A 7-day journey that makes the most of the fact that Cusco is a mountain biker’s paradise. Inca stone trails, farm tracks, gravel and paved roads — our routes through the heart of the ancient Andean empire offer options for all ability levels every day. Mix single track or easy downhill road riding in any combination – and see all the highlights: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Salineras, and of course, Machu Picchu. Nearly all riding is downhill or along flat terrain. Whether you’re a seasoned biker or a beginner who enjoys getting around by pedal power, this trip is for you! (Fixed Departure Group Tour)
The journey includes an English-speaking tour leader, a seasoned rider, who will escort the group throughout your adventure. Limited to a maximum 12 participants, to provide an intimate travel experience.
Bike trip starts on any given Sunday. Please check with us for confirmed dates.
This group tour should be booked at least three months in advance. For less than three months booking, please contact your Fertur Travel Coordinator to check tour availability.
Epic 7-day bike tour in Cusco
Day 1: Arrive, explore Cusco, acclimatize
We’ll meet in the lobby of our trip-start hotel at 1pm and head off for a traditional Peruvian lunch at a local restaurant. Lunch is the main meal of the day here in Peru. This is an excellent opportunity to carbo load for the missions ahead! We’ll leave the afternoon fairly flexible – to get to know Cusco with or without your guide, put your bike together, or whatever. We make sure there’s time today to acclimatize, but we’re also here to show you the sights, or help with whatever you want to do. We strongly recommend you take it easy today and make sure you hydrate as you adjust to the 10,800 ft altitude. If you have the time to arrive a couple of days early, this really helps with acclimatization. There’s plenty to do in Cusco and we can help make arrangements. Overnight in Cusco. (L)
Day 2: Pisac and the Sacred Valley – The Fun Begins
We’re heading to Pisac, 30km from Cusco and 600 meters lower. It’s the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. To get there, we ride on paved road and an easy single track – a looping, scenic descent that’s a lot of fun for any rider. After some time wandering around Pisac’s famous artesania (handcraft) market and charming cobbled alleyways, the riding resumes along a level stretch of the valley, surrounded by spectacular scenery, to our camp site. (B/D)
Day 3: Lares Valley
This day is packed with grand mountain scenery and world-class mountain biking. In the morning we’ll drive to the Amparaes Pass for an easy descent on a gravel road or single track into the remote and beautiful Lares Valley. This is rugged country where farmers have used the same traditional techniques to work the land for centuries. They still venerate the surrounding “Apu” deities that inhabit the surrounding creeks, precipitous slopes and jagged ice peaked mountains. There’s some fairly easy track and plenty of coasting along the road today, through an ever greener and steeper river valley. We’ll spend the night camping at the Baños Termales de Lares – naturally occurring hot springs perched on the side of a river. Tonight we’ll enjoy a well-earned soak in the healing mineral waters as we admire the millions of stars above – the end of a perfect day. Camp at Lares Hot Springs. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Amparaes Pass to Ollantaytambo
We pack the bikes and ourselves back into our vehicle for a scenic drive back up to Amparaes Pass and onto one of the world’s greatest off-road descents over a llama worn trail, along a winding river gorge and over a speedy gravel back road into the town of Calca, where we’ll stop for a late lunch. Then we saddle back up for more cycling through the verdant Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continually occupied town in the Americas. The town’s layout has remained basically the same since the time of the Inca, with much of the original construction. (B)
Day 5: Ancient Salt Pans – Salineras
This is one of the best day’s riding on this trip: A delightful, gentle descent through farmland, villages, and past beautiful lakes and Inca ruins. It’s a day you will never forget, culminating with a tour of Salineras – a still-working ancient salt factory that’s as beautifully surreal as it is fascinating. You’ll want to have your camera ready to capture the patchwork of colored pools twinkling under the sun. It’s one of our favorite Inca sites. Later we’ll board a train to Aguas Calientes, the town beneath Machu Picchu, where we’ll spend the night. (B)
Day 6: Explore the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu
We’ll spend today exploring the words-fail-me glory that is Machu Picchu – one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. We’ll have a guided tour (a good one, with no numbers on sticks, we promise), plus time to explore on our own or climb for breathtaking views up one or more stunning nearby peaks: Huayna Picchu, Putucusi or Machu Picchu mountain itself. Later we’ll return by scenic train back to Cusco. (B/L)
Day 7: Farewell: Departure day
We’ll help you with any last minute shopping and get you to the airport. Thanks for spending this time with us – hasta pronto! (B)
(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
This trip is designed and run by our good friend Katy Shorthouse, a Lonely Planet guidebook author and a veteran adventure travel specialist.
- Mountain bike (a late-model, dual-suspension Scott or Giant mountain bike)
- Bike helmet and gloves
- Accommodation (based on shared double room in clean, basic hotels). Single Supplement available for US$150
- All activities and guiding services specified in itinerary
- All ground transport (including full vehicle support/SAG wagon while biking)
- Meals as specified in itinerary.
- Drinking water or soft drink with included meals
- Extra permit to climb Huayna Picchu at Machu Picchu (if still available at time of booking)
- Flights (ask us for help with making arrangements)
- Drinks apart from water or soft drink with meals
- Tips for your guides
- Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat for two nights of camping (bring your own, or rent from us – US$25 per item)
To book your Cusco Bike Tour now or consult with us, fill out the “Contact Us” form to the right and a Fertur Peru Travel coordinator will contact you within one working day with detailed information about your fully customizable trip. Fertur’s pledge is to offer you top-quality, individualized attention that starts with the planning of your trip and continues through your journey to guarantee a great vacation.