Peru Mountain Bike Vacation

Experience the beauty of Cusco and the Sacred Valley on this epic 7-day Peru mountain bike vacation.

Peru mtb tour

Seven Day Mountain Bike Vacation on the Best Trails in Peru!

Our 7-day Peru mountain bike vacation is the total package: epic riding on Cusco’s secret trails, stunning scenery, cultural immersion, ancient history, and more. Get your adrenaline pumping as you mountain bike the Inca trails of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, tackling more than 25,000 ft/7,620 m of downhill riding through ancient Inca ruins. Shred hidden MTB trails and enjoy traditional Peruvian meals with expert local guides. Four days are dedicated to shuttle-assisted downhill ride days; three days are used for travel, rest, bike maintenance, and exploring cultural sites such as Machu Picchu.

If you are looking for a longer mountain bike vacation while in Peru check out our Epic 10-Day MTB Adventure Tour in the Andes with Ausangate.

Ride description:

Since this Cusco mountain bike trip is an intermediate tech- to advanced-level , you’ll be riding all kinds of gnarly terrain, from narrow singletrack next to cliff sides to burly Incan stairs to techy rock gardens. There will be a lot of enduro-style riding as well as some all-mountain type terrain. Check out our itinerary below for more detailed descriptions of what each ride has in store. This is a breathtaking (literally) and unforgettable mountain bike vacation in Peru.

Tour Dates

Dates for our 7-day Peru Mountain Bike Vacation:

What you can expect

Peru 7-Day MTB Trip Highlights

Some highlights to look forward to on your Peru Mountain Bike Vacation:

Experience a Peruvian adventure

7 Day MTB Adventure Details

  • ITINERARY
  • INFORMATION
  • REVIEWS
  • FAQS
  • ADD-ONS

Welcome to the Imperial City! Your Peru mountain bike vacation will begin as we pick you up at the airport and help you with your gear and mountain bike. Cusco is waiting! Today, you’ll be preparing for an intense week of high-adrenaline mountain biking. After loading the van we will take you to your hotel in the historical city center. After you settle in, you can come over to the Haku Expeditions shop and meet the team or put together your mountain bike. After that you can head out and start exploring the Imperial Incan City or rest, the elevation is no joke. As mentioned above, your hotel is in the colonial city center and just a quick ten minute walk away from the famous Plaza de Armas. The plaza now exists over what was once Haukaypata, the Great Inca Square. Now, it is dominated by the towering Spanish architecture of the Cusco Cathedral as well as a charming collection of cafes and bars. Breathe in the history, acquaint yourself with Peruvian cuisine, and drink a cold Pilsen Callao or Pisco Sour as you mentally prepare for the mountain bike trip of a lifetime. 

 

 

Lodging: Centenario Hotel in Cusco

Meals not included

Radar (May 31 to Aug 30) / Lamay (Sept 1—May 30)

Radar: The Secrets of the South Valley – The Haku Original

Today, we’ll take you down a Haku original — the Radar MTB trail in the South Valley. Haku owners Bill and Nic were actually the first to lay mountain biking tracks on the bottom half of Radar, and from the moment they did it, they knew they’d have to find a way to share this incredible MTB trail with other mountain bikers. Now, it’s one of the most coveted bike routes in the Cusco region. You’ll ride along a breathtaking, towering ridge at over 4,468 m/14,000 ft before dropping into the South Valley on 18 km/11 mi of high-speed singletrack. 

After Radar, we’ll take you to the Switchbacks of Chipta, a secret trail nearby that ends at a local’s house. If we’re lucky, we might be able to grab a quick, delicious, organic lunch with one of our local farming friends in the valley before we head back to Cusco. 

Peru Mountain Bike Vacation Trail Stats:

Radar: 

Distance: 18.8 km/11.7 mi

Max elevation: 4,468 m/14,658 ft

Ascent: 94 m/309 ft

Descent: 1367 m/4,487 ft

Switchbacks of Chipta:

Distance: 5.7 miles/9.2 km

Max elevation: 12,992 ft/3,960 m 

Ascent: 137m/450m

Descent: 830 m/2,723 ft 

Lodging: Centenario Hotel

Meals included: B, L, Snacks

Lamay: A Mountain Biker’s Paradise 

The Valley of Lamay is a mountain biker’s paradise, filled with tons of incredible MTB trails. One of our favorite MTB routes will start at 4337m/14,229 ft; it takes you down through 17 km of sick singletrack. Lamay is a steep valley dotted with small adobe pueblos and farmland, where you’ll shred downhill singletrack for 17 km. This high alpine trail has Incan rock gardens and tech spots mixed with fast flow sections. You’ll definitely feel the burn with some burly Inca stairs before finally dropping into the village of Lamay.

