It's been said that the mountain biking in the Peruvian Andes is some of the best to be found anywhere in the world, and if the photos in our new guidebook are anything to go by, then I'm inclined to agree. Peru's Sacred Valley features a dizzying mix of high-altitude trails, Inca roads
As the keen mountain biker in the Cicerone office, I was really looking forward to the arrival of the new guidebook to Hiking and Biking Peru’s Inca Trails.
Mark and I trekked the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu many years ago, and have always yearned to go back and explore more of the area. When we visited in the late ‘90s mountain biking was not really an option, but in later years the word has slowly spread that perhaps the best way to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and Inca sites is on two wheels.
It’s been said that the mountain biking in the Peruvian Andes is some of the best to be found anywhere in the world, and if the photos in the guidebook are anything to go by, then I’m inclined to agree.
Peru’s Sacred Valley features a dizzying mix of high-altitude trails, Inca roads, different cultures and of course lots of Inca sites. The guidebook describes many options that allow you to strike out on your own and have a real adventure.
Hiring a mountain bike and guide
Most visitors choose to hire a mountain bike and guide in Cusco or Ollantaytambo rather than bring their own bike from home.
Companies such as Gravity Peru offer English speaking guides, high-end full suspension mountain bikes and an amazing knowledge of local trails.
Routes in the Guidebook
The 40 hiking and biking routes in the Cicerone guidebook include both day and multi-day trips. The first describes the trails to Machu Picchu with plenty of useful advice. Each route gives advice on the trail is suitable for hiking or biking and whether or not you will need an agency or guide to complete it.