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Just roll with it.

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.

Why bike in Peru?

You strongly dislike traffic.


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

You love to explore.


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

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 heart the environment.


Biking is an emissions free way to get around town.
Safety

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.

Read more about Peru’s Law 29593.

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Safety Tips
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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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It’s legal to bike on sidewalks in Peru.
If you encounter an unhappy pedestrian while biking on the sidewalk, just be polite and smile as you slowly peddle past.
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Beware of parked cars and garage doors.
Drivers don’t always look behind them when they reverse, for example, so always being alert is a good rule of thumb to safe riding in Peru. Also, automatic garage doors in Lima often open/close over sidewalks, so beware as you pedal past.
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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.
Community

Connect with the biking community in Lima.

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GeoBici

There is a bike delivery service in Lima!
http://www.geobici.com

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Perú Ruteable

Perú Ruteable is a community-based project on a mission to create and freely distribute GPS maps of Peru.

Discover new bike trails and share your own!

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FACEBOOK GROUP

Join one of those Facebook group to explore the city in the best way possible.

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Cicloturismo Peru

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Ciclodía

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

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Día Mundial Sin Automóvil

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

Do It Yourself

Cruise through Peru’s capital city like a pro.

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Hola! I’m Mr. Bici and I enjoy long cruises on the beach.

As a bike, I’m no stranger to the paved roads of Lima. One of my favorite routes begins in the heart of Miraflores at Parque Kennedy and continues along the oceanview promenade called the Malecon.

I’ve described the various points of interest along the ride in the vertical timeline below.

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PARQUE KENNEDY

The bike excursion begins at the city’s iconic PARQUE KENNEDY. Beautiful trees shade this lively park lined with shops and restaurants. On evenings and weekends, you might catch a music or dance performance.

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LARCOMAR

LARCOMAR is a modern shopping, dining, and entertainment complex with prime real estate. Approaching from street level, stairs and escalators descend to lower levels, which project out over the ocean. There is bike storage and free Wi-Fi. Read our blog!

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VILLENA BRIDGE

VILLENA BRIDGE spans a deep ravine along Lima’s coast. The “Intihuatana” statue created by Fernando de Szyszlo is on one side of the bridge, and Parque Amor on the other. Down below the Rosa Nautica restaurant is built on a pier the stems from the pebble-filled beach circuit of Lima.

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PARQUE DEL AMOR

The centerpiece of PARQUE DEL AMOR is a large sculpture by the celebrated Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Titled “El Beso,” it depicts two lovers sharing a kiss. A long, low wall encircles the small park and is adorned with brightly colored tiles representing hearts, flowers, and birds.

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PARAGLIDERS

PARAGLIDERS congregate on this patch of grass along the Malecon when the weather conditions in Lima are just right. Professional paragliders take flight from the slopes of this park area, using the thermal drifts that come in from the Pacific to loft their winged parachutes over the cliff’s edge and above the high-rises that border the coast.

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El FARO

Known locally as El FARO, La Marina Lighthouse is an iconic landmark along the Malecon. From here, admire lovely views of the cliffs that run along Lima’s border with the ocean.

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PARQUE DE LOS NINOS

PARQUE DE LOS NINOS is a great place to go, especially if you are with young kids. There is a low fence enclosed playset as well as a larger play area featuring a boat.

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BUENAVISTA CAFE

BUENAVISTA CAFE boasts epic ocean views and outdoor seating. If you’re hungry, lock up your bike at the entrance and enjoy a cup of coffee with sandwich, empanada, or salad to eat. Check out the Buena Vista Cafe Facebook page for daily hours. The cafe is closed on Monday.

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SKATE & BIKE PARK

Welcome to the SKATE & BIKE PARK! The dirt track at this park is dedicated to BMX, or bicycle motocross. Skaters of all expertise levels practice their moves on the concrete ramps, slopes, and bowl. There are public restrooms next to the park.

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NAZCA PARK

Known around Lima as NAZCA PARK, Parque Maria Reiche has spacious plots of grass and unique checkered walkways. The park bears the name of the German mathematician, Dr. Maria Reiche, who dedicated her life to the study of the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Some of the iconic lines have been recreated at the park using rows of flowers to outline each shape.

Do It With A Pro

Cruise the streets of Lima like a pro, with a pro.




Last weekend our web content designer, Clement, joined Lima Bici for their Urban Tour. Clem hails from Belgium and moved to Lima a few months ago. Biking is his main source of transport and he welcomed the opportunity to explore new bike-friendly territory of this sprawling city.

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BIKE TOUR GREETINGS

The bike adventure began in Miraflores at the Lima Bici office on Avenida Jose Larco. Pro bike leader Giordano made introductions with the group - two Irish ladies and Clem - and shared a “how to ride safe in Lima” briefing with everyone. With helmets securely fastened, they pedaled to the first tour stop at 10am.

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SURQUILLO MARKET

This bustling local market is jam packed with new sights, sounds, and smells.

“The guide shows and explains the different veggies we saw and in what specific Peruvian dish you can find them,” says Clem.“At the end of the market visit we drank a fresh fruit juice. Sitting with the locals and enjoying this beverage makes you feel closer to Peru and its rich culture.”

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BOSQUE EL OLIVAR

Next, Giordano lead the group along bike lanes, or ciclovias, and less busy streets to in the center of San Isidro.

