Mountain biking in Peru is a relatively new sport, but many experienced cyclists consider it one of the worlds best. With the expansive 10,000 km network of trail systems constructed by the Incas centuries ago and the new routes, which are rapidly being opened up, this is an excellent opportunity to ride, while enjoying the magnificent scenery and learning about local Andean culture.
What you need to know:
Many tours are available for all different fitness levels from the beginner to the most experienced biker. Roads vary in quality. Main roads are usually in good condition but traffic can be heavy so it is best to stick to the dirt roads, which are often covered in gravel. Beware of the local buses as they pass at high speeds and the shoulders of roads are occasionally cluttered with debris. The best cycle trips are on the remote back roads, which are spectacular and much safer.
Peru is a relatively safe country to travel in but always be aware of your surroundings and take necessary safety precautions.
Many mountain bike tours descend over 11,000 feet in elevation so you must take the appropriate clothing to adjust for the changing temperatures. Depending on the time of year you travel, rain gear is mandatory. At high altitudes, many visitors experience altitude sickness. Insure you have Acetazolamide (Diamox) and allow yourself 2-3 days to acclimatize at altitude prior to heading out on the trails.
Organized tours range in length from day-long to multi-day adventures and most tour operators offer you the full use of their equipment, replacement parts, safety helmets, gloves, support vans, meals, snacks and beverages. Insure you inspect the quality of equipment prior to committing with any Adventure Company in Peru.
You may, of course, bring your own mountain bike but make sure you have all the inner tubes, spokes, spare tires and brake pads you will need for your journey. There will be limited access to any parts in the remote villages and along the trail.
Guiding Peru offers the following mountain biking in Peru tours:
3 Day Salkantay Multi-Sport Tour
This 3 Day / 2 Night multi-sport tour is exclusive to Guiding Peru, offering you an insight into the most popular alternative hiking route into Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trail.
Guiding Peru’s exclusive and unique Salkantay multi-sport tour is a blend of hiking, cycling and zip lining, three activities high on action, focusing on the culture and beauty of this wonderful mountain region. We travel on portions of the Salkantay and Inca trails while observing the cultural-rich Andes that concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a climb of Huayna Picchu.
Sacred Valley Mountain Biking in Peru Tours
Enjoy mountain biking in Peru through the beautiful Sacred Valley. We offer three unique route options for you to choose from:
Option #1: You will tour the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo while biking along the Urubamba River, exploring the terraces and agriculture sector and impressive religious temples.
Option #2: You will tour the Inca ruins of Pisac, considered the southern gateway to the Sacred Valley. We also tour the Maras Saltpans, one of the most productive salt mining operations in the world, producing pink salt.
Option #3: You will tour the archaeological park of Tipon and the Incan city of Piquillaqta, the only Pre-Incan city in the Cusco region. Mountain biking around Huacarpay Lake will provide you with incredible views and much solitude that few other tourists ever get to experience. Enjoy viewing the several species of birds while taking in the scenery.
Wherever your interests lie, consider mountain biking in Peru for your next adventure. Guiding Peru will accommodate your every need, making your experience one to last a lifetime. For more details go to: https://guidingperu.com/tours-old-page/cycling-tours/
Additional sources for information on mountain biking in Peru:
• The Adventure Cycling Association in the United States (www.adventurecycling.org)
• Peru’s best-known biker, Omar Zarzar Casis, has written a book in Spanish, called Por los Camino de Peru en Bicicleta, describing 10 of Peru’s most beautiful mountain biking circuits.