"This trip was an amazing adventure! We were immersed in the real culture of Peru and got to see parts of the country most tourists would never get to see including some amazing Inca historical sites! The traditional Peruvian food was excellent and our guides were truly outstanding!" Ken Willoughby, CAN
 

Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

Big, massive, epic downhills - that's the riding on our Inca Adventure. There are few words that can match the grand scale of the mountain biking in the Andes.

Descend 50,000 feet on this  incredible multi-day downhilling adventure  in the Andes. Shred the Lares Trail starting at 14,500 feet and experience vibrant Inca culture firsthand with our local Guides.

 

Get ready to wipe some serious drool off your full-face helmet.

 

Stand on top of a massive Andes downhill and you'll feel pretty big too, with every worry you've ever had in life drifting away into the clouds, replaced by that in-the-moment feeling of pure bliss as the mountains play host to your wildest mountain bike fantasies.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You love downhill riding and have at least a 6" travel full-suspension bike. You can handle technical terrain, with rocky sections, steeps, and terrain features such as old stone steps. You've done some stunt riding and jumps, or wouldn't mind trying (you can ride around all the jumps on the local trails). You're not afraid to get out of your cultural comfort zone and experience something different, like a meal of roasted guinea pig or meeting the elders at a remote village. You like to give back to local communities when you go travelling.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    EXPERT 8/9

    SKILL LEVEL 8 - EXPERT

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking. You rarely, if ever, walk.

    You often hop over obstacles such as roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over.  Small drops are no issue for you and you are comfortable with having both wheels leave the ground. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue, black and double black trails. 

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 8 - EXPERT

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking. You rarely, if ever, walk.

    You often hop over obstacles such as roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over.  Small drops are no issue for you and you are comfortable with having both wheels leave the ground. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue, black and double black trails. 

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,795 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $559 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    10 days
  • DATES

    April-Oct.SEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Out there

    Level Out there

    • On our 'Out There' Rides, you'll experience unfamiliar situations such as foreign languages, foreign cultures/cultural experiences, remote areas, and other experiences that push you out of your comfort zone.
    • These Rides are great for adventurous types that are looking for something different. If you'd prefer something a little less exotic, try our 'Familiar' or 'Adventurous' Rides.

    Level Out there

    • On our 'Out There' Rides, you'll experience unfamiliar situations such as foreign languages, foreign cultures/cultural experiences, remote areas, and other experiences that push you out of your comfort zone.
    • These Rides are great for adventurous types that are looking for something different. If you'd prefer something a little less exotic, try our 'Familiar' or 'Adventurous' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • Travel Concierge

Check out our Peace of Mind Policies

Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

 

DAY 1. ARRIVAL TO LIMA, PERU

Welcome to Peru!

 

Upon leaving customs and heading into the main passenger pick-up area of Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), look for your shuttle driver with a Sacred Rides sign in their hand.  We’ll then transfer you to our hotel located in the Miraflores area.

 

Now, rest up!
 

Day 2.  Transfer to Cusco and Yuncaypata Downhill

Rise and shine!

 

Breakfast will be available at 6:00 a.m. at our hotel in Miraflores.

 

The official “group meet and greet” will be held over in Cusco, but we encourage you to introduce yourselves to the others - possibly dining with bike boxes.

 

Our airport shuttle will be departing our hotel in Miraflores at 6:45 a.m., so please be packed and ready to go in the lobby by then.  Our flights to Cusco depart at 9:35 a.m.

 

After settling in to your hotel in Cusco, we’ll build our bikes before heading for an early lunch near the bustling main plaza of Cusco.  At lunch, we’ll have a meet and greet and briefly  review the incredible week of adventure ahead.

 

We’ll kick off this week of downhill mountain bike adventure on none other than an ancient Inca Trail.  We’ll descend from the mountain pass of Corao at an altitude of 3,770 m (12,368 ft.), crossing a variety of agricultural fields and Inca sites, and we’ll finish up in lower Cusco.

 

We'll return to our hotel in Cusco to clean up before heading to one of the best restaurants in town.  At dinner, we’ll take the time to review in detail our full itinerary for the week and answer any questions you may have.

 

Tonight, we can enjoy some of the nightlife this Imperial city has to offer.

 

Day 3. Chinchero, Racchi and Maras Downhills

After an early breakfast in Cusco, we'll transfer to the town of Chinchero at 3,750 m (12,327 ft.), the start of one of the most demanding downhill trails in Cusco.

 

Today’s ride will take us across the Inca site of Chinchero, with its incredible stone architecture and its infinite rock steps.This ride continues into a deep canyon that will take us directly to the Sacred Valley at the village of Urquillos (2,950 m/ 9,697 ft.).This is a one hour downhill with more than 750 meters of vertical descent.

 

We'll shuttle up to the top for our next descent starting near the Inca site of Racchi on a natural lookout of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. This is an amazing Inca trail that descends to the Sacred Valley following steep lines and tight corners.

