The Ultimate MTB Adventure Tour

Hot-springs, world-class terrain and culture on the ultimate MTB adventure tour with Ausangate!

Peru mtb tour

Haku’s Ultimate 10-Day MTB Adventure Tour with Ausangate

Our 10-day MTB adventure tour in Peru is crafted for avid mountain bikers looking for the full South American mountain biking adventure experience. On a trip that takes you through Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Ausangate, you can expect epic enduro-style riding, stunning scenery, and cultural immersion. You’ll tackle more than 12,200 m/40,000 ft. of descent and ride through ancient ruins on historic Incan trails that are over 500 years old. Six of the ten days will be shuttle-assisted ride days; one of the ride days will be high altitude XC riding; and the three off-days will be used to travel, rest, service bikes, or explore places like Machu Picchu.  

Mountain biking in Peru is a bucket-list item for tons of riders around the world. Book with Haku Expeditions to bike Cusco, Sacred Valley, and beyond! Not for nothing did pro MTBer Brett Tippie call his 10 day Cusco MTB adventure tour with Haku “one of the best mountain bike trips he’s ever been on.” Check out the itinerary below for this once-in-a-lifetime mountain bike holiday. Peru is waiting!

Ride Description: Since this is an intermediate to advanced level 10-day mountain bike adventure, you’ll be hitting all kinds of gnarly South American terrain, from narrow singletrack next to cliff sides, to burly stairs, to rock gardens. Check out our itinerary below for more detailed descriptions of what each ride has in store.

(Psst — if you can’t fit in a full 10 day mountain bike vacation, check out a 7 day MTB adventure tour!)

Tour Dates

Dates for our 10-Day MTB Adventure Tour with Ausangate

What you can expect

MTB Adventure Tour Highlights

Some highlights to look forward to on your Peru MTB adventure tour:

Live the Andean adventure

Full MTB Adventure Tour Details

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

Get excited, because today is the first day of your epic Peruvian MTB adventure tour! In the morning, we’ll pick you up in our private shuttle and take you to the Sacred Valley, about 20 kilometers north of Cusco, to give you your first taste of the Andes. We’ll head to Lamay, a steep valley dotted with small adobe pueblos, and shred downhill singletrack for 13 km. We’ll take on ancient Incan trails, chunky Incan stairs, and natural hits with plenty of free-ride open sections at the top. The burly Inca stairs will be sure to get your blood pumping before finally dropping into Lamay village.

When we finish riding this first Lamay trail, we can either hit it again or ride any of the other many trails that are in Lamay Valley; one of our favorites is Lamay 3, where we’ll shuttle up through some breathtaking scenery to ride a fast and fluid MTB trail with switchbacks, a gnarly rock garden, and views of the famous Huchuy Qosqo. This one also ends in the town of Lamay. We will sleep in the Amak hotel in Huran. 

MTB Adventure Tour Trail Stats: 

Lamay 1

Distance: 16.78 km/10.42 mi

Max Elevation: 4334 m/14219 ft

Elevation descent: 1386 m/4547 ft

Ascent: 71 m/233 ft

Lamay 3

Distance: 7.22 km/4.5 mi

Max Altitude: 3542 m/11,620 ft

Ascent: 277m/908 ft

Elevation descent: 574 m/1942 ft

Lodging: Hotel in Sacred Valley AMAK

Food included: B, L, snacks

Today, we’ll hit the wide-open scree fields — check out pro MTBer Geoff Gulevich’s gnarly GoPro video from this part of his Haku mountain bike adventure. The shuttle will take us up to the Lares pass where we’ll hike our bikes up to 4462 m/14,600 ft. From there, we’ll rip free ride lines through the scree and ride down verdant mountainside down we hit an ancient Inca singletrack trail. We’ll pass high-Andean alpaca herds as we descend to the town of Calca, where we’ll finally have a chance to catch our breath after our dreamlike ride through the high country. There are many versions of the Lares trail. We can choose to ride it twice, or even a different version, if we have the time.

MTB Adventure Tour Trail Stats:

Lares 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 Inca Trail section

Distance: 7.56 km/4.7 mi

Max Elevation: 4227 m/13,868 ft

Ascent:  55 m/180 ft

Descent: 566 m/1857 ft


Lodging: Hotel in Ollantaytambo 

Food included: B, L, snacks

Time to rest up once again! After the Lamay and Lares rides, you’ll be ready for a day to eat, sleep, and rejuvenate. Or, if you’ve still got enough energy, you can visit places like the Temple of the Sun and the Wall of the Six Monoliths within it, or the Inca Granaries of Pinkulluna up on the hillside. 

