Mountain Biking in Peru
It’s been a decade since we ran our first trip to Peru, a destination that we regard to be one of the very best in the world. Peru has all the ingredients for a trip of a lifetime; amazing riding, fascinating culture, spectacular historical sights, excellent guides, great cuisine & accomodation. We start our adventure in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire with its Spanish colonial architecture and impressive main square, the Plaza de Armas. After a few warm-up days on Cusco’s best trails, we’ll spend six days in the beautiful Rio Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), home of remote traditional weaving villages, soaring mountains and some of the best trail riding in the world. Expect shuttle accessed singletrack enduro rides on ancient Inca trails in the Andes that reach Inca ruins that see few visitors, like the Huchuy Qosqo temple or the Moray archaeological site. Rides are mostly long descents, with some challenging climbs at altitude, some technical singletrack and fast singletrack and lots of everything in between; the riding in Peru is off the charts. We’ve included a once and a lifetime visit to Machu Picchu that’s accessed by a scenic train and privately guided tour of the site. What more could you ask for in a mountain bike holiday?
*Note that our October 18-26, 2019 & April 9-17, 2021 departures are women's only and include coaching from renowned Sweet Skills. Enjoy pre-trip training assistance and on-trip coaching on these departures.
Day 1: Welcome to Cusco. Warm-up ride. — 9 km
Arrive to Cusco, be greeted by Big Mountain guides and transfer to your hotel. After lunch we'll head out on a warm-up ride.
Day 2: Ride the best of Cusco. — 26 km
Ride three or four of Cusco's best trails and get aquainted with the altitude & the dirt.
Day 3: Ride Huchuy Qosqo to the Sacred Valley. — 23 km
Our biggest climb of the trip today to Qoricocha Pass at 4,265 m (13,779 feet). Then it's downhill on singletrack to the amazing Huchuy Qosqo Inca site & the Sacred Valley.
Day 4: Ride Patacancha Valley & Pumamarca. — 35 km
Today's ride is a journey from a remote pass at 4450m to the bustling town of Ollantaytambo. Lunch in the authentic village of Huilloc.
Day 5: Ride Lamay trails. — 30 km
Today could be your best day of riding ever. Three amazing shuttles in the verdant Lamay Valley. Buckle up!
Day 6: Visit Machu Picchu.
Board a train for a one and a half hour scenic ride to Aguas Calientes, then a bus for the 20-minute transfer to Machu Picchu for a privately guided walking tour of this worldclass site.
Day 7: Ride Patalares & soak in an Inca thermal bath. — 35 km
Today you’ll experience arguably two of the best mountain biking trails in the Andes with a hot springs soak in the Lares Valley.
Day 8: Ride Misminay, Maras & Moray. Visit two ancient Inca sights. — 37 km
Three shuttles today & visits to two worldclass Inca sites, the impressive archaeological Inca site of Moray and the Maras salt ponds. Epic day!
Day 9: Adios amigos!
Transfers to the Cusco International Airport for your flight to Lima and home.
What our Guests Say:
“There are few times in life when the euphoria of an experience allows one to float ethereally with your feet 12 inches off the ground. My feet haven’t landed yet.”
– Andreas H.
See the approximate route of the trip on Google maps. Register today!