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Peru Mountain Bike

The Peruvian Andes

New bike tour in 2016 with Trek Travel!

Ride endless flowing singletrack in the shadow of the majestic Andes while visiting ancient Inca sites on this all-mountain dream trip

Pedal along ancient trade routes and transportation trails linking mythic Incan cities, remote Peruvian settlements and magical archaeological sites. Gaze outward at massive glaciers, sample Peruvian cuisine and feel the rush of descending over 20,000 feet in 6 days. This is a true adventurer’s paradise, with unforgettable culture, jaw-dropping landscapes, and the best riding of your life.
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Today's Ride:

Welcome to Cusco
Approximately 7 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing and 1,000 feet of descending

Description:

Today you will meet your guides at your first night's hotel at 9:00 AM to discuss the day's ride and put the finishing touches on your bike setup. Then take a short warm up spin from the hotel, climbing to the Inca site of Saqsayhuaman and upper Cusco. After exploring the top of the trail, you'll get an unbelievable descent following a network of sweet singletrack trails back to the center of Cusco. Tonight, gather with your new travel companions for a comprehensive trip overview and introductions before enjoying a delicious Peruvian dinner.

*Cusco is at approximately 11,000 feet in elevation which can affect your riding and health in general. We strongly advise you arrive to Cusco two or three days in advance to allow your body to acclimate to the higher elevation before attempting to ride.*

Hotel:

Mamasara Hotel
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Casa Andina Cusco San Blas or Cusco Plaza
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Today's Ride:

Ticatica Pass
Approximately 15 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing and 1,000 feet of descending

Description:

Today, you'll get a chance to explore more of the amazing singletrack above Cusco. A short 45 minute shuttle to Ticatica pass will take you to just above 13,000 feet for a prime mix of climbs and descents. From the top you will enjoy a magical perspective of the surrounding Andes and views down towards Cusco. The longest climb of the day will take you up to the ancient Inca site of Tambomachay, and you will be rewarded with a dreamy descent along an amazing collection of singletrack all the way back to Cusco. This trail is a mountain biker's playground, filled with fantastic technical sections linked by more fun and flow than you can handle.

Hotel:

Mamasara Hotel
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Casa Andina Cusco San Blas or Cusco Plaza
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Ride Chinchero, Misminay and Maras
Approximately 26 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing and 4,400 feet of descending

Description:

Get further off the beaten path today as you pedal a network of gravel roads lacing together some of the more remote areas of the Sacred Valley. After a big climb, enjoy lunch in the presence of the mighty Chicon, Veronica and Sawasiray glaciers. Take in the scenery and be sure to take a few photos before you descend past the Inca site of Moray on your way to the salt mines of Maras. Your home for the next three nights, Hotel Pakaritampu, is a tranquil villa located in the Sacred Valley with superb views of the landscape and blanket of stars that surround you. Tonight you'll enjoy a flavorful dinner at a favorite local restaurant in Urubamba.

Hotel:

Hotel Pakaritampu
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
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Today's Ride:

Patacancha Enduro
Approximately 20 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing and 7,700 feet of descending

Description:

This morning you'll shuttle to the top of the Patacancha Valley at an altitude of 4,460m and drink in unbelievable views of the mountains surrounding Cusco. On your ride across an ancient Incan trail, you'll visit the tiny towns of Patacancha and Huilloc, stopping for a local's only lunch. We'll then roll off from the top of the Patacancha Valley all the way to the bottom, ending in the village of Ollantaytambo. Want to know the real scale of the Andes Mountains? Today, you'll find out.

Hotel:

Hotel Pakaritampu
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Explore Machu Picchu

Description:

Machu Picchu is a Quechua name that translates to “old mountain." You can't visit Peru and miss this legendary site. This morning, board the train for a journey from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes before grabbing a shuttle up to the citadel. You'll have practically all day to explore the entire citadel and get to know all of its well-preserved secrets. At the end of the day, return the way you came back to Hotel Pakaritampu, and enjoy dinner on your own in the city of Urubamba.

Hotel:

Hotel Pakaritampu
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Lares to Cusco
Approximately 13 miles with 100 feet of climbing and 5,000 feet of descending

Description:

Set your alarm for an early rise and enjoy a delicious breakfast before grabbing your bike and loading into the van. This morning you’ll shuttle up to 14,000 feet to another thin-air, high-mountain pass above the Sacred Valley. From the top, pedal along an ancient Inca route ultimately leading to the Amazon. This amazing trail is scattered with several sections of cobbled rock and interspersed with ancient rock steps. Mind your bars as you ride through a narrow river slot canyon before finishing the ride with a tasty lunch. This afternoon you may choose to hop in the shuttle or continue the ride back to Cusco’s main square. Tonight we'll gather for social hour and celebrate this unbelievable week together over pisco and a delicious Peruvian feast in downtown Cusco.

