprig next to this town (b-l-d).
early morning breakfast at the hotel and trekking up to machu picchu before the sunrise come up. to be the first people in the citadel is one of the best options on all day.
completely guide tour to inca remain, free time to explore independently this inca sacred city, if the time permitting climb to wayna picchu, the climb takes one and half hour. at 2pm is time to descend by bus to aguas calientes. train back to cusco. stay at the selected hotel in cusco (b-s).
morning transfer to the airport and flight back to lima and then wait till your flight back home.
ct = cycle time lvl = level wtr = weather atde = max. altitude
trn = terrain dtce = distance riding sv = support vehicle if you'd prefer not to cycle you can sit back and enjoy the ride on this incredible scenic journey.
b = american breakfast l = buffet lunch d = tourist dinner s = snack
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