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Peru

Andean Journey

Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

Grade

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Duration

13 days

Prices from

£3,325 P.P.
Peru

Andean Journey

Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

13 days

Prices from

£3,325 P.P.
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Our Peruvian mountain biking holiday is a challenging yet incredibly rewarding cross country journey from the shores of Lake Titicaca to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. This cycling expedition explores remote roads and trails across the altiplano, tackling mountain passes and camping in stunning wilderness locations.
Arriving in the rarefied air of the high altiplano we have a gentle few days site-seeing in Puno and discovering the unique floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca. Once acclimatised we take to our bikes for a true adventure across vast plains, through eerie canyons and past far-flung rural communities. We’ll be spending many nights camping under the immense canopy of stars that are at their absolute finest in the clean high-altitude air. We also have the opportunity to stay at an experimental Alpaca breeding station and visit remote country schools.
The riding is diverse but largely consists of rarely used dirt roads and jeep tracks combined with some quiet tarmac roads.
Towards the end of our trip we enter the Sacred Valley, following the Urubamba River towards the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Our visit to the hilltop fortress will be the highlight of the trip for many guests.
Fully supported by our expert local guides and support staff you will be able to learn about the fascinating culture of Peru on this amazing mountain bike tour. Our Andean Journey offers a number of physical challenges but technical riding is minimal.
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Holiday Highlights

  • Remote wilderness cross-country riding
  • Camping on the high altiplano
  • Fun trails around Lago Langui and the Cañón de Tinajani
  • Exploring the Sacred Valley of the Inca by bike
  • Visiting the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Homestay on the shores of Lago Titicaca after visiting the Uros floating islands

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Itinerary

Day 1
Departure

Leaving home, your overnight flight will arrive into Peru bright and early the following morning.

Day 2
Arrival: Juliaca airport
Non Riding Day

On arrival in Juliaca airport you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to you first hotel in Puno on the shores of Lago Titicaca. As you are flying into an altitude of 3,800m you will need to spend the day relaxing and acclimatising.

In the afternoon you will be able to take a walk around Puno and your first opportunity to shop for alpaca goods and souvenirs.

Day 3
Visit Uros floating islands
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we will take a shared motor boat cruise on Lago Titicaca to visit the floating reed islands of Uros. An expert guide will explain the local history, traditions and agricultural methods of the area. It is a unique opportunity to understand the lives of the Uros people and experience how they live.

We then journey to Llachon where we stay for the night in a traditional homestay. In the afternoon you will have the time to build bikes or if time allows go for a hike to a spectacular viewpoint overlooking Lake Titicaca for sunset.

Day 4
Llachon to Lampa
40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 52 Metres Approx.

Our first morning on the bikes is a gentle warm up on a good road from the lake shore to the lively city of Juliaca. This will be the last civilisation for a while, as we head into the countryside, largely on tarmac roads towards the town of Lampa. The riding today is fairly flat but at an altitude of approximately 3,800m.

Tonight is the first amazing experience of camping under the brilliant stars of the Milky Way which are seen in full glory through the rarified air of the altiplano.

Min Altitude 3820 Metres / Max Altitude 3872 Metres.

Day 5
Lampa to Trapiche
34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 78 Metres Approx.

After a short few kilometres of tarmac we arrive into the Plaza de Armas of Lampa, a beautiful authentic colonial town. Lampa has an abandoned feel as most traffic was drawn away when the railway was built. We have the opportunity to explore the catacombs of the vast church, an eerie yet fascinating experience.

Leaving Lampa we head out on rarely used dirt roads across the altiplano. A gentle climb leads us towards Trapiche de Palca, a small Andean community with an interesting ruined mill that we can visit if time allows. Today’s ride ascends to around 3,950m. We’ll be camping outside the pueblo tonight.

Min Altitude 3,872m / Max Altitude 3,950m

Day 6
Palca to Cañón de Tinajani
26 Miles / 42 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 550 Metres Approx.

