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Have you ever dreamt of mountain biking along the Inca Trails in Peru with the majestic Andes mountain range as a backdrop and exploring the Amazon?
Ride Away is one of the few mountain bike tour operators that can take you to this incredible mountain bike paradise to experience the unforgettable Andes Mountains and the incredible Machu Picchu. Not only that, we include 4 days in the Amazon Rain Forest exploring the Amazon River and surrounding lakes.
Experience Peru on a mountain bike, riding the best trails in Lima and Cusco and combining them with the history and culture of the region. In this part of Peru, you get the most impressive landscapes of the Andes ranges: huge valleys, deep canyons and beautiful glaciers, not to mention some awesome descents starting above 4000m! The best examples of Inca architecture, experience the colourful local markets and the culture of the Peruvians living in the high Andes. The tour will include the spectacular Sacred Valley and nights spent in typical Peruvian towns. Just remember when looking at the itinerary that 30km may seem short to you but the altitude at sometimes around 4500m is like nothing you would have ridden before!
We fly to Iquitos, a city that cannot be reached by road. A boat takes us 140km up the Amazon River to an amazing lodge where we spend 4 days exploring the surrounding Amazon Rain Forest, fishing for piranha, looking for animals, birds and swimming with the pink dolphins of the Amazon River.
This is quite simply, the trip of a life time!
Mountain Bike on real Inca trails with more than 500 years old.
Ride a unique destination: a section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Impressive and unique landscapes with big valleys, glaciers and deep canyons.
Four days deep in the Amazon Rain Forest, exploring the waterways, wildlife and fauna.
Pirhana fishing, paddling up the Amazon River and swimming with the pink dolphins.
Main locations: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, plus Machu Picchu, Iquitos and the Amazon jungle.
Summary of the tour
Day 1 Reception at the Airport in Lima, Peru.
Day 2 Pachacamac Inca Trails.
Day 3 Transfer to Cusco.
Day 4 The Inca’s Backyard Trail.
Day 5 Sacred Valley’s Treasures.
Day 6 Free Day exploring Machu Picchu
Day 7 The Origin of the Inca Empire.
Day 8 Lares Inca Trail.
Day 9 Flight Cusco to Lima and on to Iquitos
Day 10 Three hour, 140km trip up the Amazon, exploring
Day 11 Amazon Rain Forest, piranha fishing, exploring lakes
Day 12 Amazon villages, wildlife, birds
Day 13 Iquitos – Flight to Lima
Price : US$3850 for a group of 12+
Single Supplement: US$ 680.00
- Dinner: Expect around US$ 16.00 per dinner.
- Laundry: US$ 2 to 3 per kg.
- Extra weight for domestic flights: 2 bags and 23Kg in total is free. For +10Kg (32Kg in total) = US$ 35.00 each way. For + 22Kg (45 Kg in total) = US$ 70.00 each way.. .
- Tips: Not included. Expect 10% for dinners; US$ 50.00 per person/per guide for the Inca Trails trip.
Inca Trails Includes
- 8 nights at 4* hotels or similar.
- One domestic 2-way flight from Lima to Cusco on Peruvian Airlines.
- All breakfasts and lunches.(Lunch on day 6 is not included).
- Snacks and plenty of water and Gatorade during the mountain bike rides.
- Transportation from the airport to the hotel at your arrival and on departure day.
- Private transportation to all the locations. The van will assist us when necessary.
- Entrance fees to Moray, Maras and Pumamarca Inca sites. Machu Picchu entrance fee
- Two experienced guides at all time.
- They will assist you when needed and help you improve your mountain bike skills.
- Communication devises (GPS, satellite phone, 2 way radios, etc.).
- Bike Mechanic with tools and kit of spare parts.
- Brushes, rugs and oil to keep the bikes shining and in good conditions.
- Good Santa Cruz or Pivot bikes with FOX or Rock Shock suspension and hydraulic disc brakes
- International flights. Extra weight on international and domestic flights.
- Dinners & alcoholic beverages.
- Entry fees to Inca sites not visited on the itinerary.
- Personal insurance.
- Laundry service and other personal expenses.
- Transfer from the airport to the port or hotel in Iquitos.
- Navigate from Iquitos to Muyuna Lodge on the Amazon River, 140 kilometers, for about 3 hours. Include the return as well.
