Take on the famous Mega Avalanche race route.
Ride routes only select local mountain bike enthusiasts know about.
Best downhill mountain bike tour in all Peru.
Optional visit to Machu Picchu - on foot - for a complete Cusco experience.
Guides for the Cusco City tour (Clara) and the Peru mountain biking trip (Carlos) were excellent and both trips were very informative and comprehensive.
L. Power, mountain biking in Peru
Arrive Cusco, transfer to Sacred Valley, hotel
Bike Chinchero – Moray – Maras – Saltpans – Urubamba (B,L)
Bike Calca – Amparaes – Abra Lares – Calca (B,L)
Bike Huchuy Qosqo (B,L)
Bike Chinchero – Huayllabamba – Cerro Sacro – Urubamba (B,L)
Bike Mega Avalanche downhill mountain bike course (B,L)
Day tour to Machu Picchu then return to Cusco, Hotel (B)
Best of Cusco single track mountain biking (B)
Pack bikes and tour ends (B)
Bi-lingual guide/mechanic, support vehicle and transfers to and from Cusco, first aid kit, all meals and accommodation as listed. Machu Picchu extension and tour.
International or internal flights (we can look into these for you), mountain bike (can be hired), personal cycling equipment (can be hired), personal belongings, sleeping bag, travel insurance, personal expenses and tips.
Prices From $3,995 / £3,222 per person
2019 price, per person
Private trip based on 2 passengers
USD 3030 per person if four travelling together.
Price reduces with more people
Single supplement applies
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We put together a bespoke tour to fit your requirements.
Prices From $1,511 / £1,218 per person
Duration: 5 days
Capacity: 16 people
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Prices From $2,500 / £2,016 per person
Duration: 8 days
What's a group trip?
Join a small group of like-minded travellers on a guided trip.
Prices From $4,000 / £3,226 per person
Duration: 13 days
Prices From $3,638 / £2,934 per person
Dates: From May 2019 to September 2019
Duration: 15 days
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B Kom, UK, 2010
» Single Track Mountain Biking In Cusco
- What was the highlight of your holiday? Was there a low point?
There wasn't any part that no-one liked. The itinerary was organised in such a way that it was varied and exciting throughout. Enough time in the rainforest and camping on the Inca Trail rewarded by more comfortable urban stays afterwards. The adults especially loved the homestay village in Willoq as it offers an authentic and friendly piece of rural living. Football against locals was a highlight as well. The biking to Moray was perfect - a little challenging for some on the downhills but exhilarating with incredible views of surrounding glaciers high in the mountains. The Inca Trail is far more sustainable than I had imagined; very few people up until camp 3 and maintained to an excellent standard. Ridiculous views and incredible engineering to build the stone paths. Miraculous meals produced by our team of chefs and porters; their workrate was phenomenal. Macchu Picchu is as good as you would imagine, and I'm pleased that we scaled Huayna Picchu as well - great sense of achievement here.
For a school trip, this fortnight was superb. If kids are prepared for days without TV, days of no wifi and meals they will have to adapt to, then they will have the time of their lives. Safe, challenging and exciting; everything you want in a school trip.
- How would you rate accommodation/ food/ guides/ overall organisation?
Accommodation can't be faulted. The only chance we had of a pool was in Lima, but it was closed for renovations (and virtually a hot-tub, not a pool). Nobody minded.
Range of food was very good - even fussy eaters were ok. It was a buzz for us to eat piranhas that we had caught in the Amazon. Cuy (guinea pig) was another first.
Guides were all superb. We had a student vote once we had left the guides and the rainforest guides probably gained most votes. They were all especially good with the students.
I was really happy with the tour you put together - no difficulties despite a 3 hour late arrival into Puerto Maldonado, and a similar delay on the train from Agua Calientes - guides were always waiting for us. I don't know how I'd improve on the itinerary we had - rainforest, homestay, biking, Inca Trail, Cusco, Lima - the rainforest disappointed a little in terms of wildlife (I was hoping for more insects, beetles, frogs, etc) but this was undoubtedly due to the dry season.
- Did you feel you benefited the local communities? Any additional comments on the homestays would be very interesting as this is the first time we have included this in our school programme.
-We definitely benefited local communities. This is partly why we chose a trip like this. One change we made during the Amazon section was to stop at a local (non-touristy) village (Infierno) during a boat trip - we bought a fair amount of juice here that probably made their week! In the homestay village, we were given the chance to buy local clothing that the villagers had made - often the families we stayed with. This was a nice souvenir and definitely added money to the local economy. Unless the students are expecting 5-star hotels (or perhaps even if they are) the homestay experience should be on a school trip itinerary. You are out of your comfort zone and are actually living.The interactions between the students and local children, with little language skills to speak of, were heartwarming. We played football and gave out football tops we had collected for the trip. It was obvious locals were delighted, especially if it was a Spanish top. The weaving and farming activities were fine, probably not a highlight for teenagers but still worthwhile.
- Knowing what you now know what would you like to do differently next time?
I thought about this a lot towards the end of the trip, and asked the tour guide if he thought we could have improved the trip. The conclusion I have is no. Sure, I'd like to fly over the Nazca lines, trek the longer routes to Macchu Picchu, visit Arequipa, see the sites in northern Peru, but this trip was excellent.
I made a photobook for the group, and always ask them for their favourite moment of the trip, which I add to the book. Here are some favourite moments:
- Playing football in the Homestay village at 3500m against a makeshift Peruvian side that featured a woman with a baby strapped to her back playing in defence.
- Being with the people of Willoq village and getting to dress up like them and take part in their way of life.
- Arriving at the Sungate and seeing the first glimpse of Macchu Picchu.
- Watching a tarantula emerge from it's cave in the Amazon.
-The biking, as the route was very fast-paced and had amazing scenery left, right and centre.
- Getting down to the camp after a day hiking up and down dean Woman's Pass. Just relaxing at the tent looking out over the valley was amazing.
- When I first thought I had caught my first piranha but unfortunately it fell off the hook before I could get it on the boat.
D. Low, UK, 2016
» School group tailor made tour Amazon, 4 day Inca Trail, homestays, Peru
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28th June, 2019 1:29 pm
Trekking and travel expert Tom Shearman shares his useful guide to the different Inca Trail tours available from Cusco, so you enjoy the perfect trek and visit to Machu Picchu. What is the Inca Trail? The Inca Trail is one of the world’s most famous trekking tours, a short but tough hike of 43km/26.6 miles through the undulating Andes mountains. It starts in the Sacred Valley, just outside Cusco at KM88, near Ollantaytambo. Between you and the Machu Picchu ruins – considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – lies the Dead …
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