If you are looking for a way to experience the beautiful, rugged terrain of the Cusco and Sacred Valley region besides hiking the Inca Trail, consider a mountain biking adventure. There are several different bike tracks that cater to intrepid travelers of all biking abilities.
Choose from a half day downhill mountain biking excursions through the Cusco backroads, the lush Sacred Valley and the spectacular scenery of Moray and Maras.
The Cusco half day biking excursion promises a true Peru travel adventure. On this approximately three hour off-roading tour, you’ll whiz by the highlands behind Cusco, getting to see the capital of the Inca Empire from above. Beginning in Cusco, you’ll meet your guide to take an off-roading truck out to the biking trailhead. There you’ll test out your bike and your guide will give you instructions before you head out.
Experienced bikers can take the dirt road, or you can take the paved road, both downhill tracks that wind through the countryside and several Inca ruins, ending in the outskirts of Cusco.
For a Sacred Valley mountain biking tour, you can experience Pisac, Taray, Calca, and other Sacred Valley towns. On this four hour tour, you’ll meet your guide, head to the trailhead in the midst of the Andes, and get outfitted for your biking excursion. You’ll weave on a downhill off-road track through the beautiful, lush Sacred Valley, past traditional Andean towns and villages.
Another mountain biking Cusco Peru travel adventure goes through the Maras salt mines and other Inca villages deep in the Urubamba Valley. This Maras and Moray mountain biking tour is a full day adventure. Starting in the morning, you’ll meet your guide and take a transfer from your Cusco hotel to the Inca town of Chincheros. Your guide will take you past terraced fields and villages, with views of Andean lakes and mountains. For lunch, you’ll stop in the town of Maras for a picnic before continuing on to the salt mines of Maras.
If you want to take the road less traveled to Machu Picchu, you can also do a 4D/3N multi-sport adventure trek, beginning with a mountain biking excursion and ending with a trek to Machu Picchu. Starting in Cusco, you’ll take a transfer up to the Malaga Pass, which has an elevation of almost 14,000 feet. You’ll bike downhill, breezing past views of the Sacred Valley and the Andes mountains. In the evening, you’ll camp by the Urubamba River.
On the second day of your multi-sport trek, you’ll hike to the village of Santa Teresa, located in the coffee-growing fields behind Machu Picchu. You’ll have lunch in the Pacamayo Valley, and you can swim in the Sacsara River. You’ll camp nearby the river before enjoying another day of hiking past Quechua towns. You’ll take a short train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu, where you’ll spend the night in a hotel.
The final day of your multi-sport trek includes a full day of exploring the spectacular world wonder of Machu Picchu. Make sure to get there early in the morning to beat the crowds and witness the sunrise from this cliff top citadel. In the early morning sunlight, you can stretch your sore muscles before heading back via train to Cusco.
All of these mountain biking tours include all transfers, guide, biking equipment, and some include lunch. Some do not include entrance fees. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about any of these Peru travel adventure tours.
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