Double the downhill, double the fun! Getting an early start, we’ll shuttle several hours from Cusco up to the Málaga Pass, at 4,350 m (14,272 ft.), from where the world-renown Downhill Race Inca Avalanche gets its start, Every April this is the scene of a mad crowd of over 200 mountain bikers rampaging down the mountain in pursuit of victory. More of a downhill trail it has a great mix of everything and will leave you with a permanent grin for weeks afterward. The Downhill Race is a mass-start frenzy of a bike race that sends hundreds of bikers rolling down the mountain in utter chaos! This technical route offers a bit of everything: bomber verticals, drops, gaps, ramps, wall-rides, and fast, fluid sections (Note: there are ways around all extreme features of the trail). After we finish the first run at 2,635 m (8,645 ft.) – yea, that’s some serious vertical loss! – we’ll enjoy a trailside lunch and then shuttle back up for a second, more aggressive run!
- Distance: 18km.
- Max elevation: 14136ft. / 4308m.
- Elevation descent: 9156ft. / 2790m.
Arriving in Cusco, we’ll arrange a drop-off at your hotel for a well-earned night’s rest.
- Ride on ancient Inca and pre-Inca trails with around 1,000 years old.
- Ride on remote locations where civilization is hours away.
- Two mountain passes (from one valley to the other) including the famous Salkantay pass reaching an elevation of 4,640m (15,223 ft.).
- Impressive and unique landscapes with big valleys, huge glaciers, and deep canyons.
- Two experienced mountain bike guides that will take you safe and with a lot of fun.
- Reach Machu Picchu hiking through the jungle form Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes.
- Main locations: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares, Limatambo, Salkantay Mountain and Machu Picchu.
- Tour to Machu Picchu is included on the tour price.
Peru is one of the best places on earth for mountain biking. We have the Andes Mountains that gives us stunning landscapes with big glaciers and deep valleys and we have also the ancient network of trails with an approximate age of 1,000 years old. Those ancient trails are raw and eroded over the years and you must think fast to choose the right lines! There is nothing manicured there and you have many lines to choose from! The people and the culture are also unique with civilizations that have developed thousands of years ago and they still live following their ancient way of living. The people are friendly and warmly, sometimes they offer us fresh potatoes that have been cooked in the ground right next to their farms. We will have time to spend some time with the local people and learn a bit of their way of living.
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Day1: Cusco reception
Depending on your arrival time to Cusco, we will be waiting for you at the airport of Cusco and then transfer to your hotel. If you are arriving early into Cusco we can start with your acclimation doing walk exploration around of Cusco city.
Day 2: Cusco potatoes park
It’s time to get serious on this tour. Today we go towards the village of Pisac where we will ride three amazing ancient trails that start on top of the mountains. The three trails that we will be riding, start next to a different dam each and above 4,000m (13,123 ft.). These trails are super fun, flowy but also rocky and with lots of rock steps. We will also pass through small villages in the middle of the mountains. At the end of the day, we stay at a cozy hotel in the village of Pisac. There will be a chance to explore the town at night and who knows to make a unique hike towards the main Inca site.
- Distance: 18km.
- Total climbs: 25m.
- Total descent: 1,800m.
- Average time: 3 hrs.
- Elevation between 3,450m and 4,200m.
Day 3: Lamay Valley
Early in the morning, after a nutritious breakfast, we leave Pisac on our bus and we go through the Sacred Valley until we reach the small village of Lamay. There are two amazing ancient trails in this area that starts from the top of the mountains “Cordillera Vilcanota” at an elevation of 4,350m (14,272 ft.) and goes all the way down to the village of Lamay. We will have lots of rock steps as well as smooth and flowy singletrack with some off-the-trail riding to find our way to descend through the mountains.
- Distance: 8.75km.
- Total climbs: 70m.
- Total descent: 980m.
- Average time: 2 hrs.
- Elevation between 3,000m and 4,340m.
- Distance: 8.9km.
- Total climbs: 7m.
- Total descent: 945m.
- Average time: 1.5 hrs.
- Elevation between 3,000m and 4,150m.
Day 4 Lares Valley
Lares in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
This is one of the most amazing trails in Cusco that we found a few years ago and it goes from the Sacred Valley to the Lares Valley. Yes, today we will make our first pass of the Cordillera Vilcanota from the high lands of Ollantaytambo to the hot springs of Lares. This trail that we found a few years ago is a truly epic adventure. We start riding at an elevation of 4,300m (14,108 ft.) with a climb of 150m in 5Km. (not that bad!). Then comes a LONG descent from the top of the mountains to the hot springs of Lares where we will enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing on those therapeutic pools. At the end of the day, we will set up our picnic lunch next to the hot springs and then, One of the very well preserve Inca Trail than we enjoyed the best trails for a mountain bike. Transport will bring you from the hot springs, where you'll reach Lares at heights over 4,000 m- 4218 meters, or 13,838 feet to be exact. The 1-2 hour downhill mountain bike ride tests your technical skills on ancient Inca steps and tight turns along cliff edges. The ride spills out into the midst of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
For the most advanced riders, we will hit the scree field of Lares. We must have previously ridden with you to take on this crazy dh scree field madness.
- Distance: 11.24 miles/18.1 km.
- Max. Elevation: 13847 ft./4,220m.
- Elevation descent: 4206 ft./ 1282m.
- Distance: 25km.
- Total climbs: 160m.
- Total descent: 1,800m.
- Average time: 5 hrs.
- Elevation between 2,750 and 4,450 m.
The scene of one of the highest Enduro bike races in the world, this is one that will test your lungs and leave you loving the high alpine riding where you can choose your own freeride lines. A long, epic mountain bike trail this classic Enduro ride is located outside of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.
- Distance: 17.3 miles/27.9 km.
- Max. Elevation: 14552 ft./4,435m.
- Elevation descent: 5089 ft./ 1551m.
- Total Distance: 35 km (22 miles).
- Ride time: 3 - 4 hrs.
- Shuttle time: 4 hrs.
It’s a rare occasion that riders finish these two trails for the first time without saying, “I’ll Be Back!”…for more.
A day to let yourself be carried away by the rush of zooming through the Andes on a bike! Our transport will carry us up to 4,461 m (14,635 ft.) of elevation to the famous Lares Pass, from where your imagination and two wheels can do the rest. Lares is a wide, pedal-pumper that gushes with flow, offering nice verticals, wall-rides, drops, jumps, and other natural features. There are a couple of ways to do this one: 1) forget the brakes and let gravity do the work, reaching up to 60 km/hr. in parts; or 2) take it easy and enjoy the unreal scenery. Both are good options! This descent ends in the Town of Calca (2,950 m; 9,676 ft.)
After a hearty lunch, our transport brings us to the Lamay Pass (Community of Sapactto), at 4,310 m (14,140 ft.), from where we’ll ride a ridiculously good singletrack that never fails to impress. The trail is narrow, fluid, and technical, with some intense verticals and rock steps. Along the route, we’ll be able to appreciate many small communities where the locals reside and many small farms full of native crops and livestock. This trail is a local favorite for both its technicality and enchanting scenery! In the end, we’ll drop into the Town of Lamay (2,960 m; 9,709 ft.) to catch our breath before heading back to Cusco.