 

We’ll enjoy lunch in Urubamba, the main city in the Sacred Valley.

 

After lunch, we'll transfer to Maras to ride another impressive Inca trail with stunning views of the glaciers. We'll pass by the village of Maras and the pre-Inca salt mines that are simply amazing. This hour downhill will finish off near the town of Yanahuara.

 

Tonight, we’ll sleep in one of two towns: Yanahuara or Urubamba, where we’ll stay for the next three nights.

 

Day 4. Megavalanche Downhill Course

Today, we'll ride the Megavalanche downhill course where the likes of Steve Peat, Cedric Gracia and Brian Lopes have duked it out.

 

We start with a one hour bus drive to the Mountain pass of Malaga at 4,350 m (14,300 ft.), where we'll have great views of such glaciers as the Veronica Summit at more than 5,000 meters (16,500 ft.). The trail starts with a wide singletrack on top of the mountain and then turns to a narrow trail with many obstacles like rock steps, jumps and close turns. It will take us approximately one hour to complete the trail until we reach the village of Tanjca in the Sacred Valley at an altitude of 2,850 masl (9,370 ft.).

 

We plan to ride this amazing trail twice!  

 

We’ll enjoy a group dinner and head back to the same hotel as last night.
 

Day 5. Parque de la Papa (Potato Park)

The area where we will be riding today has been declared as a National Potato Park,  known for its cultivation of a variety of potatoes.

 

This is an amazing area located above the Inca site of Pisac, in the Sacred Valley.  The three trails we'll ride are located in different areas of the same valley, starting at an altitude of 4,200 m. We'll enjoy a full day of gravity downhill on ancient Inca Trails.

 

We’ll enjoy a group dinner and head back to the same hotel as last night.
 

DAY 6. REST DAY - OR - CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!

Day 6 is a scheduled rest day with no activities planned. For those needing to catch up on some extra Z’s are welcome to take the day at leisure. The following options are available as Add-Ons through the Add-Ons tab. Please visit the Add-Ons tab for pricing.

MACHU PICCHU

(Please Note: the Machu Picchu tour is not included in the trip price. Please visit the Add-Ons tabs for pricing. The Machu Picchu tour includes return train ride to Aguas Calientes, bus to Machu Picchu, admission and guide.)

 

We highly recommend you visit Machu Picchu while in Peru, considered one of the 7 wonders of the world!

 

The Machu Picchu tour starts with a train ride from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we'll take a bus up to the Citadel.

 

Machu Picchu (like most of the Quechua names of towns and different sites in the region) is a compound word that comes from Machu = old or ancient, and Picchu = peak or mountain; therefore, Machu Picchu is translated as "Old Mountain". The famous mountain that appears in most of the classical views of the site is named Wayna Picchu (Young Mountain).

 

We'll have the entire day to explore the remarkable Citadel and learn about its well-preserved secrets.

 

Tonight, we’ll dine in Ollantaytambo and and head back to the same hotel as last night.
 

RIDE HUCHUY CUSCO, THE INCA FORTRESS

(Please Note: the Huchuy Cusco ride is not included in the trip price. Pricing for this ride depends on the # of participants. Please contact us to be added to the “Rider” list and for more information on pricing.)

 

For those choosing to ride Huchuy Cusco, The Inca Fortress, it won’t disappoint!

 

We’ll have an early start and head towards the Sacred Valley and the surrounding mountains in Chinchero. This experience will be a true epic Enduro ride, where we’ll have to first climb until we reach 4,336 m and then descend following an ancient Inca trail down to Sacred Valley. This Ride will treat us to amazing views of the mountains, small villages and the Inca Fortress of Huchuy Cusco, located strategically high atop the Sacred Valley.

 

Tonight, we’ll dine in Ollantaytambo and and head back to the same hotel as last night.

 

DAY 7. Lamay Valley Shuttle Runs

Today, we’ll ride two different descents from the top of Lamay Valley.

 

The first trail starts at the top of the valley at an elevation of 4,350 m (14,271ft.). We’ll experience Enduro style riding on the top, followed by an incredible descent down ancient Inca trails to the bottom of the valley at 2,900m (9,514ft.).

 

After catching our breath and wiping the tears of happiness from our wind swept faces, we’ll hop back in our shuttle and head back to the top of the mountain.

 

Our second run will cross mountainside farms where we’ll cross paths with the locals hard at work. This ride will be a true Inca experience, high atop the mountains of the Sacred Valley.

 

Tonight, we’ll dine in Urubamba and head back to the same hotel as last night.

 

DAY 8. Lares Inca Trail

After a well deserved breakfast, we'll transfer to the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley.

 

From Calca, we’ll climb to the mountain pass of Lares, located at 4,350 m (14,300 ft.), where we'll start another epic ride going through an impressive Inca trail that follows a narrow valley with big walls of granite.  We'll then enter one of the most impressive landscape in Peru, crossing a deep canyon one can access only by foot or by mountain bike.  We'll pass through different terrain types, from flat rocky surfaces on top of the mountain to fertile valleys towards the end of the trail.

