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Peru

The Sacred Valley & Machu Pichu, Presented by Trek Travel & explora

The Sacred Valley – located at the heart of the ancient Inca Empire – is a particular mix of natural and cultural beauty that has attracted explorers and travelers for hundreds of years. It serves as the gateway to overwhelming landscapes, local culture, and history. Trek Travel is proud to partner with explora, a renowned travel company that owns and operates incredible lodges in seven remote destinations of South America, for this exceptional itinerary in Peru.

This in-depth exploration of Peru mixes active recreational activities with the luxury of one incredible home base at explora. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are destinations with endless exploration possibilities. We take travelers through the colonial history and the architectural magnificence of the Incas in Machu Picchu, past isolated villages and archaeological sites like Ollantaytambo, Moray, Chinchero and Pisac, and to Andean pampas and mountains or "Apus" which are considered by locals as guardians of people and nature. You'll discover traditional towns barely touched by civilization along with ancient ruins perfectly preserved from the passing of time.
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$3999 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
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Trip Wows
Experience Machu Picchu with a local guide
Bike and hike on Inca trails
Visit the famous archaeological sites of Chinceros and Moray
Combine culture, nature and adventure based out of one incredible explora lodge
Enjoy Peruvian cuisine and the on-site spa
Watch the Experience
This trip includes everything you would hope for out of a visit to Peru. Multi-sport options that discover parts of the country you could never experience without a local guide, incredible lodging and amenities, local Peruvian cuisine and of course a signature trip to Machu Picchu.
-Meagan Coates, Trip Designer

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Welcome to Cusco! The city sits nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and perched on top of the world. Your Trek Travel guides will welcome you warmly at the airport with a ride to your hotel for the week. Here, we'll enjoy a hearty gourmet lunch in preparation for the first ride of the trip. After lunch, your guides will then familiarize you with your Trek bike, including an informal fit session along with safety talks and expectations for the week. Then, it's off on our first mountain bike ride, starting with a gravel road that takes us down the south side of Urubamba River, through quiet, peaceful cornfields, and past old haciendas and manors from the 19th and 20th centuries. We'll keep it light and easy, using this first spin to acclimate to the altitude (9,829 feet at the highest point) and terrain. A support vehicle is available should you wish to shuttle for any portion of the ride today. Upon our return, take the rest of the day to unpack and unwind at the hotel. Tonight, we we'll gather for an aperitivo and first dinner together, prepared from fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Today's Ride:

Urubamba River
Approximately 20 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

explora

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

After a delicious breakfast, we'll take a private shuttle (50 minutes) and begin the day with a visit to the community of Cuper Bajo to learn about the process of making textiles, a local industry. Then, we'll enjoy a nature hike, taking in panoramic views of crystal-clear lagoons and crops on our way to the town of Chinchero. This undiscovered gem sits in the shadow of the hulking mountain of Salcantay and is home to some of the most famous Peruvian weaving and local art. We'll descend into its archaeological complex, where Inca architecture fuses with colonial structures to create Syncretism. Ultimately, our walk will take us to the Machu Qolca archeological center, formerly used as a warehouse to store products for the Inca, where we'll stop for lunch at a particularly beautiful spot for views. Then, we'll get on our bikes for a descent down a long, winding gravel road to Huayllabamba in the Sacred Valley of the Inca. It's smooth sailing from here, through more expansive farmland, back to our hotel. We'll gather this evening for another fun social hour and dinner at the hotel.

Today's Ride:

Machu Qolca Loop
Approximately 11 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Inca Hike
3 miles with 775 feet of climbing

Hotel:

explora

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Awaken refreshed as your body becomes acclimated to the altitude. The Sacred Valley region is speckled with farms, large gardens, and small villages. We'll take a private shuttle for one hour to arrive at our first stop at the Moray experimental crop center. The archaeological feature resembles a crop circle, where concentric circles sit at different elevations for the Inca to try out different crops at different altitudes. Then, it's on to the colonial town of Maras, known for its pristine salt mines and pinkish hue. Take some photos and refuel for the ride back, as we then take our bikes through the highlight of the day: a combination of gravel roads and single track and a descent back to the Urubamba River. There are some exposed sections today, but nothing that is long or not walk-able should you not wish to ride. We'll stop for lunch in the middle of the valley, then head back to the hotel on a 40-minute shuttle, where the afternoon is yours before we gather again for social hour and dinner.

