In just one week on this fully-supported trip you’ll see all the highlights – Machu Picchu, Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Salineras, and more – while enjoying as much or as little time the saddle as you like. There are advanced and easier options for rides every day, so whether you’re a seasoned biker or just starting out, if you enjoy getting around by pedal power, this trip is for you!
Maximum group size:
3 7 days
The trip in detail
Your guide will pick you up at 1pm and take you for a traditional Peruvian meal at a local favourite restaurant. In the afternoon there’s time for a stroll around Cusco’s beautiful historic centre with your guide, and our mechanic is on hand to help you assemble your bike if you’ve brought it from home. It’s a good idea to take it easy and drink plenty of water today to aid acclimatisation, as we start riding tomorrow!
Meals: Lunch included
Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Cusco
We start the biking today with a fun, easy ride on paved and dirt road and easy single track to Pisac – an Inca township that’s the gateway to the Sacred Valley and home to a famous handicraft market which we’ll have time to explore. In the afternoon we saddle up again and ride along the flat, fertile floodplain of the Sacred Valley to our spectacularly scenic campsite.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included
Accommodation: Camping by a little-known ruin in the Sacred Valley
This morning we’ll drive up to Amparaes Pass and then descend on easy gravel road or single track into the remote Lares Valley, starting in high-altitude rock and cold, and ending up in a warm, green river gorge. The chance to enjoy a beer and barbecue at the surreal and beautiful water park that is Lares hot springs is worth a trip in itself. Naturally occurring hot springs are surrounded by lovingly landscaped terraces and lawns dotted with tents. This is one of our favourite places in the world – there is no better end to a day’s riding than soaking in the springs and staring up at the stars.
Meals: All meals included
Accommodation: Camping at Lares hot springs – magic!
This morning an incredibly scenic drive takes us up to the dizzying Amparaes Pass, and to the top of one of the world’s best off-road descents. Section follows section of llama track, gravel riverside, and eventually scenic river gorge. We'll end with an array of undulating riverside single track (or take the open, speedy gravel backroad alongside) into the outskirts of Calca. Here we’ll have a late lunch before more cycling through the beautiful, verdant Sacred Valley towards Ollantaytambo, one of the most beautiful villages in Peru, and our destination for the night.
Meals: Breakfast included
Accommodation: Cosy, family-run hotel in Ollantaytambo
This is one of the most popular day trips in the region – even non-riders get on bikes to enjoy this morning’s scenic, easy riding through rolling countryside, past lakes and ruins. And our next ride is a treat – one of the best single track descents in Peru, it has something to teach everyone from novice to expert. Best of all, it ends at our favourite Inca attraction, Salineras – a surreal and beautiful patchwork of pools and paths that still produces salt using Inca technology. Later we’ll take a train to Aguas Calientes.
Meals: Breakfast included
Accommodation: Aguas Calientes hostal
An early start rewards us with sunrise at Machu Picchu – a peak moment for anyone. A spectacular stone city surrounded by incredibly steep, incredibly green mountains, Machu Picchu needs no introduction and is deservedly one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Your trip leader will take you on a guided tour – a necessary start to orient you in this massive site – then you’ll have plenty of time to explore the site and some of the surrounding peaks on your own before we catch the train back to Cusco for our last night together.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco
You can book your flight out of Cusco for any time today. If you’re staying on in Peru, we’re delighted to help out with suggestions and assistance for the rest of your time here.