This trip has been more than I could ever have hoped for. Excellent MTB riding, and an incredible cultural experience. Mandil is a phenomenal guide, as is... Margo Downey
 

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1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
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EXPERIENCE PERU... TOGETHER!

Have a partner who doesn't mountain bike?

Wish you could bring him or her along on your next mountain bike adventure, and both have an amazing time?

 

Well, we have just the solution for you!

 

This incredible couples' trip features all the spine-tingling singletrack riding Peru has to offer for the mountain bikers (with an itinerary similar to our (Inca Trail All-Mountain Ride), plus wildlife spotting, Inca ruins sightseeing, hiking and even an Introduction to Mountain Biking lesson for the non-riding partners.

 

There's also plenty of together time to keep your adventure fires burning brightly, from whitewater rafting down the Urubamba River to visiting the salt mines of Maras, not to mention the opportunity to visit the world-renowned Machu Picchu!

 

Finally, you can go on an adventure together and get plenty of what you both really want instead of having to compromise. Who said you can't have it all?
 

PRICE LISTED IS PER PERSON.  Please refer to the "What's Included" tab for more information.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This Ride is for experienced mountain bikers and their non-mountain-biking partners. YOU: a passionate mountain biker who can handle rocky terrain and narrow trails, and have excellent bike handling skills. You're comfortable and confident riding all-mountain trails (steep climbs and long, technical descents). You enjoy exploring new cultures and trying new things - like whitewater rafting. YOUR PARTNER: reasonably fit, active and adventurous. Enjoys hiking, being outdoors, exploring new cultures and trying new things - like whitewater rafting. You're hooked on riding off-road and wide dirt trails (atv trails or doubletrack), but don't yet have the skills and confidence to consistently ride terrain with roots, rocks, tight corners, tight trees and steeps. Skill Level 3 (Novice).

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    ADVANCED 7/9

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $3,795 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $759 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Bring Your Partner

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    9 days
  • DATES

    April-OctoberSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Out there

    Level Out there

    • On our 'Out There' Rides, you'll experience unfamiliar situations such as foreign languages, foreign cultures/cultural experiences, remote areas, and other experiences that push you out of your comfort zone.
    • These Rides are great for adventurous types that are looking for something different. If you'd prefer something a little less exotic, try our 'Familiar' or 'Adventurous' Rides.

    Level Out there

    • On our 'Out There' Rides, you'll experience unfamiliar situations such as foreign languages, foreign cultures/cultural experiences, remote areas, and other experiences that push you out of your comfort zone.
    • These Rides are great for adventurous types that are looking for something different. If you'd prefer something a little less exotic, try our 'Familiar' or 'Adventurous' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

Check out our Peace of Mind Policies

Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

 

DAY 1. ARRIVAL TO CUSCO, PERU

RIDERS AND PARTNERS:

Welcome to Peru!

 

We offer an airport pick-up on Day 1 at 11:00 a.m. from the airport in Cusco (Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport CUZ). After collecting your baggage, head out to the main passenger pick-up area of the airport, and look for your shuttle driver with a Sacred Rides sign in their hand. We’ll then transfer you to our hotel in Cusco.

 

After settling in to your hotel in Cusco, we’ll head out for an early lunch near the bustling main plaza of Cusco.    After lunch, we’ll head back to the hotel to get ready for a fun and relaxed afternoon of exploring by bike.

 

The Riders of the group will take the time to build up their bikes.

 

The Partners of the group will be assigned their rental bikes, and will be treated to an Introduction to Mountain Biking lesson just outside the hotel.

 

As a group, we’ll head out for an easy ride for Riders to test out their newly built bikes and Partners to test out their newly learned skills. As a group, we’ll climb 200 m to the Saqsayhuaman Inca site. We'll enjoy a photo break at the top, and then descend back to our hotel in Cusco on some easy grade paved and gravel roads.

 

Tonight, we'll head to one of the best restaurants in Cusco.   At dinner, we’ll take the time to review in detail our full itinerary for the week and answer any questions you may have.


DAY 2. INCA'S BACKYARD TRAIL Ride  |  Peruvian goods Tour

RIDERS:

After an early group breakfast at the hotel, we'll be transferred to the upper part of the valley of Cusco and reach a sand mine at an altitude of 4,000 m (13,123 ft.).

 

We'll start with a short push up the mountain, to an incredible downhill following ancient trails eventually reaching the old Inca trail that was used as a shortcut to go from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. We’ll continue our ride with a climb that will take us to the upper part of the Inca site of Tambomachay. Here, we’ll enjoy unique views of this Inca site.

