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Inca Trail - Peru XC Tour
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 11 days of singletrack bliss in the footsteps of the Incas!
     
 
     Introduction

Does 30,000 km of singletrack to choose from get your attention?  How about 6,000 m/20,000 ft. mountains?  And if that’s not enough, then how about centuries-old cultures, Inca archaeological sites, and the world-renowned Machu Picchu?  Peru may well just be the best mountain biking destination in the world, and we have the Incas to thank for that.  During the reign of their empire, they built over 50,000 km of trails from Ecuador to Argentina, with most of it in Peru.  Most of these trails are ideal for mountain biking, with long downhills and challenging climbs through remote Quechua-speaking villages.

On this tour, you’ll experience firsthand the vibrant and fascinating culture of this South American country and ride epic singletrack while doing it.  We have developed this exciting trip with the help of two local partners:  Wayo Stein, renowned DH rider and Russo Covarrubias, Peruvian XC champion.  You’ll ride great trails, visit Inca archaeological sites and experience Peruvian culture at its best.

Highlights

  •  Incredible mountain biking trails on the ancient network of trails built by the Incas
  •  Impressive landscapes with big valleys, glaciers and deep canyons.
  •  World-renowned Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  •  Experiencing vibrant Inca culture by riding through remote villages where Quechua is still the main language spoken.
  •  Small groups and professional quality guides that will give you personalized attention and help you improve your mountain bike skills.
  •  Main locations: Santo Domingo de los Olleros, Cusco city, Sacred Valley, Moray, Maras salt mines, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Calca, and much more!

Responsible Riding

  •  We use 2 local guides on this trip, paid North American wages.
  •  We use locally-owned vans and drivers.
  •  We use locally owned hotels and restaurants.
  •  2% of the cost of your tour will go toward development projects in the communities where we ride.
  •  Our non-profit organization, Bikes Without Borders, brings used bikes to many of the communities where we ride.

Ride Guide:  90% off-road, featuring all-singletrack downhills and climbs on singletrack, doubletrack and roads.  Challenging XC (cross-country) singletrack with rocky terrain, some exposure, and many terrain features, crossing different ecological regions in most of our rides.  Suited to experienced intermediate and advanced bikers with a strong level of fitness. Average 35 km/day.  

N.B.  We will be riding at altitude (8,000 – 14,000 ft/2,500m – 4,000m).  We will have three days of acclimatization and skills training in Lima at the beginning of the trip; we recommend coming to Lima one or two days earlier to add acclimatization days if you are concerned about the effects of altitude.

Your Guides: 

  •  Wayo Stein, Lima legend and one of Peru’s top downhillers.
  •  Russo Covarrubias, Quechua-speaking Cusco local and Peruvian XC champion.  

Your drivers: Joselo from Cusco and Pablo from Lima

 
     Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lima
Your shuttle will meet you at Lima Airport (please notify us of your flight arrival time and flight # in advance).  From there we will take you to our hotel in Miraflores.  If you have time, feel free to explore Lima’s beaches and history.  Please notify us of your flight times and we will arrange to meet you at the airport.

Day 2. Pachamac – skills training
A large Inca fortress with impressive construction dominates the entire Lurin Valley at this important Inca archaeological site.  We will have the opportunity to discover hidden Inca constructions deep inside the valley and the mountains. It’s also possible to visit the main Inca Fortress in Pachacamac after our ride. We’ll have breakfast at 9:00 am, and then a group meeting before assembling the bikes. At noon, we’ll hop in the van and go directly to Pachacamac, 45 Km. south of Lima.  We’ll spend a few hours working on skills development with Wayo, then break for lunch.  After lunch we’ll visit Peruvian mountain biking legend Alfonso Roda.  We start our ride from his farm and immediately we take a trail that will take us to different Inca constructions and finally to the top of the “El Chirimoyo” mountain.  It is a total of 25 Km. and about 3 hours for our first ride in Peru.

Day 3: The Cactus Trail

Early in the morning, around 6:30 am we will have breakfast in our hotel.  At 7:00 am we will be transferred to Huaral, a fertile valley located 100 Km. north of Lima.  It takes approximately 1 ½ hours to reach Huaral where we will visit our friend Jose and his guinea pig farm.  We will take some fresh fruits directly from the plants and start riding our bikes.   Jose knows the trails on the mountains of Huaral like the back of his hands.  He will show us his incredible local trails that he has developed by hand in these scenic hills. We will have unique views of Huaral and if the day is clear it’s possible to see the Pacific Ocean.   We will ride approximately 30 Km. in 4 hours.  In the afternoon we will enjoy a delicious lunch that consists of BBQ chicken and salads served in the middle of his farm.  At the end of the day we will return to our hotel in Miraflores.

Day 4: Santo Domingo de Los Olleros
We will start our 3rd day in Peru with this amazing downhill trail that was one of the first big downhills in the Andes to be discovered by local people.  Santo Domingo de los Olleros, or simply Olleros, is located 230 Km. east of Lima on the Lurin Valley at an altitude of 3,250 masl (10,683 ft.).  This is a full day tour to one of the most recognized downhill & free ride trails for MTB in Peru with more than 20 Km. of pure downhill singletrack and 10,000 vertical feet of descent!   We plan to return to Lima approximately at 6:00 pm.

Day 5. Transfer to Cusco and riding in Cusco Valley
We will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00 am and take the am flight to Cusco.  The rest of the morning is free to establish on our hotel and complete the acclimatization process. We will also build our bikes again for the afternoon ride.   After a local lunch near the main plaza, we will pick our bikes and start riding from our hotel to the upper part of the city.  We will pass through main Inca sites and have a great introductory ride in Cusco.  Once we are on top of the city, we will ride down a main Inca trail straight into the city.  We will end our ride on our hotel and have the rest of the day to explore the city of Cusco.   We will ride approximately 20 Km. in 3 hours.  The altitude range goes from 3,400 to 3,700 meters (11,155 to 12,139 ft.).

Day 6: The Inca’s Backyard Trail
Early in the morning, after we take breakfast, we will be transferred to the village of Salkantay located on top of the city of Cusco at an altitude of 4,150 masl (13,615 ft.).  We will ride an ancient Inca trail that was used as a shortcut to go from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.  As we descend this amazing trail, we will reach the Inca sites of Saqsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay to finally reach the village of Yuncaypata and end in Cusco.   We will ride approximately 30 Km. in 4 hours.  The altitude range goes from 4,150 to 3,300 meters (13,615 to 10,827 ft.).

Day 7: Sacred Valley Inca Treasures
Early in the morning, after a nutritious breakfast, we will be transferred to Chinchero, a strategic Inca site near the Sacred Valley.  Chinchero is located at an altitude of 3,700 masl (12,139 ft.) and from this place it’s possible to see the entire plateau of Maras and the Vilcanota’s Mountain Range with its +5,000 meters glaciers like Chicon and Veronica.  We will cross agricultural fields, border Lake Huaypo and reach the Inca site of Moray at an altitude of 3,600 masl (11,811 ft.). We will stop here and explore this Inca agricultural lab and its round terraces.   After our visit to Moray and experience the special energy of this place, we will continue our tour riding an Inca Trail that will take us to the town of Maras and its Inca Salt Mines.  It is a spectacular place where we will have amazing views of this salt mine and also the Sacred Valley below us.   Finally we will end our tour on a side of the Urubamba River, at an altitude of 3,000 masl (9,843 ft.). It’s possible to continue with our bikes to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will stay for the next three nights.   We will ride a total of 40 Km. in approximately four hours before we reach Ollantaytambo.

Day 8: The Origin of the Inca Empire
There are three theories that explain the origin of the Inca Empire.  The three of them agree that its origins were near Ollantaytambo, in the Patacancha Valley. Early in the morning, we will be transferred to the top of the Patacancha Valley at an altitude of 4,000 masl (13,123 ft.) and where it’s possible to find the origins of the Inca Empire on the Patacancha Village.  We will visit some Inca sites and see how people still live and dress like 500 years ago!  Then we will continue riding our bikes and visit the village of Huilloc where we can interact with local people helping them on their farms or developing clothes, just like the Incas did more than 500 years ago.

Finally, we will continue riding down the valley and after a 30 minutes climb, we will reach the Inca site of Pumamarca and see the impressive terraces that goes from the bottom of the valley to the top of the mountains.  From this place we will ride one of the best singletracks in all Cusco and we will descend directly to Ollantaytambo.

Day 9: Free Day/Machu Picchu
This day is free to relax near the Sacred Valley or do other activities like visiting Machu Picchu, considered as one of the new 7 wonders on earth.   n.b. the Machu Picchu trip is not included in the price of your tour.  The all-day trip to Machu Picchu includes the return train ride through the Sacred Valley, bus from Aguas Calients to Machu Picchu, guide and admission.  Cost is $200/p.p.

Day 10: Lares Inca Trail

Early in the morning, after we take breakfast, we will be transferred to the town of Calca on the Sacred Valley and then go to the mountain pass of Lares located at 4,350 masl (14,300 ft.).  From this place we will start our ride down hill following another impressive Inca Trail with thousands of rock steps that looks like they were made for our mountain bikes!   We will pass maybe one of the most impressive landscapes of all the tour, crossing a deep canyon where it’s only possible to make it on our bikes.  We will pass different terrains, from flat surfaces on top of the mountain to great valleys at the middle of the trail.  We will finally end our tour in the town of Calca where we will be transferred to the city of Cusco.   If we have enough time and we have still light we can drop with our bikes into the city of Cusco riding another impressive Inca trail that ends in the middle of the city.   This day we will ride a total of 35 Km. in about 4 hours.

Day 11: End of Tour

The tour has reached the end and it’s time to return home.  Flights from Cusco to Lima depart every 30 minutes until 3:30 pm.  Please notify us of your departure time from Lima and we will arrange your airport transfers.

 
Important:  This day-to-day schedule should be taken only as a general guide. Although we update our itineraries every year, to take into account such things as: changes to biking routes and changes in the routing or availability of local transport, it is not possible to guarantee that any of our holidays will run exactly according to the proposed itinerary.  A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions and difficulties with transportation, can lead to enforced changes. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary.
 
     Trip Details

Trip Difficulty
The mountain biking in Peru is challenging, and not suitable for beginners.  The trails are rocky, featuring many technical sections where solid bike handling skills are mandatory.  Switchbacks are frequent, and some of the trails have sections exposure (i.e. there are dropoffs on one side of the trail).  Many of the exposed sections are short and can be walked easily, however if you are not comfortable with technical, rocky trails, then this trip is not for you.   If you are looking for a challenging, unique mountain bike experience, then this trip is for you!  

Joining arrangements and transfers
We will pick you up at Lima airport and take you to our hotel in Lima.  Please advise us of your flight arrival and flight # and we will meet you at the airport.  We recommend coming a day or two early and doing some extra acclimatizing in Lima (Lima is at sea level but we can drive up to 12,000 feet for some great riding).  Extra days guided riding in Lima are $120 Cdn/person/day.  We can also arrange extra nights at our hotel in Lima for $45 Cdn/person/day.

Services included

  • Two experienced local mountain biking guides.
  • Airport pickup and all land transport including one or more support vehicles
  • 10 nights accommodation in local hotels
  • Breakfasts and lunches.
  • Admission to 4 cultural sites.
  • Airport transfers in Lima and Cusco
  • Return flight from Lima to Cusco

Services not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks, souvenirs etc..
  • Dinners– budget $5-$10 Cdn per dinner.
  • The Machu Picchu excursion is not included ($200 Cdn for train ticket, bus ride and guide).
  • International flight to and from Lima is not included.
  • Allow $10-15 Cdn each way for baggage fees for flights within Peru.
This tour is a singles friendly tour. It is great for people who don't want to travel alone. You will find a mixture of singles and non-singles on this tour.
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