- Visit remote local village to see how different life style the jungle people have.
- We don´t make visits to tribes and communities in disguise for the tourists.
- Bottled water. Batteries charges for cameras, laptops, etc. at certain times.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner serve in a buffet style.
- Private bungalow with private bath and terrace with hammock facing the river or the jungle.
- Night and day expeditions to look for animals.
- Expert bilingual naturalist guides with small groups a list of animals that have been in the area
- First aid kit, which includes serum against the poison snakes (no worries, in 11 years we have not use one).
- Having no electricity, we play again like when we were kids and we were away from electronic games (Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, etc). We have mini-soccer games and ping pong table.
- Biodegradable amenities like: shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and liquid soap, all without detergent.
- Tips for guide and staff members. Tips for baggage handlers.
- Travel insurance or health insurance.
- Liquors and beverages.
- Rubber boots (in some countries: gum boots, rain boots, wellingtons).
- You can wash clothes, coordinating with the manager.
Day 01: Reception at the Airport. Most flights arrive late at night, between 10pm and midnight. We will pick you when your flight arrives in Lima and transfer directly to your hotel in Miraflores, a vibrant tourist neighbourhood with good restaurants, shops and malls.Lima is a city in which you will see three different periods: ancient (pre-Inca), Colonial (Spanish time) and Modern Lima. It is famous for its cuisine so a decadent late dinner would go down well with a few cold beers.
Day 02: Pachacamac Inca Trails.
Pachacamac was an important place during the Inca’s time. There is a big fortress with impressive constructions that dominate the entire Lurin Valley. We will have the opportunity to discover hidden Inca ruins deep inside the valley and the mountains. It’s a great introductory trail for our first day in Peru.
The morning is free to set up the bikes and recover from the long flight. After having lunch, we will be transferred to Pachacamac, 45 Km south of Lima.
The ride is approximately 20 Km in 3 hours. The altitude range goes from 100 to 400 meters. At the end of the day we will return to our hotel in Miraflores.
Day 03: Transfer to Cusco.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 am and take the am flight to Cusco. The rest of the morning is free to explore and complete the acclimatization process.
We will also build our bikes for the afternoon ride.
After a local lunch near the main plaza, we will pick our bikes and start riding from our hotel to the upper part of the city. We will pass through main Inca sites and have a great introductory ride in Cusco. Once we are above the city, we will ride down a main Inca trail full of surprises, ending our ride at our hotel. The rest of the day is free to wander around the city of Cusco.
We will ride approximately 20 km in 3 hours. The altitude range goes from 3,400 to 3,700 meters.
Day 04: The Inca’s Backyard Trail. Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will be transferred to the mountain pass of Tikatika located above the city of Cusco at an altitude of 4,150m. We will ride an ancient Inca trail that was used as a shortcut to go from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. As we descend on this amazing trail, we will pass other Inca sites like Saqsayhuaman, PucaPucara and Tambomachay to finally reach the village of Yuncaypata, ending in Cusco.
We will ride approximately 30 km in 4 hours. The altitude range goes from 4,150 to 3,300 meters.
Day 05: Sacred Valley’s Treasures.
Early in the morning, after a nutritious breakfast, we will be transferred to Chinchero, one of the most important Inca sites near the Sacred Valley. Chinchero is located at an altitude of 3,700m and from this place it’s possible to see the entire plateau of Maras and the Vilcanota’s Mountain Range with its +5,000m glaciers like Chicon and Veronica. We will cross agricultural fields, border Lake Huaypo and reach the Inca site of Moray. We will stop here and explore this Inca agricultural lab and its amazing terraces.
After our visit to Moray, experiencing the special energy of this place, we continue our tour, riding an Inca Trail that will take us to the town of Maras and its Inca Salt Mines. It is a spectacular place with views of this salt mine and also the Sacred Valley below us.
Finally we end our tour on the banks of the Urubamba River. It’s possible to continue on our bikes to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will stay for the next three nights.
We will ride a total of 40 Km in approximately four hours before we reach Ollantaytambo. At night you will take the train to Machu Picchu. Hotel in Machu Picchu town.
Free Day. Machu Picchu
This day is supposed to be a resting day, but in Peru we have too much to see that there’s no time for rest. We suggest a visit Machu Picchu as an option for this day. If you miss out it would be like going to Egypt and not seeing the Pyramids…it is that special. If there are 100 things you want to do before you die…Machu Picchu should be right up there.
