Who here has been to Peru?
If so, any tips or lessons learned on things you'd do different next time? I've got a trip scheduled with Sacred Rides to go to Peru in September.
Curious if it makes sense to bring my SLR camera, and if it would make sense for a laptop (is there a presence of internet cafes enough to warrant it? May need to catch up with grad school work in the middle of the trip).
I haven't checked out whereabouts you'll be riding with Sacred Rides but the sickener for me is that the best riding is near the coast, nowhere near Macchu Picchu, which is somewhere I'd want to go while there.
I have, but it was a surf trip, so don't have much in the way to offer as far as biking. However, I did bring a dslr and 3 lenses (70-200 f2.8, 16-50f2.8, 43f1.4), monopod, laptop, and ipad. I stayed in nice places, so security wasn't too much of a concern. Enjoy your trip!
Peru is an absolute blast. I only rode on pavement, though I will say it is well developed and geographically diverse. I've been to Pisco, and the Callao/Lima/Miraflores area. Lima has a lot of cool history like the cathedral & monastery with catacombs underneath. Miraflores is beautiful and modern What city are you flying into?
Flying into Lima, but we'll be hopping a plane to Cusco in the middle of the trip.
Day 1. Arrive in Lima
Your shuttle will meet you at Lima Airport. From there we will take you to our hotel in Miraflores. If you have time, feel free to explore Lima's beaches and history.
Day 2. Pachamac - skills training
A large Inca fortress with impressive construction dominates the entire Lurin Valley at this important Inca archaeological site. We will have the opportunity to discover hidden Inca constructions deep inside the valley and the mountains.
The morning is free to set up the bikes and recover from the long flight. We will meet in the hotel at 9:00 am to finish setting up the bikes, check everything is working properly and talk about the afternoon ride. After having lunch in Lima, we will be transferred to Pachacamac, 45 Km. south of Lima where we will ride one of the best trails on the area. We'll ride approximately 32 Kms today.
Day 3. Olleros Epic Downhill
Santo Domingo de los Olleros, or simply Olleros is located 150 Km. east of Lima on the Lurin Valley at an altitude of 3,150 masl (10,356 ft.). The start of this trail is located at an altitude of 3,450 masl (11,319 ft.) and 4 hours away from Lima.
The trail of 54 Km. long is one of Peru's most famous mountain bike trails. From the start of the trail, on a good clear day, it's possible to see the Pacific Ocean, where we will end our tour! This is a 3,500 meter vertical descent that will take us directly to the Pacific Ocean. We will end near San Bartolo beach, enjoying a relaxing view of the Pacific Ocean. We plan to return to Lima approximately at 7:00 pm.
Day 4. Transfer to Cusco
We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 am and take the am flight to Cusco. The rest of the morning is free to check in, explore Cusco, and complete the acclimatization process. We will also build our bikes for the afternoon ride.
After a local lunch near the main plaza, we will pick our bikes and start riding from our hotel to the upper part of the city. We will pass through main Inca sites and have a great introduction ride in Cusco. Once we are on top of the city, we will ride down a main Inca trail that will give us lots of surprises. We will end our ride on our hotel and have the rest of the day to know a little bit more the city of Cusco. We will ride approximately 10 Km. in 2 hours. The altitude range goes from 3,400 to 3,700 meters (11,155 to 12,139 ft.).
Day 5. The Incas Backyard Trail
Early in the morning, after we take breakfast, we will be transferred to the village of Salkantay located on top of the city of Cusco at an altitude of 4,000 masl (13,123 ft.). We will ride an ancient Inca trail that was used like 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 Saqsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay to finally reach the village of Yuncaypata and end in Cusco. We will ride approximately 30 Km. in 4 hours. The altitude range goes from 4,150 to 3,300 meters (13,615 to 10,827 ft.).
Day 6. Sacred Valley Treasures
Early in the morning, after a nutritious breakfast, we will be transferred 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 will 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 and explore this Inca agricultural lab and its round terraces. After our visit to Moray and experience the special energy of this place, we will continue our tour riding an Inca Trail that will take us to the town of Maras and its Inca Salt Mines. It is a 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 on a side of the Urubamba River, at an altitude of 3,000 masl (9,843 ft.). We'll continue with our bikes to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will stay for the next three nights. We will ride a total of 34 Km. in approximately four hours before we reach Ollantaytambo.
Day 7. Free Day (Machu Picchu option)
This day is free to relax near the Sacred Valley or make other activities like visiting Machu Picchu, considered as one of the new 7 wonders on earth. We suggest you to take the train and discover Machu Picchu!
Day 8. Origin of the Inca Empire
There are three theories that explain the origin of the Inca Empire. The three of them coincide that it was near Ollantaytambo, on the Patacancha Valley. Early in the morning, we will start riding our bikes from Ollantaytambo and climb towards the Patacancha Valley, a tributary of the Sacred Valley. We will climb the first part following the dirt road and then we are going to climb on a narrow and technical singletrack. We will reach the Inca site of Pumamarca at the top of the trail and have a stop to enjoy the place and take our snacks. We will see also the impressive terraces that goes from the bottom of the valley to the top of the mountains. From this place we will ride one of the best singletracks in Cusco and we will descend directly to Ollantaytambo following this amazing Inca trail. We will ride approximately 15 Km. in 3 hours.
