Peru mountain bike tour overview

Enjoy the rich culture of the Sacred Valley in Peru on a seven day mountain biking adventure! Ride challenging singletrack through the Andes and have the chance to visit Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Not only will you be supporting the local economy in Peru with the purchase of your trip, but you’ll support local women mountain bikers too!

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Peru trip dates in 2024

  • June 2–8, 2024
  • September 15–21, 2024

Peru trip dates in 2024

  • May 4-10, 2025
  • June 1-7, 2025
  • July 13-19, 2025
  • August 10-16, 2025
  • September 14-20, 2025

Don’t see a date that works for you? Contact us for custom trip dates!


Skill and fitness level requirements

Fitness level: ● ● ● ○ ○
Skill level: ● ● ● ● ●

What do these ratings mean?


What to expect after you’ve booked your trip

  • Once you’ve booked your trip, you will get a confirmation email through our booking system and a trip information sheet for your trip.
  • Please hold off booking your flights until we confirm that the trip has enough participants to run. We will send out an email to let you know.
  • Once the trip is confirmed, please go ahead and book your flight and upload your flight information into your WeTravel account (this is the account you will have booked your trip through).
  • If you want to visit Machu Picchu (this is optional, you can also choose to sightsee or relax in Ollantaytambo), you will need to book your tickets to Machu Picchu. Details are included in your trip information sheet.
  • If you plan to extend your visit on either end of the trip, please let us know and we can help arrange for extra nights at the hotel if needed.
  • Make sure to read through your trip information sheet, and always feel free to reach out with any questions to Julie!

I would recommend World Ride for mountain bike adventures. Everything was top notch. Ours guides were perfect – kind and funny and wise. They shared so much knowledge and insight into past and present life in Peru. And they are excellent riders. It was a great combo of fantastic riding and cultural experience.


Peru Trip Participant

Your Peru mountain biking trip itinerary

Three mountain bikers riding in the Andes in Peru.

Day 1

Arrive Cusco, transfer 2 hours to Ollantaytambo, build bikes, afternoon ride “Cacchicata”, about 1000 feet of climbing dirt road/singletrack, awesome lookout above and over Ollantaytambo with countless Inca sites visible, nice descent by the river back down to town, total distance around 6 miles.

Day 2

Morning ride “Pumamarca”, drive up and outside of town about 1500 feet vert to Pumamarca, a preIncan ruin, with no tourists. Check it out on foot if desired, after is a wicked fun descent right back to town on some exposed singletrack. Lunch at a restaurant in town. Afternoon ride to “Salt Mines and Moray”. There are multiple versions of this ride. Approx 2000 feet of descending, 300 feet of climbing, over a little under 10 miles- super fun riding.

Day 3

Morning ride “Inca Avalanche”, nearly 5000 feet from top to bottom. Either once, twice, or one and a half times. Lunch at restaurant in town. Afternoon riding in the Salt Mines/Moray/”Paucarbamba” zone. Same as yesterday, around 2000ft of shuttle descending, virtually no climbing.

Day 4

A ride known as “Calca” or “Lares”, similar to Inca Avalanche, start at high pass at nearly 15,000 feet, drop down a beautiful grass Inca road at the perfect incline angle, turns into singletrack in narrow canyon with Inca steps and 1000+ year old mummies. One of our best rides. Approximately 5,000 feet of descent over around 12 miles. After, back up to “Salt Mines/Moray” zone for more of that fast dry low singletracks.

Day 5

Machu Picchu. Roundtrip train from Ollanta, 6am to 6pm. * See note below for details about Machu Picchu day.

Day 6

Typically we do a ride today called “Lamay” and “Lamay 2”, similar to Calca, but with more flowing singletrack. This is also our ‘flex’ day, which means it can be changed based on how everyone is feeling.

Day 7

Flexible day — either ride or sightseeing around Cusco.

What’s included in your Peru trip?

A mountain biker riding high above the salt mine pools in the Sacred Valley of Peru

  • Accommodations: comfortable accommodations in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
  • Meals: breakfast at the hotel each morning.
  • Transportation: all transportation to and from Ollantaytambo and for all rides.
  • Ride support and local knowledge: professional local guides that know the trails and have an excellent knowledge of the local culture and traditions. Support on the trails with a shuttle vehicle.

Pricing for your Peru trip

Price – $1195

Book more than 90 days in advance and get a pair of World Ride Peru socks and a hat! A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Deposits are non-refundable and can be put toward any other World Ride trip in the future.

