Trip Type : Group Tour
Stride climate
This trip visits a destination that is affected by climate change
Beautiful view of Machu Picchu, South America

Cusco to the Amazon

Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
10 days
From: $ 3,095 $ 310 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Spectacular landscapes with big valleys, glaciers and deep canyons
  • Experiencing vibrant Inca culture and rich history
  • Incredible hiking and biking on the ancient Inca network of trails
  • Manu National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with some of the most remarkable biodiversity on the Planet
  • World-renowned Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. (not included in trip price)

Short Description

This incredible 11-day itinerary serves up a heaping portion of history, culture and outdoor adventure, taking you from the foot hills of the world’s second largest mountain range, all the way up to the world-renowned Machu Picchu and through one of the most biodiverse areas of the world: the Amazon Jungle.

Stride Take

For those in good shape, this mountain biking journey in the highlands around Cusco and the Amazon jungle promises “steep climbs, glorious descents.”

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lima
End City Cusco

Trip Includes

  • Round trip flights from Lima to Cusco.
  • 9 nights accommodation (includes 5 nights in hotels, 3 nights in lodges and 1 night camping)
  • Private transportation. Includes airport transfers in Lima and Cusco.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and lots of snacks
  • 4 delicious dinners while in the jungle
  • Entrance to Maras, Moray and Manu National Park
  • Boat ride to the amazing Pantiacolla Lodge
  • 2 local, English-speaking guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: International Arrivals

Most of the international flights arrive late at night. Our guides will pick you up from Lima airport and transfer you to a cozy hotel located in the Miraflores area, south of Lima. Miraflores is a nice neighborhood where you can find great shops, restaurants and many attractions.

Day 2: Flight to Cusco

After a delicious breakfast, we'll board the late morning flight to Cusco. Arriving in the early afternoon, we'll have lots of time to stretch our legs and discover some of the many sights of this bustling city and UNESCO world heritage site. In the evening, we'll have the trip briefing with a delicious meal in front of the main plaza.

Day 3: Cusco Inca Secrets

Today we'll start riding our bikes straight from our hotel in Cusco. We'll climb to the upper part of the city and reach the Inca site of Saqsayhuaman, offering amazing views of the impressive fortress that is the city of Cusco. After this first stop, we'll continue climbing and passing more Inca sites on our way until we reach a small village on top of Cusco. We'll ride mostly dirt roads and  fun singletrack, stopping along the way to visit several impressive Inca sites. We'll descend back into Cusco, where our bus will be waiting to take us back to our hotel for a relaxing evening. We'll ride a total of 25Km in approximately 4 hours.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Treasures

Early in the morning, after a nutritious breakfast, we'll be transferred to Chinchero, one of the most important Inca sites near the Sacred Valley, located at an altitude of 3,700m (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 will cross agricultural fields bordering Lake Huaypo and reach the Inca site of Moray at an altitude of 3,600m (11,811 ft.). We'll stop here and explore this Inca agricultural site and its round terraces. After our visit to Moray, we will continue our tour riding an Inca trail that will take us to the town of Maras and its Inca Salt Mines. It's truly a spectacular place where we will have amazing views of the Sacred Valley below us. Finally we'll end the day in the town of Ollantaytambo, where we'll stay for the night. We'll ride a total of 40 Km. in approximately four hours before we reach Ollantaytambo.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

We highly recommend visiting Machu Picchu as an option for this day (can be added to your trip for an additional price). The tour starts with a train ride from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. Then we'll take a shuttle 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 is seen in front, and appears in most of the classical views of the site is named Wayna

Picchu (Young Mountain). We'll have most the day to explore the entire citadel and learn about all of its well preserved secrets. At the end of the day we'll head back down to Cusco.

Day 6: From Cusco to Tres Cruces

Today we start our journey to the Amazon jungle. We'll be transferred from Cusco to the mountain pass that divides the Sacred Valley with the Eastern side of the Andes. We'll start riding our bikes at an altitude of 3,700m (12,139ft.) passing through pre Inca graves and then descend to the small town of Paucartambo, located at an altitude of 2,900m (9,514ft.) where we'll stop for lunch. We'll then put our bikes on the bus and climb to Tres Cruces and reach the entrance to Manu National Park. Tres Cruces is located at an altitude of 3,630m (11,909ft.) and it’s the last mountain before the Amazon jungle. We'll be setting up tents and camping overnight.

Day 7: From Tres Cruces to San Pedro Lodge

Early this morning, we'll catch one of the best sunrises on the Planet! We'll start riding our bikes down to the Amazon jungle. It’s almost all descending from here as we experience a dramatic change in the vegetation and weather. We'll reach our lodge in San Pedro located at an altitude of 1,300m (4,265ft.) and have a delicious lunch. This afternoon, we'll set out on a hike to find the Cock of the Rocks, the national bird of Peru. They are found in tropical and subtropical rainforests close to rocky areas, where they build their nests. The males are magnificent birds, not only because of their bright orange or red colors, but also because of their very prominent fan-shaped crests. They are wary animals and primarily feed on fruits and berries. After spotting a few, we'll head back to the lodge for dinner and a good night's rest.

Day 8: From San Pedro Lodge to Pantiacolla Lodge

After breakfast, we'll start riding our bikes and keep descending until we reach the lower lands of the Amazon jungle. This is a different area where you'll definitely start feeling the humidity and the hot weather of the jungle. We'll pass through several small villages, cross big rivers and reach the village of Atalaya where we'll board a small boat to Pantiacolla Lodge. From there, we'll be able to see the magnificent wildlife of the area while cruising down the Alto Madre de Dios River. After lunch, we'll hike a short trail through the surrounding area before soaking in the river to cool down.

Day 9: From Pantiacolla Lodge to San Pedro Lodge

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, we'll hike a remarkable 5km trail where we'll likely spot monkeys, frogs, tapirs, capybaras and much more wildlife! After lunch in Pantiacolla Lodge, we'll hop on our bikes and return to San Pedro Lodge on a nice, easy cruise.

Day 10: from San Pedro Lodge to Cusco

Early this morning, we'll shuttle to the mountain pass of Pisac and start descending on our bikes down the remarkable Sacred Valley. At the end of the day, we'll reach Cusco fairly late in the evening and feast on our final dinner together with a round of Pisco Sours!

Day 11: Final Goobyes 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 daily at 8:45, 9:55, 11:05 and 13:30, making it possible go shopping in the Indian markets of Cusco.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

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Intimate Group - 12 max

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