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Vacation StyleCamping Trek
Activity Level Intermediate - Advanced
• Individual descents of more than 3,000 meters and a total accumulated of more than 18,500 meters.
• Ride on Inca and pre-Inca trails with an approximate age of 1,000 years old!
• Impressive views of the Andes Mountains with huge valleys, big glaciers and deep canyons.
• Small groups.
• Local mountain bike guides that will take you safe and with a lot of fun.
• Main locations: Lima, Olleros, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Chinchero, Moray, Maras, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Calca and Pisac.
Downhill mountain biking is one of our favorite disciplines and we are sure that there is not a better downhill tour than this one! Wayo, our main guide, is 11 times National DH Champion and he has also got into the podium on different international races. He has developed this program that includes two main destinations and different other locations offering a perfect combination of difficulty, fun and the best landscapes.
Nowadays, Peru is being recognized as one of the best destinations for mountain biking around the world not only by the quality of the trails but also for their history and culture of thousands of years old reflected on old fortresses and a trail network of more than 20,000Km. Also in Peru we have an amazing food that it’s one of the highlights of this trip.
This tour starts in Lima with two days in which the terrain is different and intense. The first day we go to Pachacamac to ride the downhill trails in which today we race. We will find many jumps and obstacles created for the races as well as flowy and fun trails. On the second day, we go up to the Andes of Lima to ride one of the most epic descents on earth, the Olleros Downhill that starts at an elevation of 3,400 meters and ends on the Pacific Ocean! This is an old Inca trail where the obstacles are natural and infinite! On the next day, we fly to Cusco, Mecca of mountain biking and downhill in Peru. Each year we find new trails and that is why our program is changing to offer the best that we have.
In Cusco we will meet with the Inca culture, riding their trails and passing next to their fortresses and Inca villages. We will feel that special energy that has Cusco considered as a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO.
- 9 nights at 3* hotels or similar.
- One domestic flight from Lima to Cusco (round trip).
- Private transportation during the whole tour. It includes airport transfers in and out. Note: Transfer out only included on day 10.
- All breakfasts and lunches. (Breakfast and lunch on Machu Picchu day is not included due to availability).
- Snacks, fresh fruits, water and Gatorade during the whole trip.
- Two experienced guides at all time. They will assist you when needed and help you improve your mountain bike skills. Our guides are also expert in mechanics and can solve almost any problem with the bikes.
- Beers at the end of each ride.
- Communication devises (GPS, satellite phone, 2 way radios, etc.).
- Bike Mechanic with tools and kit of spare parts.
- Brushes, rugs and oil to keep the bikes shining and in good conditions.
- International flights.
- Extra weight on international and domestic flights.
- Tour to Machu Picchu. (Cost: USD 270 and includes: transfer to train station, train tickets, bus tickets, admission fee and private guiding for the group).
- Personal insurance. We suggest: www.worldnomads.com / www.travelguard.com
- Other personal expenses like laundry, extra calls, extra expenses in the hotel, etc.
- Tips. (Your guides will be very appreciated).
Reception at the Airport and transfer to the hotel
Most flights coming from North America and Europe arrive late at night, between 10 PM and midnight. Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign and your names to give you the welcome and take you to your hotel located in Miraflores, a tourist place on the south part of Lima
Your guide will meet you early in the morning to give you the welcome and start with the tour. He will give the briefing of the tour and solve any questions of the group. Then it’s time to setup the bikes and go for lunch. We normally go for one of the best sea food in Lima! In the afternoon we go on our bus to Pachacamac, one hour away and where we have the best trails for mountain biking near Lima. We will ride the main downhill trails like Chirimoyo, Prado and Amancaes.
Distance: 12Km; total climbs: 10m; total descend: 1,500m; average time: 4Hr; elevation: between 150m and 600m
This is possibly the biggest and most epic descend on earth with more than 3,400m that reaches the Pacific Ocean! This is an old Inca trail that goes by the small village of Santo Domingo de los Olleros on top of the mountains and reaches the Pacific Ocean. On the way, we will pass over different type of terrains and weathers. At the bottom part we ride a unique section on a dried muddy river bed that seems to be like the moon! Once in Lima, we return to our hotel and we must pack our bikes for a morning flight to Cusco.
Distance: 51Km; total climbs: 102m; total descend: 3,450m; average time: 5Hr; elevation: between 0m and 3,450m
Transfer to Cusco and Saphi Forest Downhill
Early in the morning we take the shuttle to the airport for a 1-hour flight to Cusco. After we reach the hotel and have a delicious lunch near the plaza, we build our bikes and get ready for our first ride in Cusco. We put our bikes on the van and we go to the small village of Salkantay, located on the upper part of Cusco at 4,000 meters. This trail is an old Inca trail that descends to the main plaza. On the way we will see impressive Inca constructions and we will cross a technical Eucalyptus forest.
Distance: 6.5Km; total climbs: 25m; total descend: 630m; average time: 1.5Hr; elevation: between 3,400m and 4,000m.
Chinchero, Racchi and Maras Downhills
Today we go to Sacred Valley and on the way, we will ride the three most amazing trails of the area. The three trails have different type of terrains and they are very fun, crossing different Inca sites and with amazing views of Sacred Valley. Each trail has an approximate length of 7Km and 800 meters of vertical descend. Al the end of the day we will be transferred to our hotel in Sacred Valley where we will stay for the next three nights
Today we have a day off the bikes and it’s a good time to visit Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders on earth! The visit to this archaeological site is simply amazing. You can’t miss this visit if you are in Peru, it’s like going to Egypt and not visit the pyramids! Early in the morning we will take you to the train station to start this amazing journey to the upper part of the Amazon Jungle and visit Machu Picchu.
