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Mountain Bike South America: Bolivia & Peru Inca Avalanche (15 Days)

Do you want to make memories that will last a lifetime while challenging yourself to push your limits? Join us for this 15 day mountain biking adventure through gorgeous scenery and ancient ruins.

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Mountain Bike South America: Bolivia & Peru Inca Avalanche (15 Days)

Highlights

  • World-famous Inca Avalanche race
  • 2 weeks filled with gorgeous scenery, mountain biking, and memories
  • Improve your biking skills with guided coaching
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Take your skills to the next level and mountain bike South America

Every year in May or June, you have the chance to take part in one of the world’s top mountain biking races: The Inca Avalanche. Mountain bike South America with enthusiasts from around the world and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience that will bring you even more appreciation for the sport!

The race commences from an altitude of 16,000 feet on the backside of Machu Picchu, and it is full of surprises. Unlike other multiple-stage races, this race is one continuous run from start to finish. It is one of the highest courses in the world and includes a nearly 5,900 foot vertical descent in just 25 minutes.

Riders from all over the world (including New Zealand, the UK, Ecuador, Chile, Canada and the US) come to Ollantaytambo to ride the incredible trails, visit the Inca ruins, party at Inca festivals and race in the Inca Avalanche. Several of the greatest cycling legends have ridden in Ollantaytambo, but you don’t have to be a legend to dominate it. We have riders as young as 9 years old participate!

Our Mountain Bike South America trip allows you plenty of time to ride and adapt yourself to the altitude before the race. During the first week, we will go on some fantastic rides in and around La Paz, Bolivia, surrounded by amazing scenery and culture.

The second week, we will take you to Ollantaytambo, Peru for some additional riding before the race.  As we prepare you for the Inca Avalanche race during our week in Peru, we will make sure you get to ride the best spots around. You will also have the option to spend a day exploring the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.

All of this preparation leads up to one of the most epic races of all time, the Inca Avalanche! Don’t miss the chance to mountain bike South America and participate in a world famous race!

Duration

15 Days

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to La Paz – Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel

Upon arrival to La Paz , a vehicle will pick you from the airport and take you to the Casa Fusion Hotel  in the hip Sopocachi (“Soho-cachi”) neighborhood, only 5 blocks from Plaza España. The non-smoking hotel provides 24 hour front-desk service as well as bright, fashionably decorated and comfortable rooms equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and safety deposit boxes. In addition to breakfast being included each day, guests can also enjoy regional or international cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant.

As you are settling in to the hotel, we will bring your bikes to our workshop a few blocks away where we can help prepare them for prime riding while you mountain bike South America.

On the first night, we will have a welcome dinner at Oliver’s English Tavern to celebrate the beginning of our Mountain Bike South America adventure. Our favorite pub in town offers several Bolivian microbrewery beers on tap as well as traditional food that will delight your senses. During dinner, we will enjoy some of Bolivia’s most famous dishes such as Sopa de Mani and Pique Macho. As we share savor our food, we can review the trip itinerary and get to know each other better. Finally, you’ll learn how to prepare local cocktails with the help of the bar staff.

Day 2: Secret Single Track

Today you will get to enjoy some fantastic trails. We will meet at 8:00 am at our workshop, before heading south to the hills around La Paz. Here, we will be graced with stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains and valleys.

The Secret Single Track offers the absolute best technical downhill riding in La Paz, Bolivia. The ride begins high in the remote hills and goes down narrow walking trails and technical downhill trails as you pass through gorgeous scenery. You do not need to peddle much on these narrow and tricky, downhill trails.

Along the way, your guides will provide you with a lot of instruction as well as interesting history. There are also many great places to try out jumps, switchbacks, steeps and more to push your riding to the next level. We are fully supported by our shuttle all day since you still may be acclimating. Therefore, you can ride as much or as little as you feel like.

(Tour includes snacks and a picnic lunch)

Day 3: Ancient Inca Trail and camping in San Francisco

Prepare yourself and your bike for an epic ride on an ancient Inca trail. We will start at an altitude of around 16,000 feet near the glaciers before making our way down to the high jungle at 3,000 feet. During the ride we will cross Inca paving, steps, and single-track. Because there is no support shuttle here, you will need to carry your own lunch.

That night we will meet the porter who will have camp set up for us and will greet us with a delicious, locally cooked meal and beers. We will sleep under the amazing Andean stars in a small village called San Francisco (located at 6, 500 feet above sea level). We will provide you with all of the equipment you need to rest up for our next day on this incredible trail.