After we ride Lamay once, we’ll decide if we want to ride it again or ride a new trail in this beautiful valley. On the way back to Cusco, we’ll try and hit a sweet urban downhill with a nice little singletrack route that leads to the city stairs of Cusco. We’ll end up at the shop where we can clean up and service the bikes to prepare them for tomorrow’s shred session.

Lamay 1:

Distance: 16.78 km/10.42 mi

Max elevation: 4334 m/14219 ft

Elevation descent: 1386 m/4547 ft

Ascent: 71m/233ft

Lamay 3:

Distance: 7.22 km/4.5 mi

Max elevation: 3542 m/11,620 ft

Ascent: 277 m/908 ft

Elevation descent: 574 m/1942 ft

Urban DH also known as Postre (“The Dessert”):

Distance: 6.52 km/4 mi

Max elevation: 3,770 m/12,368 ft

Ascent: 21 m/69 ft

Descent: 399 m/1,309 ft


Lodging: Centenario Inn in Cusco

Meals included: B, L, Snacks

Today we hit the scree fields — check out pro MTBer Geoff Gulevich’s gnarly GoPro video from Peru during his Haku Expeditions mountain bike vacation. The shuttle will take us up to the Lares pass where we’ll hike our bikes up to 14,600 ft/4,462 m. From there, we’ll rip free ride lines through the scree and verdant mountainside down until we hit an ancient Inca singletrack trail. As we descend, we’ll pass high-Andean alpaca herds as we follow a waterway that winds its way through the mountains and then heads down to the town of Calca, where we’ll finally have a chance to catch our breath after our dreamlike ride through the high country. If we find we still have time to ride we’ll hit another trail or ride a section of Lares again. Today includes a delicious lunch at a local Peruvian spot!

Peru Mountain Bike Vacation Trail Stats:

Lares MTB route with the scree field and waterway:

Distance: 20 km/12.5 mi

Max elevation: 4446, m/14,587 ft

Ascent: 184 m/603 ft

Descent: 1482 m/4862 ft

Lares MTB Inca Trail section:

Distance: 7.56 km/4.7 mi

Max elevation: 4,227 m/13,868 ft

Ascent:  55 m/180 ft

Descent: 566 m/1,857 ft

Lodging: Hotel in Ollantaytambo 

Meals included: B, L, snacks

Today take some time to maintain your bike, eat, sleep and visit the charming town of Ollantaytambo. Riding at high elevation actually burns twice the amount of calories than at lower elevation, so load up on Peruvian superfoods like maca, tarwi, quinoa, and chia. 

The town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley was once the royal estate of Incan Emperor Pachacuti and later served as a stronghold for the Incan resistance during the Spanish conquest of Peru. Now, Ollantaytambo is a relaxing, charming place. The entire town is made of gorgeous, giant Incan stones and enclosures, and you’ll be able to relax in town or stretch your muscles on a hike to the ruins on the mountainside above. Also, make sure to take care of your bike today. We’ve got a lot of shredding still to come!

Today would also be a great day to visit Machu Picchu; explore that option in our optional add-ons section. If you do that, don’t worry — we can let you sleep in a little later the next morning!

Lodging: Hotel in Ollantaytambo 

Meals Included: B

Hopefully you slept well on night 4 — today is, in a word, hardcore. On day four of your Peru mountain bike adventure, you’ll hit Patacancha, which is famous for being one of the highest-altitude Enduro MTB races in the world at a whopping 4419 m/14,500 ft with rock gardens and narrow dirt switchbacks. The course is split up into 5 stages, with tons of sick freeride lines and XC-type terrain. We start the day in a foggy high alpine zone with unbelievable, 360° views and roaming alpacas; there’s a bit of climbing during the first 12 km, but after that it drops down and the epic descent begins with tons of open, choose-your-own-line shredding. Then, it constricts into tight singletrack that winds along the mountain toward Huilloc. There, we’ll eat an exclusive home-cooked Peruvian meal with some local friends of ours. After that, we’ll push back up to the top of the short Huilloc trail (sometimes with the help of local kids!). Once there, we can shuttle (or, for the very brave, continue climbing) up to Pumamarca, the epic trail that will take us all the way back down to Ollantaytambo to finish off the day! The ride begins at the Pumamarca ruins and passes over sequences of ancient Incan terraces — it’s always a highlight, with fast fluid sections interspersed with techy rock sections. A shuttle will then take us back to Cusco, where a cold Pilsen Callao will be in order after such an intense, awesome day.

