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Two cyclists biking Peru on a dirt road that drops away before a huge mountain

The Peru MTB tripPeru

Biking is the best way to see the area between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Our Peru MTB trip puts Peru’s awesome, varied biking, incredible scenery, and adventure in the outdoors within everyone’s reach.

In just one week our most popular Peru biking trip takes in all the highlights – Machu Picchu, Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Salineras, and more – plus as much or as little time the saddle as you like. Whether you’re a seasoned biker or just starting out, if you enjoy getting around by pedal power, this trip is for you!

Start:

Cusco, Peru

End:

Cusco, Peru

Maximum group size:

12 Guests

Duration:

3 7 days

Price:

US$ 1,975

Includes:

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Biking through rural, small town Peru

Biking through rural, small town Peru

A busy day at the glorious Lares hot springs

A busy day at the glorious Lares hot springs

©Doug Logan 2014, douglogancreative.com

©Doug Logan 2014, douglogancreative.com

Rachel went from inexperienced newbie to bombing single track on this trip in 2010

Rachel went from inexperienced newbie to bombing single track on this trip in 2010

Cusco's world-heritage protected roofscape

Cusco's world-heritage protected roofscape

Biking in Peru with guide Luis

Biking in Peru with guide Luis

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Aspiring Adventures really helped make my whole trip both exciting and relaxing. All the details were thought through and the guides were incredible.I had first considered bringing my own bike, but glad I didn't bother -- the rental bikes were solid machines, actually better than my own bike, and Ronald maintained them excellently throughout the trip too. I can't recommend biking in Peru enough, especially when you do it with an Aspiring Adventures crew.

– Ryan L.

The trip in detail

Welcome to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and one of the most beautiful cities on Earth! We’ll meet you at 1pm for a traditional Peruvian meal at a local favourite restaurant. In the afternoon your guide will lead a relaxed walking tour around Cusco’s stunning historic centre. It’s a good idea to take it easy and drink plenty of water today to aid acclimatisation, as we start experiencing Peru’s incredible biking tomorrow!

Meals: Lunch included

Accommodation: Basic, comfortable 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 campsite, where we’ll spend the night under the stars between a mountain and a river.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

Accommodation: Camping in a quiet corner of the Sacred Valley

This morning we’ll drive up to Amparaes Pass and then descend on incredibly fast, fun, scenic paved road, with sections of 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 biking 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 past isolated farms and tiny hamlets takes us up over a high (4,300m/14,200 feet) pass, through high-altitude wetlands and farmland, and to the top of one of the world’s most enjoyable bike descents. We’ll ride (on either single track or dirt road – it’s your choice) around craggy Andean peaks, and traverse open valleys where traditionally-dressed locals tend flourishing llama flocks and potato crops.

As we gently descend, the landscape gradually changes from austere open pasture and rock to a verdant, bushy river gorge that brings us down through the villages of Patacancha and Huilloc and eventually into Ollantaytambo – one of the most beautiful villages in Peru, and our destination for the night.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Accommodation: Cosy, family-run hotel in Ollantaytambo

This is the most popular bike trip in Peru – 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: Basic hotel in Aguas Calientes

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 guide will give you a thorough tour of the massive site, and then there’s some time to wander around and soak it all in, before we catch the train back to Cusco for our last night together.

Meals: Breakfast included

Accommodation: Basic, comfortable hotel in Cusco

You can book your flight out of Cusco for any time today. If you’re staying on in Peru, we’d be delighted to help out with suggestions and assistance for the rest of your time here, including hooking you up with more of Peru’s incredible biking!

Meals: Breakfast included

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How much does this trip cost?

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1,975

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in a group of four to 12 people


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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Mountain bike (late-model, dual-suspension Specialized, Scott or Giant)
  • Bike helmet and gloves
  • Dedicated Aspiring Adventures guide/bike mechanic
  • Four nights basic hotel accommodation (based on twin-share – Single Supplement available for US$100)
  • All activities specified in itinerary
  • All ground transport (including full vehicle support/SAG wagon while biking)
  • Entrance to all specified attractions
  • Drinking water to fill your bottle
  • Meals as specified (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Drinks apart from water, and some meals
  • Tent, sleeping bag and mat for two camping nights (hire for US$25 per item or bring your own)
  • Private trip for just you and your party, plus your guide (add US$300pp)

Accommodations

Roofed accommodation (in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes) on this trip is clean, comfortable and backpacker-budget level. For two nights, in the Sacred Valley and at the Lares hot springs, we camp in tents.

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