(Tour includes breakfast, snacks, a picnic lunch, and dinner)

Day 4: Choro Trail

After a freshly prepared breakfast, we will head back out to the trails with single track, hanging wire bridges, and hundreds of years old steep steps. Some uphill sections are so steep, in fact, that they will require you to carry your bike because they are impossible to navigate. No matter what your level of experience is, the Choro Trail is sure to challenge you and push your physical limits.

(Tour includes breakfast, snacks, and a picnic lunch)

Day 5: Sorata 

The hills and mountains surrounding Sorata, Bolivia are home to some of the best downhill single-track mountain bike riding in the world. Even after 15 years riding in the area, our company continues to find new, world-class trails and tracks.  The more experience you have as a single-track rider, the more you will love the riding around Sorata.

On our 3 hour, early morning drive you can rest and enjoy the incredible views of the Altiplano, the world’s highest plain. One side is sprinkled with the Cordillera Real mountain range’s giant peaks, and the other side is the site of the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. Incans believed the Sun was born here.

Several fantastic mountain-biking trails surround the peaceful mountain town of Sorata. There is also a variety of challenging dirt roads for anyone who is at least an intermediate rider. With so many trails to choose from, we have the flexibility to adapt the ones we choose based on the riding experience and interests of the group. No matter which trails, we ride, we will take in unbelievable mountain views of the Illampu and Jancahuma massifs as well as an authentic sense of Bolivian rural life in fields and villages.

We will explore various riding options. The rides in this area are characterized by super long stretches of flowing downhill single-track as well as a variety of natural and man-made stunts of varying levels. Along the way, we will stop to practice with the guided coaching in order to push our skills and will also use this as an opportunity to capture some fantastic photos.

At the end of our first day, we will go back to the Altai Oasis, a beautiful eco lodge, where you can have dinner, relax and get a good night’s sleep to prepare for the next day of riding.

(Tour includes snacks, a picnic lunch, and dinner)

Day 6: Sorata

We will have an early breakfast at the hotel before hitting the trails again.

All of the rides today feature about 6,500 feet of vertical altitude descents, but of course a jeep shuttles each run. Depending on the fitness, experience, and acclimation of the group, we can reach 36,000 ft or more of vertical descent in one day. There are also harder options, such as big jumps and near-vertical skree slopes, as well as options to bomb down rough dirt roads.

At the end of the day we will drive you back to your hotel in La Paz, order pizza for dinner and relax before enjoying a good night’s sleep.

(Tour includes breakfast, snacks, and a picnic lunch)

Day 7: Drive to Ollantaytambo

We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning for the 10-12 hour drive to Ollantaytambo, Peru. Along the way, we will stop for breakfast and lunch and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca.

As soon as we arrive, we will bring you to the Janaxpacha Hostel which is located right in front of Inca ruins that are centuries old. This is our favorite hostel in Ollantaytambo because it is close to everything and has all of the traditional beauty of the village along with all the amenities and comforts you look forward to after a long day of riding. Additionally, all of the rooms have free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, and superb mountain views. Feel free to make yourself at home because this will be our base camp for the next week of riding in Peru.

Day 8: Urubamba River and Sacred Valley of the Incas

After breakfast, we will drive to Moray (11,600 ft) where this unimaginably picturesque ride begins. From there, we will ride to the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way, we will pass through traditional Andean communities where almost nothing has changed since the arrival of the Spanish nearly 500 years ago.

The ride will present us with incredible views of the Urubamba mountain range including the Chiclon glacier and the snow-capped peak of Mount  Veronica (18,600 ft). We will have lunch near the Moray ruins and then have time to tour them for an optional additional entrance fee. After our delicious lunch, we will ride to the town of Maras which was famous in Incan Times for its spies.

From here, we will have a fantastic downhill ride to the pre-Incan salt mines. The ride ends at a bar on the banks of the Urubamba River, where our van will be waiting to take you back to Urubamba and then on to Ollantaytambo.   Depending on rider levels, we will probably have time to shuttle back up and try one of the many other trails that descend from this area to the valley floor.  Many of the trails are challenging, but they are surrounded by scenery that is out of this world beautiful.

Once back at the hostel, we will get ready for the Inca Avalanche Trail Festival Welcome dinner to meet the other riders and pros racing with you in the Inca Avalanche.

(Tour includes breakfast, snacks, and a picnic lunch)

Day 9: Pumamarca

Today we will begin our ride in Pumamarca which showcases spectacular sights along the top edge of a massive, Incan-terraced mountain side. If there is enough time, you can enjoy a very pleasant 9 kilometer (1 hour) climb from the town up to the site via a dirt road.

First, however, we will visit the Pumamarca site. This is a 13th century pre-Incan ruin that sits atop a high, strategically located mountain ridge from which you can see the entirety of the nearby valley. It also protects  Ollantaytambo  from the Amazon jungle and the Continental Divide.

