Big, massive, epic downhills — that’s the riding on our Inca adventure. There are few words that can match the grand scale of mountain biking in the Andes.
Descend 50,000 feet on this incredible multi-day downhill adventure in the Andes. Shred the Lares Trail starting at 14,500 feet and experience vibrant Inca culture firsthand with our local Guides.
Get ready to wipe some serious drool off your full-face helmet.
Stand on top of a massive Andes downhill and you’ll feel pretty big too, with every worry you’ve ever had in life drifting away into the clouds, replaced by that in-the-moment feeling of pure bliss as the mountains play host to your wildest mountain bike fantasies.
Is This Ride For You?
You love downhill riding and have at least a 6″ travel full-suspension bike. You can handle technical terrain, with rocky sections, steeps, and terrain features such as old stone steps. You’ve done some stunt riding and jumps, or wouldn’t mind trying (you can ride around all the jumps on the local trails). You’re not afraid to get out of your cultural comfort zone and experience something different, like a meal of roasted guinea pig or meeting the elders at a remote village. You like to give back to local communities when you go travelling.
Day 1. Arrive in Cusco, Peru
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 our hotel to build our bikes. We’ll then head out right from our hotel for a short intro ride to the upper part of the city. Once we are on top of the city, we’ll ride down an Inca trail with a few surprises thrown in. We’ll end our ride back at our hotel leaving enough time to explore Cusco or catch up on a few lost Z’s from travel.
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. Tonight, we can enjoy some of the nightlife this Imperial city has to offer.
Day 2. Chiunchero, Racchi and Maras Downhills
We’ll transfer early in the morning to the town of Chinchero at 3,750 masl (12,327 ft.), the start of one of the most demanding downhill trails in Cusco. We’ll cross the Inca site of Chinchero with its incredible stone architecture and infinite rock steps to then enter into a deep canyon that will take us directly to the Sacred Valley at the village of Urquillos (2,950 masl / 9,697 ft.). This is a one hour downhill with more than 750 meters of vertical descent!
We’ll shuttle up to the top for the next descent where we’ll start near the Inca site of Racchi on a natural lookout of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. This is an amazing Inca trail that descends to the Sacred Valley following steep lines and tight corners.
We’ll enjoy lunch in Urubamba, the main city in the Sacred Valley.
After lunch, we’ll transfer to Maras to ride another impressive Inca trail with stunning views of the glaciers. We’ll pass by the village of Maras before we drop on an amazing ancient Inca trail down to Sacred Valley. It’s a one hour downhill that will leave us near our hotel in Yuncaypata.
Finally, we’ll be transferred to the town of Yuncaypata where we’ll be staying for the next three nights.
Day 3. Megaavalanche Downhill Course
Today, we’ll ride the Megavalanche downhill course where the likes of Steve Peat, Cedric Gracia and Brian Lopes have duked it out.
We start with a one hour bus drive to the Mountain pass of Malaga at 4,350 m (14,300 ft.), where we’ll have great views of such glaciers as the Veronica Summit at more than 5,000 meters (16,500 ft.). The trail starts with a wide singletrack on top of the mountain and then turns to a narrow trail with many obstacles like rock steps, jumps and close turns. It will take us approximately one hour to complete the trail until we reach the village of Tanjca in the Sacred Valley at an altitude of 2,850 masl (9,370 ft.).
We plan to ride this amazing trail twice!
We’ll enjoy a group dinner and head back to the same hotel as last night.
Day 4. Parque de la Papa (Potato Park)
The area where we will be riding today has been declared as a National Potato Park, known for its cultivation of a variety of potatoes.
This is an amazing area located above the Inca site of Pisac, in the Sacred Valley. The three trails we’ll ride are located in different areas of the same valley, starting at an altitude of 4,200 m. We’ll enjoy a full day of gravity downhill on ancient Inca Trails.
We’ll enjoy a group dinner and head back to the same hotel as last night.
Day 5. Rest Day or Choose Your Own Adventure
Day 5 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.
(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. Lamay Valley Shuttle Runs
Today, we’ll ride two different descents from the top of Lamay Valley.
The first trail starts at the top of the valley at an elevation of 4,350 m (14,271ft.). We’ll experience Enduro style riding on the top, followed by an incredible descent down ancient Inca trails to the bottom of the valley at 2,900m (9,514ft.).
After catching our breath and wiping the tears of happiness from our wind swept faces, we’ll hop back in our shuttle and head back to the top of the mountain.
Our second run will cross mountainside farms where we’ll cross paths with the locals hard at work. This ride will be a true Inca experience, high atop the mountains of the Sacred Valley.
Tonight, we’ll dine in Urubamba and head back to the same hotel as last night.
Day 7. Lares Inca Trail
After a well deserved breakfast, we’ll transfer to the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley.
From Calca, we’ll climb to the mountain pass of Lares, located at 4,350 m (14,300 ft.), where we’ll start another epic ride going through an impressive Inca trail that follows a narrow valley with big walls of granite. We’ll then enter one of the most impressive landscape in Peru, crossing a deep canyon one can access only by foot or by mountain bike. We’ll pass through different terrain types, from flat rocky surfaces on top of the mountain to fertile valleys towards the end of the trail.
We’ll end this epic ride in the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley at an altitude of 2,900 m (9,533 ft.).
After lunch, we’ll transfer back to Cusco where we’ll end our day riding another Inca trail that descends to the centre of the city.
Day 8. Milky Way & Huacotto Downhill Trails
We’ll enjoy a group breakfast before hitting up more of what Peru has to offer.
Our final day of riding will treat us to the best two downhill trails in the Cusco area.
Our first ride, known to locals as “The Milky Way” because it starts way up on the mountains of Cusco and the terrain on top is unreal. We’ll first follow the ridge of the mountain before dropping into an ancient Inca trail that descends to the bottom of the valley.
Our shuttle will be ready and waiting for us to jump in to then climb the other side of the valley to ride Huacotto. Huacotto is home to the local downhill race series held monthly. We’ll see big jumps, tight berms, rock gardens and much more on a long descent down to Cusco.
Tonight, we’ll head into Cusco for our final dinner and last big hoorah of our epic journey together in Peru.
Day 9. Adios Cusco!
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.
Please note: we only offer an airport shuttle on Day 9. If you are departing a different day, we can book an airport shuttle for you at an additional cost, please visit the Ride Add-Ons information