Peru Mountain Bike Vacation Trail Stats:

Patacancha Enduro:

Distance: 27.9 km/17.3 mi

Max elevation: 4,435 m/14,552 ft

Ascent: 138 m/452 ft

Descent: 1,551 m/5,089 ft

Lodging: Centenario Inn Cusco

Meals included: B, L

Your last day of riding with us! Today, we’ll end with a bang and hit some classic trails that the locals love. Brujo is one of our favorite MTB trails in the area, and it continues to enthrall even the most seasoned of locals — it’s an epic enduro trail with some climbing/pedaling at over 3,960 m/13,000 ft of elevation, boasting lots of rock gardens, ridge lines, and a few steep sections. The views are some of the best in the area and will leave you breathless for your last day of riding. When we finish Brujo, we can either ride this trail twice or head over to one of Cusco’s new trails, El Pastor. This trail has by far the most exposure of all the trails we have ridden and offers views of the city like no other; it’s the perfect way to say goodbye to the beautiful Imperial City. 

Tonight, we’ll head back to Cusco for a farewell dinner, where we’ll share delicious Peruvian cuisine, stories from the week, and cold Pisco sours!

Peru Mountain Bike Vacation Trail Stats:

Brujo (AKA Milky Way):

Distance: 8 km/5 mi

Max elevation: 4,225 m/13,860 ft

Ascent: 50 m/164ft

Descent 846 m/ 2765 ft

El Pastor:

Distance: 8 km/5 mi

Max elevation: 4,220 m/ 13,846 ft

Ascent: 141 m/ 462 ft

Descent: 954 m/ 3,129 ft

Lodging: Centenario Inn in Cusco

Meals included: B, L, snacks, D

Today, we’ll say our tearful goodbyes and take you to the airport for your departing flight as your bucket-list Peru mountain bike vacation draws to a close.

If your flight isn’t until later in the evening, there’s tons to do in Cusco. Visit the stunning ruins of Sacsayhuaman or experience the colorful authenticity of the San Pedro Market, just a quick 8-minute walk from La Plaza de Armas. There, you’ll find ladies in traditional dress at tiendas selling nectarines, nuts, and plantains, and other kiosks selling alpaca jumpers and pachamama dolls. Try foods like lomo saltado (stir-fried beef) and anticuchos (beef hearts) and local fruits like lucuma, granadilla, and chirimoya. Or, if you have a soft spot for the arts, check out the contemporary tapestries at El Museo Maximo Laura or the ancient artifacts in El Museo de Arte Precolombino. If the possibilities for today feel overwhelming, come by the shop, and any of our guides can give you tips on how to make the most of your day in Cusco!

Meals included: B

What’s the price of this 7 day Peru Mountain Bike Vacation? And what’s included?

The price is $1,595 per person when booking one of our set dates*.

 

The price includes: 

  • Airport pick up and drop off on arrival and departure (whatever those days may be – we’re on your schedule)
  • 6 nights of lodging between Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  • Full shop access to maintain your bike while in Cusco
  • Professional bilingual local mountain bike guide (1 per every 4 riders)
  • Four days with a shuttle vehicle
  • Snacks, lunch, and water refills on ride days
  • Signature “Haku Expeditions” bike jersey
  • Group farewell dinner on the last night
  • The time of your life!

 

Not included are:

  • Flights
  • Mountain bike rental (however, rentals are available for $50 per day)
  • Machu Picchu tour (ask if you would like this as an add-on on one of your rest days)
  • Dinners unless stated
  • Lunch on non-ride days
  • Private room (you can ask for a supplement price if you want one, though)
  • Tips

 

*When booking outside of the set tour dates ask for pricing.

