"I couldn't have asked for a greater bunch of guys to ride with, or better guides to take us on this adventure." Rowan Hick, CAD
 

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.

Were the Incas mountain bikers? Judging by the massive network of trails and roads they built all over Peru (some 10,000 km by some estimates) at the peak of their empire, modern-day archaelogists could be mistaken for thinking they were.

Just one ride on the incredible Olleros trail - the world's longest downhill, dropping from over 11,000 ft all the way down to the ocean over 36 mi/58 km, and you'll be in awe of the Incas' trailbuilding genius.

 

On this Ride, we'll explore South America's best singletrack, get a taste of Inca history in places like Cusco and Ollantaytambo, and revel in the majesty of the world's 2nd-biggest mountain range. Your local guides are passionate about showing you the beauty of their country, and will give you a rich, fulfilling experience that goes well beyond an amazing mountain bike trip.

 

Check out these great articles written by past Riders on this trip: pinkbike | pinkbike | Bankok Post

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You can handle very rocky terrain and narrow trails, and have excellent bike handling skills. You're comfortable and confident riding all-mountain trails (steep climbs and long, technical descents). You don't mind the odd long day if it gets you to a spectacular and remote place that few other visitors will see. You're not afraid to get out of your comfort zone and experience a totally different and fascinating culture. You're up for trying new things, like roasted guinea pig or volunteering at a remote Quechua community.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    8/9

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,695 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

    8/9

    Level 8

    • You can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast and steady pace over several days.
    • You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical metres (3,280 ft.) in a day on steep terrain.
    • You exercise on average 8-10 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 8

    • You can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast and steady pace over several days.
    • You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical metres (3,280 ft.) in a day on steep terrain.
    • You exercise on average 8-10 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $539 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

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Day 1. Arrive in Lima

Upon your arrival, you'll be greeted with a big smile by your Sacred Rides driver, who'll take you to your hotel in Miraflores. You'll get settled in, explore your new surroundings and get a taste of Lima's delicious cuisine.

Day 2. Pachacamac - skills training

A large Inca fortress with impressive construction dominates the entire Lurin Valley at this important Inca archaeological site. We'll have the opportunity to discover hidden Inca constructions deep inside the valley and the mountains.

We'll recover from our long flights this morning and build our bikes back up. We'll have our safety chat and talk about the afternoon ride and what to expect. After having lunch in Lima, we will be transferred to Pachacamac, 45km. south of Lima where we will ride one of the best trails in the area. 

 
Total km of riding: 32 | Elevation gain: 350m | Elevation loss: 350m | Highest altitude: 500m

Day 3. Olleros Epic Downhill

Santo Domingo de los Olleros, or simply 'Olleros', is located 150km east of Lima on the Lurin Valley and sits at an altitude of 3,150 masl. (10,356 ft.). The start of this trail is located at an altitude of 3,450 mals. (11,319 ft.) and 4 hours away from Lima. The trail is 54km long and is Peru's most famous mountain bike trail.
 
From the start of the trail, on a bright clear day, it's possible to see the Pacific Ocean, which happens to be where we'll end our ride. It's 3,500 meters of epic, drool-inducing, bike-orgasmic vertical awesomeness. Once in San Bartolo beach, we'll wash off dirt and grime and enjoy relaxing views of the Pacific Ocean. We'll then head back to Lima for dinner.
 
Total km of riding: 54 | Elevation gain: 100m | Elevation loss: 3,400m | Highest altitude: 3,450m

Day 4. Transfer to Cusco

We'll take an early morning flight over to Cusco. The rest of the morning is free to check in, explore Cusco, and build our bikes for the spectacular ride that awaits.

After a local lunch near the main plaza, we'll start riding from our hotel to the upper part of the city. We'll pass through main Inca sites and have a great introduction ride in Cusco. Once we are on top of the city, we'll ride down an Inca trail with a few surprises thrown in. We'll end our ride at our hotel and have the rest of the day to learn a little bit more about the city of Cusco. We'll ride approximately 10km in 2 hours. 

 
Total km of riding: 10 | Elevation gain: 300m | Elevation loss: 300m | Highest altitude: 3700m

Day 5. The Incas' Backyard Trail

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we'll be transferred to the upper part of the valley of Cusco and reach a sand mine at an altitude of 4,000 masl (13,123 ft.). We'll start with a short push up the mountain and then ride down following ancient trails and reach the old Inca trail that was used as a shortcut to go from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. As we descend this amazing trail, we'll reach other Inca sites like Zona X and Puca Pucara where we'll have short but steep climbs. Finally, we'll arrive in the village of Yuncaypata and end in Cusco. 
 
Total km of riding: 25 | Elevation gain: 417m | Elevation loss: 1,063m | Highest altitude: 4000m

Day 6. Sacred Valley Treasures

Early in the morning, after a nutritious breakfast, we'll shuttle to Chinchero, one of the most important Inca sites near the Sacred Valley. Chinchero is located at an altitude of 3,700 masl (12,139 ft.) and from this place it's possible to see the entire plateau of Maras and the Vilcanota's Mountain Range with its +5,000 meters glaciers like Chicon and Veronica. We'll cross agricultural fields, border Lake Huaypo and reach the Inca site of Moray at an altitude of 3,600 masl (11,811 ft.). We'll stop here for lunch and explore this Inca agricultural lab and its round terraces, and experience the special energy this place has to offer. We'll continue our tour riding an Inca Trail that will take us to the town of Maras and its Inca Salt Mines. It's a truly spectacular place where we will have amazing views of this salt mine and also the Sacred Valley below us. Finally we will end our tour at the Urubamba River, at an altitude of 3,000 masl (9,843 ft.). We'll then shuttle to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we'll stay for the next three nights. 
 