Note: The price of this tour is not included on the tour price
In the past, we had one of the venues of the Megavalanche Race in Sacred Valley, that is why we still name this trail like that. This is an spectacular trail that starts on the top of the Andes Mountains at an elevation of 4,400 meters. We will find double jumps, gap jumps, step down and other obstacles that will make our ride very intense. We will ride this trail two times and if we still have time, we will go for an extra ride.
Distance: 28Km; total climbs: 30m; total descend: 3,440m; average time: 3Hr; elevation: between 2,800m and 4,400m.
Early in the morning after breakfast, we take the van to reach another mountain pass on top of Sacred Valley. From the top of the mountains we start riding this amazing Inca trail that was used in the past to go to Lares and the Amazon Jungle. This trail has several sections of cobbled rock and rock steps passing through some impressive sites like narrow canyon where there is only room for the river and the trail! At the end of the ride we have lunch and then we return to Cusco where we will end with another epic descent.
Distance: 21Km; total climbs: 27m; total descend: 1,500m; average time: 2.5Hr; elevation: between 2,975m and 4,444m
The Radar and Milky Way
The Radar is one of the most extreme downhill trails in Cusco. Starting at an elevation of 4,500 meters, it’s the highest of the whole tour. We will descend the mountain following ancient trails that crosses small villages and ends on the bottom part of Cusco. In the afternoon we will ride the Milky Way trail where we will have spectacular views of the city of Cusco from the top of the mountains. This is an Inca trail on a place that looks like the moon!
Trail 1: Distance: 10Km; total climbs: 40m; total descend: 1,400m; average time: 1Hr; elevation: between 3,100m and 4,500m.
Trail 2: Distance: 8Km; total climbs: 35m; total descend: 850m; average time: 1Hr; elevation: between 3,400m and 4,250m.
End of the tour, transfers out
The trip has reach to the end and it’s time to say good bye. An airport transfer will be organized according on your departure time
If you are in Peru, you can't miss Machu Picchu!
Amazing trails will take you to the Sacred Valley
You are traveling to Peru and on the areas we are going to be riding our bikes there are no or very little options to buy spare parts for your bike. First, we suggest you make a deep clean and maintenance to your bike and check for worn parts such as chain, brake pads, cables and housings. Make sure everything is working properly, especially your brakes. Bring also new tires. We suggest Maxxis High Rollers 2.30/2.35 width and extra protection on the sides (EXO). Tubeless system is also suggested. If you are using tubeless, check it has liquid inside and it is not dry. We carry some bike parts on our tours but there are some parts that are very specific to each bike so you should consider bringing the following parts with you:
• Extra derailleur hanger.
• 2 sets of brake pads.
• 2 Tubes, patches and pump. (We suggest putting tubeless system).
• Some special tools for your bike and a bike multi-tool.
• Back pack with water container. You will need to take your food, tools, water and jacket mainly.
• Rain Jacket, waterproof, for cold mountain weathers.
• Light thermal jacket. This will keep you warm if the temperature drops considerable.
• 4 sets of riding clothes.
• Helmet, gloves and safety glasses. Full face helmet is optional.
• Knee pads. Elbow pads are optional.
• Two pair of riding shoes.
• Sun block. Recommended 50 SPF or more.
• Insect repellent.
The best way to take your bike on the flight is on a bike box. You can choose either a normal hard cardboard box or those hard plastic boxes. In both cases, you should be very careful packing your bike and prevent scratching or some damage to vulnerable parts like the derailleur hanger, brakes, fork, etc. Use lots of padding and your knee and elbow pads to protect your bike and use also plastic strips to tight all the loose parts together. The way we pack our bikes is the following: we first take out the pedals, wheels and remove the disc rotors from the wheels.
Then we take the air from the shocks leaving only 5 or 10 psi. The next step is to put the seat post all the way into the frame or take it out and then take the handlebar away from the stem. We take also derailleur hanger from the frame to prevent damage. Now the bike is ready to put on the box and put all the protections to prevent scratching.
Make sure the bike fits on the box normally, check the area of the bottom of the fork and the back of the bike (derailleur hanger). You can put some of your riding gear such as shoes, knee and elbow pads, helmet, gloves, back pack, etc.
We have selected for our tours three star hotels in which our clients can get a nice quiet room, comfortable and located on the best part of the city. In some cases we select hotels out of the city with a lot of character.
On some of our tours that include camping, we will provide 4-people tents for two person, mattresses and sleeping bags for cold conditions. We also provide all the meals during the camping to ensure a comfortable stay on the outdoors.
We are locals. There is nothing like riding with local people who knows the trails to perfection and also knows that the riding area is safe for you.
We are professional mountain bikers. We have more than 20 years riding mountain bikes in Peru. We have more than 13 National titles in both XC and DH, one third place in Pan-am Championships and one third place in the Masters World Championships. No one else can beat this record!
We practice a sustainable tourism. Being a responsible adventure and eco tour operator is one of our main objectives and principles. We work very close with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts. Part of Inkas Adventures operating philosophy is to respect the communities, their people and their landscapes in which we make our tours.
We ride the best trails. We are always looking for the best trails to ride and we assure you that we will be riding the best trails in Peru!
Your safety is first. We work with the best equipment and people. Our staff has First-Aid and CPR training. We are one of the few adventure tour companies in Peru that carries a satellite phone to have immediate communication in remote areas that we ride. We are also linked with air rescue and evacuation companies to act fast in case of an emergency. We have modern equipment assuring no failures during our trips.
You get the best bikes to ride in Peru. We carry a fleet of 2017 Pivot Mach 6 bikes in all sizes. These bikes works perfect for all our trips. The terrain is technical and you need the best equipment!
We know where to eat the best food. Peru is one of the best places to eat in the world and we know where to go! Our snacks are also prime quality and you will enjoy them each day of your trip.