Today would also be a great day to visit the historical crown jewel of Peru, Machu Picchu — check out our optional Machu Picchu add-on. If you think you would like to explore the ancient Incan citadel, let us know and we’ll set up an excursion for you, complete with a tour!

 

Lodging: Hotel in Ollantaytambo

Food included: B

Today is, in a word, hardcore. We’ll hit Patacancha, which is famous for being one of the highest-altitude enduro races in the world at a whopping 14,500 ft, with rock gardens and narrow dirt switchbacks. As such, any bucket-list-worthy MTB adventure tour in Latin America wouldn’t be complete without it!

The course is split up into five stages, with tons of free-ride lines and cross-country-type terrain. There are multiple trails you can ride here — we’ll ride the section from the top all the way down past Patacancha and into Huilloc. There, we’ll have a home-cooked lunch with a local family. After that, we’ll ride a trail exclusive to Haku Expeditions though Huilloc alto before doing a local favorite Pumamarca. We will ride back into town and then pack up and head to Cusco!

MTB Adventure Tour Trail Stats: 

Patacancha Enduro

Distance: 17.3 mi/27.9 km

Max Elevation: 4435 m/14,552 ft

Ascent: 138 m/ 452 ft

Descent: 1551 m/ 5089 ft

Lodging: Hotel in Cusco

Food included: B, L, snacks

Today, we’ll hit some more trails without which your Peru MTB adventure tour would not be complete. The locals love these, so you’re in for a treat. Brujo is one of the sickest trails in the area — it’s an epic Enduro trail with some climbing and pedaling at over 3960 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 the trail again, 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 unrivaled views of the city.

MTB Adventure Tour Trail Stats: 

Brujo AKA Milky Way

Distance: 8 km/5 mi

Max Elevation: 4225 m/13,860 ft

Ascent: 50 m/164 ft

Descent 846 m/2765 ft

El Pastor

Distance: 8 km/5 mi

Max Elevation: 4220 m/13,846 ft

Ascent: 141 m/462 ft

Descent: 954 m/3129 ft

 

Lodging: Hotel in Cusco

Meals: B, L, D, Snacks

The day starts at our Cusco shop at about 9:30 am. We’ll head out to the majestic area of Ausangate, a three-hour drive from Cusco. We will arrive at the home of a local in a very remote area in the Peruvian Andes, where you’ll be staying and eating. There will be a delicious Peruvian lunch waiting for us at the house. After eating, we’ll take a short, 3km hike or bike ride to acclimatize ourselves to the elevation; it is perfect for getting our body warmed up for day two. When we get back from the hike, we’ll enjoy some hot tea– the weather at this altitude is often pretty chilly! Dinner is at 7pm, after which you are free to sleep, or to visit the hot springs (if you dare!). 



Lodging: Local home at base altitude of 4,373 m/14,347 ft

Food included: B, L, D, Snacks

Rise and shine! Today we’ll wake up bright and early for a 6:30 am breakfast, and head out at 7 am. There will be locals to accompany us, who will carry any additional gear we may need and help push our bikes when we cannot pedal. The hike up to the MTB trailhead is about 15-20 minutes; since the route is at a very high altitude, we’ll just take it slow and enjoy the scenery. 

There will be a lot of pedaling today, with a combination of ascents and descents. After about an hour, we’ll come across the calm, emerald beauty of the first of many stunning glacial lakes of the day, with a hulking glacier just on the other side of it. As we continue on, high alpine alpacas will be grazing on either side of us. On the way down, we’ll ride by more glacial lakes and stunning views of towering, 6096m/20,000ft snow-capped mountains. We will end the trail at a set of hot springs, where we can relax before heading to lunch with our local family. After lunch, you are free to relax or head back up to the hot springs. We’ll have a light dinner and be free to sleep, hang out, and take in the beauty that even the Incans knew. 

