Enjoy 1600m/ 5250ft of superb Cusco singletrack
Follow in the footsteps of your mountain biking heroes on the ultimate downhill day. This mountain biking tour can be tailored to your ability, whether you want a beautiful descent down tarmac road, or to emulate the feats of Steve Peat and challenge yourself with technical single-track and jumps.
Challenge yourself on one of the most famous trails for mountain biking in Cusco.
The ‘Abra Malaga’ Bike ride takes drops from 4400m to 2800m (14435ft to 9,186ft). That’s 1,600m (5,200ft) of pure descent over approximately twenty kilometres. The trail is a beautiful mix of fast road and technical singletrack, all the time surrounded by fantastic Andean scenery. This is truly a descent of a lifetime and it is no wonder it was chosen as the site of the internationally famous, annual downhill race: The Inca Avalanche. Steve Peat and Chris Van Dine are just two of the legends to have taken part.
Every May one hundred and fifty riders, incorporating everyone from pro teams to local ‘weekend warriors’, race this unbelievable mass start event – a true avalanche of bikes and riders. To give you an idea, the average World cup downhill course is 3- 4 minutes long. This Peruvian Inca Avalanche course is won in about twenty-five minutes, with many riders taking twice that. It is a truly unique world-class course. If you like mountain biking, this is a must-do.
You drive to up to the start at Abra Malaga, following the route taken by the fleeing Incas as they escaped from the Spanish several hundred years ago. The route starts across a bog before hitting the singletrack. The trail criss-crosses the road, so your support vehicle will meet you at pre-arranged locations to ensure everyone is safe and in case of any mechanical problems.
On the first descent, your guide will pace it slowly, with time to inspect the individual sections. They will show you their best lines and a few sneaky tricks to ensure you get the best out of the ride. There are a couple of optional jumps that we can stop, inspect and do several times, or alternatively there’s a great route that bypasses them.
You meet the vehicle at the end for a delicious picnic lunch and then head back up to the top to do it all again, hopefully, this time a little faster and with fewer stops. However, our priority at all times is ensuring that you are within your comfort zone and riding safely. Adrenaline depleted, you head back to your hotel having completed a classic day of mountain biking in Peru.
Included: Transport, equipment, full suspension bike, helmet, gloves, lunch
We create safe, responsibly run adventures in Cusco and the Sacred Valley for lovers of the great outdoors. We are a Certified B Corps and hold all Adventure Licenses for the activities we offer.
Avenida Collasuyo 910, Miravalle, Cusco
9am – 4pm local time (GMT-5)