Day 1: We arrange to pick everyone up from their accommodation in Arequipa in the morning, and then spend some time getting those bikes fitting just right for the adventures to come. It’s also an important day to start adjusting to the thin air...after your short cycle in the morning we have lunch in the city before joining a local guide for a tour around some of the highlights of the centre.
Total biking distance: Up to 20 km. Meals: L, D.
Day 2: Today is an important day to acclimatise as we transfer by van to the surrounding countryside in Arequipa for a local ride, packed lunch and short walk, returning back to the city late afternoon. A free evening gives you time to pack up and get ready to hit the road the following day. Total biking distance: Up to 20 km. Meals: B, L.
Day 3: We depart early this morning and transfer by coach to the highest Pass in the area (Patapampa 4800 m). Here we can enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and after a hot coca tea, we start our winding decent to Chivay (3700 m), arriving in time for an early lunch at a local buffet restaurant. After lunch we cycle on through the surrounding countryside and down into the Colca river valley, where we load up and transfer by van to Cabanaconde, our stop for the night. There is also an option en route for another ride, for those who still have some energy to burn and depending on time there is the option for a walk along the ridge of the Colca Canyon in Cabanaconde. Total biking distance: Up to 60 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 4: From Cabanaconde we transfer by coach, to the Cruz Del Condor, where it is possible to watch these amazing birds soaring on the prevailing winds. From here we hop on our bikes again through to the village of Maca, a mostly downhill ride, where we can visit the colonial churches in the area. This is the suggested pick up point for a transfer back to Chivay, but again there is the option for more for those who are feeling keen. After lunch in Chivay, we have some time to enjoy the hot springs at our accommodation and chill out for the afternoon. Total biking distance: 20-40 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 5: Today is mostly a travel day, but we still fit a little blast on the bikes on our way out of Chivay, before transferring by bus for the busy main road section. Lunch will be in a local restaurant along the route. Total travel time from Chivay to Puno is around four hours. Total biking distance: 40-60 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 6: Today we step off dry land and take a boat from the port of Puno to visit the floating Islands on Lake Titicaca. The magical islands of Los Uros are man-made from reeds and have a permanent local population living on them. Spend the morning learning about their unique way of life. After this visit we continue by boat to one of the main Islands, Amantani, where we spend the night with a local family and learn about their self sufficient, traditional way of life. Total biking distance: Day off. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 7: After saying a sad goodbye to our hosts, we travel to another Island, Taquile, where the local people are waiting for us with demonstration of dance (if you are a good dancer, here’s your opportunity!) and a chance to view local handicrafts. We have lunch here before heading back to Puno for the night. Total biking distance: Day Off. Meals: B.
Day 8: Today is a travel day, leaving early morning to transfer to Cusco, the capital of the old Inca Empire. With some stops at points of interest along the way, we aim to get Cusco around lunch time, and after that you have the afternoon free to explore the city. There is the option of joining a city tour for the afternoon, which takes you to some of the highlights of Cusco’s centre city. This is a small extra cost, paid locally. Meals: B.
Day 9: Today we get back on the bikes and take a ride around some of the ruins in the sacred valley, ending in the famous market town of Pisac. Here we have some time to explore the market and then after lunch we continue cycling along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. This is the day for those who want to get in a few more km’s, or feel free to jump on the van support when you’ve done your bit. Total biking distance: Up to 90 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 10: Today we drive up to Abra Malaga (4315 m), one of the high passes in the area. Here there is the option for downhill demons to descend from the mountain pass to the tropical rainforest! With over 75km to cover we have plenty time for photos of the Valley and a lunch along the way in a local village before arriving in the town of Santa Maria (1430 m), which is part of an area of small isolated villages. The accommodation around these parts is basic, but tourism provides a valuable income for the local people. You do the math on this one, that’s a 3000 m descent over about 75 km, with nothing to do but sit back and enjoy the ride! Total biking distance: 75 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 11: After pancakes for breakfast we’ll have the fuel we need to tackle this next ride. From Santa Maria we carry on to Santa Teresa, traveling alongside the Urubamba River. Don’t be fooled though, today is time for a challenge, altitude is not a problem for us here but this road climbs! The views are spectacular though and we are rewarded at the end of the day with a long downhill to the township. After a late lunch here we catch our train connection to Aguas Calientes (and lucky for us that translates as Hot Springs!). This little tourist town is our base for exploring Machu Picchu. Total biking distance: 40 km. Meals: B, L.
Day 12: We have an early breakfast to get us up to Machu Picchu in time to see the sunrise over the ruins. We take a guided tour in the morning and after that you have more time to explore the ruins independently, even climb the peak of Wayna Picchu if you are feeling energetic and the rest of the afternoon is free for you to head back into town for lunch, shopping and a soak in the hot springs, or if you like you could spend the whole day exploring the ruins. We then regroup back at the hotel later to have our final group dinner together. Meals: B, D.
Day 13: We have a relaxing morning after the early start yesterday and catch the train back to Ollantaytambo (Catching a coach transfer to get us back to Cusco). In Cusco we drop everyone off at their hotels or at the airport if you have a connection from here. Arrangements will be made for airport transfers for those people leaving the following day.
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