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Peru is famed for Machu Picchu, vibrant cultural festivities, and its delicious cuisine. If biking is not on your to-do list, it should be!

This edition of #SensePeru puts biking in Peru in the limelight. Our team at Peru for Less looked at local biking culture, caught up with industry professionals, and did our homework to find you exciting riding routes.

Peruvian Biking Culture


Why Biking in Peru?

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why biking in peru?
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You strongly dislike traffic.

Skip out on bumper to bumper traffic in Lima. Ride a bike instead.

You strongly dislike traffic.

Skip out on bumper to bumper traffic in Lima. Ride a bike instead.

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You love to explore.

Gain new perspective on a bike. Check out a new urban neighborhood or mountain trail in Peru.

You love to explore.

Gain new perspective on a bike. Check out a new urban neighborhood or mountain trail in Peru.

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You feel the need for speed.

Blaze down trails in the Andes Mountains and beyond. Go mountain biking.

You feel the need for speed.

Blaze down trails in the Andes Mountains and beyond. Go mountain biking.

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You are on a budget.

Save on taxi fare and bike to your destination instead.

You are on a budget.

Save on taxi fare and bike to your destination instead.

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You heart the environment.

Biking is an emissions free way to get around town.

You heart the environment.

Biking is an emissions free way to get around town.

Safety and tips

Peru is paving the way to safer streets for bikers.

In 2010, the government issued new country-wide policy to improve biking conditions and promote cycling as a means of sustainable transportation.

Here are the highlights of Law 29593.

  • Local government encourages the use of bicycles at all levels, provide safe road conditions for public transport, and report on annual implementation of the law.
  • The State promotes the building of infrastructure to facilitate the use bikes as as alternative means of transport.
  • Public and private establishments and educational institutions promote bicycle use.

Tip Icon Read more about Peru’s Law 29593.

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Wear a helmet.


It’s the safe thing to do.

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Use a lock.


Always lock your bike, even if you only plan to leave it for “just a second.” Opportunistic bike theft happens.

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Go with the flow of traffic.


Ride your bike in the same direction as car traffic.

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Use lights at night.


Invest in a light for your bike to make you more visible to passing cars.

Biking Community

Connect with the biking community.

Actibicimo

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Ciclolima

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BiciRed

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Connect with the biking community.


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Actibicimo

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Meet the biking community.

Ciclodía

Every Sunday in Lima, Avenida Arequipa is closed from 7am to 1pm for cyclists only.


Día Mundial Sin Automóvi

September 22nd.
Peru’s biking community celebrates World Car Free Day.

Meet the biking community.


Ciclodía

Every Sunday in Lima, Avenida Arequipa is closed from 7am to 1pm for cyclists only.

Día Mundial Sin Automóvi

September 22nd.
Peru’s biking community celebrates World Car Free Day.

Peruvian bike community
Peruvian bike community

Biking in Lima


Spotlight

Click on your wished experience and discover a unique bike tour in Lima.

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Tours and Rentals

Logo Lima Bici Tours

Bike rental + Guided bike tours.
Rental Options | hourly, half day, full day, overnight, weekly

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Avenida Larco 812 | Store 104, Miraflores

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Monday - Saturday: 9am to 8pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 7pm

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Logo Bike Tours of Lima

Bike rental + Guided bike tours.
Rental Options | hourly, half day, full day, overnight, weekly

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Calle Bolivar 150, Miraflores

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Monday - Friday: 9:30am to 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am to 2pm

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Logo Gogo Bike Rentals

Bike rental + Guided bike tours.
Rent a beach cruiser or city bike.
Rental Options | 1 hour, 4 hour, full day

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Av. Arequipa 5031,Store 183, Miraflores

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Monday - Saturday: 9:30am to 6pm
Sunday: 10am to 6pm

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Logo Green Bike

Bike rental + Guided bike tours.
Rental Options | hourly, full day, additional day

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Av. Larco 383, Miraflores

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Monday - Sunday: 9am to 7pm

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Shops

Logo La Bicicleteria

Bike shop and accessories.