For this 7-day Peru Mountain Bike Vacation:

You should have a mountain biking level of Intermediate tech: You’ve got three plus years of riding on singletrack trails of all sorts with features such as rock gardens, steep sections, rolls and drops, roots, and small jumps. You are confident on the bike in most situations. You’re constantly looking to improve your riding skills and enjoy riding for extended periods of time climbing and descending in terrain of all sorts.

Your fitness level should be at least a 3.5: You will want to be in between these two levels

3:You exercise one to two times a week but do not have a normal schedule that keeps you biking or doing other activities weekly. You don’t go to the gym or train for any specific sports but you lead a relatively active lifestyle by biking, hiking, skiing, or whatever it may be. For biking: climbs and long descents give you some trouble and you tend to get tired after about 2-3 hours on the bike.

4 You exercise 3-4 times a week and enjoy physical activities such as biking, hiking, skiing. You are active. For biking: you enjoy climbs that are moderately long and being on a bike for 3-5 hours in one day doesn’t get you too tired or fatigued.

We include airport pick up and drop off with your mountain bike. 

 

On this 7 day itinerary you can arrive on day one and leave on day 7 unless you would like to come early or stay longer. 

 

A driver will be waiting at the Cusco airport for you with a sign with your name. He will not arrive early. If your flight arrives early please wait for him to arrive at the original scheduled time of arrival. 

 

We offer to pick you up any date you arrive. Therefore, if you would like to arrive early we will pick you up and store your bicycle for you. We also offer to take you to the airport on any date you leave from Cusco. We do not offer this service from another area such as the Sacred Valley.

This trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru. You will want to look for flights to Cusco (CUZ) which will always require a layover; layovers are often in Bogota or Lima. Layovers are often long and arrivals to Lima are generally around 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. If you choose a flight all the way to Cusco, then you only pay once for your mountain bike on the first flight you take. 

You can also fly into Lima and spend a night there before flying out in the morning. If you choose that option let us know so we can help with your bicycle logistics. This requires that you pay a second time for your bike. Latam charges $35 on national flights. 

Check if you need a visa for any of the countries you may pass though such as China. Some countries require it even when passing though, others will allow you to stay in the airport in a special area without leaving. Be sure of your layover countries visa requirements. 

Before booking flights look into how much baggage you are allowed and how much an oversized  bag will cost you. All bicycles are oversized. The price ranges so check this before booking the flight. We recommend you call the airline beforehand.  

IMPORTANT: Generally, any time you land in another country, you need to get your luggage and rescan it or re-check it for security purposes. Every country is different so check once you arrive; don’t simply count on the person at the front desk who checked you in at your first airport. In Lima, you must re-check your bags/bike. Make sure you have enough time during your layover for migrations and the bag check. 

Also, Cusco is at a very high altitude, so we suggest arriving early if possible to acclimatize.

We recommend you bring a full-suspension all-mountain, trail, or enduro bike.

These days, the trail bikes have become more like enduro bikes and the enduro bikes have become more like DH bikes. Therefore, what we recommend is a full-suspension mountain bike with 140mm or more of suspension in the front and rear.

We also recommend that you have a tubeless tire setup and tires such as Maxxis Minion, Highroller, or Assegai.

For the bike:

  • Bring a well maintained bike for Enduro, All-Mountain Style Trails: Check that the chain is not stretched, cables are clean or new, the headset and pivots are moving nicely or cleaned and greased
  • You will need extra bike parts, please don’t expect to buy much on this trip
  • Extra brake pads
  • Derailer and shifter (Optional)
  • Spare Tire (Optional)
  • We recommend tires like Maxxis Highrollers, Assegai, Minions or something similar
  • Tubeless is your best bet. Bring extra sealant and an extra valve
  • A derailer hanger, a multi-tool and a tube are essential
  • Extra Screws for the bike and for clip-less shoes if you use them. Zip ties are great too
  • Any kind of liquids you may need, Reverb oil, brake oil, tubeless sealant, chain lube in small bottles. Pack in sealed baggies so they don’t explode in transit.
  • Bleed kit or ask if we have the one you need

How to pack your bike for travel

Packing your bike for a trip like this requires either a bike bag or a bicycle box. Both work. If you do not have a bicycle box you can contact your local bike shop and generally get one for free or very cheap. 

Steps to pack your bag:

Drop the seat post before you take off the wheels. It’s easier that way.

Take the pedals off, it is easier now while the bike is still whole. 