 

MTB Adventure Tour Trail Stats: 

Ausangate XC Trail

Distance: 20 km/12.4 mi

Max elevation of 4876 m/15997 ft

Ascent: 655 m/2148 ft

Descent: 579 m/1899 ft

Lodging: Local home

Food included: B, L, D, snacks

Today we will have breakfast between 8-8:30. We will head out around 9 am to the Radar trailhead. Bill and Nic were the first to ever lay tracks on this crazy, seemingly never-ending enduro -style trail in the South Valley of Cusco, and from the moment they did it, they knew they’d have to share with other adventurous riders. After lunch at a local restaurant, we can either head back to Cusco or get one last Urban DH trail in before we call it a day. 

 

MTB Adventure Tour 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

Urban DH MTB route

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: Hotel in Cusco

Food included: B, L, snacks

Get some rest today, you’ve earned it. Maintain your bike, eat, sleep, eat some more, sleep some more — all activities essential to the success of any MTB adventure tour. 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. 

But if you aren’t too sore, 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 indulge in local fruits like lucuma, granadilla, and chirimoya. 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 Pre-Colombino. 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! 

Lodging: Hotel in Cusco

Food included: B

Today will be a sweet grab-bag of at least five  trails in Cusco’s backyard (and some even in Cusco itself!). Today, you’ll encounter a thrilling variety of terrain — anything from jumps and berms to urban stair sections. And watch out for that occasional lost tourist! 

There are tons of trails to choose from, including some of the few trails in Peru that were actually built specifically for mountain biking. Many of these trails are used by local Cusco mountain bikers. They throw their bikes on a bus for just a couple of soles and ride them for the day. We can tailor which MTB trails we want to ride depending on the group’s skill and energy levels. 

Check out pro MTB rider Geoff Gulevich shredding one of the day 4 trails here

MTB Adventure Tour Trail Stats: 

Here are just a few examples:

Steep and techy mtb route Santa Maria

Distance: 5.6 km/3.5 mi

Max elevation: 3860 m/12,664 ft

Ascent: 79 m/259 ft

Descent: 600 m/1967 ft 

Enduro All Mountain MTB route Desmuellada combo

Distance: 7.32 km/4.55 ft

Altitude: 3776 m/12,388 ft

Ascent: 48 m/157 ft

Descent: 450 m/1476 ft

Urban DH mtb route with jump sections

Distance: 6.52 km/4 mi

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

Ascent: 21 m/69 ft

Descent: 399m/1,309 ft

Yuncaypata Classic MTB route

Distance: 7km/4.5 mi

Max elevation: 3769 m/12,365 ft

Ascent: 61 m/200 ft 

Descent: 449 m/1473 ft

Steep flow Long Live Broggi MTB route

Distance: 2.4 km/1.50 miles

Max Elevation:3776 m/12,388 ft

Ascent: 9 m/30 ft

Descent: 238 m/780 ft

Salkantay pueblo: 

Distance: 7.25 km/4.50 mi

Max Elevation: 3957 m/12,982 ft

Ascent: 90 m/295 ft

Descent: 577 m/1893 ft

And these are only some of them! As you can see, there are a lot of options for today, and the fact that we have a private shuttle means that we’ll be able to bag a ton of them with ease. Once we’re worn out, we’ll head back into Cusco for a cold beer and a shower.

Lodging: Hotel in Cusco

Food included: B, L, Farewell Dinner

What’s the price? And what’s included?

The price is $2,395 per person with guaranteed departures! Hop on one of our preplanned mountain bike trips or bring a friend and choose your dates!

Included in this price are: 

  • Airport pick up and drop off on arrival and departure (whatever those days may be – we’re on your schedule. Also, this includes transport of your bikes!)
  • 11 nights of lodging between Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Ausangate  (the night before Day 1 on the itinerary is included). 
  • Full shop access to maintain your bike while in Cusco
  • Professional bilingual mountain bike guide who’s trained in first aid (1 per every 4 riders)
  • Seven days with a shuttle vehicle
  • Porters for the Ausangate portion
  • Entrance fees into ruins (besides Machu Picchu, which is an optional add-on), national parks, hot springs and trail permit fees
  • Snacks, lunch, and water refills on ride days
  • Help setting up any additional tours, hotels, or experiences you may want to add on to your trip
  • Signature “Haku Expeditions” bike jersey
  • Group farewell dinner on the last night
  • The time of your life!