 

We’ll finish our ride with a thrilling descent that will leave us in the lower depths of Cusco.

 

We’ll freshin up back at our hotel before heading out for a group dinner in the heart of Cusco.   

PARTNERS:

After an early group breakfast at the hotel, we’ll hop in the van to start our educational factory tours of fine Peruvian goods: alpaca wool and silver jewelry.

 

Following lunch, we’ll head out for an afternoon hike around the city of Cusco, visit the main market of San Pedro, ending off at the main plaza, the heart of Cusco.

 

We’ll freshin up back at our hotel before heading out for a group dinner in the heart of Cusco.   

 

Day 3.  SACRED VALLEY TREASURES  |  Inca cultural immersion

RIDERS:

Another early morning will be welcomed with a hearty group breakfast of local cuisine and coffee.

 

Today, we'll shuttle to Chinchero, one of the most important Inca sites near the Sacred Valley. Chinchero is located at a whopping altitude of 3,700 m (12,139 ft.). From here, it's possible to see the entire plateau of Maras and the Vilcanota's Mountain Range with its +5,000 meter glaciers like Chicon and Veronica.

 

As a group, we’ll visit our friends of the community of Chinchero who have put together a presentation revealing the secrets of ancient Peruvian clothing production. We’ll tour their shop with opportunity to purchase their goods first hand.

 

After our Chinchero experience, we'll then hop on our bikes and cross agricultural fields, border Lake Huaypo and reach the village of Misminay.

 

We’ll meet the Partners for a well deserved group lunch in Misminay.

 

After lunch, we'll continue the riding on the ancient Inca Trail’s.

 

Finally, we’ll end our ride at the Urubamba River, at an altitude of 3,000 m (9,843 ft.).

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a group dinner and we’ll sleep in one of two towns: Yanahuara or Urubamba.
 

PARTNERS: 

Another early morning will be welcomed with a hearty group breakfast of local cuisine and coffee.

 

Today, we'll shuttle to Chinchero, one of the most important Inca sites near the Sacred Valley. Chinchero is located at a whopping altitude of 3,700 m (12,139 ft.). From here, it's possible to see the entire plateau of Maras and the Vilcanota's Mountain Range with its +5,000 meter glaciers like Chicon and Veronica.

 

As a group, we’ll visit our friends of the community of Chinchero who have put together a presentation revealing the secrets of ancient Peruvian clothing production. We’ll tour their shop with opportunity to purchase their goods first hand.

 

As the Riders leave by bike, we’ll hop in the van and head to the village of Misminay, where we’ll meet with the local people to learn and participate in everyday projects like green house care and weaving.

 

We’ll meet the Riders for a well deserved group lunch in Misminay.

 

After lunch, we’ll hop in the van and head over to the town of Maras where we’ll hike down the trail to the Inca Salt Mines. Get your cameras ready, as the views of the salt mines are incredible!

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a group dinner and we’ll sleep in one of two towns: Yanahuara or Urubamba.

 

Day 4. LAMAY VALLEY Ride  |  Urubamba River Ride 

RIDERS: 

After a group breakfast, we’ll part ways from our Partners for a true Inca experience, high atop the mountains of the Sacred Valley.

 

The ride starts at the top of the valley at an elevation of 4,350 m (14,271ft.).

 

We’ll experience an epic off-trail ride, carving our own lines down the mountain, followed by an incredible descent down ancient Inca trails to the bottom of the valley at 2,900m (9,514ft.).

 

This alpine terrain is home of Alpacas and Llamas, and we’re sure to see many.

 

After descending a few hundred meters, we’ll climb to a very remote area with opportunity to meet the local people, who, if we’re lucky, have been known to share their freshly harvested cooked potatoes.

 

This incredible day of riding ends with a super fun technical descent dropping all the way down the valley to the small village of Lamay.

 

Tonight we’ll gather for a group dinner and share our riding experiences from the day.

 

PARTNERS:

After a group breakfast, we’ll part ways from the Riders on our own mountain bike adventure.

 

On todays ride, we’ll travel along the Sacred Valley floor, following the Urubamba River, crossing bridges, riding on the Inca trail to eventually reach our hotel by bike.

 

Tonight, we’ll gather for a group dinner and share our riding experiences from the day.

 

DAY 5. REST DAY - OR - CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!

