From the 18th of May 2019 to the 31st
we organize a spectacular and unique mountain bike tour in Peru!
Also from the 5th to 18th of October, and about the same dates in 2020!
This spectacular mountain bike expedition starts in the well-developed and dynamic Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the poor and deprived Ayacucho, where the projects of StartUp4kids are carried out. The expedition traverses mountain peaks through the core of this unique area: starting from over 4,000 meters, through lush cloud forests and deep valleys. In short, many different landscapes and ecosystems that Peru is so famous for.
Along the way, we stay with local host families or we camp in the middle of nature, next to schools or villages. There are seven cycling days, one of which is optional. We cycle 40 to 70 kilometers a day, mostly unpaved and downhill, although there are certainly long, challenging climbs in between. A GPS route is available, as well as an overview map in Google Earth with waypoints, distances and altitudes, height cross sections of the route, distance tables, etc. The trip is fully taken care of, including complete camping equipment, cook, follow-up car, guide on motorbike, professional mountain bike guide, guidance from StartUp4kids, reserve bikes, accommodations and all meals except in the larger towns, where you have choices.
In addition to the expedition, there is ample time to visit cultural sites such as Machu Picchu and to enjoy the Peruvian culture.
Day 1 – arrival in Lima
The adventure begins! After the flight, we are warmly welcomed in Lima and taken to the hotel.
Day 2 – Lima – Cusco – Ollantaytambo
We are picked up at the hotel for taking the flight to Cuzco! (01:20 h) Arriving at the airport our driver and guide are ready to take us to the hotel in Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (01:30 h). We stay here for two nights, so there is enough time to acclimate and enjoy the beautiful village and the surroundings! Today we will also have a full briefing of our guides about the route and try out some equipment so we can make sure we’ll bring the right sizes of helmets and other protective elements for you.
Day 3 – visit Machu Picchu or day off in Ollantaytambo
Today you can choose between a visit to the spectacular Machu Picchu or a visit to the Pumamarka ruins at Ollantaytambo. If you choose the first option, then you must take the train to Aguas Calientes and a bus for the final stretch. You can climb the Machu Picchu mountain as well!
Day 4 – downhill to Julia’s house in Huayopata
First cycling day! By bus, we drive to the Abra Malaga pass at 4,300 m, and then we descend to about 1,500 meters, where we are welcomed by Julia, that receives us with a delicious lunch followed by a guided tour. She grows coffee beans, tons of other fruit, and cocoa beans with her husband José.
Day 5 – Huayopata – Huancacalle
Before we start the bike tour of about 43 Km, we are first taken by bus to the beginning of the Vilcabamba Valley. From there we cycle up about 5 to 6 hours on unpaved roads. The valley is beautifully green and wonderfully quiet. We spend the night in Huancacalle.
Day 6 – Huancacalle – Vilcabamba – Huancacalle
Today we visit on foot the ruins of Vitcos and the Yurak Rumi rock, an attractive walk of half a day. After lunch, an optional bike ride can be made further into the valley to the village of Vilcabamba The Old, a beautiful town with a beautiful church built by the Italian priests. After a short visit, we descend by bicycle to Huancacalle. The round trip is about 16 Km.
Day 7 – Huancacalle – Puya Raymundi Forest
The bike tour starts immediately with a long climb of 1,533 altitude meters over 20 Km over a fairly wide path in a fairly good condition. Once the pass at 4,470 m of altitude has been reached it is time to quickly wear a windbreaker. From here we descend again about 700 vertical meters over 11 km through a peaceful valley with beautiful villages. With the last climb, we cycle to our campsite at 4,000 m next to the impressive Puya Raymundi Forest with the Panta mountain (5,840 m) in the background. Here, a cold night is awaiting!
Day 8 – Puya Raymundi Forest – San Fernando
We are taken to the highest pass (4,529 m) and then descend by bike on an unpaved track for 2,230 altitude meters to the cloud forest. Bird watching! Then we are transported to the next pass, we enjoy a picnic and then descend by bike to our next camping spot in San Fernando.
Day 9 – San Fernando – Cruzpata
From the camping site, we immediately take the bike and descend via San Fernando (2,200 m) to the Apurimac River! There is also a short ascent in-between (120 m). After about 40 Km we are brought up and we pass over Cruzpata into a small valley at 3,500 m.
Day 10 – Cruzpata – Pacucha
Last bike challenge today! A fairly long route (40-50 Km) with several climbs and descents of between 200 and 300 altimeters at first, sometimes very challenging paths.
The last part we drive with transport to the Pacucha lake, where we take a nice view of our cycling expedition! We say goodbye to our cook, the assistants, and the driver of the camping/cook car.
Day 11 – Pacucha – project in Vilcashuaman or Vischongo
A visit to the first project we have cycled for! We leave early for Vilcashuaman or Vischongo and spend the night at an inn in one of the villages.
Day 12 – Project in Vilcashuaman or Vischongo – Ayacucho
This day is also marked by project visits. Then we drive to Ayacucho where we stay in the beautiful hotel Via Via.
Day 14 – Ayacucho – Lima – home
The unique adventure is almost over. We take an early flight to Lima. During the day there is still time for a tour in the city, and in the evening we board the plane back home.
Interested in causing a high social impact while cycling across the southern Andes of Peru?
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