Today's Ride:

Huaypo Views
Approximately 23 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing

Hotel:

explora

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today is the crown jewel of the trip. In this full-day exploration, we'll travel to the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most impressive architectural feats of the Inca civilization and a wonder of the world. The itinerary begins early in the morning with a shuttle to the Ollantaytambo rail station, located 45 minutes away from the hotel, where we take a 1.5-hour train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we'll board a quick 20-minute bus to Machu Picchu, and arrive at the entrance to the sanctuary at around midday. This is the starting point of our journey on foot to Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate, the ancient checkpoint to enter the citadel and the beginning of the Inca Trail from Machu Picchu. This challenging 1.2-mile hike can be done at a leisurely pace, as it is considered moderately difficult. Take the time to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime view by the Sun Gate. At the end of the hike, we begin touring the most famous locations in Machu Picchu. You'll see the Sacred Plaza, Hut of the Caretaker and so much more. Dinner tonight will be back at our hotel, where we'll toast to a week of high-altitude excitement and archaeological adventure! For those not interested in touring Machu Picchu, other options will be available at explora. We arrive back this evening fairly late, so it's likely you will want a quick bite before you rest for the night. Tomorrow is our final day together in the Sacred Valley, and we have an incredible hike and bike adventure planned.

Today's Activity

Machu Picchu Hike
Mileage varies

Hotel:

explora

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today, we'll venture by bike into the Sacred Valley and over a mountain trail with panoramic views of Cusco and the valley below. Our destination will take us over 14,000 feet above sea level, so come hydrated and with plenty of sunscreen! The descent includes a pass through potato plantations and treeless plains, or "pampas," of shepherds tending to animals. This afternoon, we'll start our ride from these pampas, descending down through indigenous Quechua communities and farms. We'll be treated to sweeping views of the Sacred Valley and Pisac, a picturesque area you'll want to capture without a doubt. Then, it's back to the hotel for some personal time before the social hour and dinner.

Today's Ride:

Inca Tracks
Approximately 13 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Sacred Valley Hike
Approximately 3 miles

Hotel:

explora

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

It's time to say goodbye to the ancient history and vast natural beauty of this Peruvian landscape. Choose to indulge in one more half-day exploration, or relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the serenity of the day. Today we fly out of the Sacred Valley back to Lima. Checkout is at 11:00 am, and lunch will be provided at 1:00 pm. Transportation to the airport will be provided after lunch.

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Hotels

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explora Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley, Peru

Our partners at explora have received the Conde Nast Traveler award, join us for a Trek Travel Bike Tour to Peru Trek Travel is excited to partner with explora - a respected leader in the adventure travel industry throughout South America. explora Valle Sagrado is the premiere luxury adventure travel destination for the Peruvian regions of Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This is an all-inclusive, luxury level experience with full access to the spa and use of the on-site amenities such as Wi-Fi and television available in the lobby and the hotel shop full of exploration gear, crafts and books.

What's Included

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at a handpicked hotel
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 5 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • A Trek X-Caliber Mountain Bike
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek X-Caliber 9 Moutain Bike
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

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

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
19 miles
TOTAL MILES:
75 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,100 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
8,500 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING HILLS
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Various hiking options
  • Enjoy the on-site spa
  • Discover the vibrant local textiles

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. It is common to encounter animals along our cycling routes, both wild and domestic. Please use best practices during these encounters and follow the instructions from your Trek Travel guides. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
JW Marriot; Cusco, Peru

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
explora Sacred Valley, Urquillos, Peru

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of the trip which will minimize the risk of travel-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). From there, you can take a taxi to any of our recommended hotels in Cusco.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the JW Marriot Hotel (Esquina de la Calle Ruinas 432 y, Calle San Agustin, Cusco 08001, Peru) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. From there, we will shuttle approximately one hour to Sacred Valley. Please have your riding gear in your carry-on and separate from your luggage. Your guides will fit you to your bikes and before long, you'll be off on your first ride of the week!

If you'll be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You'll receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our hotel, explora Sacred Valley (+51.84.300.000), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the explora Sacred Valley and take a short private shuttle to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, arriving around noon. Please do not schedule any flights before 2:00 PM.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Ready to book?

Once you have submitted your reservation form, a Trip Consultant will contact you within one business day to complete your reservation. (Note: Reserving a Trip from the Trek Travel website doesn’t guarantee your booking.) Our Trip Consultant will confirm bike and room availability on your desired trip and finalize your booking once your trip deposit is paid. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a deposit is due at the time of booking. If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking. Cross Country, Tour de France and River Cruise require a full payment if booked less than 120 days prior to departure. Ride Camps require full payment at the time of booking.

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Cusco, Peru

Cusco sits at 11,000 feet above sea level, which is much higher than the Sacred Valley where the rest of the trip is based. It is important to stay hydrated and relax if you are visiting Cusco before the trip. We do not recommend hiking Sacsayhuaman before the trip, but it is definitely worth a visit after your cycling vacation. In Cusco, you can visit the main square, Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by churches and historic buildings. Make a stop at the Cathedral, which was built in 1669 and features symbols from the Inca belief system. Wander the San Pedro market to see and taste traditional foods or check out San Blas which is known for its galleries and artisan workshops. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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