Welcome to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and one of the most beautiful cities on Earth! We’ll meet you at 1pm for a traditional Peruvian meal at a local favourite restaurant.
In the afternoon your guide will lead a relaxed walking tour around Cusco’s stunning historic centre.
It’s a good idea to take it easy and drink plenty of water today to aid acclimatisation, as we start experiencing Peru’s incredible biking tomorrow!
Accommodation: Basic, comfortable hotel in Cusco. Includes lunch.
You start the biking today with a fun, easy ride on paved and dirt road and easy single track to Pisac – an Inca township that’s the gateway to the Sacred Valley and home to a famous handicraft market which you’ll have time to explore.
In the afternoon you saddle up again and ride along the flat, fertile floodplain of the Sacred Valley to a spectacularly scenic campsite.
Accommodation: Camping by a little-known ruin in the Sacred Valley. Includes breakfast and dinner.
This morning you’ll drive up to Amparaes Pass and then descend on easy gravel road or single track into the remote Lares Valley, starting in high-altitude rock and cold, and ending up in a warm, green river gorge.
The chance to enjoy a beer and barbecue at the surreal and beautiful water park that is Lares hot springs is worth a trip in itself. Naturally occurring hot springs are surrounded by lovingly landscaped terraces and lawns dotted with tents. This is one of our favourite places in the world – there is no better end to a day’s riding than soaking in the springs and staring up at the stars.
Accommodation: Camping at Lares Hot Springs – magic! Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This morning an incredibly scenic drive takes you up to the dizzying Amparaes Pass, and to the top of one of the world’s best off-road descents.
Section follows section of llama track, gravel riverside, and eventually scenic river gorge. You’ll end with an array of undulating riverside single track (or take the open, speedy gravel backroad alongside) into the outskirts of Calca.
Here you’ll have a late lunch before more cycling through the beautiful, verdant Sacred Valley towards Ollantaytambo, one of the most beautiful villages in Peru, and your destination for the night.
Accommodation: Cosy, family-run hotel in Ollantaytambo. Includes breakfast.
This is one of the most popular day trips in the region – even non-riders get on bikes to enjoy this morning’s scenic, easy riding through rolling countryside, past lakes and ruins.
And your next ride is a treat – one of the best single track descents in Peru, it has something to teach everyone from novice to expert. Best of all, it ends at our favourite Inca attraction, Salineras – a surreal and beautiful patchwork of pools and paths that still produces salt using Inca technology.
Later you’ll take a train to Aguas Calientes.
Accommodation: Aguas Calientes hostal. Includes breakfast.
An early start rewards us with sunrise at Machu Picchu – a peak moment for anyone. A spectacular stone city surrounded by incredibly steep, incredibly green mountains, Machu Picchu needs no introduction and is deservedly one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Your guide will give you a thorough tour of the massive site, before we catch the train back to Cusco for our last night together.
Accommodation: Basic, comfortable hotel in Cusco. Includes breakfast and lunch.