Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour

The ultimate Peruvian altiplano mountain bike traverse




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Holiday Overview


  • 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.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

SEMI-SLICK / FAT TYRE ADVENTURE. Your choice of tyres for this Peruvian cycling holiday will depend on your experience and preference. Semi-slick tyres with good tread on the edges for cornering work well for experienced riders on the non-technical country roads and dirt roads that we encounter as we cross the Peruvian altiplano. However, some riders may feel more comfortable with knobbly tyres and these are the tyres fitted to the locally available Scott Spark 660 hire bikes. Knobbly tyres will also provide more grip on some of the optional off-road sections that short-cut some of our switchback jeep road descents. Whilst the biking is technically straightforward, 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, aimed at regular bikers looking for an adventure. You will 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). GOOD QUALITY BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Puno beside Lake Titicaca. A transfer from Juliaca Airport is provided.
  • An acclimatisation day. Boat trip on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros Islands. Overnight at Llachon.
  • Cycle beside Lake Titicaca to Juliaca and on to the colonial town of Lampa (3850m).
  • Dirt road riding via the village of Trapiche de Palca to the lake of Vila Vila (4000m).
  • Cycle to the pass (4580m) and down into the Canon de Tinajani. Option to explore from camp on foot.
  • Ride on undulating dirt tracks through small villages to an Alpaca farm at Pacomarca.
  • Cycle by way of Llalli and Macari, then up to the Layo Pass (4500m) and down to Lake Langui.
  • Bike up to a ridge, then long descent into the Urubamba Valley. Final tarmac blast to Cusipata (3177m).
  • Follow the Rio Urubamba towards Machu Picchu and bike a rarely used road to Pisac in the Sacred Valley.
  • Bike on dirt roads to Urubamba with optional tarmac ride to Ollantaytambo. Train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Early visit to Machu Picchu, with a guided tour and free time. Take the train back to Cusco.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Cusco Airport are provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Juliaca. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Lima Chavez International Airport is the most convenient for connections to Juliaca. Please note that this trip finishes in Cusco. Please refer to the Joining Arrangements and Transfers section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Puno beside Lake Titicaca. A transfer from Juliaca Airport is provided.

    Arriving at Juliaca Airport we meet our guide and transfer to our hotel in Puno beside Lake Titicaca. Today, we start our acclimatisation to the thin air of the Andean altiplano (3800m). We need to drink plenty of fluids and take it easy. In the afternoon, we explore Puno and its surroundings. Puno has great shopping, mainly consisting of alpaca goods and Bolivian contraband!

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • An acclimatisation day. Boat trip on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros Islands. Overnight at Llachon.

    Another acclimatisation day, as we board our motor boat launch for a fascinating visit to the floating islands of the Uros Indians, before continuing to the small community of Llachon on the Capachica Peninsula, where we stay with local families in a new community-based project. We are allocated rooms in family houses and this is a unique chance to truly understand the lives of these proud people and experience how they live. We have time to assemble our bikes and the more energetic may wish to walk to the hill above the village to witness an amazing sunset over the lake.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Meals bld

  • Cycle beside Lake Titicaca to Juliaca and on to the colonial town of Lampa (3850m).

    A wonderful start to our journey, as we leave Llachon and cycle along the dirt road that follows the shores of Lake Titicaca, enjoying the vistas and passing through remote rural communities. The terrain is fairly gentle and this is an excellent day for acclimatising to the altitude and strong sunshine. It is an interesting ride through the bustling commercial centre of Juliaca, the trading crossroads between the Amazon and Andes. We quickly escape the madness of Juliaca and head out on a good tarmac road towards Lampa and our first night of camping under the incredible stars of the altiplano sky. Altitude at camp is 3850 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 200m

    • Distance 67km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 130m

    • Time 5 hrs cycling

  • Dirt road riding via the village of Trapiche de Palca to the lake of Vila Vila (4000m).

    Today, we have another relatively short ride, to ensure that we are properly acclimatised. After breakfast, we set off on the 24 kilometres of tarmac which takes us into Lampa. This beautiful colonial city was practically forgotten in time as the railroad passed it by. Its central square of the Plaza de Armas has an impressive church, however, and we stop off to visit the incredible catacombs - a spooky place full of skeletons. After our cultural break, we continue following a rarely used dirt road on the gentle ascent towards our goal for the day, Trapiche de Palca. This is a small Andean community and we camp nearby. Time permitting, we can visit a nearby mill, now disused. Altitude at camp is 4000 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 60km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 100m

    • Time 5 hrs cycling

  • Cycle to the pass (4580m) and down into the Canon de Tinajani. Option to explore from camp on foot.