RIDERS AND PARTNERS:

Day 6 is a scheduled rest day with no activities planned. For those needing to catch up on some extra Z’s are welcome to take the day at leisure. The following options are available as Add-Ons through the Add-Ons tab. Please visit the Add-Ons tab for pricing.

 

MACHU PICCHU

(Please Note: the Machu Picchu tour is not included in the trip price. Please visit the Add-Ons tabs for pricing. The Machu Picchu tour includes return train ride to Aguas Calientes, bus to Machu Picchu, admission and guide.)

 

We highly recommend you visit Machu Picchu while in Peru, considered one of the 7 wonders of the world!

 

The Machu Picchu tour starts with a train ride from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. From there we'll take a 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 appears in most of the classical views of the site is named Wayna Picchu (Young Mountain). We'll have the entire day to explore the remarkable Citadel and learn about its well-preserved secrets.

 

Tonight, we’ll dine in Yanahuara Village and head back to our lodge for a good night of rest.

 

RIDE HUCHUY CUSCO, THE INCA FORTRESS

(Please Note: the Huchuy Cusco ride is not included in the trip price. Pricing for this ride depends on the # of participants. Please contact us to be added to the “Rider” list and for more information on pricing.)

 

For those choosing to ride Huchuy Cusco, The Inca Fortress, it won’t disappoint!

 

We’ll have an early start and head towards the Sacred Valley and the surrounding mountains in Chinchero. This experience will be a true epic Enduro ride, where we’ll have to first climb until we reach 4,336 m and then descend following an ancient Inca trail down to Sacred Valley. This Ride will treat us to amazing views of the mountains, small villages and the Inca Fortress of Huchuy Cusco, located strategically high atop the Sacred Valley.

 

Tonight, we’ll dine in Ollantaytambo and head back to our lodge for a good night of rest.

 

Day 6. Origin of the Inca Empire Ride  |  Inca fortress of Pumamarca

RIDERS:

After a group breakfast, we’ll gear up for another incredible day of Peruvian mountain biking and culture.

 

There are three theories that explain the origin of the Inca Empire, all of which agree that it stemmed from Ollantaytambo, on the Patacancha Valley.

 

We'll start with a shuttle from Ollantaytambo and climb towards the Patacancha Valley, a tributary of the Sacred Valley at an elevation of 4,500 m. We'll descend mostly, with the occasional climb. We'll cross rivers, pass through mountainside villages and enjoy the stunning views of the Andes.

 

We’ll meet up with the Partners in the village of Huilloc for lunch, where the local people will show us how they work the land and make their clothing.

 

In the afternoon, we'll continue on a dirt road for about 5 km before we start climbing to the Inca fortress of Pumamarca. The climbing to Pumamarca is around 20 minutes on the bike and 5 minutes of pushing (you can do it!).

 

In Pumamarca, we’ll meet the Partners for some sightseeing and photos.

 

We’ll then hop back on our bikes to enjoy the singletrack that starts in Pumamarca and ends in Ollantaytambo. Expect one of the best, flowy singletrack trails in the area, with some rocky sections and excellent 360° views.

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a group dinner.
 

PARTNERS:

After a group breakfast, the Partners will gear up for a morning hike.

 

We’ll meet up with the Riders in the village of Huilloc for lunch, where the local people will show us how they work the land and make their clothing.

 

After a leisurely afternoon in Huilloc, we’ll hop in the van and meet the Riders at the Inca fortress of Pumamarca for some sightseeing and photos.

 

We’ll hop in the van for a scenic drive and meet the rest of the group where the Inca trail exists in the village of Ollantaytambo.

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a group dinner.

 

Day 7. Whitewater Rafting the Urubamba River

RIDERS AND PARTNERS: 

We’ll fuel up on an early breakfast for a day of adventure with the entire group.

 

We’ll leave our bikes parked and swap out our jerseys for a life jacket to embark on a day white water rafting on the Urubamba River.  We’ll hop in the van at 8:00 a.m. for a journey through the backroads to the watersedge.

 

We’ll have an introductory lesson explaining the equipment and how to control the raft, before heading out for a full morning of whitewater fun! 

 

We’ll hop in the van and head out for a well deserved lunch.  After lunch, we’ll head back to the hotel and head out for an easy bike cruise with the group before dinner.

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a group dinner.

 

Day 8. Lares Inca Trail Ride  |  Scenic Hike 

RIDERS:

After a group breakfast, we'll shuttle to the top of the Lares mountain pass, located at 4,420 m (14,501 ft.).

