Expe­ri­ence Peru… Togeth­er! Have a part­ner that does­n’t moun­tain bike? Wish you could bring him or her along on your next moun­tain bike adven­ture, and both have an amaz­ing time? We have the solu­tion, just 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). 

Itinerary

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 Urabam­ba 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 | 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.

Picture yourself here…

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Dates chosen: Jul. 10, 2021—Jul. 18, 2021
Skill Rating: Black Diamond
Fitness Rating: Black Diamond
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.