This incredible itinerary serves of a heaping portion of history, culture and outdoor adventure, taking you from the foot hills of the Andes, the world’s second largest mountain range, and through one of the most bio diverse areas of the world: the Amazon jungle of Peru.
Unlike the tourist hordes, you’ll get acquainted with a side of Peru very few people do on the best modes of transportation to take it all in: by mountain bike and by foot.
In addition to the spectacular geography, your local guides won’t miss an opportunity to show you the fascinating cultural heritage of Peru as you travel through remote villages where Quechua is still the main language spoken, stay in locally-owned lodges and visit spectacular Inca sites. The backcountry gravel roads on this tour make for the ultimate biking and hiking adventure, crisscrossing some seriously spectacular scenery along the way.
Is This Ride For You?
You are an adventure-seeker looking to get out of your element and experience the lure and vibrancy of Peruvian culture in a more meaningful way than behind the window of a tour bus. You have a good level of fitness, and some experience on a mountain bike. You are comfortable riding gravel & dirt roads, remote fire roads and jeep tracks for up to 4 hours or 40km a day. Spending a night camping and staying in backcountry cabins through the Amazon jungle sounds like an exciting and immersive cultural experience to you!
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. 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.
NOTE: For those not interested in visiting Machu Picchu, other activities will be available to Add-On to your trip, including: a short bike ride around Ollantaytambo, a hike on the Mountains of the Sacred Valley or rafting. Pricing for these activities will depend on the # of participants. Please contact us to be added to the list for those not participating in Machu Picchu and for more information on pricing.
Day 3. From Cusco to Camping at Tres Cruces
After breakfast, we’ll start our journey to the Amazon jungle.
We’ll be transferred from our hotel in the Sacred Valley to the village of Huancarani, located at an elevation of 3,900m (12,795ft.) where we’ll start our ride. Our descent down the valley will take us past several Andean villages where Quechua is still the main language. From this part of the Andes we’ll have incredible views of the Auzangate Mountain (6,372m). As we continue our descent, we’ll experience warmer weather as we end our ride next to an Inca Fortress.
Todays lunch will be held in a 500 year old church!
After lunch, we’ll load up our bikes on our shuttle and climb to Tres Cruces, reaching the entrance to Manu National Park.
Tres Cruces is located at an altitude of 3,630m (11,909ft.) and it’s the last mountain before the Amazon jungle.
We’ll arrive into camp with our site ready and waiting! This afternoon, high above the valley with views to remember, we’ll enjoy a group dinner at camp.
Camping equipment included for Riders:
- 4 person tents (but not to worry, there will only be 2 Riders per tent!)
- Inflatable mattresses
- Sleeping bag (pillows are not included, but your rolled up down coat will work just fine!)
Camping equipment included for the Group:
- Canopy tent
- Dining table
Please Note: This location is very remote, and does not offer running water for a flushing toilet or a shower. A private washroom facility is available, similar to that of an outhouse.
Day 4. From Tres Cruces to San Pedro Lodge
Regardless of how much you like your Z’s, you cannot miss this sunrise!
We’ll brew some camp coffee and eat an easy camp breakfast, while we watch the sun peek over the mountain tops. Cameras ready!
After packing up our gear, we’ll start our ride down to the Amazon jungle. It’s almost all descending from here as we experience a dramatic change in the vegetation and weather. We’ll reach our lodge in San Pedro, located at an altitude of 1,300m (4,265ft.). The cabins are primitive in a remote wilderness setting.
We’ll enjoy lunch at San Pedro Lodge, then set out on a hike to find the Cock of the Rocks, the national bird of Peru. They are found in tropical and subtropical rainforests close to rocky areas, where they build their nests. The males are magnificent birds, not only because of their bright orange or red colors, but also because of their very prominent fan-shaped crests. They are wary animals and primarily feed on fruits and berries.
After spotting a few, and grabbing some photos, we’ll head back to San Pedro Lodge for dinner and a good night’s rest.
Day 5. From San Pedro Lodge to Pantiacolla Lodge
After breakfast at San Pedro Lodge, our ride will start with a descent all the way to the lower lands of the Amazon jungle.
You will feel the drastic change in elevation, temperature and humidity. We’ve reached the jungle folks!
We’ll pass through several small villages, cross big rivers and reach the village of Atalaya where we’ll board a small boat to Pantiacolla Lodge. The boat ride down the Alto Madre de Dios River will offer magnificent views of wildlife and remote river-side communities.
We’ll settle in and enjoy lunch at Pantiacolla Lodge. The cabins are primitive in a remote wilderness setting.
After lunch, we’ll hike a short trail through the surrounding area before soaking in the river to cool down.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy a remote dinner at Pantiacolla Lodge.
Day 6. From Pantiacolla Lodge to San Pedro Lodge
Early this morning, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast at Pantiacolla Lodge.
After breakfast, we’ll head out on a remarkable 5km wildlife hike, where we’re likely to spot monkeys, frogs, tapirs, and capybaras.After lunch at Pantiacolla Lodge, we’ll pack up the boat and start our return up the Alto Madre de Dios River.
Once we reach Atalaya, we’ll hop on our bikes and return to San Pedro Lodge.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner at San Pedro Lodge.
Day 7. From San Pedro Lodge to Cusco
After breakfast at San Pedro Lodge, we’ll shuttle to the mountain pass of Pisac.
From Pisac, we’ll hop on our bikes and start the descent down the remarkable Sacred Valley.
By days end, we’ll reach Cusco, settle into our hotel and head out for our final dinner. We’ll cheers a round of Pisco Sours to the incredible memories this week of adventure has created!
Day 8. Adiós to 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.