The remainder of the cost of the trip is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip and can be made in payments. Trips require a minimum of four people in order to run. Please check with us to confirm your trip before you book your flight.

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Fundraise for your trip

Fundraise for your trip! We can set up a personalized fundraising page for you. We offer $100 off your trip costs for every $1000 that you raise, up to the cost of the trip.

The money you raise supports World Ride in building bike and gear libraries and offering guide training and certification in the countries we work with.

Get in touch with us for more details on the fundraising process.

Meet your local guide in training: Claudia Rosalia Ortiz Rodriguez

Claudia has been mountain biking for 12 years and loves riding on the steep, technical trails of the Sacred Valley. After applying to train as a World Ride guide, our team got to meet her in person. We knew she would be a great fit for the team and are excited to have her training as our guide in Peru. Claudia had a baby in late 2022 and will be getting back on the bike and training on our 2023 trips.

Travel safety and security

Peru is a warm and welcoming country, but like any place in the world, you will need to be cautious of your valuables during the trip. The bikes will be securely stored throughout the trip.

Please see the US State Department website for any other travel safety information.

For any travel related vaccines and health questions, be sure to check the CDC website and consult your doctor.

Things to know before you go!

Wondering what clothes to pack, how many pairs of underwear to bring (you do you!), or what charger you’ll need for Peru? We’ve got you covered! Check out the lists below and take a look at the Peru information guide for more details.

Packing list

  • Derailleur hanger
  • Extra brake pads
  • Any special bike tools (multitool, mini pump, spare tube)
  • Helmet (we highly recommend a full face helmet for this trip)
  • Sunglasses (or goggles)
  • Buff/scarf
  • Pack (at least 15L in size to carry layers and capacity of 3L of water)
  • Bike shoes
  • Gloves
  • 3–4 pairs of bike shorts or more depending on preference. (There are laundry services in Ollantaytambo that take a day or two to get your laundry back to you)
  • 3–4 jerseys
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve base layer
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Warm jacket (nights can be chilly)
  • Either a bike light or a headlamp
  • Other clothing for after ride
  • Comfortable shoes to hike and walk around in
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Swimsuit
  • Any medication you might need
  • Toothbrush and other necessities
  • Sunscreen
  • Passport
  • COVID-19 Vaccination card
  • Proof of travel insurance if you purchased it
  • Credit and debit cards
  • A small amount of cash to travel with (USD)
  • Camera (or just your cell phone)
  • Cell phone (plenty of wifi along the way)
  • USB Battery pack (optional- there are outlets in all of the hotels)
  • Electronics cords and chargers
  • Power adapter for outlets in Peru (which are 220v)
  • Any extra mountain bike gear you might be able to bring or collect and donate for the ladies over there 🙂

More insights into your Peru mountain biking tour

Other things to explore in Peru

If you are looking to extend your trip with World Ride in Peru, we have a four day add-on available! This trip includes a day in Cusco, a hike up Rainbow Mountain and two days of riding in the Ausangate mountains including one of World Ride founder Julie’s top three rides of all time—ride past seven glacial lakes and finish at hot springs!

Here’s what’s included in the add-on:

  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Lodging at a local family guest house in the Ausangate mountains
  • Transportation and guide to Rainbow Mountain
  • Transportation to Ausengate and back to Cusco
  • Guided rides and porters in Ausengate (the porters will push your bike uphill if you get tired!)
  • Meals in Ausengate

The cost for the add on is $895 per person, and requires a minimum of four people to run it.

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FAQs for your Peru mountain bike trip

Yes, our mountain biking tours are coed unless otherwise noted. Learn more about why coed trips are important to us.

Our Peru trip requires four people minimum to run. May as well bring some friends to be on the safe side!

Due to the logistical challenges, Machu Picchu is not included in the cost. We have found that it is much easier for trip participants to book their own train ticket and be able to make changes as needed. We will provide all of the needed information and help you get this booked. The cost of this part is approximately $225.

Meals (except breakfast) and guide gratuity are not included. Cost does not include airfare, souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance or rental bikes.

Availability of rental bikes are very limited. For this trip, we highly recommend that you bring your own bike! We have a lot of experience traveling with bikes, so please let us know what questions that you have. This trip is on technically challenging trails at high elevations and we highly recommend a full suspension bike.

You can choose to arrive early or stay longer in Peru! We can connect you with our trusted partners to help book any additional tours or hotel stays—just get in touch!