Day 9. Lares Inca Trail
Early in the morning, after we take breakfast, we will be transferred to the town of Calca on the Sacred Valley and then go to the mountain pass of Lares located at 4,420 masl (14,501 ft.). From this place we will start our ride down hill following another impressive Inca trail with thousands of rock steps that look like they were made 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.
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 every hour until 3:30 pm, making it possible to do some shopping in the Indian markets of Cusco. We'll offer an optional morning ride in Cusco for those sticking around until the afternoon or next day.
I lived in Peru for 2 years, and miss it very much. Machu Picchu is a trip of a lifetime and you will really enjoy it. It would take volumes to try and describe everything. Here is a very brief overview:
Peru is an amazing country, but in some places what you see is not what is truly there. Example: Lima looks like a trash can, crowded and dirty, but has a soul underneath. Don't judge Lima on its looks, you have to spend a little time there to appreciate it. If you are in Miraflores on the coast at LarcoMar, you might experience this.
Cuzco and the sacred valley, that's where the beauty comes out. Not sure if you are accustomed to altitude and climbing stairs, you will climb and climb and climb - so start stair climbing if you have not already.
Starting in Cuzco, you are at around 11,000 feet and feel like you are wearing a lead jacket all the time. Drink LOTS of Coca tea, all the time. Take it easy the first day. From Cuzco you will descend into the valley, so the altitude gets better each day, but the climbing gets worse. Always climbing. I hope Pisac is on your route - beautiful.
By the time you reach the basin, either Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu, you should have your lungs and legs ready. The altitude won't bother you, but you will climb and climb and climb steps. If you are ambitious, get to the MP very early and score a free ticket to climb Wayna Picchu - the BIG peak behind Machu Picchu. It is 1800 feet up and that is the "prize" for folks who want to say they really climbed something. Wayna Pichu is a narrow trail of steps and at times gets a little hairy.
All in all, if you have never been to a 3rd world South American country, just be on guard, mainly for higher prices as a tourist, but enjoy it and try and experience it as a local.
If you want an excellent read, find your local library and look for the 1911 edition of National Geographic that has the original photos from Hiram Bingham's expedition. There is also the 100 year anniversary in the 2010 edition.
My friend, you will have a blast on your trip to Peru! If you don't take your slr camera be sure to bring a good small camera, that will be fine for your trip. Carrying a big slr in your backpack sometimes you feel that extra weight considering you will be packing lot of water, food, tools, jacket, etc. in your backpack.
I think you will have one of the most memorable trips in your life!
Did a weekend there a while back. I had business on Friday and then free through Sunday. I had a guide. Saturday was mountain biking south of Lima including Pachamac, which pretty cool. That night we stayed on a Peruvian horse farm and road all day Sunday. I believe I found the guide trough Bike-Hike Adventures. I hope to return to see Machu Picchu.
Hola mbakes, next time try our company. We offer one of the best mountain bike trips on earth! Inkas Advetures
1) Definitely bring your DSLR. Lots of opportunities to take great photos.
2) Visit the art galleries and buy a painting at Cusco if you're into that sort of thing.
3) Pisco Sour 24/7 :thumbsup:. I found the best ones being served at the hotel bars. Their version of ceviche was pretty good too. I even tried the guinea pig :eek:
This was taken a few years back at Ollantaytambo.
Was there ~10 years ago so things have probably changed. Looks like folks have got you covered on Cusco and the mountainous areas...
But we also went down to the jungle for a couple of days - to Puerto Maldonado. We stayed at a cool place on the Madre de Dios (which is a tributary to the Amazon). Got to see lots of wildlife: caymans, a huge flock of parrots at a claylick, a bunch of different monkeys on "monkey island". And some 20 year old british kids the morning after their Ayahuasca session with the local shaman. By the looks of them it must have been a pretty harrowing experience.
Anyway, we thought that was a very cool diversion from Cusco.
peru is an amazing country with such diversity...from developed, coastal cities, to traditional, mountainous cusco, to pristine amazon
i spent most of my time in cusco and it was one of the best vacations of my life...at the time, i hadn't touched my bike for several years so i didn't do any riding (unfortunately), but i'm going to go out on a limb and say that is where you would want to do it
i would highly recommend climbing machu picchu mountain over huayna picchu...it's a longer climb, and you will also see almost nobody there...on the trek up, you will encounter several different climates in 2 hours - pros can do it in 45 minutes, it took me and my gf 2.5 - mainly because of her, of course! :) at the summit, the sun was out, it was warm, and the area teeming with birds and insects...we only spent 30 minutes at the summit because we had to catch a train back, but i would have been happy to have died up there
edit: didn't notice the date
Originally Posted by stevehollx
Look you have good trails for biking, do you have any photo ?