Puerto Inka XC
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Vacation StyleCamping Trek
Activity Level Intermediate - Advanced
• Atiquipa Hills are the tallest in his type of the world with 1,240 meters of elevation.
• Discover Cahuamarca Fortress on top of these hills.
• Ride on ancient Inca trails as well as on nice and flowy trails made by the fishermens.
• We will have a great time with the community of Atiquipa and they will show us the way they live.
Puerto Inka is located on the Atiquipa Hills in Arequipa, South of Peru. These hills in fron of the ocean are the biggest in the world with an elevation of 1,240 meters on the highest point. The Inca’s choose this place in the coast because it is a very fertile area for agriculture and because it is the closest point to take fresh fish to Cusco! These Atiquipa hills are huge and each time we visit this place, we found a new trail for our next trip!
To reach Puerto Inka it takes approximately 7 hours from the city of Lima. We have to travel on the South Panamerican Highway until we reach Km 614, just before the village of Chala. During these days of the trip we will ride a wide section of these hills and also the trails next to the ocean, enjoying nice trails and a wonderful beach!
- 6 nights at 3* hotels and family lodges.
- All breakfasts and lunches.
- Snacks, fresh fruits, water and Gatorade during the whole trip.
- Private transportation during the whole tour. It includes airport transfers in and out. Note: Transfer out only included on day 8.
- Boat tour to Ballestas Islands.
- 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.
- 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 leave Lima and head to the start of our trail near Pachacamac, one and a half hours away and with the best mountain biking in Lima. We have put together different trails to give you the best of Pachacamac. At the end of the day we continue our journey and we reach Paracas National Reserve. Distance: 34Km; total climbs: 750m; total descend: 1,250m; average time: 3Hr; elevation: between 100m and 600m.
Paracas National Reserve
Early in the morning we will take the tour to Ballestas Islands. We take a speed boat for around 50 minutes and we reach these amazing islands rich in wildlife! We will see sea lions, penguins, seagulls and other animals. You will have the chance to swim with the sea lions! In the afternoon, after lunch, we continue our journey and we reach the village of Atiquipa.
Early in the morning, after we take breakfast, we prepare the bikes and drive on our vehicle to Puerto Inka Beach where we will start our bike ride. We will ride over the trails close to the ocean finding small Inca ports next to the ocean. Then we start climbing the hills and reach Atiquipa, we have a small break and then we continue bordering the hills and then descending back to Puerto Inka where we will have lunch and then enjoy the beach. At the end of the day we return to Atiquipa.
Early in the morning, we will go with our vehicle to the top of the mountains to start our ride from Cahuamarca Fortress. We will have to climb just a bit to get to the topwhere we can see the ocean on one side and the Inca trail coming from Cusco on the other side. This descent is one of our favorite. The trail is super flowy and fast, passing by a native forest where we always see eagles flying on top of us. This is a long trail that ends right on the beach. We will spend the afternoon in Puerto Inka and then return to Atiquipa for dinner and make the fire.
Early in the morning, we leave Atiquipa on our bikes taking old trails in the mountains. After a while on this side of the mountains, we start descending to the beach following part of the ancient Inca trail. We will reach a nice beach with pools formed into the rocks. We can’t miss to take a swim there! Then, we return to Atiquipa
Return to Lima
Early in the morning, we pack our vehicle and start our return to Lima. On the way we will stop in Nazca where we can see some Nazca lines just from the highway.
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
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.