This incredibly scenic ride starts in the Andean highlands around Moray (3550 meters or 11,640 feet) and ends beside the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We cycle amid traditional Andean communities where the way of life has changed very little since the Spanish arrived nearly 500 years ago. Dirt roads, llama tracks, steep descents and beautiful scenery await you in this fantastic mountain biking adventure!
Cusco – Moray – Maras – Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo or Cusco
We start off by picking you up from Cusco at 8 AM and transporting you to the Andean Highlands around Chincheros where we will begin our bike trip through the spectacular Andean Highlands.
We set off at about 9:30 AM after fully qualified guides have given an extensive briefing on safety and riding techniques to ensure that we all enjoy the ride to the utmost. Riding down dirt tracks, we get the opportunity to practice the riding techniques our guides have explained. They'll be close on hand to advise and help us if necessary.
Initially, the ride starts on a dirt road but quickly gives way to a type of trail we call llama track, which is basically a series of slightly separated single tracks all going the same direction. It then progresses to pure llama track. This gives plenty of opportunities for those who wish to play on the more technical parts, while others can cruise through the easier lines.
During the ride we have phenomenal views of the Urubamba mountain range including the Chicon Glacier and the snow-capped peak of Mount Veronica (5682 meters or 18,640 feet). We first arrive at the site of Moray, a fascinating series of concentric rings built into a natural depression by the Incas. It is believed to have served as a place where agricultural experiments were performed. The view from both above the rings, as well as walking amongst them, is spectacular! After a delicious buffet lunch in Moray (included), we then ride 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) of mostly flat trails (with a few steep uphills and downhills) to the town of Maras, famous in Incan times for the quality of its spies.
We will stop in the quaint town square for a drink and snack (included), while snapping some photos of the stone doorways, many of which are hundreds of years old and date back to Colonial times. From here we have an awesome downhill to the pre-Incan Salineras (salt mines) and then to the valley floor. We finish the ride in a bar on the banks of the Urubamba River to cool off with some cold ones.
We then have the option of returning to Cusco or continuing on to the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo.