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Biking is the best way to see the area between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Our Peru MTB trip puts Peru’s awesome, varied biking, incredible scenery, and adventure in the outdoors within everyone’s reach. In just one week you’ll see all the highlights – Machu Picchu, Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Salineras, and more – while enjoying as much or as little time the saddle as you like. Whether you’re a seasoned biker or just starting out, if you enjoy getting around by pedal power, this trip is for you!
WHY THIS TRIP IS UNFORGETTABLE
Camp next to a little-known ruin in the Andes Mountains
Zip down high-altitude single track until reaching a lush river gorge
Barbeque next to remote hot springs tucked between two mountains
Enjoy miles of undulating riverside single track or slower paced roads through the valley
Camp beneath the stars along a path that was used by the Incans
Discover the colonial city of Cusco and experience the local culture
Explore the ancient ruins of the world famous Machu Picchu!
Day 1: Welcome!
Your guide will pick you up at 1pm and take you for a traditional Peruvian meal at a local favourite restaurant. In the afternoon there’s time for a stroll around Cusco’s beautiful historic centre with your guide, and our mechanic is on hand to help you assemble your bike if you’ve brought it from home. It’s a good idea to take it easy and drink plenty of water today to aid acclimatisation, as we start experiencing Peru’s incredible biking tomorrow!
Day 2: Ride the Sacred Valley
We start the biking today with a fun, easy ride on paved and dirt road and easy single track to Pisac – an Inca township that’s the gateway to the Sacred Valley and home to a famous handicraft market which we’ll have time to explore. In the afternoon we saddle up again and ride along the flat, fertile floodplain of the Sacred Valley to our spectacularly scenic campsite.
Day 3: Lares Valley
This morning we’ll drive up to Amparaes Pass and then descend on easy gravel road or single track into the remote Lares Valley, starting in high-altitude rock and cold, and ending up in a warm, green river gorge. The chance to enjoy a beer and barbecue at the surreal and beautiful water park that is Lares hot springs is worth a trip in itself. Naturally occurring hot springs are surrounded by lovingly landscaped terraces and lawns dotted with tents. This is one of our favourite places in the world – there is no better end to a day’s biking than soaking in the springs and staring up at the stars.
Day 4: Best Bike Day!
This morning an incredibly scenic drive takes us up to the dizzying Amparaes Pass, and to the top of one of the world’s best off-road descents. Section follows section of llama track, gravel riverside, and eventually scenic river gorge. We'll end with an array of undulating riverside single track (or take the open, speedy gravel backroad alongside) into the outskirts of Calca. Here we’ll have a late lunch before more cycling through the beautiful, verdant Sacred Valley towards Ollantaytambo, one of the most beautiful villages in Peru, and our destination for the night.
Day 5: Scenic Biking
This is the most popular bike trip in Peru – even non-riders get on bikes to enjoy this morning’s scenic, easy riding through rolling countryside, past lakes and ruins. And our next ride is a treat – one of the best single track descents in Peru, it has something to teach everyone from novice to expert. Best of all, it ends at our favourite Inca attraction, Salineras – a surreal and beautiful patchwork of pools and paths that still produces salt using Inca technology. Later we’ll take a train to Aguas Calientes.
Day 6: Machu Picchu!
An early start rewards us with sunrise at Machu Picchu – a peak moment for anyone. A spectacular stone city surrounded by incredibly steep, incredibly green mountains, Machu Picchu needs no introduction and is deservedly one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Your trip leader will take you on a guided tour – a necessary start to orient you in this massive site – then you’ll have plenty of time to explore the site and some of the surrounding peaks on your own before we catch the train back to Cusco for our last night together.
Day 7: End of the Journey
All inclusive convenience meets Beyond the Map adventure! We've thought of it all so you don't have to once you leave home!
Local, private transportation. No random drivers, no cattle-herding tour buses!
Rustic & modern options available, depending on your style and budget.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day. Hangry-free guaranteed!
All activities outlined in the itinerary are included in your cost before you ever leave!
From start to finish, we're with you! Unlike many companies, our expert guides are there 24/7 to provide unique information, answer questions and even deliver the occasional joke!
Why Travel With Us
I would recommend BTM for any trip you and your friends want to go on, or to any organization interested in planning a trip... especially if you are interested in "getting out there" and not just stopping at the common tourist spots everyone goes to.
This was hands-down one of the the most exciting, rewarding, and memorable trips I've ever been on! The peace of mind to know that I didn't have to worry about anything was worth every penny. All I had to do was show up. Cody and Lystina took it from there. No stress, no anxiety, no rushing around or wasting time trying to find an activity or a place to eat. I got to sit back, relax, and experience a whole new world that was far beyond my map.
Since I've been back I have recommended these trips to so many people because this company creates these remarkable journeys that allow people to experience the world in a unique way. I can't wait to go on my next expedition with Beyond the Map!