Cycle the Andes

Cycle the Andes information and booking

from
$2320
  • Duration
    10 days
    Days
  • Group size
    6-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 10 day trip
  • 6 day cycle
  • 7 nights hotel
  • 2 nights camping
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking shoes and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • The splendor of Cusco with its churches, cathedrals, plazas, markets and cultural heritage
  • Cycling in Cusco and exploring ancient Inca ruins in the surrounding countryside
  • Cycling in the beautiful Sacred Valley to view ancient Inca salt pans
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu with dramatic mountain views
  • Tourist train from Machu Picchu
  • On and off-road cycling with stunning views, on quality Trek or Giant mountain bikes
  • Cycle 222 km, fully supported by vehicle in the event you decide not to cycle

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The magnificent Andes ranges provides a dramatic backdrop for a thrilling cycling adventure, offering plenty of downhill cycling opportunities both on-road and off-road. In Cusco we take a city tour before cycling above the city through classical Andean scenery and to the fascinating archeological ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Over the following days we spend the early mornings driving up to a series of high passes, from where we spend the remainder of the day cycling down into beautiful valleys with stunning Andean snow-capped peaks as a backdrop. The cycling conditions will vary each day, with a combination of on and off-road cycling, and the vast majority of the cycling will be downhill or along flats. Some days will be completely off road and take in some fairly steep and exciting descents. Our cycling adventure culminates at the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu where we take a guided tour with the option of revisiting the site the next morning. We take the train back to Ollantaytambo and drive to Cusco where our exhilarating adventure concludes.

What's included

  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and departing on day 10
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Comfortable and central hotels
  • Private internal transportation
  • Sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket and sleeping mat
  • 24 speed bicycles (generally trek or giant)
  • Group camping equipment - including tents and cooking equipment
  • Protective cycling gear including helmets, gloves and knee pads
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including machu picchu entrance fee)
  • Permanent support vehicle and bike mechanic

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Cusco
We will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel where we are free to rest which is essential to initiate successful acclimatisation. There is time to explore this beautiful historic city, relax in the hotel or do some 'tourist shopping', selecting from a great variety of expertly made craft work - including alpaca sweaters and hats, ceramics, weavings and traditional Andean instruments.
Day 2 Cusco to Sacsayhuaman Ruins
We will be met by our guide and will depart after breakfast, at 9am, for a formal tour of the historic city of Cusco. Every alleyway we enter or corner we turn brings another surprise or enigma in the form of the superbly constructed Inca walls or the more architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. After lunch we drive up to a pass above the city for our first chance for some easy cycling through classical Andean scenery and past some wonderful archaeological sites, including the incredible monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman, spectacularly set above the city. In the late afternoon we will cycle down into the city. Cycle 12 kms/approx 2 hrs
Day 3 Cycle across the great Chinchero Plateau to Ollantaytambo
Today we will drive above the city and mount our bikes to start the first day of road and off-road cycling! Our ride will make way to the famous Sacred Valley and will include a ride across the great Chinchero Plateau and down through the fabulous Inca Salt pans to the Urubamba River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. Here we will enjoy a delicious picnic prepared by our cooks. Our ride will finish at the lovely Inca village of Ollantaytambo - this attractive village is a fascinating mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture. We will enjoy a good night’s rest after our first full day of cycling. Cycle 35 kms/approx 4 hrs
Day 4 Drive above the Qelqanqa village and cycle into the valley
Today we will experience a superb day of downhill dirt road and off-road animal tracks. We will drive up the beautiful Patacancha Valley, perhaps one of the most beautiful valleys around the Sacred Valley and enjoy the amazing mountain views from the pass above the remote village of Qelqanqa. After savouring the view we'll cycle back down into the valley. Cycle 40 kms/approx 3 hrs
Day 5 Drive to the Abra Malaga Pass (4450m) and cycle down to the Sacred Valley
An exciting day of bike riding awaits today, with a descent of over 1800m! After an early breakfast we'll drive up to the Malaga Pass (4450m) and spend a stunning 5 hours cycling back down to the Sacred Valley. There is the option to do some very steep off-road downhill. Fully supported at all times by our back up bus, we will have the opportunity to take a break if desired. Our cycle today will be one to remember, the stunning scenery setting a spectacular backdrop for our gripping descent. Cycle 70 kms/approx 4 hrs
Day 6 Drive to Machacancha in the Urubamba Range and then cycle (mostly off-road) to Lares
Today begins with a drive to Machacancha, in the Urubamba Range. From here we cycle to Lares, and the scenery here is magnificent! In the near distance we can see a series of stunning 6,000+ metre snowpeaks, including the fabulous Veronica and Pitusiray. Most of the riding today is off-road and allows us to really appreciate the classic beauty of this famous range of mountains. Tonight we overnight in camp at the Lares hotsprings, the perfect place to relax aching muscles. Cycle 35 kms/approx 3 hrs
Day 7 Mountain bike riding to the Lares Pass and down to Calca in the Sacred Valley
Today is a good day of mountain bike riding, to the Lares Pass and down to Calca in the Sacred Valley. Much of the cycling today is genuinely off road and allows for some fairly steep and exciting descents! Nonetheless, we take time to absorb our surroundings and appreciate this beautiful location and our campsite is perfectly located to do so. Cycle 30 kms/approx 2.5 hrs
Day 8 Drive to Ollantaytambo for train to Machu Picchu
This morning we drive to Ollantaytambo to take the extremely pretty train ride to the 'lost city', Machu Picchu. Departing the train, we have a short bus ride to Machu Picchu for a professionally led tour of the site. Your first view of the ruins really does take your breath away!
Day 9 Return to Cusco
Today we have the option to return to further explore the remarkable and truly enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu. (Please note the cost of the bus to and from the site and the entry cost is at your own expense). We enjoy more amazing views and take the mid-afternoon tourist train back to the Sacred Valley and then continue on to the historic city of Cusco by private vehicle.
Day 10 In Cusco, trip concludes
We will be transferred to the airport, where our exhilarating trip concludes.