    From our campsite near Trapiche de Palca, we set off beside the lake of Vila Vila and then start the gradual 15 kilometre climb, ascending around 400 metres to one of the highest points of the trip, a pass at 4580 metres. We are riding today on dirt roads with minimal traffic, half a dozen vehicles per day! The views from the pass are seemingly endless over the rugged altiplano and you start to appreciate the vastness of this country. After a second, smaller pass, we have a fun 600 metre descent into the impressive Canyon de Tinajani. We pass through one of the largest remaining forests of Puya Raimondii – an amazing cactus which can grow up to 12 metres high and only flowers once every 60-80 years. If you are vey lucky you may see one in flower! After spending some time photographing and learning about these plants, we continue our journey into the Canon de Tinajani. This canyon has some remarkable rock formations and has been compared to a mini Grand Canyon. We camp nearby and swapping our trusty bikes for some walking shoes we explore the canyons and the rock formations. Altitude at camp is 4010 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 640m

    • Distance 38km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 760m

    • Time 5 hrs cycling

  • Ride on undulating dirt tracks through small villages to an Alpaca farm at Pacomarca.

    A pretty level day of riding, as we continue our journey on dirt tracks across the spectacular altiplano. Passing through the small villages of Umachiri and Llalli, we grab every opportunity to leave the main dirt track and bike along hardpacked singletrack created by local bikers. We aim to reach our overnight stop at the Grupo Inca’s alpaca breeding station at Pacomarca in time for a late lunch. Here, we stay at lodgings in the small hacienda and the afternoon is free, with the chance to learn about alpaca breeding. Photographers have the opportunity to take some super close up shots of these lovable creatures. Altitude at Pacomarca is 4069 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 260m

    • Distance 62km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 120m

    • Time 5 hrs cycling

  • Cycle by way of Llalli and Macari, then up to the Layo Pass (4500m) and down to Lake Langui.

    Now that we are fully acclimatised, it’s time for our first big day, increasing our ride distance considerably on an epic of Andean riding. Leaving the alpaca farm, we head back to Llalli and turn off onto a dirt road, little-used by vehicles, that leads to Macari. The ride is mainly classic undulating Peruvian terrain. There are, however, a few short steep climbs and rough road sections that make for an interesting day. We will have lunch in the small valley of Callari besides an icy but crystal clear steam. The incline starts to increase in the afternoon, as we climb up to the Layo Pass at 4538 metres, passing some amazing rock formations en route. From the pass, we have an awesome descent towards Lake Langui, one of Peru’s major inland lakes, with local cyclists and the odd farm house adding interest to this scenic ride. There are some excellent singletrack options if you have the energy to follow some of the local trails. We set up camp just above Lake Langui. Altitude at camp is 4217 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1020m

    • Distance 88km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 830m

    • Time 8 hrs cycling

  • Bike up to a ridge, then long descent into the Urubamba Valley. Final tarmac blast to Cusipata (3177m).

    There are some excellent singletrack options to start with this morning, as we follow some of the local trails down to the shores of Lake Langui. This lake lends itself well to photography, especially in the morning light. Then, we climb up and over a ridge towards the town Yanaoca. From here, we continue along a rarely used dirt trail and enjoy an awesome 1000 metre downhill, over 20 kilometres, into the Urubamba Valley, arriving at the town of San Pedro. On tarmac now, we blast along good smooth road, through the Urubamba Valley and heading towards the Sacred Valley. We camp near the small village of Cusipata at an altitude of 3177 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 660m

    • Distance 110km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1440m

    • Time 9 hrs cycling

  • Follow the Rio Urubamba towards Machu Picchu and bike a rarely used road to Pisac in the Sacred Valley.

    Mainly on tarmac today we really cover some ground as we follow the Rio Urubamba as it heads towards Machu Picchu. At Urcos we head up a valley towards Lake Huarcarpay and lunch beside an Inca gate, Leaving the main road to Cusco, we take a rarely used road into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and our goal for today – the beautiful village of Pisac where we stay in a local hostal that overlooks the main Plaza de Armas and we have time to explore the local village market. There are also dirt road options this afternoon for those with energy to spare. Pisac is famous for its Artisan Market and there are lots of small workshops producing fine ceramics. It's a great place to stroll around do a bit of souvenir shopping - remember to haggle! Altitude at Pisac is 2900 metres.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 50m

    • Distance 85km

    • Meals bl

    • Descent 280m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Bike on dirt roads to Urubamba with optional tarmac ride to Ollantaytambo. Train to Aguas Calientes.

