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Overnight Lares Biking Tour: Lares Mountains to the Inca Sacred Valley

Discover Peru from its spectacular Lares Mountains to the Inca Sacred Valley on this overnight downhill biking tour! Encounter high mountain villages, grazing llamas and alpacas, lush forested trails, and more. In the evening, sink into the restorative waters of a natural hot-spring and camp overnight along a grassy terrace with breathtaking views.

USD $371.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
1 - 2USD $371.00
3USD $339.00
4USD $329.00
5 - 6USD $313.00
7 - 10USD $291.00


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Ride from Breathtaking Mountain Ridges to Lush Lowland Forests on this Scenic Lares Biking Tour

Discover Peru from its spectacular Lares Mountains to the Inca Sacred Valley on this overnight downhill Lares biking tour! Begin high in Peru’s rural highlands, and pass by mountain villages, grazing llamas and alpacas, and scenic turquoise lakes. From the mountains, descend into the Sacred Valley along lush forested trails and encounter stunning views of the Andes Mountains towering on the horizon!

Camp overnight with an experienced team along ancient terraced fields. Take a short hike to natural, mineral-rich hot springs for an evening dip in the restorative waters before setting out for Day 2!

On this overnight Lares Biking Tour, enjoy the best of Peru’s natural landscapes and stunning countryside. Travel safely and securely with a trained guide and a follow-up van available for resting, relaxing, or “just-in-case.”

Highlights

  • Discover Peru’s countryside as you travel along scenic roads and mountain paths
  • Encounter Peru’s authentic cultural heritage as you travel off-the-beaten-path  roads
  • Cross through spectacular and diverse ecosystems and micro-climates as you descend from the Lares Mountains into the Sacred Valley
  • Know you’re safe and secure with a bilingual guide, camping team, and van
  • Ride a high-quality bike (and check it out before your trip!) for a smooth and comfortable riding experience

Tour Information

Duration: 2 days

Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in Cusco

Seasonal Availability: Year-Round

Difficulty Level: Moderate. Downhill riding along narrow “single-track” trails.

Itinerary

Day 0: Meet your Guides
Today, meet your guides at their Cusco-based office or at your hotel to receive an overview of your Lares Biking Tour, to check out the quality of your bike and other gear, and to familiarize yourself with the equipment.

Day 1: Ride from the Scenic Mountains to Lares Valley 
Your Lares Valley Bike Tour begins with early morning hotel pick-up in Cusco, then private transfer by car into the Lares Mountains, between Cusco and Lares Valley. From Cusco, you’ll travel 3 hours, mostly up-hill to reach the starting point of your bike trip — at 14,665 feet (4470 meters)!

Upon arrival, your guide will get you outfitted for your bike and  provide you with a safety and riding demonstration, protective gear, and size adjustments.

From the starting point, you’ll ride your bike purely downhill for 21 miles (35 kilometers) along absolutely spectacular scenic roads. Along the ride, you’ll pass remote mountain communities, grazing llamas and alpacas, and countless picturesque overlooks.

You’ll stop for lunch at Pampa Corral, a small Inca community, before hopping on your bike again to continue on into the Inca Sacred Valley. To end the day, you’ll arrive in an Andean village known as Lares located at 10,500 feet (3200 meters). Here, you’ll set up camp along grassy terraced landscapes. In the evening, you’ll have the opportunity to take a short hike to naturally occurring hot-springs nearby, and soothe your muscles the steaming, mineral-rich waters!

  • Maximum Elevation: 15,665 feet / 4470 meters
  • Minimum Elevation : 10500 feet / 3200 meters
  • Difficult level: Moderate good fun
  • Riding Distance : 21 miles / 35 kilometers
  • Estimated Riding Time : 4 hours

Day 2: Ride along the Inca Trail to the Sacred Valley
Begin your day 2 of your Lares Biking Tour at 6:00 am with breakfast and elevation-soothing coca tea before setting out for second day of cycling. From Lares, you’ll continue cycling downhill further into the Inca Sacred Valley. Today, you’ll experience the best riding of your trip, with spectacular views of Andes Mountains stretching across the horizon. Riders can choose between unpaved roads or a narrow “single track” trail known locally as the Inca Trail.

Today, you’ll pass small country villages, make steep descents, and encounter rapid ecosystem and micro-climate shifts from high mountains, to midlands, to warm, dense forests. You’ll stop along the ride for lunch, a rest, and a relaxing look at the spectacular landscape around you.

Upon arrival to the base of the valley, your car will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. If you’d like, you’ll have the opportunity to make a stop in-route to Cusco to bike along the Saqsaywaman Inca archaeological site!

  • Maximum Elevation : 10500 feet / 3200 meters
  • Minimum Elevation : 2960m / 9710f
  • Difficult Level: Moderate good fun
  • Riding Distance: 12 miles / 20 kilometers
  • Estimated Riding Time: 4 hours (more for Saqsaywaman Inca Site ride)

What to Bring

  • Small backpack
  • Change of clothes
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December – April)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Flash light and batteries
  • Hat or cap for the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Insect repellent minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
  •  Camera
  • Sun glasses
  • Extra money (soles)
  • Swimwear
  • Strong footwear (biking shoes, trekking boots or tennis shoes)
  • Sandals or light tennis shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes for the night
  • Handkerchief and light jacket for downhill wind
  • Sleeping bag

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Lares, Cusco, Peru

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Lares, Cusco, Peru -13.105302, -72.044594

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