The tour starts with a train ride from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. From there we take a private bus up to the Citadel. Machu Picchu (like most of the Quechua names of towns and different sites in the region) is a compound word that comes from Machu = old or ancient, and Picchu = peak or mountain; therefore, Machu Picchu is translated as "Old Mountain". The famous mountain that is seen in front, and appears in most of the classical views of the site is named Wayna Picchu (Young Mountain). We will have practically all the day to explore the entire citadel which is a world heritage site.
Day 07: The Origin of the Inca Empire. There are three theories that explain where the Inca Empire began and all of them agree that it was near Ollantaytambo, around the Patacancha Valley. Early in the morning, we will be transferred to the top of the Patacancha Valley at an altitude of 4,460m with amazing views of all the mountains around Cusco. On our ride we will visit the little town of Patacancha and meet with Hernan who is one of the closest relatives of the Incas. He will show us how they live and work in the fields. We will try their local food and then continue our ride towards the Inca site of Pumamarca and see the impressive terraces that go from the bottom of the valley to the top of the mountains. From here we ride one of the best single tracks in all Cusco and then descend directly to Ollantaytambo.
Day 08: Lares Inca Trail. Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will be transferred to the mountain pass between the Lares and Urubamba Valleys located at 4,350m (14,300 ft.). From here we start our ride down hill following another impressive Inca trail with thousands of rock steps that look like they were made for mountain biking!
We ride through one of the most impressive landscapes of the whole tour, crossing a deep canyon only possible by mountain bike and riding through different terrains, from flat surfaces on top of the mountain and into great valleys. The tour ends in the town of Calca but if we have enough time we can drop down into the city of Cusco riding another impressive Inca trail that ends in the middle of the city.
Today’s ride, a total of 35 Km. in about 4 hours.
Day 09: Flight Cusco to Lima and on to Iquitos, Peru, encircled by rivers and rainforest, is the largest city with no roads connecting to the outside world. This city on the edge of civilization. The rubber boom caused an explosion in population and prosperity from 1880 through 1912. The legacy from the rubber era can still be seen in the architecture of the elegant mansions. Many of the mansions are decorated with exquisitely painted ceramic tiles imported from Portugal, and with mahogany shipped to Italy to be carved by the most skilled Italian artists, and shipped back to Iquitos. If there is time we visit the Belen market. In the alleyway known as Pasaje Paquito you will find a natural medicine to cure every illness. Watch the sun rise over the Itaya River from the Malecon, a river walk or drink Iquiteña Extra beer on the boulevard. Perhaps an ice cream cone near the beautiful fountain in the Plaza de Armas. The port area is one of the most interesting parts of the city and most tourists never see it. Watch the tug boats and barges, the colectivos, llevo-llevos, lanchas, lanchitas, canoes, and balsa rafts, some so full of people, livestock, fruit, charcoal,and other jungle products they look precarious. Iquitos has some of the most interesting maritime traffic you have ever seen. The friendly non-violent people are the biggest attraction of Iquitos, Peru. The streets are safe and clean.
Visiting Iquitos is to step back in time to a previous way of life rarely seen in the 21st century. Locals equate it with the 1940's and 50's when very few had television, or phones, when families stayed together visiting on the front porch and sidewalks with their neighbors instead of staying insulated inside. The population census shows far more women than men. You have probably never see so many people smiling and laughing, ready to dance, play, and flirt for fun. Every holiday is celebrated and there are a lot of parades and parties. Iquitos, Peru, is blessed with eternal summer and known as The City of Love. If you are not in love when you arrive, there is a good chance you will be when you leave…
Day 10: Amazon Jungle Lodge 1st day (lunch / dinner): Transfer to the port of Iquitos where we take a 3 hour, 140km trip up the Amazon. After settling into your jungle bungalows we sit down for a scrumptious buffet lunch Boat trip to a hidden lake looking out for different birds such as parrots, jacanas, kingfishers, herons, panguana, partridges, pigeons, cormorants, horned screamers, and make our way to the other end of the Lake Moena where you can see the sloth, night monkey, squirrel, monk, stump, etc.. After watching a spectacular Amazonian sunset over the forest of mirrors, back to the lodge for a buffet dinner. In the evening, how about a boat ride to see caymans, nocturnal birds and mammals.
