Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machupicchu.Medium
In this trip we will enjoy the most spectacular natural attractions, of this famous and sacred valley, varying panoramas with an important breadth of unevenness, in a very exciting route; with descents from the snowy peaks to the rainforest. Throughout the tour we will discover imposing archeological centers and the mystical citadel of Machupicchu, which we will appreciate from different angles by trekking to its magical mountains.
Note: whoever wants it, can start this trip (which we have offered since 1998), in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, a week before and appreciate the charms of Lake Titicaca, among other attractions – find more
Day 1 – Cuzco:
We meet for dinner in Bariloche and get ready all our gear and bicycles.
Lodging: in hotel.
Day 2 – Cuzco:
Leisure day. For those who feel like to take a guided tour we may organize a city tour visiting the most interesting sites of the city and also some nearby archeological sites with ancient cultures ruins such as Sacsayhuaman and Tambo Machay.
Lodging: in hotel.
Day 3 – Ollantaitambo:
We start our mountain biking day with an uphill paved road which will take us away from the city into the farmland. Then we continue cycling on a single track gravel road heading to Morai. This is one of the most characteristic Inca places with the Valle Sagrado (Holly valley) with perfectly circled terraces staying untouched until nowadays. This was a experimental farm center where the Inca people tested their farming ‘technology’. we also pass along a Mara people town. We get on a downhill of 18 km with our bikes reaching Urubamba river. we finish our daily mountain biking journey in Ollantaitambo, considered one of the most interesting towns in the Holly valley. We visit an impressive Inca fortress. Daily biking ride: 52 km (46 km on gravel road)
Lodging: in hotel.
Day 4 – Ollantaitambo:
We visit a small town called Willoc which is known by its special fabrics which are made through an ancestral technique. We will also visit the preincaic town of Pumamarca. Then we have a downhill ride back to Ollantaitambo passing by the platforms of Choquebamba. Dinner on your own.
Daily biking ride: 40 km on gravel road
Lodging: in hotel.
Day 5 – Santa Teresa (1700 m):
Transfer to Abra Malaga (4315 m above sea level), from there we start an exiting downhill mountain bike ride of 70 km ( 3000m drop!) to the little town of Santa Maria withtropical vegetation. From Sta María, we ride along the Santa Teresa river (Urubamba), on a cliff road with amazing views.
Daily biking ride: 95 km ( 25 km on gravel road)
Day 6 – Machu Picchu ruins:
We take a short shuttle service from the little town of Santa Teresa. We drive for a few kilometers to an abandoned old track, then we cross a bridge over Urubamba river ascending to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, over a steep rocky trail.The privileged location of the ancient city offers an amazing view and it is certainly considered a magic place. We will attempt to ascent to the summit of Wayna Picchu to widen our view scope. We descent to the Aguas Calientes town (Hot springs) where we take a train back to Ollantaitambo. We end our day trek at Pisac town (3000 above sea level).
Lodging: hotel in Pisac.
Day 7 – Cusco:
Our last stretch of the mountain bike trip will be an uphill pedaling riding away from the narrow Sacred valley of the Incas giving us the chance to have an amazing panoramic view of the whole area. Then we do our last downhill ride toward Cusco, passing along one of the most important archeological sites Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman. After midday we get to Cusco having the whole afternoon to enjoy this splendid city on your own. Farewell dinner. Daily biking ride: 35 km
Lodging: in hotel
Day 8 – Cusco:
End of our services.
In the morning flight back home
Copacabana by Titicaca lake shore (Bolivia), del sol island, Coroico (yungas 'downhill'), Puno, De los Uros island, Abra de la Raya, Cuzco, "Valle Sagrado de los Incas" (sacred Inca valley), Machu Picchu ruins.
220 km biking (just 120 km on gravel road) at 3.500m above sea level. Maximum height: 4.350m.a.s.l. Two exiting long downhill biking sections with 1000 m level difference.
Intermediate. The difficulty of this mountain biking trip is the fact that we bike at high altitude most of the trip. (between 1700 and 4350m above sea level). With our experience from past editions of this mountain biking trip give us the chance to guarantee a soft pace on each lap of the trip, graded levels which helps for a fine acclimatization so that you will get an enjoying biking trip despite of the altitude and level differences, drops. Note: as it is a mountain biking single track trip at certain heights (higher levels which we are usually used to), we recommend a medical check before we start the trip just for your safety and peace of mind.
Between 5°C and 25°C.
minimum 5 people, maximum 15 people. Registration should be confirmed three months in advance otherwise a 15% will be added to the price.
- Support vehicle with trailer for bikes and gear (closed trailer).
- Mountain bike guide and assistance (Mariano Lorefice), they are experienced people in cycling tours.
- Mechanical and spare parts assistance.
- All the meals (four meals daily with energy reinforcements), except the dinner at Puno and the day off at Cusco.
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantitambo.
- Tours: Inca trail.
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu ruins.
- airport taxes
- one dinner in Puno and meals at leisure day in Cuzco
- alternative and optional excursions
- tips for the guides and extras
- Mountain bike or hybrid,with gravel and paved road tires and prior mechanical check up Helmet.
- Water bottle or water backpack (Camel).
- Trekking shoes.
- Backpack (this is for the Inca trail trekking with capacity to carry your sleeping bag, change clothing your personal gear and 2 liters water)
- Personal medication
- Sun block lotion and lip balm
- No need for saddlebags unless you want to carry your own camera
- Bike pants short & long
- Running pants
- synthetic long sleeve shirt
- Polar fleece jacket
- Socks synthetic & wool
- Rain poncho (optional)
- Sandals or spare tennis shoes
- polar neck