Day 1: Today we arrange a pick up from the Airport Velazco Astete (Cusco) and give everyone time to settle at their hotel, after which we set a time to explore the highlights of the City. Cusco, the old capital of the Inca Empire, is famous for its many Inca ruins and archeological sites. Meals: D.
Day 2: Today we get 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 3: 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 only 75 km 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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. Meals: B.
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