Biking, hot springs and traditional culture
If you like mountain biking, you will love this tour. Enjoy two fantastic days of downhill with a night relaxing at Lares hot springs in-between.The combination of single-track and dirt road makes for great riding and is adaptable to your ability. Two wheels is a great way to see this little known region of Peru and your days will be filled with glimpses into the colourful local life of the Andes as well as lots of fun.
You drive to Calca, the gateway to the Lares region. Heading upwards your vehicle takes you to the Amparaes pass (4,350m or 14270 feet). Here you saddle up and begin 15km of stupendous single-track. Alternatively you could choose to stay on the dirt road and enjoy a less technical descent.
On arrival at Amparaes you enjoy a delicious picnic lunch prepared for you by Alex our chef, before another 35km of downhill on dirt road. Finally, you jump back in the vehicle for the 14km drive uphill to Lares hot-springs where you camp for the night. Here you can sit in the warm waters and soak away the strains of a day well spent.
Included: lunch, dinner, transport, equipment, bike, helmet, gloves, camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
You start this morning by heading up to the Lares pass an hour above your camp. Jumping back on your bike, you start one of the best downhills in Peru. You descend to Calca along a mix of ancient Inca trails and rough dirt road. You even get the chance to try some step-jumping down original Inca steps.
The route passes through small farming communities before entering the Totora canyon where you can stop to see the Inca tombs built into the cliff-face. By the time you reach Calca you will have done an almighty 1,400m of descent. A few kilometres more along the valley floor and you arrive to lunch at the picturesque town of Lamay.
From here you put the bikes on the roof and head back towards Cusco. But do not worry, it is not over yet. If you still want to squeeze some more riding in, then why not jump out at Yuncaypata and take advantage of one last blast down superb single-track and dirt trails to Cusco.
Included: breakfast, lunch, equipment, bike, helmet, gloves
In order to fully enjoy your trip it is very important that you choose the right trip for you and fully understand what it involves.
There are risks inherent in travelling in Peru, as indeed there are in most of the activities that we provide. Many of the activities we offer also involve a significant level of effort on your part. After all, it is called Adventure Travel for a reason.
It is really important that you read both the trip notes above and the Risk and Safety Section on our website, to enable you to choose the best trip for you. Once you have read them both, please make sure you ask if there is anything you do not understand. We classify this trip as:
We believe the landscape of Peru is as much a wonder of the world as Machu Picchu. We help people experience it and hope it inspires them to love and protect our wild places.
Avenida Collasuyo 910, Miravalle, Cusco
9am - 4pm local time (GMT-5)