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

Cycle Peru to Machu PicchuPeru

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

Visit the ancient Incan ruins and terraces of Pisac, Chinchero and Moray in the mystical Sacred Valley. Bed down in picture-perfect campsites beside the hot mineral springs and dramatic gorges of Lares.


Cusco, Peru


Cusco, Peru


3 8 days


US$ 1,990


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Sacred Valley in deph!

Sacred Valley in deph!

The magical city of Cusco

The magical city of Cusco


The trip in detail

Touchdown in Cusco and enjoy a wander around the historic centre for spectacular mountain views and colonial buildings a-plenty. Cusco sits at 3300m above sea level so expect to feel the altitude and drink plenty of water to help you acclimatise.

At 6pm your trip guides will meet you and you’ll all head out for your first dinner together, and a full briefing on what tomorrow and the rest of the week holds!

Meals: Dinner included

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Cusco

Meet the rest of your support crew this morning and get set up with your bikes before heading off on a scenic, easy ride through rolling countryside, past lakes and farms and through rural villages, all set against the insanely scenic backdrop of the dividing ridge of the Andes.

Today starts with Chinchero, where we’ll meet local artesans in their outdoor weaving cooperatives, and explore an Inca ruin with extensive terracing with incredible views. Next we’ll explore Moray – a mysterious complex of massive amphitheatres of incredible engineering precision and stern, magnificent beauty, said to have been the Incas’ crop laboratory.

In between we’ll get used to our bikes with scenic, easy riding through rolling countryside, past lakes and farms and through rural villages, all set against the insanely scenic backdrop of the dividing ridge of the Andes.

Cycling : 24km · 140m up · 630m down

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Cusco

Today you’ll ride from the South Valley, beginning in the outskirts of Cusco, to the famed Sacred Valley of the Incas. Each town you pass through is famed for a particular speciality – Oropesa is known for its bread, Tipón for ‘cuy’ (guinea pig), Saylla for ‘chicharrones’ (pork with mint) and Lucre for ‘pato’ (duck) - so there’s plenty to keep you fuelled up. You’ll cycle through the famously beautiful Sacred Valley where you’ll ride along the Urubamba River to your overnight spot in Lamay. This sleepy little farming village has one funky tiny bar with local microbrews on tap so well worth a visit for a nightcap or two.

Cycling: 57km · 470m up · 300m down

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Guesthouse in the Sacred Valley

This morning we’ll drive the very short distance to the Inca fortress of Pisac, where our guides will show us around the bristling battlements and amazing terracing that defended the Inca Empire from invasion from the jungle. Then we’ll saddle up and ride to Calca, the bustling town that’s the commercial centre of the Sacred Valley. A tour of the market here gives us a great taste of local life and the amazing produce that fuels it!

From here we’ll drive up to a high pass, then bike downhill to the Lares Hot Springs, where we’ll camp right next to these amazing mineral springs, beside to a raging river in a dramatic gorge.

Cycling: 52km · 460m up · 1600m down

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Camping

Today you’ll cross the watershed from the Pacific to the Atlantic side of the Andes – into the steamy Amazon Basin. If you enjoy biking downhill through stunning scenery on perfect dirt road, today will probably be the greatest day of your life. You’ll drive up to a 4425m pass, then sit back on your bike and roll all the way down to the high jungle, losing more than 2000m of altitude along the way! Sit back and watch the scenery change as you pass glacial plains above the treeline, through hardy highland trees, all the way down into the high jungle. We end up riding along a river through dense green jungle, past orchids, bromeliads, and ferns… the contrast is incredible and the riding even more so!

Cycling: 100km · 70m up · 2200m down

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Camping

Waking up to the hum of the jungle, you’ll have an early start and grab breakfast before setting off on your last ride. You’ll descend to the Yanatile valley floor on undulating dirt roads, through banana, papaya and coffee plantations. We’ll enjoy a traditional lunch at a quinta (a breezy outdoor restaurant serving traditional Peruvian meals), wave goodbye to our bikes and drive along a narrow country backroad to Santa Teresa where we’ll spend the night in a funky eco-lodge. In the evening we’ll visit the Cocalmayo Hot Springs – the perefect way to ease the aches of all that riding, and prepare for a big day at Machu Picchu tomorrow!

Cycling: 54km · 680m up · 800m down

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Lodge

An early start for the one and only Machu Picchu. 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 tour of the massive site and you’ll have some free time to wander around and soak it all in, before we catch the train back to Cusco for our last night together.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Cusco

It is time to head home. You can book your flight out for any time you like today

Meals: Breakfast included

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  • All accommodation including all camping gear (based on twin share. Single Supplement available for US$195)
  • Transfers in and out if taken on days 1 and 8
  • All activities specified in itinerary
  • Dedicated Aspiring Adventures guides and mechanics throughout the trip
  • Luggage/SAG van throughout all rides
  • Entrance to all attractions specified in itinerary
  • Extra permit to climb Huayna Picchu at Machu Picchu (if available at time of booking)
  • All meals as specified in itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • Bike and helmet


  • Tips for your guides and cooks
  • Riding gloves – we HIGHLY recommend you bring your own!
  • Transfers in and out unless taken on days 1 and 8
  • Drinks other than water


Roofed accommodation (in Cusco and Sacred Valley) on this trip is clean, comfortable guest house and at the Lares hot springs, we camp in tents.

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August 06 August 13, 2023 Enquire

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