We loved the local guides and the things they showed us that we never would have learned about as average 'tourists' Marian, CAD
 

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WERE THE INCAS MOUNTAIN BIKERS? JUDGING BY THE MASSIVE NETWORK OF TRAILS AND ROADS THEY BUILT ALL OVER PERU (SOME 10,000 KM BY SOME ESTIMATES) AT THE PEAK OF THEIR EMPIRE, MODERN-DAY ARCHAELOGISTS COULD BE MISTAKEN FOR THINKING THEY WERE.

 

On this Ride, we'll explore South America's best singletrack, get a taste of Inca history in places like Cusco and Ollantaytambo, and revel in the majesty of the world's 2nd-biggest mountain range. Your local guides are passionate about showing you the beauty of their country and will give you a rich, fulfilling experience that goes well beyond an amazing mountain bike trip. To top off epic days of riding,  rejuvenate with yoga and post-ride wine, all with incredible views of the  Andes.   

 

This trip is for experienced and strong female riders only. Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect. 

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You can handle rocky terrain and narrow trails, and have excellent bike handling skills. You're comfortable and confident riding all-mountain trails with long, technical descents). You don't mind the odd long day if it gets you to a spectacular and remote place that few other visitors will see. You're not afraid to get out of your comfort zone and experience a totally different and fascinating culture. The thought of traveling and riding with other women from around the world excites you! You're up for trying new things, diving into a post-ride yoga class and living life to the fullest!

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    Strong Intermediate 6/9

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

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

    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 trails and blue trails.

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

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

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

    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 trails and blue trails.

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

    $3,195 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

    $319.5 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

    Women's

    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

    SeptemberSEE 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?

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

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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: welcome to 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 into 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: sacred valley treasures & post-ride yoga

Another early morning will be welcomed with a hearty 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. We'll cross agricultural fields, border Lake Huaypo and reach the village of Misminay where we’ll have lunch at a local family’s house.

 

We'll continue the ride on an Inca Trail that will take us to the round terraces of Moray, the town of Maras and then descend to the Sacred Valley following an incredible ancient trail. Get your cameras ready, as the view of the Sacred Valley below is like no other.

 

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

 

Tonight, we'll enjoy post-ride yoga and  sleep in one of two towns: Yanahuara or Urubamba, where we'll stay for the next five nights. 

 

day 3: lamay shuttle runs 

Today is a little more relaxed and super fun. 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 windswept 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.

 

We’ll enjoy a group dinner and head back to the same hotel as last night.

 

day 4: the origin of the inca empire & post-ride yoga

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

 

Early this morning, 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 stop 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 Pumamarca. The climbing to Pumamarca is around 20 minutes on the bike and 5 minutes of pushing (you can do it!). The singletrack that starts in Pumamarca and ends in Ollantaytambo is one of the best, flowy singletrack trails in the area, with some rocky sections and excellent 360° views.

 

We'll head back to the hotel, where you'll enjoy a group yoga session before dinner with our very own - Johanna (a rad mountain biking guide and yogi)!  

 

day 5: rest day - spa day or - machu picchu!

Day 5 is a scheduled rest day with no activities planned.

 

For those needing to catch up on some extra Z’s you are welcome to take the day at leisure.  

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.

spa day 

If  the ancient site of Machu Picchu doesn't interest you,  you may wish to relax at the spa  in the Sacred Valley. 

 

 Please get in touch with us (support@sacredrides.com) to check availability, treatments and pricing. 

 

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

 

 

day 6: Ollanta to lares valley to the hot springs

Today is a truly epic ride.

 

We’ll cross the mountains of the Sacred Valley towards the Lares Valley. Our shuttle will drop us at the pass of the Vilcanota Mountain Range at an elevation of 4,350 m (14,272 ft.) and from that point, we’ll ride an amazing ancient trail that descends towards the Lares hot springs. We will go through very remote areas and meet the local people that live   in the Andes.

 

As we descend we will pass through different type of terrain and then reach the hot springs at an elevation of 3,200m (10,500ft.). This Inca trail is very impressive and we were the first to ride it! This is sure to be a highlight of your riding experience in Peru!

 

We’ll reach the hot springs with lunch ready and waiting! We’ll spend the afternoon chilling at the hot springs, perfect for recouping our worked muscles. 

 

If you're eager to keep riding this afternoon,  we'll have the shuttle available for an optional ride through the valley, another amazing trail that ends at the hot springs.   

 

The shuttle ride back to the hotel is about 3 hours, enough time to take a nap and edit a few photos from the day's adventure! 

 

day 7: lares INCA TRAIL & back to cusco 

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, 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 mountaintop to the rugged valleys.

 

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

 

There will be an optional afternoon ride once back in Cusco.

 

day 8: cusco shuttle runs

This is our last day of riding in Cusco and we have an amazing day planned! We will ride three fun and flowy trails that descend right into to the city.

 

Shuttles are short and the riding will have you smiling from ear-to-ear! We will descend around 2,000 vertical metres throughout the day and finish this amazing trip in the main plaza of Cusco with Cusqueña beers!

 

In the afternoon, we will wash the bikes and pack them. Then it’s time to celebrate this week of adventure with delicious food, cold beverages, and new mountain bike friends! Cheers! 

 

day 9: 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.

 

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 tab for  more information. 

  • The smallest client to guide ratio in the industry (4:1), allowing you to ride at your preferred pace
  • Personal driver and all transportation during the trip, including airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 8 nights accommodation in unique, locally-operated lodges and hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, snacks and drinks for riding, and purified water for riding
  • Post-ride celebration drinks
  • 2 post-ride yoga classes taught by our awesome guide, Johanna

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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GETTING THERE AND BACK +

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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

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]

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]

Johanna Weintrager
I started riding in N.Vancouver around the dawn of the millennium. Falling in love with the gnarly shore trails and spending most of my summer days in Whistler and Squamish, I started racing and coaching pretty quick. Traveling and riding all the... My 'sacred ride' is the incredible Slunt Trail in Fernie, BC: it's a slog and a grunt! This epic ride takes you high above the Elk Valley, with a fast, flowy and amazing...[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!
Riding at 14,000 Feet!
Mountain Biking Peru With Sacred Rides
Inca Trail All Mountain - 2017
Mountain Biking Peru - Day 1

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 12 km 360 m 360 m 3690 m
2 5 hours 40 km 650 m 1490 m 3790 m
3 2 hours 20 km 32 m 1860 m 4340 m
4 5 hours 35 km 580 m 2000 m 4450 m
5 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m 0 m
6 4 hours 21 km 230 m 1250 m 4350 m
7 2.5 hours 25 km 15 m 1750 m 4445 m
0 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m 0 m
Totals 20.5 hours 153 km 1867 m 8710 m 4450 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$680.00 USD
Single Room Supplement$385.00 USD
1-hour post-ride massage$80.00 USD
Machu Picchu day trip $350.00 USD
Non-scheduled airport pickup$60.00 USD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra Day of Riding the Megavalanche DH Course (Post-Trip near Cusco)$460.00 USD
Acclimatization Day of Riding in Cusco (Pre-Trip)$460.00 USD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, September 7, 2019 Cusco airport, 11 am Sunday, September 15, 2019 Cusco airport, anytime 3,195.00 319.50 USD PRIVATE

This is a private departure and is not available for public booking. If you're interested in scheduling your own private group departure, please check out our Groups page for more information.

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