Bosque El Olivar is a historic olive grove spread out over 87,000 square meters and filled with more than 1,700 olive trees. The first trees were shipped from Seville, planted during the mid-15th century, and have fruitfully multiplied over the subsequent centuries. Thus, El Olivar represents not just a valuable green space where families spend free time, but also a veritable national treasure that evoke Lima’s earliest history.

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HUACA PUCLLANA

The archaeological site Huaca Pucllana is among the oldest in Lima. Once upon a time, thousands of years ago, it served as an important ceremonial and administrative center of the ancient Lima Culture.

Everyone locked up their bikes and spent an hour exploring Huaca Pucllana on foot. A guide showed them around the site’s central pyramid and the complex of adobe walls. The onsite museum displays objects found during excavation as well as model recreations of what life might have been like for the Lima Culture.

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BUENA VISTA CAFE

The tour concludes at Buena Vista Cafe in Miraflores.

“Your LimaBici guide will treat everyone on the tour to an afternoon cup of coffee,” says Clem. “It was a great way to end the three-hour bike tour, and the ocean view from the cafe wasn’t bad either!”

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Ciclovia

Ciclovia = Bike Lane

In Lima, new bike lanes are making conditions safer for cyclists.

When pedaling around the capital city, or elsewhere in Peru, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with ciclovias so you can take the most bike-friendly route to your final destination.

Luckily, the ciclovias of Lima have already been mapped out for us.
Thanks www.cicloviasdelima.org!

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Existing Ciclovías

Project Ciclovías

Necessary Ciclovías
Parking for Bicycles
Systems Public Bicycle Rental
Mechanical Workshop
Specialized Stores
Threats bicycle paths and parking lots
DIY Projects
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Attention surfers in Peru! Improve your commute to the beach with this make-it-yourself bike surf rack. This DIY Surfboard Bike Rack - Surf Sufficient video is presented by KorduroyTV.

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Lima’s San Isidro district offers regular workshops to help you repair your own bike. Check out the San Isidro Municipalidad website for updated information about upcoming bike workshops and activities.

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Mountain Biking in Peru

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.
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Sacred Valley

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.

Lima Destination Guide

Biking in Lima

Tour | Rent | Buy

Browse our directory of biking establishments in Lima.
If you have a recommendation, please contact us!
Tours & Rentals
Citytours
Bike rental + Guided bike tours.
Rental Options | hourly, half day, full day, overnight, weekly
Where
Avenida Larco 812 | Store 104, Miraflores
When
Monday - Saturday: 9am to 8pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 7pm
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info@limabici.com
51.988888336
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Citytours
Bike rental + Guided bike tours.
Rental Options | hourly, half day, full day, overnight, weekly
Where
Calle Bolivar 150, Miraflores
When
Monday - Friday: 9:30am to 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am to 2pm
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info@biketoursoflima.com
51.01.4453172
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Citytours
Bike rental + Guided bike tours.
Rent a beach cruiser or city bike.
Rental Options | 1 hour, 4 hour, full day
Where
Av. Arequipa 5031,Store 183, Miraflores
When
Monday - Saturday: 9:30am to 6pm
Sunday: 10am to 6pm
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limabikerental@gmail.com
01.4473545
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Citytours
Bike rental + Guided bike tours.
Rental Options | hourly, full day, additional day
Where
Av. Larco 345 #115, Miraflores
When
Monday - Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday: 9am to 2pm
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info@greenbikeperu.com
51.01.2559607 or 51.981.115621
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Shops

Looking to buy a bike?
Peruse these bike shops or browse online.

Shops
Bike shop, accessories, clothes, and repairs.
Where
Calle Punta Sal 506, Urb. Nueva Castilla, Surco
When
Monday - Friday: 10am to 8pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Closed Sunday
Contact
Facebook
tienda@perubikeshop.com
51.1.26082225 or 998.724021
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shops
Bike shop and repairs.
Where
Petit Thouars 5260 (in front of Hiraoka), Miraflores
When
Monday - Friday: 10:30am to 7:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 6:30pm
Closed Sunday
Contact
Facebook
mbuendia@fullbike.com.pe
4477491
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Bike shop and repairs. Multiple Lima locations
Where
BiciCentro Miraflores, Av.Paseo de la República 4986
BiciCentro La Molina, Av. Javier Prado 6591
BiciCentro San Borja, Av. San Luis 2906
When
Monday -Saturday: 10am to 8pm
Closed Sunday
Contact
Facebook
ventas@bicicentro.com.pe
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shops
Bike shop, accessories, and repairs.
Where
Av. Emilio Cavenecia 173, Miraflores
When
Monday - Friday: 10am to 8pm
Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Closed Sunday
Contact
Facebook
01.4899325
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shops
Bike shop and accessories.
Where
Centro Comercial Real Plaza Salaverry, Jesus Maria
When
Daily 10am to 10pm
Contact
Facebook
2611354
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Vintage bike shop, accessories, and repairs.
Where
Calle Atahualpa 176, Barranco
When
Monday - Friday: 1pm to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm
Closed Sunday
Contact
Facebook
ventas@bicisvintageperu.com
989.468184 or 987.715393
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Onlineshop
OLX.com connects buyers to sellers online. This website is a particularly good resource for buying second hand bikes in Peru, allowing you to narrow your search to a specific city or city district.

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Mercado Libre allows you to browse a variety of new and used bikes.

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