Our first 20km today undulates along remote dirt roads before passing the lake of Vila Vila. This signals the start of the first significant climb of the trip, but by now we will be well acclimatised. Over 12km we will climb to a bleak pass at 4,500m, the highest point on the tour. Our reward for the effort is a 10km descent to the Cañón de Tinajani! We’ll pass through the largest remaining forest of the Puya Raimondii, an amazing Cactus that grows up to 13m high and flowers just once every 100 years or so. We’ll have time to explore and photograph these amazing plants.

The Cañón de Tinajani is home to some of the most spectacular rock formations in Peru with towers of weathered stone creating a Grand Canyon like atmosphere. We will be camping nearby at around 4,050m and can spend the evening strolling around the canyon.

Min Altitude 3,950m / Max Altitude 4,500m / Camp 4,050m

Day 7
Cañón de Tinajani to Pacomarca
40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 50 Metres Approx.

Continuing across the altiplano passing the villages of Humachiri and Llalli today’s ride is fairly flat, but stunningly remote riding.

We are making our way towards the Alpaca breeding and experimental station at Pacomarca. Here we’ll be staying at a small hacienda on the station and will spend the afternoon learning about Alpaca farming with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal to these strange creatures.

Max Altitude 4,050m / Min Altitude 4,036m

Day 8
Pacomarca to Lago Langui
53 Miles / 85 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 950 Metres Approx.

Today is an epic day of Andean riding, our first big challenge of the tour. Departing the Alpaca farm towards Llalli we take the side road heading for Macari. While there are no major changes in altitude there are many short steep climbs throughout the day totalling around 1000m of ascent. There are some interesting shortcuts that we can take and the rough roads surfaces make for a reasonably tough day in the saddle.

At around 55km we stop for lunch beside a mountain stream in the valley of Callarani. The afternoon starts with a long but gentle 20km climb to the pass of Layo at 4,500m. The climb is incredibly scenic with more rock formations on route. As always the pass signals the start of a great descent, this time bringing us to Lago Langui, one of Peru’s major inland lakes. Tonight we make camp at a local school at 3,980m.

Min Altitude 3,980m Max Altitude 4,500m / Camp Altitude 3,980m

Day 9
Langui to Raqchi
55 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 320 Metres Approx.

Another challenging day today. We start off along the photogenic shores of Lago Langui, an undulating ride of around 35km, before starting the steeper climb of 10km or so to the turnoff to San Pedro.

The climb is worth the effort as we have a 20km dirt road descent to our lunch spot just before arriving in the Urubamba valley. Our goal for the day is to make camp near the town of Raqchi. Here there is an impressive Inca ruin which is worth a visit if time allows.

Min Altitude 3,480m / Max Altitude 4,100m

Day 10
Raqchi to Pisac
72 Miles / 115 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 100 Metres Approx.

Today is a long day, but with a significant amount of tarmac roads which allow faster travel. We’ll begin following the Rio Urubamba which leads all the way to Machu Picchu. At Urcos we head up a valley towards Lake Huarcarpay and lunch beside an Inca gate. Leaving the main road to Cusco we take another rarely used road that will lead us into the Sacred Valley of the Inca and our destination for today, the beautiful village of Pisac.

We’ll be staying at a hotel in town, allowing us to explore the thriving local market and practice our bargaining skills. The Pisac market is famous for ceramics and textiles and a great place to pick up a few souvenirs.

Min Altitude 2,985m / Max Altitude 3,480m

Day 11
Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo
40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 80 Metres Approx.

Our last day on our bikes takes us through the centre of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. While this region is busier than the last few days, our route takes us along quiet dirt roads and trails, passing by the villages of Calca, Huaran and Yucay before a short tarmac section into the larger town of Urubamba.

After lunch is an optional last blast to Ollantaytambo, before catching an afternoon train to Machu Picchu. We’ll be staying in a hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo tonight and taking our evening meal at one of the many local restaurants.

Min Altitude 2,807m / Max Altitude 2,985m

Day 12
Machu Picchu Tour
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today will be the highlight of the tour for many guests. We’ll be visiting the most famous Inca site, the mountain top city of Machu Picchu.

After years lost in the jungle, Machu Picchu was re-discovered in 1911 is now both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is a site that will exceed even your highest expectations.

The impressive location would once have required a strenuous climb by foot to reach, however we have the luxury of a short 20 minute bus ride to the site. Your fully guided tour of the residential, religious and agricultural sectors will take around two hours.

