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Guided Inca Trail Cycling Holiday

10 nights from £1905.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Hike the Inca Trail or Inca Quarry to the mighty Machu Picchu
  • Cycle through the Sacred Valley, full of Inca culture and stunning scenery
  • Explore Lima’s historic Spanish architecture and artistic streets
  • Visit Cusco, where you’ll find Inca archaeological sites and a chocolate museum.
Guided Inca Trail Cycling Holiday
10 nights from £1905.00
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WE LOVEHiking to Machu Picchu
Embark on the legendary adventure to Machu Picchu, with 3 nights camping in the mountainous wilderness en route to reaching the ancient Incan city at 2430m high.
WE LOVEExplore Inca History
Take time to gain a better understanding of the Inca Empire, which was based in Peru during 1438 to 1533. Visit archaeological sites and look out for Incan influences blended into the modern landscapes and lifestyles.

What's Included

Day By Day Guided Inca Trail Cycling Holiday

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrive in Peru

Meet your group before heading out into Lima. Your group leader will be hosting a walking tour, which we recommend you join to get an insight into Lima’s main attractions. If you’d like to explore Lima more, consider arriving a day early to ensure you get the most out of your stay.

Day 2Lima to Cusco

This morning, a bike tour of Lima allows you to pedal into alternative places and discover hidden gems. Visit hilltops with epic views overlooking the city and Pacific Ocean, chill at the fisherman’s hangout, and get creative in the artists stomping ground. After your half day exploring Lima take a short flight to Cusco, where you can spend the evening acclimatising to the 3450m altitude and wandering the old streets.

Day 3Cusco Loop Ride

Today you’ll head out for a short cycling tour of Cusco’s hidden archaeological sites, visiting ancient Inca settlements along the way. The ride is easy, giving you the chance to take in the gorgeous Andean landscape. After the bike tour, leisurely explore Cusco’s best sights, including the San Pedro Market, San Blas and Coricancha Temple.

Total distance10km
Day 4Sacred Valley Expedition

Begin your 3 day bike expedition into the heart of the beautiful Sacred Valley with a mostly flat cycle to Pisaq. Admire the magnificent scenery as you travel alongside the Urubamba River that holds traces of Inca heritage. Visit the mysterious Pisaq Inca Site, then onward to the charming village of Pisaq, which boasts a blend of old and new cultures. Spend the night here after a tour of the vibrant streets.

Total distance38km
Day 5Sacred Valley Expedition

An early start sets you on your way deeper into the Sacred Valley. Follow dirt tracks on a fairly easy ride that features only short climbs combined with breezy descents. You’ll travel downstream through farming fields, where you can feel immersed in the Andean communities that line the path. Tonight’s accommodation is a real highlight, as the views of surrounding hills and gardens from the bungalows is beautiful, and relaxing.

Total distance38km
Day 6Sacred Valley Expedition

A slightly harder (but truly incredible) cycle today starts in Chinchero, which you’ll get to via a private bus. Make your way to Ollantaytambo through the Sacred Valley, where you will begin your hiking adventure tomorrow. Stop by the remote Moray, an unusal Inca archaeological site shaped in a circle with terraced depressions and the Huaypo Lagoon.

Total distance30km
Day 7Inca Trail/Inca Quarry Trail

To get to Machu Picchu, either take the Classic Inca Trail or Inca Quarry Trail, depending on whether you manage to obtain a Inca Trail permit. No matter what trail you do, you will need to be of a reasonable fitness as each day will include 7 hours of hiking and often uphill. Visit Inca archaeological sites on your way, and camp under stars amongst the wilderness. The luggage that you don’t need for the hiking can be stored at your hotel in Cusco and what you do take will be carried by porters.

Day 8Inca Trail/Inca Quarry Trail

Be prepared for a challenging day of hiking today on both trails, hiking up steep ascents to reach the highest point of the Inca Trail and top of the Puccaqasa pass. Admire the breathtaking views over lunch then head to the relevant campsites. If you are doing the Inca Trail, you’ll camp in the Pacaymayo Valley, and if you are doing the Inca Quarry Trail the campsite is located near Choquetacarpo.

Day 9Inca Trail/Inca Quarry Trail

Today’s section of the Inca Trail takes you past the mighty snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba mountains, then to Phuyupatamarca, which is also known as the town in the clouds. Camp next to the Winay Wayna archaeological site terraced on the hillside. The Inca Quarry Trail travels downhill to the Kachiqata quarry, which is incomplete due to the Spanish interception. After arriving back in Ollantaytambo you will be taken to Aguas Calientes, where you can visit the hot springs before settling down in your hotel for the night.

Day 10 Inca Trail/Inca Quarry Trail and Machu Picchu

Today is the day you explore the famous Machu Picchu, which was built in the 15th century and never revealed to the colonial Spaniards. The Inca Trail will take you right to its doorstep, and if you were on the Inca Quarry Trail, you will take a bus to join the rest of your group on the Inca Trail. An early start means beating the crowds and watching an awe-inspiring sunrise over Machu Picchu. A guided tour will walk you around the spectacular ruins, after which you will be transferred back to Cusco.

Day 11Explore Cusco and Depart Peru

Say goodbye to your fellow explorers and depart from Cusco after the 9am check out. Luggage can be stored in the hotel if you’d like to explore the city more.

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What to ExpectFrom Ancient Inca Sites to Hiking the Inca Trail

Discover the ancient Inca culture in Peru’s spectacular cities and Andes mountain range. Cycle amongst iconic archaeological sites and settlements as you understand more about the rich Inca history dating back to the 15th century. A highlight of your trip is a visit to the famous Machu Picchu, which you can hike to via the Classic Inca Trail.

Year the Inca Empire was founded
Height of Machu Picchu
Length of the Classic Inca Trail
Length of the Inca Quarry Trail
map of Peru

How's the Weather? in Cusco

The Summer January to March
High temperatures, although not above 30 degrees Celsius, and low humidity makes cycling in summer fantastic. Low rainfall and clear skies are an added bonus, however always be prepared for unpredictable weather in the mountains!
The AutumnApril to May
Mild temperatures in the mid-twenties make for great rides, and it is unlikely there will be any rain. Sometimes there are fog or mist, however generally only in the mornings.
The Winter June to September
Cooler weather means refreshing cycling, and the chance of rainfall is low. Although, the chance of rainfall is higher once in the mountains. Fog is a common occurrence, however doesn't interrupt daily life, and often adds atmosphere to the landscapes.
The Spring October to December
Temperatures increase again, the fog disperses and as usual, the chances of rain is low. A great time for cycling, however make sure to bring clothing for all weathers, as is the case for every season.

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