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Peru

Andes, Amazon and Machu Picchu

Guided Cycling Holiday

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16 days

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Peru

Andes, Amazon and Machu Picchu

Guided Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
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5

Duration

16 days

Prices from

£2,845 P.P.
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Our spectacular and diverse mountain bike holiday in Peru takes us through the country's beautiful and verdant Sacred Valley to the incredible Amazon rainforest. Biking here in the rarefied air of the high Andes around the Inca capital Cusco is a largely downhill affair with miles of fun trails to suit a range of riders. No other country in Latin America offers the same depth of attractions - both physical and cultural, than Peru.
As well as fantastic biking we also trek the fabled Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the spectacular world heritage site, high in the Andes.
This trip appeals to those looking for great biking, amazing culture, stunning scenery and diverse wildlife. Whilst not technically challenging, these exhilarating rides on dirt roads and tracks are through some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes and ensure one of the most exciting biking itineraries in South America. In the Sacred Valley we cycle past ancient Inca ruins and visit the artisan market of Pisac, before climbing high into the Andes, to witness a spectacular sunrise over the Amazon.
Next we embark on a fantastic downhill ride, through pristine cloudforest and continue on deep into the jungle. Here we stay in a picturesque jungle lodge where we can explore the surrounding trails in search of rare wildlife. Returning to Cuzco, we take a breather before donning our walking boots and setting of on the Inca Trail. This trek tops many peoples' must do list and is so popular that, to protect the trail, you require a permit before stting off. These permits can sell out months in advance making it essential to book early.
If you are looking for a trip to Peru with more challenging mountain biking and an optional day trip to Machu Picchu, check out our Sacred Singletrack trip.
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Holiday Highlights

  • The imposing Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley
  • Shopping for bargains at local Pisac market
  • Humming bird spotting at the jungle lodge
  • Sunrise over the jungle and biking to the Amazon
  • The worlds best Pisco sours and Ceviche!
  • The views over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate

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Itinerary

Day 1
Overnight flights to Peru

Leaving from home, your overnight flight will arrive into Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) situated in Lima (the capital of Peru) or Cuzco, bright and early the following morning.

Day 2
Arrive in Cuzco - City Tour / Acclimatisation Day

If flying via Lima you’ll have time for a coffee and snack at the airport, before you take a spectacular early morning flight over the Andes to Cusco Airport (CUZ). Alternatively you may fly direct to Cusco today. On arrival we take a short transfer (20 minutes approx.) to our hotel in Cusco (3 star) and start acclimatising to the rarefied air of this beautiful city (3326m).

Mid-afternoon, we take a short walking tour of the city and prepare you for your bikes. In the evening we head out to the centre of Cuzco, where we take our evening meal at one of the many superb restaurants.

Day 3
Incan Ruins By Bike
Variable
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: Variable

Leaving Cusco we transfer by car and visit the Inca ruin of Tambo Machay. This is popularly called the Inca’s Bath due to its finely preserved waterfalls, carefully diverted through fine stone channels. Here we start our biking journey that starts on an easy tarmac section. Your expert guide and mechanic will assess your group’s ability and then offer a variety of riding options, from easy, smooth road to harder singletrack. All trails are largely downhill, giving time to acclimatise to the altitude, as we wind our way back towards Cusco, enjoying spectacular views of the valley and city. Your support vehicle is nearby for virtually the whole trip should you require it.

We pass a variety of Inca ruins including ‘the Temple of the Moon‘, which demonstrates the Inca’s impressive skill with stone, and Quenko a holy site which contains some of the finest examples of Inca carvings in the area. The eroded limestone fissures have been artfully carved into zig-zag channels of pumas, condors, snakes and houses. Finally we arrive at Sacsayhuaman. Although the smaller stones of Sacsayhuaman were used to build modern day Cusco, the remaining stones are up to 8.5m high and weigh over 360 tons. The distinctive zig-zag ramparts are attributed to being puma teeth, lightning and also fortification. This major centre obviously had many functions with storehouses, administration buildings, a reservoir and a play area. It was also site of a crucial battle between the Incas and the Spanish.

After lunch back in Cusco, you have the option to chill out and explore the town on your own or for those who want some more biking action, we will head back out to just outside the small village of Huayllacochca from where there are dozens of great routes back to Cusco.

