"...one of the longest, most balls-out-fun downhill trails I have ever had the privilege of riding." Dan Barham, Bike Magazine
 

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.

 

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 | Bangkok Post

 

Plus this amazing blog/photo essay from Rider Artur C

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

    ADVANCED 7/9

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    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 can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. 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 and black trails.

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

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    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 can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. 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 and black trails.

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

  • 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

    FITNESS LEVEL 8

    • 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 6 hours of pedal time.

    • You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical metres (3,280 ft.) in a day on steep terrain.

    • You exercise on average 6-10 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 8

    • 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 6 hours of pedal time.

    • You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical metres (3,280 ft.) in a day on steep terrain.

    • You exercise on average 6-10 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

    $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

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

Rise and shine!

 

After an early breakfast at the hotel in Miraflores, the group will be picked up from the hotel, you'll transfer to the airport and take the flight to Cusco where your guides will be waiting for you upon arrival.

 

After settling in 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 review the incredible week of adventure ahead.

 

After lunch, we'll hop on our bikes right from our hotel for a short intro ride to the upper part of the city. 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 back at our hotel leaving enough time to explore Cusco or catch up on a few lost Z’s from travel.

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner in the heart of Cusco.

 

Day 3. SACRED VALLEY TREASURES

Another early morning will be welcomed with a hearty breakfast of local cuisine and coffee.
 

Today, we'll shuttle to Chinchero, one of the most important Inca sites near the Sacred Valley.

 

Chinchero is located at a whopping an altitude of 3,700 m (12,139 ft.).  From here, it's possible to see the entire plateau of Maras and the Vilcanota's Mountain Range with its +5,000 meter glaciers like Chicon and Veronica.

 

We'll cross agricultural fields, border Lake Huaypo and reach the village of Misminay where we’ll have lunch at a local family’s house.

 

We'll continue the ride on an Inca Trail that will take us to the round terraces of Moray, the town of Maras and its Inca Salt Mines.   Get your cameras ready, as the view of the salt mines with the Sacred Valley below is like no other.

 

Finally, we’ll end our ride at the Urubamba River, at an altitude of 3,000 m (9,843 ft.).  The shuttle will meet us and we’ll head to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we'll stay for the next three nights.

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner in Ollantaytambo.

 

Day 4. Lamay Valley Shuttle Runs 

Today is a little more relaxed, and super fun.

 

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.

 

Day 5. The 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 this morning, we'll start with a shuttle from Ollantaytambo and climb towards the Patacancha Valley, a tributary of the Sacred Valley at an elevation of 4,500 m.  We'll descend mostly, with the occasional climb. We'll cross rivers, pass through mountainside villages and enjoy the stunning views of the Andes.
 

 

We’ll stop in the village of Huilloc for lunch, where the local people will show us how they work the land and make their clothing.

 

In the afternoon, we'll continue on a dirt road for about 5 km before we start climbing to Pumamarca. The climbing to Pumamarca is around 20 minutes on the bike and 5 minutes of pushing (you can do it!).  The singletrack that starts in Pumamarca and ends in Ollantaytambo is one of the best, flowy singletrack trails in the area, with some rocky sections and excellent 360° views.

 

Day 6.  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 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.

 

N.B. 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.

 

Day 7.  Ollantaytambo to Lares Valley

Today is a true epic ride.

 

We’ll cross the mountains of the Sacred Valley towards the Lares Valley.

 

Our shuttle will drop us halfway up at an elevation of 4,000 m (13,123 ft.) and from that point we’ll go up with the support of local porters that will help us with our bikes.  Once we reach the top of the mountain at an elevation of 4,450 m (14,600 ft.), we’ll have a snack and then prepare for an amazing descent that will take us to the hot springs of Lares.  This ancient trail take us through very remote areas where we’ll meet the local people that live on that side of the Andes.  

 

This Inca trail is very impressive, sure to be a highlight of your riding experience in Peru!

 

We’ll reach the hot springs for lunch, followed by a relaxing afternoon in the hot springs.

 

Tonight, we camp!

 

Day 8. Lares Inca Trail

After a well deserved camp-style breakfast, we'll shuttle to the top of the Lares mountain pass, located at 4,420 m (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’ll pass one of the most impressive landscapes of all the trip, crossing a deep canyon that is only possible to pass by mountain bike.  We'll pass over a variety of terrain, from the relatively flat plateaus of the mountain top to the rugged valleys.

 

We’ll finally end our ride in the town of Calca, where we’ll meet our shuttle and transfer back to the city of Cusco.

 

There will be an optional afternoon ride once back in Cusco.

 

Day 9. Inca's Backyard Trail

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we'll be transferred to the upper part of the valley of Cusco and reach a sand mine at an altitude of 4,000 m (13,123 ft.).

 

We'll start with a short push up the mountain, to an incredible downhill following ancient trails eventually reaching the old Inca trail that was used as a shortcut to go from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.  We’ll continue our ride with a climb that will take us to the upper part of the Inca site of Tambomachay.  Here, we’ll enjoy unique views of this Inca site.

 

We’ll finish our ride with a thrilling descent that will leave us in the lower depths of Cusco.

 

We’ll freshin up back at our hotel before heading out for our final group dinner.  Tonight, we’ll celebrate the week of adventure, epic riding, new friends and lifetime memories.  Cheers!

 

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 it’s 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
  • 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!
Peru 2015, by Ray Vermette
All-Mountain Ride, Oct 24 2015 by Nathan Littlewood
Incredible Peru - Inca Trail Sep 2015
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
Inca Trail Mountain Biking
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 1.5 hours 6.8 km 89 m 600 m m
3 5 hours 41.9 km 623 m 1331 m m
4 4 hours 36 km 89 m 2500 m m
5 6 hours 31.5 km 455 m 2065 m m
6 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
7 3.5 hours 20 km 325 m 1050 m m
8 2.5 hours 20.5 km 120 m 1465 m m
9 4 hours 18.5 km 423 m 1150 m m
10 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
Totals 26.5 hours 175.2 km 2124 m 10161 m m
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 $295.00 USD
High-end mountain bike rental$750.00 USD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Tambopata National Reserve (Amazon Jungle) 4d/3n$1,600.00 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.

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, anytime 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Saturday, June 4, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, June 13, 2016 Lima airport, anytime 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Saturday, July 30, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, August 8, 2016 Lima airport, anytime 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
Saturday, September 10, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, September 19, 2016 Lima airport, anytime 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, October 8, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Monday, October 17, 2016 Lima airport, anytime 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Lima airport, anytime Saturday, October 29, 2016 Lima airport, anytime 2,695.00 539.00 USD Book Now! Private Sold Out
2017
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Lima airport, anytime Monday, May 1, 2017 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, May 27, 2017 Lima airport, anytime Monday, June 5, 2017 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Lima airport, anytime Monday, June 26, 2017 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Lima airport, anytime Monday, August 28, 2017 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, September 9, 2017 Lima airport, anytime Monday, September 18, 2017 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Lima airport, anytime Monday, October 23, 2017 Lima airport, anytime 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
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