South America ??
I'm looking to do a big(ger) trip next year, thinking of maybe mtbing in South America. Rather than do what I normally do - procrastinate until two weeks before and scurry to book everything - thinking of actually planning something out.
That being said, I'm considering heading down to somewhere in S.A. The preliminary research i've done leads me to gravitate towards Peru.
Has anyone mtb in Peru - or anywhere else for that matter?
How was it? (where are you originally from for comparable purposes)
Did you use a guide service?
Did you ship a bike? How was that?
When did you go?
Did you feel it was "worth" it?
Any insight would be appreciated.
Intense Tracer VP
Santa Cruz Chameleon
Hey, I have a lot of experience riding in Peru...
Check out a few links of my trips.
If you want any advice, or want to talk about a trip, feel free to PM me...
"We LOVE cows! They make trails for us.....
And then we eat them."
Defenetely Peru is the best place to ride your mountain bike, and if you like challenging trails you will find lot's of them.
We run some of the best tours in Peru and many of our clients that have travelled all over the world, they say that Peru is the best place!
Come to Peru and you will find "El Dorado". We have the map to take you there!
Last edited by wayodh; 07-25-2008 at 08:52 AM.
Dear Friend cyclist,
Please dissemination that could bring in their host country and nationality, competition described below.
With the greatest thanks and cordial greetings
Chairman of the Organization of El Reto de los Misioneros
Celebrating prowess in the seventeenth century missionary groups conducted across the mountains and jungles to reach current and founding peoples of Peru's central jungle, the competition will take place in The Mountain Bike Reto de los Misioneros, in competition Marathon mode that aims at promoting tourism to the area, the promotion of sport, recreation and healthy people especially the youth.
The first edition of this competition took place in the year 2007 with the participation of different cyclists from all over Peru, involving press and the public enthusiasm.
For the second year, provides for the participation of elite cyclists and fans from different countries. Participation will be broken down into categories: Open men, Open Women, Master A and B, providing approximately 120 cyclists, without escorts and press.
The event will include in the course of the stages, art events and entertainment for the residents present at the targets. It also foresees the participation of business and information booth of the sponsors on these points.
20 and 21 September 2008.
Like last year, will be carried out in three stages, two days, but this time the mileage will be higher, increasing the hardness of the test. On 20 there will be two stages, each an average of 50 km. The day will take place 21 stage queen, "The passage of the 3 mountains," with an average of 80 km, including a large part of mountainous topography.
From the Andes to the jungle
The first stage will depart Ricran (Tambillo), location of the Peruvian Andes, heading towards the jungle.
The congresillo technician will take place on 19 September evening in the city of Ocopa, place from which according to the story, the first missionaries departed.
It invites all cyclists and passengers to enjoy the sun, climate, tourist sites and the warmth of chanchamayinos under the patron saint festivities beginning of the Merced Chanchamayo, and only 6 hours of Lima.
Coverage of press, entertainment and adrenaline guaranteed.
Organized by: Association of Hotels, Restaurants and the like (AHORA Chanchamayo), Municipality of Monobamba district, San Ramon and Chanchamayo.
Recognised by: Sports Federation Peruvian Cycling
More information on the website of the event www.perunavigator.com/retodelosmisioneros
If you're looking for an adventure, consider Bolivia as well... The same trails as Peru but more off the beaten track. Or combine the two countries, its dead easy to get across the border. Feel free to give me a shout if you have questions.