Day 4
Cusco to Pisac
34 Miles / 54 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast we bike out of Cuzco on a good tarmac road, downhill to Huambutio and along a beautiful rarely used road beside the Rio Urubamba. With the support vehicle close at hand we can focus on taking in the great scenery. We stop for a picnic before heading on for today’s goal, the town of Pisac.

We look to arrive in time for its artisan market, perfect for picking up souvenirs or photographing a typical Andean market. We stay the night in a charming hotel in Pisac.

Day 5
Pisac to Tres Cruces
30 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

From Pisac, we drive up into barren Altiplano at 4100m for a great descent to the small village of Paucartambo with spectacular views of the Andes. There are a few optional singletrack trails available en-route for those with a little more mountain biking know-how.

After the ride, we hop back on the support vehicle for the drive to the edge of the Manu National Park and, if time permits another cycle along a rarely used dirt road to our campsite at Tres Cruces. This is a campsite with spectacular views of the amazon jungle stretched out below. It is also justifiably famous for its sunrises, site of a strange phenomena which makes it appear as if multiple suns rise at dawn.

Day 6
Biking - Altiplano - Jungle
40 Miles / 64 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Rising early and weather permitting, we enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the rainforest. At certain times of the year, the refracting sun rays bounce off the jungle below, creating a truly amazing spectacle. Back on the bikes, we start with the fun 16km ride along the final ridge of the Andes, before we drop off the edge of the Amazon basin for the descent into the amazing cloud forest. We cycle downhill all day, with spectacular jungle views, hopefully glimpsing rare wildlife en route. Andean bears, pumas, various species of monkeys and hundreds of birds have all been sighted on this section of the trip. We spend another night under canvas on the edge of the jungle, near the hamlet of San Pedro where dinner is prepared by our cook.

Day 7
Biking - Rainforest
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Continuing on downhill, we enter the rainforest passing various small villages, where we can see how settlers try to eke out a living in this hostile environment. Stopping for cold drinks and to cool off in pristine jungle streams, where possible, we end our ride at Atalaya where we hop onto a boat for a short ride to our beautiful jungle lodge.

Just getting to the lodge is part of the adventure – the oasis of tranquillity surrounding the lodge is shattered only by the incredible sound of a family of Orupendula birds and the noises of the jungle – This is bird-watching in style, from the balcony of this former tea house, chilled cusquena in hand!

Day 8
Amazon Rainforest Lodge – Hike jungle trails
Non Cycling Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We spend the day exploring the incredible rainforest on trails, hopefully glimpsing rare wildlife. For those looking to relax, the comfortable chairs on the balcony provide the ideal opportunity to catch up on a good book and take in a bit of gentle armchair bird-watching.

Day 9
Drive and Bike back to Cusco
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we have a boat trip back to Atalaya before we retrace our bike journey back to Cusco, this time by vehicle.

After returning to civilization there is time to freshen up before we head out to enjoy the Cuzco nightlife and celebrate our biking adventure in style.

Day 10
Rest day in Cusco
Non Cycling Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Cusco for some rest and recuperation. Whether your interest is exploring Inca ruins, visiting Colonial churches, bargain hunting in artisan markets, chocolate museums or just relaxing over a cappuccino on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, Cusco has it all.

Day 11
Inca Trail - Urubamba River to Llactapata
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning you visit the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo. After a look around and some lunch you have a short drive to the trailhead at Piscacucho (km 82). Here you meet the porters and cooks that will support your journey to Machu Picchu.

With the crowds now long gone, you hike an undulating trail above the Urubamba river to camp beside the spectacular ruins of Llactapata (2,788m / 9,146ft). Whilst walking all you need to carry is a daypack. Your luggage is carried by the porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you. All you have to do is shoulder your daypack and enjoy the walking.

Day 12
Inca Trail: Llactapata to Llulluchapampa
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a hearty breakfast you climb gently up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huayllabamba. This is the last inhabited place on the trail.

A little steeper now, you head up the beautiful Inca path, past hummingbirds and stunted cloud forest to your camp at Llulluchapampa (3,680m / 12,073ft). This beautiful grassy area has outstanding views and you may be even see the Andean deer that come to feed here.