Day 11: Amazon Jungle Lodge (breakfast / lunch / dinner) After breakfast we travel up the Amazon River to an almost inaccessable lake. Here you will row or walk depending on the level of the river, experiencing different species of birds and monkeys. Keen for some pirhana fishing in the lakes after lunch? There are other fish to catch as well. This is an area that has many strangler vines, being the favourite of the"hoatzin" or shansho birds. This colorful bird looks prehistoric with its three claws on the middle joint of the wing. A cold beer would go down well before dinner and then a night walk in search of huge frogs, anaconda’s favorite food. Also observe several species of tarantulas, it is worth clarifying that despite of the bad reputation, they are not dangerous to humans.
Day 12: Amazon Jungle Lodge (Breakfast / lunch / dinner) After an early breakfast we explore the immense variety of flora and fauna that exist in the vicinity behind our lodge. In this area, we have occasionally seen tigers and almost always see their tracks. This walk may last up to five hours (round trip), depending on your physical condition, and you get to the creek black waters (between the rivers Tahuayo-Yanayacu). Here lunch will be served outdoors and you can enjoy the pure and virgin Amazon jungle site where we guarantee you'll see countless species of animals. Share the late afternoon with the friendly people of the jungle, in the village San Juan de Yanayacu. The visit is very spontaneous; travellers sometimes play soccer with them or just walk around the village. You can buy handicrafts that they make themselves based on seeds and vegetable ivory. After a buffet dinner, perhaps an evening canoe trip, to listen to the sounds on the Amazon Rain Forest.
Day 13: Boat to Iquitos – Flight to Lima Optional extra day in Iquitos or Lima. Perhaps the famous Olleros Downhill!!
Onward bound after an exhilarating two weeks in Peru
What you should bring
You are traveling to Peru and on the areas we are going to be riding our bikes there are no or very little options to buy spare parts for your bike. First, we suggest you make a deep clean to your bike and check for worn parts such as chain, brake pads, cables and housings. Make sure everything is working properly.
We take some bike parts on our tours but there are some parts that are very specific to each bike so you should consider bringing the following parts with you:
- Extra derailleur hanger.
- 2 sets of brake pads.
- Tubes, patches and pump. (We suggest putting tubeless system).
- Some special tools for your bike and a bike multi-tool.
- Back pack with a liquid container. You will need to take your food, tools, water and a light jacket.
- Light wind breaker / waterproof.
- Light thermal jacket. This will keep you warm if the temperature drops considerable.
- Helmet, gloves and safety glasses.
- Knee and elbow pads if you ride with these.
- One pair of riding shoes.
- Sun block. Recommended 30 SPF or more.
- Insect repellent.
The best way to take your bike on the flight is in a bike box. You can choose either a normal hard cardboard box or those hard plastic boxes. In both cases you should be very careful packing your bike and prevent scratching or some damage to vulnerable parts like the derailleur hanger, brakes, fork, etc. Use lots of padding to protect your bike and use also plastic strips to tight all the parts together.
The way we pack our bikes is as follows: we first take off the pedals, front wheel. Then we let air out of the shocks leaving only 5 or 10 psi. The next step is to put the seat post all the way into the frame or take it out and then take the handlebar off the stem.
Now the bike is ready to put in the box and bubble wrap to prevent scratching. Make sure the bike fits on the box normally; check the area of the bottom of the fork and the back of the bike (derailleur hanger). You can put some of your riding gear such as shoes, helmet, gloves, etc.
The synchronicity of each encounter [from a single flower to a bustling market to perfect weather for each activity] was a magnanimous effort by the universe in support of our trip – which leaves me in awe of being a part of the “whole” of our Peruvian Peddlers tour. How, in our humanness, are we convinced we have total control over all elements of nature and other people.
As always - photo’s are a wonderful means to capture the magic and essence of the journey, and am humbled to have been a part of each meaningful day, filled to the brim with different sensory stimulus and just being at total ease with life. There was not a single moment that I thought of work, or longed for home or wished to be anywhere other than where we found ourselves.
I appreciate and acknowledge you, your depth, your talent, your “Seven-ness” and our time together.
Keep smiling (J)
Thank you for an amazing holiday, Steve.
I loved it and will be on the next one for sure.
The llama poppie