You will need to take off the handle bars. Put the screws back into the stem so you do not lose them. Strap the handlebars to the side of the bike with padding. Make sure nothing moves so you bike does not get scratched. Zip ties can help with this. 

Take out some of the air in the tires. This is a requirement for flying with the bike. Take off both wheels. We recommend you put the axle back into the bike so you do not lose it. 

Take off the discs from the wheels. While this may seem tedious it saves your disk from getting bent and only takes a few minutes. Put the disks inside something like a folder to keep them safe. Put the screws inside a baggie and tape to the folder. Keep them with the bike. (If you lose your suitcase with clothes at least you still have your full bike together!)

Take off the derailer and derailer hangar. While this is optional it keeps both pieces from getting bent. Remember exactly how this goes back on. 

If you have a bike bag like Evoc or Dakine there will be directions of what goes where. Make sure to tie up the chain so it does not move and scratch the bike. Tie up any loose ends with zip ties or string. 

If you are using a bike box you will need to put in a tire or two first then the frame (and maybe the second tire) with the bars strapped to the bike. Make sure nothing moves. I usually use zip ties to make sure the tires are strapped in one place with the frame. Also make sure that the cog set is facing away from the bike. This will scratch the bike otherwise. 

Once everything is packed you can often put a few extra items inside like your helmet, bike shoes and empty CamelBak. You will want to keep the bag at 23 kilos/50 pounds unless the company you are flying with allows for more weight without a price increase. (Calling to make sure is the best way to know)

Also, don’t forget to put your name, address, phone number and email on the bag or box. 

Our Peru mountain bike tours include breakfast from your hotel and lunch on ride days. 

Our MTB rides include lunches at local restaurants and also in the homes of locals who live on the trail. All of the food we eat for lunch is produced locally and more often than not organic. Most meals are a large bowl of soup followed by a main meal. The main meals are generally meat, chicken or trout along with rice, potatoes, and vegetables. Most lunches do not contain flour. If you don’t eat meat, you can get a plate that has rice, eggs and fried plantain. All of our meat is free range, grass fed and produced by local farmers with small farms. 

If you have dietary restrictions please let us know so we can help you plan for the trip accordingly. 

We provide snacks for the ride days. However, Peru does not have the same high calorie snacks that most developed countries have. Feel free to bring extra energy bars for the trail if you think you may want snacks you already enjoy!

We provide water for the rides. You will need a bottle or camel pack to fill.

This Peru mountain bike trip does not provide dinner (except the farewell dinner of course!) We have chosen to do this so that you can explore Cusco’s amazing food scene on your own!

Each person is required to have a specific travel/trip insurance outside of your credit card or regular medical insurance. You should get comprehensive coverage with trip interruption/cancelation and with personal liability. Mention all activities that you will be involved in such as mountain biking and whatever other activities you may have planned. 

We do not provide refunds. Because mountain biking is an adventure activity and getting hurt is a possibility, you will want a travel insurance. If you should get hurt, not only will it cover your medical expenses, it will also cover the lost portion of the trip. Make sure you have trip interruption or trip cancelation included! South America is famous for people striking and shutting down all activities. If you miss your Machu Picchu trip, your Amazon trip or your flight due to strikes the insurance will cover the loss or additional costs that are incurred. 

Check out our advice on insurance and some helpful links here.

Peru’s currency is called the Nuevo Sol. You’ll be able to exchange US currency for the Sol easily in Cusco. The exchange rate often fluctuates between 3.29-3.33 sol per US dollar. (As of Jan 2020)

We recommend you bring cash. Peru is still a cash society. Most people don’t have bank accounts as Peruvian banks charge up to $15 per month just to have the account open. So, services like Venmo, Pay-Pal, and Apple Pay aren’t used here. Most local stores, taxis, and local restaurants are cash only. 

ATMs charge around $8 to take out $60-200. Banks only allow a small withdrawal daily. Thus, it’s probably a good idea to withdraw a good sum of cash before you come to Peru. The USD, EURO, CAD cash you bring should be non-ripped bills. Small rips or bills that are written on are not accepted for exchange. 

Seeing as Peru is a cash society and it is difficult to withdraw large amounts of cash, we require your balance be brought in cash, for the simple reason that we, too, must pay the people we employ and whose services we use in cash as well. 

 

TIPPING: Local restaurants generally do not require a tip, however, leaving a few soles is a nice gesture. Tourist restaurants are generally a 10% tip. 