Day 13
Inca Trail: Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today is the most challenging day but also the most exhilarating. You climb to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,212m / 13,819ft) the high point of the trail before dropping into the Pacasmayo valley. Climbing once more you pass the Inca control post of Runkuracay to the second pass of the day (3,998m/13,117ft). On a clear day there are spectacular views towards Pumahuanca mountain in the Vilcabamba range.

You continue on well preserved Inca trail to Sayacmarca. Located at the junction of two old Inca roads, historians still argue over its exact purpose. A few more gentle ups and downs and you arrive to your stunning campsite for the night, Phuyupatamarca, or ‘the place above the clouds’ (3,650m / 11,975ft).

Day 14
Inca Trail: Phuyupatamarca to Machu Picchu
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

As you step out of your tent the views are stunning. Perhaps you will see the sun rising over the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay (6,200m/20,341ft) and Veronica (5,800m / 19,029ft). Or perhaps you will have a cloud inversion, with the clouds filling the valleys beneath your feet. After saying a fond farewell to your porters it is time to put on your boots and head to Machu Picchu.

You descend through the cloud forest on beautiful Inca stairways, to Wiñay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally you contour the hillside to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry on past this wonder of the world to catch the bus down to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.

Day 15
Machu Picchu tour and return to Cusco
  • Meals: Breakfast

Relaxed, after a comfortable night, you head up to Machu Picchu for your full guided tour before the crowds arrive. There is time afterwards to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s hut or else just wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere. In the afternoon you descend to the waiting train to enjoy one of the great train journeys of the world back towards Cusco

Day 16
Departure from Cusco
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today we take you back to the airport for the one hour flight back to Lima. If there’s time you can store your baggage and head downtown for some of the best seafood in the world, a bit of culture and maybe a bit of shopping too – check-in to international is 3 hours before so make sure you‘re back in time! Next day arrival back to the UK / Europe.

Please Note – This itinerary is a guide to our Peru trip, with the actual events of each day varying depending on progress of the group. It is important to note that it may be subject to change in relation to trail, road and weather conditions etc. We always do our best to stick to this itinerary but please be aware that we can’t guarantee to follow this schedule exactly. Very occasionally events that are out of our control mean we have to make some changes, but we’ll ensure you still have a great time!

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The Cycling

Terrain

The majority of the biking takes place on dirt roads and 4-wheel drive tracks and does not require a high level of mountain biking skill. There are also some sections on quiet surfaced roads. The Inca Trail trek is made up of Incan steps connected by gravely sections and well trodden footpaths. The steps make the route quite physically demanding in places and it is advisable to do some pre-trip training.

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Cycling Adventures Grade

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Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 holiday to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Whats Included Tick

A) All accommodation B) All camping/cooking equipment: Inc. Therm-a-Rests, 2-person tents, dining tent & toilet tent.

C) Meals as per itinerary. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).

D) Bi-lingual mountain bike guide/mechanic with emergency repair kit and back up vehicle.

E) Qualified bi-lingual Inca trail guide. Cooks, porters and support team for The Inca Trail

F) At least one leader qualified in First Aid procedures. Emergency first-aid kit including oxygen.

G) Airport collections / drop offs on the scheduled days

H) Inca Trail permit and guided tour of Machu Picchu

What's not Included Cross

A) Visas (if applicable).

B) Medical check up and inoculations.

C) Tips for guides & cooks, bar bills, hotel refreshments etc.

D) Travel insurance

E) Personal clothing and equipment including sleeping bags.

F) Entrance fees to historical sites/museums not in the itinerary.

G) Bike hire (available if required)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. To join the transfer you’ll need to arrive into and depart from Cusco (CUZ). We can accommodate arrivals and departures throughout the day.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules available for your holiday and check with us before booking any flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday. Please note – If you make arrangements that fall outside of the above windows there may be charges for additional transfers.

Accommodation

As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting such places.

We also stay in a converted tea hacienda in the jungle. This is now a comfortable lodge which makes the perfect base to explore the area.

On several nights we sleep in tents. Camp will be set up for you and as well as your tent we will also have separate tents for our cook, dining and even a toilet.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire.

These bikes are typically Scott Sparks, very good mountain bikes featuring full suspension, disc brakes and good quality components. There is also a Kona Stinky Six upgrade if preferred.

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet, gloves and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

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