Not included:

  • Mountain bikes: rentals are available for $50 per day at check out
  • Machu Picchu tour: You can add this on at check out
  • Dinners unless stated
  • Lunch on non-ride days
  • Private room: You can ask for private room and pay at check out
  • Trip insurance
  • Tips for guides
  • Transport not mentioned in the itinerary

NOTE: As this is South America, things like route closures, weather, labor strikes, and landslides can cause unexpected changes in plans, so your cooperation when our itinerary needs to be flexible is appreciated. 

For this 10-day MTB adventure tour:

You should have a mountain biking skill 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 at the Cusco airport with your mountain bike. 

On this 10 day itinerary you need to arrive at least one day before the trip begins as we ride on day 1. We also ride on day 10 of this itinerary so please leave the following day. We have included 11 nights of lodging, therefore, the night before the trip starts is included.

A driver will be waiting at the Cusco airport for you with a sign with your name. He will not arrive early. If you 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 2am-3am. If you choose a flight all the way to Cusco then you only pay once for your mountain bike which is 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 USD 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 anytime 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, do not count on the front desk lady 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 migracions and the bag check. 

Cusco is at very high altitude so we suggest arriving early if possible to acclimatise.

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 Mountain bike tours include breakfast from your hotel and lunch on ride days. 

All of our MTB rides include lunches at local restaurants or meals 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. In the case that you do not 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 camepack to fill.

This mountain bike trip does not provide dinner (Except the farewell dinner of course!) We have chosen to do this so that you can choose where you want to eat at night. Cusco has an amazing food scene and there are many places to choose from! 

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, yout Amazon trip or your flight due to strikes the insurance will cover the loss or additional costs that are incurred. 

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

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 withdraw 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. 

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. 

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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.

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.).  The Ausangate portion of the trip is high altitude XC with some sections that are hike a bike. We have porters for the bikes.

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 8000ft of descent per ride day. Many of the rides are between 7 miles to 11 miles long with most around 10 or 11. Many days we ride more than one. Our 10-day Peru mountain bike holiday generally has about 45,000-50,000 ft of descent over the course of the 7 ride days.

On each ride you should have a Camelbak with water, snacks, rain jacket and whatever bike tools you need for the trail. Since we sleep in a hotel most nights, we do not need to carry any additional gear with us. On the Ausangate portion you need to bring extra gear but we have porters to help with that

If you’re not comfortable with something, don’t ride it. Medical help is far away, so it’s crucial you stay within your ability level. Please make sure to move out of the way so the next rider can ride without stopping. Then, walk your bike while staying on the inside of the trail and your bike near the cliff side.

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. For Ausangate you will be staying with a local family in a very simple accommodation. It is a shared bathroom and there are no showers or internet. Electricity is also spotty so have a battery pack handy.

Breakfast each morning, 8 lunches 2 dinners at a local home and a third dinner which happens to be our farewell dinner at a nice restaurant.

Luggage remains at the hotel or comes with us in the shuttle vehicle when we move to another location. As for bike bags, they can be stored at the Haku shop with bikes while in Cusco. In the Sacred Valley the bikes are stored at the hotel. We can provide smaller duffel bags for you if you should need one for excursions to the valley.

You will get a tourist visa on arrival at the airport. Be sure to double check the rules and visa requirements for any countries you may have a layover in.

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. Basically, this is true year-round: if you’re in the sun, you’re hot; if you’re in the shade or the clouds are out, it’ll be chilly. 

Packing list: 

  • 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 and pants
  • Reusable water bottle that hot water can be poured into or can be sterilized in
  • 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.

 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/cancellation 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.

We can make hotel reservations for you.

 

Price: $60 USD per night 1-2 people

 

All add-ons can be purchased at check out.

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
  • 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 Kona Process 153 full suspension mountain bikes. 

Price: $50 USD per ride day, 7 ride days: $350 USD

All add-ons can be purchased at check out.

Fitness & skill level

Is This 10-Day MTB Adventure Tour For You?

This 10-day mtb adventure tour in Peru is for avid, intermediate to advanced mountain bikers who practice downhill, enduro, or XC-stye riding and want to be challenged and amazed with world-class terrain.   

Mountain biking Peru is no walk in the park; this tour is not for beginners . If you’re new to mountain biking, check out some of our less demanding trips, such as our Inca Legends ride or our Andes to the Amazon tour.  

Our 10-day MTB Adventure Tour 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.
  • You are fit and can handle seven long ride days at elevation

The ride in images

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Giving back

1% For Charity

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

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