Tipping your guide in Peru is generally 5-10% of the price you paid for the tour. If you would like to tip your driver for the day, a 10-20 soles tip would be a nice gesture.

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We recommend you take vitamin C supplements and probiotics before you come and while here. As great as Peru’s food is, it’s probably different than what your body is used to, so it’s important to make sure your body is ready for the transition. Food safety is crucial when travelling abroad, and Peru is no exception. Check out our blog on the subject.

We also recommend that you begin working out and training for this trip. Because you will do lots of downhill riding you should work on your upper body and lower body. Grip strength will help too!

Bring cash. Peru is still a cash society. Most people don’t have bank accounts as Peruvian banks charge up to $15 per month just to have the account open. So, services like Venmo, Pay-Pal, and Apple Pay aren’t used here. Drivers, guides, local restaurants — all will be expecting cash.

This means that we too will ask for the balance of your trip in cash for the simple reason that we must pay everyone we work with in cash.

ATMS charge around $8 to take out $60-200. Banks only allow a small withdraw daily. Thus, it’s probably a good idea to withdraw a good sum of cash before your flight to Peru.

Peru’s currency is called the Sol. You’ll be able to exchange US currency for the Sol easily if you need to in Cusco.

Each group should have at least 2 people with a max of 8 riders. If you are alone and have specific dates outside of our trip dates, contact us — we are flexible and will make sure we can get you out shredding in Peru.

Generally 25-60. We expect you to be able to handle intermediate to advanced mountain bike trails. If you’re under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This is an enduro-style mountain bike holiday with some pedaling but lots of all-mountain style downhill (here, we don’t mean hardcore DH riding, with crazy jumps and drops and such — just fast downhill riding, traversing, etc.)

Although we do provide statistics as to the amount of miles/kilometers the rides are, vertical descent is a much more informative metric; for instance, a 9 mile ride that descends 800 feet is a lot different than a 9 mile ride that descends 8,000 feet. 

 

Peru is one of the very few places where you can get more than 8,000 feet of descent per ride day. Many of the rides are between 8 miles to 18 miles long with most around 10 or 11. Many days we ride more than one. Our 7-day Peru mountain bike vacation will generally have about 25,000 feet of descent over the 4 ride days.

On each ride you should have a Camel pack with water, snacks, rain jacket and whatever bike tools you need for the trail. Since we sleep in a hotel each night, we do not need to carry any additional gear with us.

Please walk it! Just stay within your abilities.

We have a great group of guides. Check out our Team page to see who may be on your trip.

We use hotels and sometimes airbnbs for our stay. We choose hotels based on location. We use simple hotels that are clean, have real hot water and breakfast.

Breakfast each morning, lunch on ride days (4 lunches) on farewell dinner.

Luggage remains at the hotel or comes with us in the shuttle vehicle when we move to another location.

You will get a tourist visa on arrival at the airport.

In short: we don’t know! We are at a base altitude of 11,000+ feet. When you’re that high up, the weather is constantly changing. We recommend that you don’t look at the forecast because, frankly, it’s always wrong. Our dry season is between mid-May and late September. The shoulder seasons are April and October, and the rainy season is between November and March with the heaviest rains in December and February.

Packing list for 7-day Peru Mountain Bike Vacation:

  • Passport and plane tickets!
  • Cash, credit cards, ATM card
  • Trip/Travel Insurance papers
  • Regular shoes for dinners and bike shoes for the trip. We recommend platform shoes but please use whats most comfortable for you
  • Toiletries/medicines/epi pens/inhaler, etc…
  • Travel towel
  • Ear plugs and face mask for sleeping at night
  • Rain jacket (all year) and rain pants (Oct-April)
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Wool or fleece sweater
  • Wool base layers, top and bottom
  • Clothing for off the bike: Long sleeve, pants, socks, etc
  • Biking clothes: Bike shorts, long sleeve jerseys, wool socks
  • Battery pack for many charges and charging cables
  • Wool socks and lots of them
  • Buff or scarf
  • Camera and GoPro (optional)
  • Down jacket
  • Headlamp
  • All gear, helmet, gloves (2 pairs minimum), knee and elbow pads
  • Large Camel pack
  • Multi-tool
  • High calorie snacks

For the bike:

  • Bring a well maintained bike for Enduro, All-Mountain Style Trails: Check that the chain is not stretched, cables are clean or new, the headset and pivots are moving nicely or cleaned and greased
  • You will need extra bike parts, please don’t expect to buy much on this trip
  • Extra brake pads
  • Derailer and shifter (Optional)
  • Spare Tire (Optional)
  • We recommend tires like Maxxis Highrollers, Assegai, Minions or something similar
  • Tubeless is your best bet. Bring extra sealant and an extra valve
  • A derailer hanger, a multi-tool and a tube are essential
  • Extra Screws for the bike and for clip-less shoes if you use them. Zip ties are great too
  • Any kind of liquids you may need, Reverb oil, brake oil, tubeless sealant, chain lube in small bottles. Pack in sealed baggies so they don’t explode in transit.
  • Bleed kit or ask if we have the one you need

The laws here are always changing. We have had no problems in the past with drones, although this is at your own risk. Furthermore, if you are jumping in with an already-formed group, we can’t promise that we’ll be able to stop to do drone footage for you as it can significantly cut in on riding time. If you are in a private group and the group doesn’t mind, then we are happy to stop to film.

Check out our advice on insurance and some helpful links here

Each person is required to have a specific travel/trip insurance outside of your credit card or regular medical insurance. If possible, you should get comprehensive coverage with trip interruption/cancelation and with personal liability. Mention all activities that you will be involved in such as mountain biking and whatever other activities you may have planned. Say you get hurt on the first day and miss the rest of the trip — this insurance will refund you the missed portion of the trip. It will also cover any added costs due to delay, sickness, strikes by the local people, etc.

Per our regulations, all of our mountain bike guides have at least basic first aid (composed of 16-hour classes which require an update every year), and many have supplemented that with in-depth multi-day training. 

But due to the fact that we will be in the backcountry for a lot of our rides, if you get hurt on the trail you will either need to hike out, get carried out, or wait for medical help. We do not have helicopter rescue. It is crucial that you ride at about 80% of your capacity and don’t overstep your abilities. Although our guides are there to help you, the success of your trip is dependent on you managing your own risk by taking preventative measures, listening to your guides’ advice, and riding well within your skill level.

Seeing this iconic 15th century Incan citadel is a more than worthy bucket list item for most people that come to Peru. If you’d like, we’ll organize a tour of the site that includes a round-trip train ticket, entrance to the sanctuary, and an English-speaking guide.

Archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as a palace for the Incan emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century. They abandoned it after roughly a century during the Spanish conquest, only to remain virtually unknown until 1911, when American historian Hiram Bingham made Machu Picchu’s existence public. In 1983, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and since then it has captured the imagination and awe of the millions of people who travel to experience its magic.

Price: $350 per person. 

Included:

  • Entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Round-trip train ticket on Peru rail
  • An English-speaking guide
  • Two-hour tour
  • Taxi to the train station in Cusco

Not included:

  • Bus up to the ruins ($15 USD purchased at check out)
  • Entrance into Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Taxi to train station in Ollantaytambo

 

All add-ons can be purchased at check out.

If you want a room to yourself, let us know and we can arrange that. 

Price: $30 per person per night

6 nights: $180 per trip

 

All add-ons can be purchased at check out.

Save yourself the hassle of bringing a bike!

We have a full fleet of rental bikes.  We provide Kona Process 153 full suspension mountain bikes. 

Price: $50 USD per ride day

4 ride days: $200 USD

All add-ons can be purchased at check out.

We can make hotel reservations for you. $60 USD

All add-ons can be purchased at check out.

Fitness & skill level

Is This Peru Mountain Bike Vacation For You?

This Peru 7-day bike vacation is designed for avid, intermediate tech to advanced mountain bikers who want to be challenged and thrilled but don’t have the schedule for our full 10 day mountain biking tour. Given that this is a trip for even pro MTB riders to brag about, this isn’t a tour for beginners.  

Our 7-day Mountain Bike Vacation is Cusco is ideal for you if:

  • You’ve got experience riding on singletrack trails of all sorts with features such as rock gardens, steep sections, rolls or small drops, roots, and small jumps. 
  • You are confident on the bike in most situations
  • You’re constantly looking to improve your riding skills and enjoy riding for extended periods of time climbing and descending in terrain of all sorts.

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Giving back

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Haku Expeditions donates 1% of all profits to support local education programs.

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