Total km of riding: 34km | Elevation gain: 254m | Elevation loss: 1,120m | Highest altitude: 3770m

Day 7. Machu Picchu or Huchuy Cusco ride

We recommend you visit Machu Picchu, considered one of the 7 wonders of the world, as an option for this day. The 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. If you opt out of visiting Machu Picchu, you'll have the option of riding the Huchy Cusco trail in the Sacred Valey. Big climbs, big descents following an Inca trail through the mountains. 

N.B. the trip to Machu Picchu is not included in the trip price. The cost to visit Machu Picchu is $310 Cdn/person, which includes return train ride to Aguas Calientes, bus to Machu Picchu, admission and guide.

Day 8. Origin of the Inca Empire

There are three theories that explain the origin of the Inca Empire, all of which agree that it stemmed from Ollantaytambo, on the Patacancha Valley. Early in the morning, we'll start with a bus shuttle from Ollantaytambo and climb towards the Patacancha Valley, a tributary of the Sacred Valley at an elevation of 4,500m. We'll descend mostly, with the occasional odd climbs. We'll cross rivers, pass little villages and enjoy again the stunning views of the Andes.  We will stop in the village of Patacancha for lunch and the local people will show us how they work the land and make their clothing. 
In the afternoon, we'll continue on the dirt road for about 5km before we start climbing to Pumamarca.  The climbing to Pumamarca is around 20 minutes on the bike and 5 of pushing. The singletrack that starts in Pumamarca and ends in Ollantaytambo is one of the best, flowy singletrack with some rocky sections and excellent 360° views.
 
Total km of riding: 31 | Elevation gain: 330m | Elevation loss: 1900m | Highest altitude: 4450m

Day 9. Lares Inca Trail

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we'll shuttle to the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley and then go to the mountain pass of Lares located at 4,420 masl (14,501 ft.). From here, we'll start our ride heading downhill following another impressive Inca trail with thousands of rock steps that look like they were made specifically for mountain bikes. We will pass one of the most impressive landscapes of all the tour, crossing a deep canyon that is only possible to pass on bikes. We'll pass different terrains, from flat surfaces on top of the mountain to great valleys at the middle of the trail. We will finally end our tour on the town of Calca where we will be transferred to the city of Cusco.
 
Total km of riding: 11 | Elevation gain: 0m | Elevation loss: 1000m | Highest altitude: 4420m

Day 10. Cusco and transfer to Lima.

We have reached the last day of our amazing trip in Peru and it's time to say goodbye to Cusco and its wonderful Inca Trails. Flights depart daily at 8:45, 9:55, 11:05 and 13:30, making it possible go shopping in the Indian markets of Cusco. We'll offer an optional morning ride in Cusco for those sticking around until the afternoon or the next day.

  • 9 night accommodation in clean, comfortable hotels
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • 2 local guides
  • Return flights from Lima to Cusco
  • All transportation during the trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 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.

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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!
Pachacama Trail, Lima
Inca Trail 2014 by Adam H
Inca Trail - 42 mins!
Inca Trail April 2014
Inca Trail Sep. 2013 (video #2)
Inca Trail Sep. 2013
Olleros Trail (whole trail)
Inca Trail Mountain Biking
Land of the Incas
Olleros Trail, Peru (part II)
Olleros Trail, Peru
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Single Room Upgrade$500.00 USD
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$650.00 USD
Machu Picchu day trip $290.00 USD
High-end mountain bike rental$750.00 USD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Tambopata National Reserve (Amazon Jungle) 4d/3n$1,500.00 USD
Arequipa and Colca Canyon 4d/3n$1,350.00 USD
Puno and Lake Titicaca 3d/2n$770.00 USD
Caral - Discover the oldest civilization in the Americas (full day)$395.00 USD
Add an extra day of riding, pre-trip$280.00 USD
Add an extra day of riding, post-trip$280.00 USD
Salkantay trek (5 days/4 nights)$1,600.00 USD
Extra Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra pre-Ride hotel night in Lima (double)$170.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel night in Lima (single)$130.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel night in Lima (double)$180.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel night in Cusco (single)$125.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel night in Cusco (double)$150.00 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.

2015
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Lima airport, anytime Monday, July 20, 2015 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Lima airport, anytime Monday, August 24, 2015 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Lima airport, anytime Monday, October 5, 2015 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Saturday, October 3, 2015 Lima airport, anytime Sunday, October 11, 2015 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,250.00 450.00 USD Book Now! Private Sold Out
Saturday, October 24, 2015 Lima airport, anytime Monday, November 2, 2015 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
2016
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, April 23, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, May 2, 2016 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, June 4, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, June 13, 2016 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, July 30, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, August 8, 2016 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, September 10, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, September 19, 2016 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, October 8, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, October 17, 2016 Lima airport, 12 pm 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
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