 

From here, we'll start our ride heading downhill following another impressive Inca trail with thousands of rock steps that look like they were made specifically for mountain bikes. We’ll pass one of the most impressive landscapes of all the trip, crossing a deep canyon that is only possible to pass by mountain bike. We'll pass over a variety of terrain, from the relatively flat plateaus of the mountain top to the rugged valleys.

 

We’ll end our ride in the town of Calca, where we’ll meet the Partners and our shuttle and transfer back to the city of Cusco.

 

Tonight, the group will celebrate in the heart of Cusco our incredible week of adventure, share stories and raise a glass until next time.

 

PARTNERS:

After a group breakfast, we’ll gear up for our final adventure: a day of incredibly scenic hiking.

 

Today’s hike will take us through some of the most impressive landscapes of the entire trip.  We'll travel high atop mountain plateaus with stunning views of the Andes and descend to the rugged valleys below.  

 

Our hike will complete in the town of Calca, where we’ll meet the rest of the group for the shuttle back to Cusco.

 

Tonight, the group will celebrate in the heart of Cusco our incredible week of adventure, share stories and raise a glass until next time!

 

Day 9. ADIÓS TO CUSCO

RIDERS AND PARTNERS:

We have reached the last day of our amazing trip in Peru and it's time to say goodbye to Cusco and it’s wonderful Inca Trails.

 

We’ll arrange for your shuttle to the airport based on your individual flight times.

  • 8 nights accommodation in clean and unique lodges and hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, snacks and drinks for riding, and purified water for riding
  • Post-day celebration drinks
  • All transportation during the trip, including airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Admission to Inca cultural sites
  • Bike rentals for Partners
  • 2 knowledgeable and experienced local guides
  • Introduction to Mountain Biking Lesson for Partners
  • Introduction to Whitewater Rafting Lesson, gear and guides for Riders and Partners

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Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Xavier Ccoa
My name is Xavier, I'm from Cusco - Peru and I'm 29 years old. My father taught me how to ride a bike when i was 5 years old. I used to spend hours riding around my neighborhood. When I was 22 my older brother took me to some trails...[more] "My sacred ride" My sacred ride is one that is not easy to get to. "Huchuy Qosqo" is a trail that requires a lot of effort. To reach this place, there is a steep climb...[more]

Giovanni Echarri
Giovanni is one of the first mountain bikers in Peru with more than 20 years practicing and traveling throughout all Peru. Giovanni is a passionate rider that enjoys a lot to ride his mountain bike and show others the trails he knows. Coming soon!

Russo Covarrubias
I was born in Cusco, Peru. I've been a mountain biker for 20 years and love to ride. Can't wait to show you my amazing trails!! My sacred ride is in the Sacred Valley where I was born. Riding through the mountains of Maras and Moray, admire the mountains and the big glaciers before a long descent.[more]

Wayo Stein
I start riding bikes at the age of 6 and since then I have never stop riding my bike. I have combined with other sports like tennis, skateboarding and boadyboarding. At the age of 21 I start riding mountain bikes and I enjoyed the possibilities it... My Sacred Ride is to get as high as possible into the mountains of Peru on a very remote area, get impressive 360 views and then start riding my bike crossing the Andes from one side to the...[more]
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Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Welcome to Peru

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 2 hours 8 km 200 m 200 m 3700 m
2 4 hours 19 km 381 m 906 m 4000 m
3 4 hours 43 km 623 m 1331 m 3750 m
4 4 hours 23 km 240 m 1540 m 4340 m
5 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
6 7 hours 32 km 455 m 2062 m 4450 m
7 1.5 hours 15 km 85 m 145 m 3000 m
8 2 hours 23 km 8 m 1480 m 4440 m
9 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
Totals 24.5 hours 163 km 1992 m 7664 m 4450 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$680.00 USD
Machu Picchu day trip $350.00 USD
Non-scheduled airport pickup$60.00 USD
1 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$390.00 CAD
3 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$710.00 CAD
6 Month Pre-Ride Training Program $1,330.00 CAD
VIP Upgrade for Two (BYP Rides) $1,100.00 USD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Acclimatization Day of Riding in Cusco with Accommodation (Pre-Trip)$460.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Cusco airport, 11 am Sunday, June 23, 2019 Cusco airport, anytime 3,795.00 759.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
2020
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, July 11, 2020 Cusco airport, 11 am Sunday, July 19, 2020 Cusco airport, anytime 3,795.00 759.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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