 

We'll end this epic ride in the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley at an altitude of 2,900 m (9,533 ft.).

 

After lunch, we'll transfer back to Cusco where we'll end our day riding another Inca trail that descends to the center of the city

 

Day 9. Milky Way and Huacotto Downhill Trails

We’ll enjoy a group breakfast before hitting up more of what Peru has to offer.

 

Our final day of riding will treat us to the best two downhill trails in the Cusco area.  

 

Our first ride, known to locals as "The Milky Way" because it starts way up on the mountains of Cusco and the terrain on top is unreal.  We’ll first follow the ridge of the mountain before dropping into an ancient Inca trail that descends to the bottom of the valley.

 

Our shuttle will be ready and waiting for us to jump in  to then climb the other side of the valley to ride Huacotto.  Huacotto is home to the local downhill race series held monthly.  We’ll see big jumps, tight berms, rock gardens and much more on a long descent down to Cusco.

 

Tonight, we’ll head into Cusco for our final dinner and last big hoorah of our epic journey together in Peru.

 

Day 10. Goodbyes and transfer from Cusco to Lima

We have reached the last day of our amazing journey in Peru, and it’s time to say goodbye to Cusco and its wonderful Inca Trails.

 

We’ll arrange for your shuttle to the airport based on your individual flight times.

 

Flights back to Lima depart at 8:45, 12:55 and 16:55.

  • All transportation during the trip, including airport pick-up and drop-off (Day 1 and 10 only)
  • 9 nights accommodation in clean and unique lodges and hotels
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, snacks and drinks for riding, and purified water for riding
  • Post-ride celebration drinks
  • 2 knowledgeable and experienced local guides
  • Return flights from Lima to Cusco
  • Admission to Inca cultural sites

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

We’ve Got You Covered +

GETTING THERE AND BACK +

Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +

BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

Important Stuff +

Other Stuff +

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Giovanni Echarri
Giovanni is one of the first mountain bikers in Peru with more than 20 years practicing and traveling throughout all Peru. Giovanni is a passionate rider that enjoys a lot to ride his mountain bike and show others the trails he knows. Coming soon!

Russo Covarrubias
I was born in Cusco, Peru. I've been a mountain biker for 20 years and love to ride. Can't wait to show you my amazing trails!! Coming soon!

Wayo Stein
I start riding bikes at the age of 6 and since then I have never stop riding my bike. I have combined with other sports like tennis, skateboarding and boadyboarding. At the age of 21 I start riding mountain bikes and I enjoyed the possibilities it... My Sacred Ride is to get as high as possible into the mountains of Peru on a very remote area, get impressive 360 views and then start riding my bike crossing the Andes from one side to the...[more]
Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Destination Trail Peru with Matt Hunter
GoPro: Lost in Peru
Inca Adventure 2012
Pumamarca DH
Chinchero Trail, Peru
Marcahuasi Stone Forest
Land of the Incas

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
2 1 hours 8 km 15 m 470 m 3770 m
3 4 hours 25 km 35 m 2000 m 3750 m
4 3 hours 30 km 120 m 3025 m 4350 m
5 3.5 hours 25 km 24 m 2579 m 4200 m
6 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
7 3 hours 32 km 35 m 1960 m 4350 m
8 3 hours 30 km 25 m 2500 m 4350 m
9 3 hours 17 km 155 m 1650 m 4250 m
10 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
Totals 20.5 hours 167 km 409 m 14184 m 4350 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Single Room Upgrade$355.00 USD
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$720.00 USD
Machu Picchu day trip $310.00 USD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Tambopata National Reserve (Amazon Jungle) 4d/3n$1,500.00 USD
Arequipa and Colca Canyon 4d/3n$1,200.00 USD
Puno and Lake Titicaca 3d/2n$720.00 USD
Salkantay trek (5 days/4 nights)$600.00 USD
Extra Day of Riding the Megavalanche DH Course (Post-Trip near Cusco)$320.00 USD
Acclimatization Day of Riding in Cusco (Pre-Trip)$290.00 USD
Extra Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra pre-Ride hotel night in Lima (double)$120.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel night in Lima (double)$120.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel night in Cusco (double)$100.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD

Book Your Spot!

To book your spot on this Ride, click on one of the Booking links below to put down your deposit. The deposit is fully refundable for 14 days after booking, giving you 2 weeks to sort out flights, vacation time, etc... and not have someone else take your spot(s)!


All departures are guaranteed to run - we'll never cancel a trip due to low numbers!

And we're so certain that you'll have the experience of a lifetime on this Ride that we back it with our Ride Guarantee!

Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?

2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

2016
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, May 7, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, May 16, 2016 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, July 4, 2016 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, October 3, 2016 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
2017
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Lima airport, anytime Monday, May 22, 2017 Lima airport, anytime 2,895.00 579.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Lima airport, anytime Monday, October 2, 2017 Lima airport, anytime 2,895.00 579.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
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