Returning to Machu Picchu Pueblo we’ll catch our return train along the scenic Urubamaba River, a chance to reflect on the last two weeks of adventure. We’ll be staying in a hotel in the thriving city of Cusco. The hustle and bustle will be a shock after our time in the wilderness; however the superb restaurants and vibrant nightlife offer an opportunity to celebrate the end of a fantastic journey.

Day 13
Departure from Cusco
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Sadly it is time to say goodbye to Peru. We’ll transfer you to Cusco airport to begin your journey home. Alternatively you might choose to extend your time in Peru.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The scenery and landscapes experienced on this tour are diverse; from the vastness of Lake Titicaca to the arid mountain passes and impressive canyons of the altiplano. The Sacred Valley is much greener with shrub land and more agriculture. Riding surfaces vary between tarmac, dirt roads and jeep tracks. These are generally hard packed but can be very loose and rocky at times requiring good mountain biking skills. There are significant climbs on several days and the altitude demands a good level of overall fitness.

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Mountain Biking Grade

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2
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4
5
Grade 3 - 4: Moderate/ Challenging

25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day

Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 holidays

For mountain bikers with some experience of singletrack and steeper terrain

May include rocky features and switchbacks

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?

Holidays that are graded as a 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 holidays. If you have experience of off road riding on a variety of terrain, and would like a taste of more challenging terrain, a grade 3-4 trip could be for you. Terrain will include singletrack and steep sections (both up and down) which require more bike handling ability. Shorter technical and demanding features suchs as rocks, roots and tricky climbs will be encountered on occasion on most days. A day’s ride can see you on the trails for around 8 hours (with breaks) and covering between 25-50 miles depending on the terrain. If you’re generally fit and manage to ride frequently this could be the level for you.

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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.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
20/05/2023
Return Date
01/06/2023
Duration
13 days
Price
£3,325.00
Start Date
07/10/2023
Return Date
19/10/2023
Duration
13 days
Price
£3,325.00
Start Date
18/05/2024
Return Date
30/05/2024
Duration
13 days
Price
£3,655.00
Start Date
05/10/2024
Return Date
17/10/2024
Duration
13 days
Price
£3,655.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (normally shared twin / double en suite rooms except homestay and Alpaca Farm where multi-bed rooms are sometimes used) in a mixture of hotels, homestays and good quality mountain tents

B) Meals as the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) Use of Thermarest Inflatable mattresses

G) Machu Picchu entrance and guided tour

H) Airport transfer on set arrival day from Juliaca airport (JUL)

I) Airport transfer on set departure day to Cusco airport (CUZ)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike rental (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required on most nights)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

J) Sleeping Bag Hire (available if required)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you fly into Juliaca (JUL) and back from Cusco (CUZ).

Generally we organise one group transfer from Juliaca airport, which, depending on your arrival time, may mean a slight wait on arrival whilst the rest of the group arrives.

NOTE: If possible, please book the early morning Lima to Juliaca flight as the earlier you arrive the more time you have for acclimatisation. If arriving on a later flight, there may be a charge for a private Juliaca to Puno transfer – contact us for prices.

We have a little more flexibility with the transfer to Cusco airport at the end of the tour and can accommodate various departure times throughout the day.

Please check with us before making any travel arrangements to ensure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to make sure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers.

Flights from the UK generally fly via Lima, with options available from British Airways, Iberia, Avianca and LATAM. Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules for your trip.

Accommodation

We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting our accommodation.

While in larger towns we stay in good quality local hotels with ensuite facilities. The homestays are more basic with shared facilities but are clean and comfortable and offer unique insight into local culture.

Our camps are equipped with shared high-quality mountain tents and camp facilities include basic toilets, and dining facilities.

A good quality sleeping bag and towel is required for your camping nights.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to rent. These bikes are typically Specialized Stumpjumpers. Great 27.5er mountain bikes featuring full-suspension, disc brakes and good quality components.

We can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

If you choose to rent a bike from us you are welcome to bring your own saddle with you, and if you would like to use SPD/clipless pedals you will need to bring these with you.

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