Hotel:

Mamasara Hotel
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Casa Andina Cusco San Blas or Cusco Plaza
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Activity:

One Last Taste of Cusco
Approximately 7 miles with 100 feet of climbing and 2,000 feet of descending

Description:

Nothing's better than a final ride before a long flight home. Early this morning, you'll get a chance to ride one last flowy descent high above Cusco. High-five your new riding friends before taking the sweet singletrack trail back down to the hotel. You'll have some time to freshen up before a 20 minute shuttle to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), where you will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM. Please do not schedule a flight before 2:00 PM on this day to allow for unforeseen delays.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price is guaranteed.

2017


Oct
1st - 7th / 7 days / 6 nights
$4199 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy
Oct
8th - 14th / 7 days / 6 nights
$4199 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy
Oct
15th - 21st / 7 days / 6 nights
$4199 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at the Mamasara Hotel on Trek Travel's Peru Mountain Bike tour

Mamasara Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Located just a few blocks off of the historical center of the Cusco, MamaSara Hotel will offer you a sophisticated, tranquil stay. It's perfectly positioned just outside of the hustle, bustle, and noise of downtown, but is still well within walking distance. The rooms are spacious, elegant and designed to create a cozy and warm atmosphere. Start the day with a spectacular breakfast and the MamaSara is sure not to disappoint during your stay.
Stay at Hotel Pakaritampu on Trek Travel's Peru Mountain Bike trip

Hotel Pakaritampu

Ollantaytambo, Peru

This collection of magical villas in Ollantaytambo is a luxurious hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Cusco. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and only a 10 minute walk from the market, Hotel Pakaritampu is an ideal spot to relax in between those high-Andean rides.
Stay at Casa Andina San Blas on Trek Travel's Peru Mountain Bike trip

Alternate Hotel: Casa Andina Cusco San Blas

Cusco, Peru

Casa Andina San Blas is a comfortable and extra cozy hotel located in the historic San Blas district of Cusco. You can think of this retreat as a peaceful country house right in the city. It’s 38 colorful rooms are situated around a beautiful garden and stone patio in the shadow of stunning mountain views. You will stay at this hotel in place of Mamasara Hotel on select dates.
Stay at Casa Andina Cusco Plaza on Trek Travel's Peru Mountain Bike trip

Alternate Hotel: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza

Cusco, Peru

Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza is a fantastic property, only one block away from the famous Plaza de Armas. From this exquisite boutique hotel, guests have easy access to the best of the city, including Cusco’s Cathedral, Cusco’s Main Square, and a collection of fantastic restaurants, galleries, shops and historic sights. You will stay at this hotel in place of Mamasara Hotel on select dates.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Peru Mountain Bike trip, you'll be treated to two conveniently located hotels for the duration of the trip.
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 2 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Peru Mountain Bike trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of flavorful regional cuisine. Expect rice and potato-based dishes with an abundance of fresh, local vegetables. Chicken, pork and sheep are common in dishes as well. For lunch out on the trails, you'll enjoy sandwiches and snacks to keep you fueled for riding.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Remedy 7 27.5 full suspension mountain bike
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Please be sure to bring a Camelback, or similar hydration pack with pockets to carry additional items needed on the trail. Limited vehicle support means you will want to carry an extra layer, multi-tools, food and water.

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • Comprehensive bike fit
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 15
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,200 ft

On all of our trips Trek Travel strives to find the most enjoyable but challenging trails, over a variety of terrain, in order to fully experience the region. Peru Mountain Bike trip is best suited for our Type 4 Riders with technical mountain biking skills. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distances and mileage options.

Terrain in Peru is mountainous and rugged in nature. This area is characterized by moderately steep singletrack, loose rocks and moderate exposure. A few trails are more steep and technical, composed of rocky sections with uneven roots, small drops and occasional jumps.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Machu Picchu tour
  • Maras Salt Mine Tour

With reduced hotel rates, fewer crowds, and comfortable 60-degree daytime temperatures, spring is splendid in Cusco. However, those planning to tour the fascinating ruins should note that this shoulder season experiences occasional light rain showers. Avg. daytime highs reach about 70 degrees F and nighttime lows dip into the lower 40s F.

The average group size on a Trek Travel trip powered by Big Mountain is 4-10 guests. If you wish to find out how many people are on your specific trip, please contact our Trip Consultant via email at sales@trektravel.com.

Specific models depend on the destination. On your Peru mountain bike trip, the use of a Trek Remedy 7 27.5 full suspension mountain bike is included in the price of your trip. You will be given one bike for the duration of the trip.

