|Mountain Bike - Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado
(4 days, 3 nights)
Day 1: Cuzco-Ocongate-Huallahualla-Marcapata
You will leave Cuzco early in the morning by private support vehicle and travel for approx. 5 hours through remote Andean scenery and picturesque villages, such as Ocongate and Tinqui. You will stop amongst the snow capped peaks at Huallahualla, 4950m to begin the amazing descent through the clouds by bike. Surrounded by mountains in this remote and beautiful place you can see glaciers, the snowy peak of Mt Ausangate (the highest in southern Peru), lakes and streams and unique Andean wildlife.
As you descend along the track you will pass herds of llama and alpacas. The lifestyle of the Andean people here has hardly changed for centuries. The days spectacular and steep descent takes about 3 hours. Waiting for you is the welcoming village of Marcapata, at 3,400 metres above sea level. This mountain village has fantastic views, an important ancient church and fabulous hot springs. You will stay the night in Marcapata and can take a well earned bathb.
Day 2: Marcapata-Quincemil
From Marcapata you will continue the descent on mountain bike into the Andean cloud forest. A mysterious prehistoric landscape of moss covered trees shrouded in mist. There are many beautiful flowers and birds here and the vegetation and climate becomes more tropical as the day progresses. The route passes crashing mountain streams and spectacular waterfalls hundreds of metres high, some of which you will cycle through. There are no villages on the way, only isolated dwellings.
At sunset you will travel the remaining distance to the small settlement of Quincemil (650m), where you will stay the night in the municipal building or camping .
The duration of this section is approximately 7-8 hours (5 hours by bike, 2 by bus).
Remember that you can take a rest in the support vehicle at any time, drink a juice or even a cold beer.
Day 3: Quincemil-Puerto Maldonado
The descent continues at a more gentle rate from the gold mining settlement of Quincemil. The landscape and climate here are most definitely tropical. The route crosses fast flowing rivers and crystal clear pools of exceptional beauty, such as Huajiumbre and the Nusiniscato and Inambari rivers, where you can take a refreshing swim, enjoy the sun and snorkel. This section of the journey can also be completed by rafting down the river (class II+ rapids).
This is a remote and wild landscape with some wonderful views of rivers, forests and mountains. You can also see some of the abundant wildlife, particularly the beautiful butterflies and birds, You will cycle past huge trees covered in vines and experience the unique sights, sounds and smells of the jungle. You will also see typical rainforest community on the route. You will be welcomed with a refreshing drink. The final part of the journey from San Lorenzo to Puerto Maldonado (200 km) is completed by our private vehicle. We will arrive to Maldonado at night.
Day 4: Puerto Maldonado Lodge
Free morning to enjoy the tropical city of Puerto Maldonado and relax in the swimming pool.
After lunch end tour or transfer by boat to the Jungle lodge
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