    Our final day of cycling takes us right through the very heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We follow a network of rarely used dirt roads and trails that allow us to avoid the tourist traffic, as we pass by the villages of Calca, Huaran and Yucay, finally joining the tarmac near Urubamba. After lunch there is a final optional blast on tarmac to Ollantaytambo, where we have time to shower and change before catching our late afternoon train to Pueblo Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), where we check in at our hotel for the night. Altitude at Aguas Calientes is 2200 metres.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 75km

    • Meals bl

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Early visit to Machu Picchu, with a guided tour and free time. Take the train back to Cusco.

    Machu Picchu is one of the true wonders of the world and is never a disappointment. A fully guided tour is included but you can always choose to head off and explore the complex of ruins by yourself. Alternatively, just relax and absorb the magic of this spiritual place. In the afternoon, we descend by bus back to the railway station where we catch the train and bus back to Cusco for a night on the town. Cusco boasts some of the best restaurants and nightlife in Peru, so you can be assured of a good night out!

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Transfers to Cusco Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Cusco Airport transfers are provided. If you wish to extend your holiday in Peru with a visit to the Amazon Rainforest, or to travel to the amazing Galapagos Islands, please contact the KE office.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A local English-speaking bike guide
  • A group transfer from Juliaca Airport on arrival and transfers to Cusco Airport on the final day
  • All land transfers required by the itinerary
  • One or more support vehicles
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • A full service when camping including all equipment (including Thermarest but excluding other personal equipment)
  • Boat trip to Uros islands
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for support staff
  • Airport transfers (other than as stated)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The group will rendezvous at Juliaca Airport on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. A single transfer is provided in the early afternoon from the airport to the group hotel in Puno. The transfer is timed to meet the midday arrival of the LAN Peru flight from Lima. If your flight schedule does not allow you to meet this transfer, you should make your own arrangements to reach the group hotel no later than the evening of Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. Further joining details and contact information for the hotel will be provided with your confirmation of booking.

On arrival, the group will spend one night in a local 3-star tourist hotel in Puno and at the end of the trip will have one night in a local 3-star tourist hotel in Cusco. There is also a night spent in a tourist hotel in Pisac and in Aquas Calientes. At Llachon we will stay with local families in a new community-based project, where we may use twin or triple share rooms. These are simple, minimal rooms in the houses of the people of this village. At the alpaca centre in Pacomarca, we stay in a small hacienda in dormitory, bunk bed style rooms. For the 5 camping nights, we have a crew who assist with camp chores such as putting up and taking down tents. Occasionally, the group maybe asked to help with such tasks. Accommodation is usually allocated on a twin-sharing basis, although in some places the rooms may be dormitory style with more than 2 beds. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it may be possible to book single rooms and tents occupancy at additional cost. Please note that in Llachon and Pacomarca single rooms may not be possible.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Whilst camping, the food is a mixture of local and European-style, all purchased in Peru and cooked for us by our experienced cooks. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam. Lunch is usually a picnic - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a delicious three-course meal. Whilst staying in hotels or lodges in towns there will be a range of dining options from inexpensive local restaurants to more upmarket establishments serving a range of international dishes.

Where there is a variety of dining options we have not included meals, leaving the choice of where to eat and how much to spend to you. All breakfasts are included and we provide 8 lunches and 6 dinners. Please see the detailed itinerary for details of which meals are included. You will need to pay for a total of 3 lunches and 5 dinners and we suggest you budget $15 - $30 dollars per meal (including wine or beer).

We estimate that $400 will be sufficient to cover your requirements including the above-mentioned meals and incidental expenses such as tips for drivers, camping crew and local guides. There is no need to purchase local currency (Peruvian Soles) prior to travelling. It is possible to withdraw your money in local currency from ATM's in Cusco and Puno. If you are bringing your travel money with you we recommend you bring it in the form of US dollars in cash as this provides for the easiest exchange and in emergency can even be used to purchase goods. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Puno and in Cusco.

There will be an experienced English-speaking biking guide. There will also be one or more support vehicles and drivers, a cook and camp crew.

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 or 2 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 1 or 2 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek or bike trip (guides, cooks, etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £50 to £60 to a group tipping pool.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

We recommend SEMI-SLICK tyres for this trip. Your bike must be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Front suspension is essential and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. Many of the roads and tracks we follow are only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles, and in many places not even these. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers, adjust / grease bearings as required.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake discs, brake pads, calliper mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube / threadlock (as required) and tighten all bolts to specified torque settings (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture and changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs. However, due to the often-remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

For most of this holiday (around 90% of the route) we have the back up of one or more support vehicles. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. Although it is quite usual for the group to be strung out, with a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists, we will have regular stops to allow the group to reform. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