We have partnered with Big Mountain Bike Adventures to bring our guests closer to some of the best singletrack mountain bike riding on the planet. On these trips, your guides will be both from Trek Travel and from Big Mountain, combining the expertise of leading cycling vacations of a lifetime with backcountry experts of mountain biking.

Each day your guides will describe the featured ride and your supported options for the day. Those who want more miles and more technical terrain and those who want less may split into two groups in order to ride different trails or simply go at different speeds. If you choose not to ride with a guide you will need a thorough understanding of the trail map, adequate food and water, and tools to address bike repair issues that may arise. Cell coverage is limited in the areas you’ll be riding so you must be self-sufficient.

We will offer shuttles to and from the trailhead some days, but other rides begin and end closer to town, or in town. You are always welcome to ride directly back to the hotel for more miles on the days that shuttles are offered. Each day, depending on the featured ride, the weather, and the desires of the group, your guides will decide how best to support the ride with a combination of on the bike support and vehicle support.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with a packet containing daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

You are more than welcome to bring your own bike, but please keep in mind Trek Travel cannot assume responsibility for the safety of or damage to your bike that may exceed what and how we maintain the safety and well-being of our own fleet of bikes. You are responsible for providing the maintenance to your bike and any spare parts that may be used during the trip. You are also responsible for assembling your bike upon arrival and disassembling it upon departure.

You don't need to be a professional athlete to enjoy a Trek Travel mountain bike trip, however due to the level of riding we do encourage each guest to come with a good level of physical fitness. This vacation is most appropriate for Rider Type 4. Please consult our Rider Types to find out what type of weekly rides you should be able to complete in order to enjoy this vacation or talk with your Trip Consultant for more information. We always recommend that guests consult their physician before coming on a cycling vacation.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco, Peru.

To help avoid the challenge of finding a taxi, private transfers are available from the airport to your hotel in downtown Cusco from Cusco Private Transfers and Tours. You can pre-book at http://www.cuscotransport.com. It should cost between $15-$25 USD.

Mamasara Hotel or Casa Andina San Blas or Casa Andina Cusco Plaza | Cusco, Peru

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at your first night's hotel, the Mamasara Hotel or Casa Andina San Blas or Casa Andina Cusco Plaza in Cusco, Peru at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip.

If you will be late for the meeting time or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call your first night's hotel, the Mamasara Hotel (+51 84 245 409), Casa Andina San Blas (+51 84 263 694) or Casa Andina Cusco Plaza (+51 84 231 733), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Cusco is at approximately 11,000 feet in elevation which can affect your riding and health in general. We strongly advise you arrive to Cusco two or three days in advance to allow your body to acclimate to the higher elevation before attempting to ride.

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) | Cusco, Peru

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco, Peru. Please do not schedule a flight before 2:00 PM on this day to allow for unforeseen delays.

Before & After: Cusco, Peru

A visit to Cuzco sends you into the pseudo-hallucinogenic ancient Andean culture combined with a hint of Spanish splendor to produce a most fascinating tourist destination. But it's just the beginning. Beyond lies the Sacred Valley, Andean countryside dotted with villages, high altitude hamlets and ruins linked by trail and railway tracks to the continent's biggest draw – Machu Picchu. The past is alive and well in vivid colors of textiles, carnivals and the vibrant local personality. Jaw-dropping Andean peaks meet Amazon lowlands for an incredible terrestrial juxtaposition. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Right beside the lively Cusco central square is Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. One of the most unique hotels in Cusco, this delightful retreat combines centuries-old charm with luxury hotel service. Discover inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites, all clustered around a tranquil central courtyard.The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cusco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving ‘new Andean’ cuisine.

Calle Palacio 140, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco, Perú | +51 84 60 4000 | www.belmond.com/hotel-monasterio-cusco/ | ~$345

Encantada Casa Boutique

Located away from the bustling streets of the center, but still just a few blocks from Cusco’s main square, Encantada overlooks the city from its vantage point in the San Blas district. From the hotel, Cusco’s churches, museums and Inca streets are all just a short walk away, and in the hills above the city the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park is close by.

Tandapata 354 - San Blas Cusco, Peru | +51 84 24 220 | www.cuscohotel-encantada.com/en/the-hotel | ~$110

Hotel Antawasi

Built atop Inca ruins, this low-key hotel is a 2-minute walk from the 15th-century Qurikancha temple and a 12-minute walk from both Cusco Cathedral and the Museo Inka museum. Simple rooms with hardwood floors and subdued decor feature free Wi-Fi and working desks, plus TVs with DVD players. A casual 24-hour cafe with lounge seating serves local and international fare. There’s a fully stocked guest kitchen, and laundry service is available for an additional fee.

Calle Intikahuarina 621, Cusco 084, Peru | +51 84 24 1267 | www.hotelantawasi.com | ~$75


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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