After visiting the site, we begin the seven kilometer single-track descent back to Ollantaytambo. The track is mostly rocky mixed in with a few long smooth sections and is one of our favorite rides in Peru. As an added bonus, it also passes by three recently uncovered Incan sites: Choquebamba, Media Luna, and Muscapuquio. No pedaling is needed from the top as we descend down the single-track to the main road before following a local trail along the river back into town. Depending on your skills, energy level and enthusiasm, you can choose to repeat this trail or opt for another trail.

(Tour includes breakfast, snacks, and a picnic lunch)

Day 10: First Look of the Inca Avalanche Trail

Today we have two options: we can try out the future race course of the Inca Avalanche race or we can drive up to Cusco to do a lot of downhill riding. The first option allows you to get comfortable on the trail while the second option offers a chance for you to bike jump from the ridges above Cusco as well as explore a variety of routes that lead back to town. Our guide will assess the riders before deciding which of the more than 40 routes would be most suitable and enjoyable for all of the participants.

Some of the routes are technical downhill routes used as race courses whereas others are calmer, scenic walking tracks. No matter the route chosen by the guide, riders always have an option between between easier lines or more technical options that push their riding ability. We will have lunch in Cusco, and then hit the trails for more riding!

(Tour includes breakfast, snacks, and a picnic lunch)

Day 11: Machu Picchu Or Additional Riding

Today, you have the option to visit Machu Picchu by train. For an additional cost of $210 USD Per Person, the trip includes a meal as well as a local guide to show you around one of the greatest wonders in the world. We feel that no trip to Peru is complete without a visit to this ancient holy site!  However, if you would rather ride on this day, we can also offer this trip as an extension after this trip ends.

A third option is to continue practicing with our guides around Ollayntaytambo to prepare even more for the weekend’s race.

Finally, you could take the day off and just spend some alone time sight-seeing. Later on in the evening the Inca Avalanche race organizers will throw a party at a local disco in Cusco with all of the other riders. This is optional but we recommend attending!

Day 12: Inca Avalanche Course Practice

Today we will have another opportunity to train on the world famous Inca Avalanche course. We will ride down this 12.4 mile trail as much as we can handle it in order to maximize our preparation for the race. This ride will push your limits, and get you into shape for the race.

After breakfast, we will drive up to the top of the course. Once we arrive around 10 am, our guides will brief you on the course so you know what to expect along the way. We will also take breaks for snacks, lunch and photos. We should be back in Ollayntaytambo later in the evening.

(Tour includes breakfast, snacks, and a picnic lunch)

Day 13-14: Qualifying and the Big Race

This is what you have been waiting for! The culmination of your Mountain Bike South America adventure! We will dedicate the last two days of the trip to the Inca Avalanche downhill endurance race in Ollantaytambo, Peru.

This is one of the top cycling events of the year! Far off the beaten path of typical downhill courses, the Inca Avalanche starts out at an elevation of nearly 15,000 feet above sea level and descends 5,000 feet down an outstanding course over traditional Incan roads and paths to the finish line!

On Day 13, there are two qualifier runs: the first is mandatory and the second is optional. Your best run out of these two will determine your starting position on the race grid for the finals on Day 14. There should be more than 150 racers who are typically lined up in 10 rows of 15 riders wide.

The race is run using an “Open Course” which means that riders have access to the entire mountain in order to find the fastest line down to the finish line. This includes any and all road sections that may exist.

After the trophy ceremony, we will have an after party in Ollantaytambo to celebrate our accomplishments and say our goodbyes. The conclusion of your mountain bike South America adventure will leave you ecstatic with excitement and adrenaline!

(Tour includes breakfast, snacks, and a picnic lunch)

Day 15: Check Out

From here, you are free to continue on your own adventures.  Your Mountain Bike South America adventure has concluded, but your memories will last a lifetime. We are more than happy to help you set up anything else you would like to do in your time here in South America, just let us know!

If you are flying out today, we also include your transfer in the trip.

What’s Included

  • 14 nights of accommodation for the duration of the Mountain Bike South America tour
  • Guides
  • Daily shuttle service on the rides
  • Food as shown above
  • Mountain biking in 2 incredible countries

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to La Paz, Bolivia or flights from Cusco, Peru
  • You MUST purchase a comprehensive adventure travel/mountain biking medical insurance for the duration of your trip in order to partake in our Mountain Bike South America tour.
  • Visa fee

Important Notes

May or June

Minimum 4 people to start the entire Mountain Bike South America trip

We can rent out a top-quality Kona Entourage for you, at a cost of $35 USD per day

The accommodation prices for our Mountain Bike South America tour are based on sharing a twin room.

 

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