One option is for you to use your own bikes on this holiday. It is the bike you know best and will provide you with the best riding experience. However, good quality rental bikes are available locally for this trip. Our ground agent in Peru has a fleet of high quality Scott Spark 660 bikes, equipped with Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic disc brakes and 120mm of full suspension (Rock Shox XC 32 120mm forks and Scott DT M3 120mm rear shock). These bikes lock out front and rear and are perfect for this trip. The cost of hiring a bike for the duration of the trip is US$ 200 and this must be paid directly to the tour leader on arrival in Puno in US dollars cash. Please note, if you rent a bike you will be liable in the case of it being lost or damaged. If you wish to hire a bike, please contact the KE office and we can reserve one on your behalf. We must stress that your hire contract will be with our local agent and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire. If you hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike. You will also need to take your own helmet, which must be worn at all times when riding. One final issue with regard to the hire bikes is that they are fitted with regular knobbly tyres. If you would prefer to ride on fast-rolling, semi-slick tyres (there are long sections of non-technical dirt road and tarmac) you should consider taking a pair with you.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

At the present time, nationals of countries that are members of the European Union and nationals of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa need only a valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity) and a return or onward journey ticket for entry into Peru. A visa is not required. A Tourist Card is issued on arrival in Lima and this is valid for a 90 day stay in the country. Nationals of other countries should contact the High Commission of Peru in their own countries for information on how to obtain their visa.

Passengers intending to travel via the USA, please note the following:

Your passport must have a machine readable bar code if you are transiting through the US. You must complete an online application form to travel to, or transit through the USA.

Under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), all travellers, including children, from the 27 countries under the US visa waiver programme will have to fill out an electronic travel authorization form online ( prior to boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship. You can also use this site to check whether your country is part of the visa waiver scheme.

You will be required to answer questions about criminal records, communicable diseases, past history of visa revocation or deportation, and basic biographical data such as name, birth date and passport information. Changes in address and itinerary can be made online after the ESTA form has been first submitted.

You will not be allowed to board any US bound aircraft without completing the online ESTA form.

If you have a criminal record (including criminal driving offences), you will be required to obtain a visa in advance of entering or transiting the USA.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

(ITMB) Peru – Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu

  • The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions and cool to cold evenings. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
  • Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.


    • Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s


    • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
    • Mid-layer
    • Long sleeved cycling top (x 2)
    • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
    • Warm Fleece jacket or jumper
    • Down Jacket (for evenings)


    • Regular biking gloves
    • Winter biking gloves or warm overgloves


    • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
    • Warm Cycling tights or tracksters


    • Eyewear - Biking glasses
    • Cycling helmet - mandatory
    • Fleece headband / Buff

    Daypack and contents:

    • Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 20 litres total capacity is recommended
    • Water bladder - min. 2 litres
    • Lightweight waterproof top
    • Multi-tool
    • Puncture repair kit
    • Inner tube
    • Pump
    • Camera
    • Sun cream (inc total bloc for lips/nose)
    • Small roll of gaffer tape
    • Warm Fleece Jacket or Jumper
    • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

    Trek Bag Contents

    • Travel and apres biking clothes for cool to cold conditions
    • Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
    • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash
    • Warm hat
    • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
    • Sleeping Bag (Comfort Rating - minus 10 degrees centigrade)
    • Headtorch/Headlamp
    • Chamois Cream e.g. Assos/Ozone


    • Note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any of this. Although it is still a good idea to take a couple of 26 x 2 inch inner tubes with Presta valves.
    • You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
    • Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1.9 to 2.2 inch knobbly or semi-slick tyres (according to your preference and experience) suitable for mostly dry tarmac/dirt road conditions.
    • Pump
    • Plastic tyre levers
    • Small tube of grease
    • 1 rear brake cable
    • 1 rear gear cable
    • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
    • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
    • Spoke key
    • 4 x inner tubes Spare chain links
    • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
    • Multi-tool with Allen keys
    • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
    • 2x puncture repair kits
    • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
    • Spares specific to your bike **

    KE tools and spares

    • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares that might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc.

    Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

    • Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.


    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa Peru

    UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. Keep the immigration paper given to you on arrival in a safe place, as you will need to show this on departure.

    Transit via USA

    You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at

    NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime, gradually increasing your distances and/or terrain difficulty as you get nearer to departure. We also recommend you make time to fit in a number of long rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this holiday. This will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, but running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    Lying at around 4000 metres above sea-level, the Peruvian altiplano has a cool and semi-arid climate. The Southern Hemisphere spring season of September and October is the great for biking and for travelling in this part of Peru. We can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny, with temperatures between 12 and 20 degrees Centigrade, dropping to below freezing at night. Most rain falls between December and March and the rest of the year tends to be dry, cool, windy and sunny. Weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, however, and rain and even snow can fall at any time.

    Lonely Planet - Peru Rough Guide - Peru Flight of the Condor. Michael Andrews The Conquest of the Incas. John Hemming

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