the Inca Legends Ride:
An epic cusco mtb day trip

A truly unforgettable Cusco biking experience!

Peru mtb tour

Best Mountain Biking Day Trip in Cusco!

If you’re in the market for some serious bragging rights, high-adrenaline thrills, tons of downhill mountain biking, and the chance to explore a spectacular part of Peru that’s inaccessible to the average tourist, this Cusco day trip is for you. Mountain biking in Peru is one of the most coveted MTB experiences in the world, and with Haku’s Inca Legends mountain bike day trip from Cusco, you can cross off a major bucket list item in just a day!

Prepare to be stunned by incredible views on the edge of towering, vertical cliffs on backcountry Andean mountain roads. Beginning in cloud-covered passes at almost 14,000 ft, you’ll drop into lush valleys far from any heavily trafficked tourist trails through breathtaking scenery.  You’ll be descending almost 5,000 ft/1,524 m over the course of 35 mi/56 km in a full, action-packed day with our team of passionate local guides who will use their wealth of local knowledge to ensure your experience is as fulfilling, fun, and safe as it can possibly be. This Cusco day trip is the full package: culture, adrenaline, and brilliant vistas, all in a manageable one-day adventure ride. If you are looking for a more intense day on singletrack trails, check out our Cusco day trip singletrack rides

Ride Description: 56 km/35 mi of back country gravel road with lots of switchbacks, cliffs and beautiful Andean villages.

Tour Dates

Dates for the Inca Legends MTB Cusco Day Trip:

What you can expect

Cusco Day Trip Highlights

Some highlights to look forward to on your Cusco day trip adventure:

Experience a Peruvian adventure

Full Cusco Day Trip Details

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

You’ll meet us at the shop at 8 a.m., where we’ll gear up and head out for our MTB adventure. We’ll shuttle for a little over an hour up to a beautiful, cloud-covered pass at an altitude of about 13,800 ft. There, we’ll hit the trail. Down crazy switchbacks and through majestic scenery, you’ll experience local culture and see the “real” Peru — we’ll take you through small adobe towns inhabited only by the Peruvian locals. In fact, your group will be unlikely to see another tourist all day!

We’ll stop for lunch about an hour and a half into the ride; after that, you’ll have the option of putting your mountain bike on the shuttle and driving for the only real uphill section of the ride or taking the challenge and pedalling up.

Then, you’ll wrap up this MTB trip after 5,000 ft of descent into lush valleys and by seven gorgeous waterfalls. Once you’ve reached the end, you’ll share stories and pictures with the other riders over a cold Coca-Cola before loading up our mountain bikes and heading back to Cusco. Our beautiful ride back to Cusco takes about 2 hours, where you’ll be able to sit back, unwind, and enjoy the scenery.

What’s the price of the Inca Legends Cusco Day Trip? And what’s included?

The cost of our Inca Legends mountain bike tour is $220 per person with a 2 person minimum. We generally have daily departures, so simply pick the date that works for you and secure your place with a $80 deposit.

Included:

  • Rental Bike: A fitted, top-of-the-line, full-suspension Kona Process mountain bike, expertly adjusted to your physique and riding style. We update our fleet of Kona bikes every couple of years to make sure we stay on top of the best technology. 
  • High-quality protective gear (e.g. Race Face, 661, Fox, Giro, Bell, and/or Demon Dirt). 
  • A professional, English-speaking mountain bike guide who’s intimately familiar with the surrounding landscape and its settlements. They’ll ride at your level and take care of you through the entirety of the trip. 
  • A comfortable, private shuttle that will be accessible for the whole day. In it, you’ll be able to leave extra belongings or take a break whenever you want. 
  • A delicious picnic lunch or locally-prepared meal.
  • Complimentary snacks and water refills throughout the trip

Not included: 

Biking shoes. You can rent a pair of 510s from us if you’d like — see our optional add-ons tab!

This Peru mountain bike tour leaves from Cusco and returns to Cusco. Please make sure you are in Cusco for this ride.

We ask that you come to the shop at Av. Centenario 707 in the Cusco historical city center at 8 am. There, we’ll fit you to your bike and get you into the correctly sized gear. A taxi from anywhere in the city center will run you about 4-6 soles. You can walk from most places in the city in about 10-25 minutes. 