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Centro Comercial Real Plaza Salaverry, Jesus Maria

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Daily 10am to 10pm

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Logo Bici Centro

Bike shop and repairs.
Multiple Lima locations

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BiciCentro Miraflores, Av.Paseo de la República 4986
BiciCentro La Molina, Av. Javier Prado 6591
BiciCentro San Borja, Av. San Luis 2906

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Monday -Saturday: 10am to 8pm
Closed Sunday

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Logo Peru Bike

Bike shop, accessories, clothes, and repairs.

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Calle Punta Sal 506, Urb. Nueva Castilla, Surco

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Monday - Friday: 10am to 8pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Closed Sunday

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Logo Full Bike

Bike shop and repairs.

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Petit Thouars 5260 (in front of Hiraoka), Miraflores

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Monday - Friday: 10:30am to 7:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 6:30pm
Closed Sunday

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Mountain Biking in Peru


Spotlight

Haku Expeditions

Where a wealth of culture meets world-class adventure


It’s widely known that Peru’s diverse landscapes offer some of the best hiking in the world. Less known is that these very same unique geographical qualities make it a perfect destination for mountain biking enthusiasts as well as those looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to explore Peru and its rich culture.

With thousands of miles of trails and dirt tracks, the country’s vast terrains should satisfy any bike lover, whether a novice or pro. And if that isn’t alluring enough - where else can you traverse seemingly infinite lush valleys while encountering living history in the very same sites where ancient civilizations once thrived? That’s right, Peru. Haku Expeditions will ensure you have a once in a lifetime experience that makes the most of every precious moment you have to spend in Peru.

We've caught up with Nicole Koch, founder of Haku Experiences for a special interview. Check it out!

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Sacred Valley

Moray Sacred Valley, Peru
Moray Sacred Valley, Peru

Maras & Moray

Explore a verdant region of the Sacred Valley and visit the sites of Maras and Moray, famed for their Incan engineering and ingenuity. Following a pick-up from your Cusco hotel, a private transfer will take you through beautiful mountain scenery to the small town of Cruzpata where the mountain bike route begins.

Here’s where the tough but rewarding journey begins - first, your guide will direct your group on bike to the mysterious circular terraces of Moray, where you’ll appreciate the still well-preserved unique landscape architecture and learn how the Incas likely used the site for agricultural research. The tour continues onwards to the ancient Maras Salt Mines constructed along a steep mountain side. Still active today, you’ll get a firsthand look as to how the mines are maintained by the local community.

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Pachacamac

When you need an escape from the urban jungle that is Lima but can’t squeeze in a mini-break to the Andes, just 30km south of the city lies the incredible archaeological site of Pachacamac. Often referred to as the Machu Picchu of the pre-Colombian coastal civilizations, Pachacamac once served as a hub of culture, pilgrimage and trade for many ancient civilizations of Peru, including the Incas of course.

Following a transfer from your hotel to the starting point, your guide will take you across the arid coastal terrain of the valley to the remarkable structures, including the well-preserved Temple of the Sun that overlooks the Pacific Ocean as well as several other uncovered pyramids. Other key sites include a grave site and an original multicolored fresco of fish. Tours can be organized throughout the year for 3 levels - basic (15-20 km), intermediate (25-40 km), and expert (25-35+ km), depending on your experience and physical condition.

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Pachacamac Lima, Peru
Pachacamac Lima, Peru
Sense Peru Bike Guide Edition

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    Bike Guide to Peru


  • PUBLISHER: Peru for Less
  • CONTENT CREATION: Britt Fracolli
  • FEATURED GUESTS:
    • Lima Bici
    • Nicole Koch from Haku Experience
  • PHOTO CONTRIBUTIONS: Unsplash, Britt Fracolli
  • DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Clement Taquet
  • LAST UPDATED: January 2020

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