Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour
- The ultimate Peruvian altiplano mountain bike traverse
- Bike from the Bolivian border to Machu Picchu
- Mountain Bike holiday in the`Real` Peru
- Superb home stay on the shores of Lake Titicaca
- Includes a fully guided visit to Machu Picchu
Starting out on the shores of sacred Lake Titicaca, this exceptional biking expedition traverses a rarely visited part of Peru, following little-used dirt roads across the high Andes and passing through stunning scenery en route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before setting out on our bikes, we spend time acclimatising and exploring at Lake Titicaca, with an exhilarating boat trip out to the floating reed islands, home of the Uros people. The route has been carefully researched to avoid busy main roads, choosing instead to ride dirt tracks leading to forgotten villages, charming colonial towns, picturesque lakes and high, windswept passes. Much of our ride is on the 'altiplano', a high plain where we encounter llamas, amazing rock formations and the very rare puya raimondii, with its 10 metre-high flower spike. On our journey, we’ll also have a chance to interact with the local people, for many of whom bikes are the preferred form of transport. There are some more technical off-road sections, as we short-cut some of the hairpin descents and take minor singletack detours away from the main trail. The holiday culminates in an early morning visit to Machu Picchu, before the crowds arrive, followed by a final night in the cosmopolitan Andean city of Cusco. Only biked by our groups for the first time in 2010, this ride is set to become an Andean mountain bike classic.
Please note that we run this holiday in conjunction with our friends at Hauser, the German adventure specialists. This enables us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get the trip up and running quickly. The cosmopolitan nature of the groups will be an important part of the experience! The holiday will be led by an English-speaking guide.
Is this holiday for you?
SEMI-SLICK ADVENTURE. A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres is needed for this great Peruvian bike holiday. Crossing the altiplano, we follow quiet country roads and dirt roads, with some options to get off-road as we short-cut across switchback descents. The biking is technically straightforward, but altitude is a real factor and will limit the daily distances we can cover on the approach to the trip's high point at 4650 metres. With 8 days of solid biking, this is a tough mountain biking holiday, at the upper end of our INTERMEDIATE grade. Aimed at regular bikers looking for an adventure, you'll need a good level of stamina and fitness to enjoy it to the full. The support vehicle is nearly always available. Average daily ride is 73 km (46 miles). BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.