11 days / 10 nights.
After breakfast, we will ride the best downhill route of Cusco city, away from the typical touristic paths allowing us to get to know the true Cusco. We will ride from Pucapucara down to Kenko, Sacsayhuaman, Lanlacuyoc, and Kusilluchayoc Inka temples. Then we follow an old Inka trail that will take us through the narrow cobble stone streets of the San Blas neighbourhood, the Teteqaqa sanctuary, the twelve angled stone, the seven snakes street and finally to Cusco’s Main Square. Return to your hotel.Day 2: Huaypo / Moray / Maras
Today the adventure begins with a private transfer to our starting point at Chinchero plateau (high plains) from where we start riding towards Huaypo Lagoon. Then we follow an undulating road to the amazing and interesting agro-experimental Inka center of Moray where will have lunch and have time to enjoy the breathtaking landscape. After a short relaxing time we will start an exciting descent by mule track to Las Salineras (pre- Inka Salt Mines) which will include a guided tour of the site. The route ends in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas where we shall transfer to our hotel.Day 3: Calca / Lares
From the Sacred Valley we will drive for two hours to the Huayracpunku pass (4000m), where we shall start our adventure, riding from the Andean highlands down to the Lares valley. Along the route we will see remote andean communities with people dressed in their traditional clothing and allowing for us to appreciate their thatched stone houses surrounded by herds of peaceful llamas and alpacas. As soon as we descend, the landscape changes into a colourful valley with spectacular views of the mountains. In the afternoon we will enjoy a relaxing bath at the best open-air Hot Springs. Set up camp.Day 4: Lares / Calca
Today we will return by private bus to the Huayracpunku pass for perhaps the best downhill route in South America. We will ride through an old Inka trail section and dirt road surrounded by scenic views of the Vilcanota mountain range. After 4 hours of riding, we will arrive to the village of Calca in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Transfer to your hotel.Day 5: Calca / Abra Malaga / Santa Maria
Today we change the direction of our tour by heading to the west part of Cusco, towards Machupicchu “The Lost city of the Inkas” We start by driving two hours to the Abra Malaga pass (4315m). Once on the top, there are breathtaking views of Mt Veronica (5682m) and the deep tropical forest at the bottom will invite us to take our bikes for an amazing downhill adventure. We will ride by dirt road for around five hours to the village of Santa Maria with a spectacular 2500m vertical drop. During the ride we will cross several different microclimates descending from snow capped mountains to the warm high tropical forest. We will spend the night at the small village of Santa Maria in a hostel.Day 6: Santa Maria / Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we will take a short road trip to the Cochaqasa pass, from where we continue with our mountain bike adventure riding through banana and coffee plantations to Santa Teresa Village. After crossing the Urubamba River, we ride towards the Hydro electric power plant, from where a 45 minute train trip take us to the village of Aguas Calientes which is located just bellow Machupicchu. Hotel accommodation for the night. Note: From the Hydro electric power plant to Aguas Calientes there is a difficult technical section over the railway line which is only available for those who wants to achieve the challenge of arriving to Aguas Calientes by bike. (Upon Request).Day 7: Machupicchu
To crown your biking tour, we will enjoy the entire day visiting Machupicchu “The lost city of the Incas” A guided tour of this marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the tour you will have plenty of time at the ruins for self exploration. In the Afternoon we will take the train back to Cusco. Accommodation at a hotel.Day 8: Cusco / Paucartambo / Tres Cruces De Oro
Today we change the direction again but this time to the east part of Cusco towards the Amazon jungle, driving our support vehicle to cross the high Andean mountains. We will first arrive to Wachoqkunka pass (4010m), from where we take our bikes for a short downhill ride towards Paucartambo, a Spanish colonial village which is an access point to the Amazon jungle dating from pre-Hispanic times. In the afternoon we drive towards the Tres Cruces point, a natural balcony located at 3700m, just at the boundary of the Andes and the Amazon Jungle. Spectacular views will delight all. Camp for the night.Day 9: Tres Cruces De Oro / San Pedro
Today is one of the most beautiful and amazing days of the tour, as we have to wake-up at 04:00 am to see the fabulous sunrise over the Amazon jungle. (If weather permits we will see a mult-icolour phenomenon which occurs only in two places in the world during the June Solstice, Peru and Japan).
After breakfast, we will take the deepest downhill ride to the Amazon Jungle with a 3100m vertical drop in two days. We will ride from the in-hospitable Andean highlands down to the cloud forest and then on to the mega-diverse Amazon jungle. At midday we will be riding through the perpetual humidity of the cloud forest which is an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is also home to the Cock-of-the-Rock, Spectacled Bear, hundreds of species of orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. At least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Accommodation in a lodge.
Early in the morning we will visit a lek to witness the Cock of the Rocks, (Rupicola Peruviana) in a ritual mating dance. After breakfast we will continue riding downhill towards the Amazon lowlands until arriving to Pilcopata village where we can enjoy a refreshing bath at the Pilcopata River. Accommodation at a hostel.Day 11: Pilcopata - Huacaria - Cuzco
Today our biking trip will take us to the remote community of Huacaria, where we will learn about the daily life and customs of the Huachipaire natives. In the afternoon our support vehicle will take us back to Cusco and the end of your incredible Andean adventure.
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