The trip will end where we started, at the Haku shop.

Please bring your passport or a copy for us if you have not already sent it online. 

Bring your balance of the trip in cash. We will not accept credit cards at the office — please see our Money Matters tab to understand why.

  • Passport (or a copy of it) if you haven’t already sent it to us online.
  • Trip balance in cash (we can’t accept credit cards at the office — please see our money matters tab to see why)
  • A water bottle (we’ll provide the water!)
  • Rain jacket
  • A small pack to carry your snacks, rain jacket, etc.
  • Flat-bottom shoes to ride in if you’re not planning on renting a pair from us
  • Eye protection and sunscreen
  • An extra set of clothes as you may get wet

Our lunches are generally in the home of a local along the way, but sometimes we’ll do a picnic lunch overlooking the roaring Apurimac river. If you have dietary restrictions please let us know in advance so we can accommodate you.

We highly recommend each person 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’ll 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. 

 

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 fluxuates 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 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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You will receive an email asking for some information about your height, your diet restrictions, and a few other details. Please get back to us as soon as possible so that we reserve the right size bike for you. 

Let us reiterate: make sure to buy yourself trip/travel insurance! They are generally very inexpensive and cover your entire trip. Seeing as you have probably spent lots of money on your Peru tour you will want to make sure it is covered should you miss any of it!

All of our deposits are non-refundable. If you are booking a trip during the rainy season there is a chance you may get wet. We do not cancel for rain unless there have been landslides or something to close the trail. In the case that we cancel the trip we will refund you 100%.

Depends on the time of year! Mid-May to end of September: dry and hot. October to beginning of May: constant chance of rain. It’ll be cold at the high-elevation pass and warmer as we descend.

Dress in layers! Long sleeves and shorts with a jacket on or in the backpack. Wear wool socks if possible. The best is a nice base layer, wool if possible, with jersey or t-shirt over it.

1 guide for every 4 riders.

Yes. On some trips you’ll have a relatively long shuttle ride on Andean mountain roads. You can leave stuff in the shuttle; use that as an excuse to bring extra clothing in case you get wet or cold!

Shuttle times: Local Cusco: 20 minute ride. Lares: 1:45-2 hour ride. Lamay: 1:45-2 hour ride. Radar: 2:15 hour ride. Inca Legends: 1:10-1:30 hour ride.

Get a custom Haku Expeditions mountain biking jersey that will be the envy of your riding buddies back home. $20 USD

 

All add-ons can be purchased at check out.

Add some grip to your ride! These riding shoes will keep you on the pedals and provide a safer experience. $7 usd

 

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 Machu Picchu 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 Machu Picchu tour
  • Taxi to the train station in Cusco

Not included:

  • Bus up to the ruins [15 usd]
  • Entrance into Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Taxi to train station in Ollantaytambo

 

 

All add-ons can be purchased at check out

 

Make your vacation even easier! Let us book a hotel or airbnb for you!

We make sure to book you a comfortable place that has a central location in Cusco with in walking distance to the Plaza de Armas

We also make sure you have a place that has real hot water as many places in Cusco only offer cold water or luke warm showers at best! 

Hotels include breakfast. Private apartment airbnb do not.

All add-ons can be purchased at check out.

All add-ons can be purchased at check out

Fitness & skill level

Is The Inca Legends Cusco Day Trip For You?

Part of making sure your Cusco mountain bike ride is perfect for you is honestly assessing your ability level. This Cusco downhill mountain bike trip is one of our most accessible offerings, suitable for both confident beginners as well as seasoned mountain bike experts. We ask that you’re simply of at least average fitness — this ride is specifically crafted for those that love cycling but want something a little less intense than our gnarlier singletrack options

Our Inca Legend MTB Cusco Day Trip is an ideal fit for you if: 

  • You love mountain biking, even if you’ve only been a handful of times. 
  • You crave high-energy, adrenaline-pumping thrills that are nonetheless safe and accessible to newer riders.  
  • You want the jaw-dropping backdrops and killer scenery of the Peru backcountry without the crowds of the main trails or the advanced technicality of our single-track offerings. 
  • You want to seek out something unique. 
  • You favor personalized, small-group adventures over crowded, whistle-stop tours. 
  • You want an epic, bucket-list-worthy adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime!

The ride in images

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

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