Cycle from Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu: Peru MTB Adventure

Cycling Holidays are one of this year’s biggest travel trends, and with exciting new routes popping up all over the world, there are some fabulous adventures to be had on two wheels.

No longer reserved for the super fit, the super-rich, and the super talented amongst us, the cycling holidays of today are designed to suit all budgets and all abilities, and whether you are looking for a short and sporty break in Europe, or a two-week cycling holiday somewhere warm and exotic, it’s easy to find the perfect trip… you just need to know where to look!

One of the most exciting tours to come out of South America is the magnificent Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu Cycling Tour in Peru. On off-road Mountain Bike Adventure covering some 587km across the altiplano, it highlights some of the most beautiful scenery in all Peru. Cycling quiet urban roads and remote mountain passes, you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit those places that the everyday tourist never gets to see, and as the tour ends at the Empire of the Incas – Machu Picchu, it really is a cycling holiday of a lifetime.

Cycling from Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu takes 12 days including a night in Puno at the beginning of your trip, a night in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) and a final night in Cusco. You will stay in a variety of accommodations ranging from traditional homestays to camping and hotels, and you can expect to cycle anything between 45km and 115km per day.  That may not sound like a lot, when you consider the altitude in which you will be riding at, every kilometre counts!

Despite the remoteness of this Peru Cycling Holiday, a support vehicle is never far behind, and so you only have to carry the absolute essentials with you and can jump on the bus if you feel you need a break.

Here’s a brief overview of what the Biking Titicaca to Machu Picchu Tour looks like:

  • Day 1: Arrive Juliaca, transfer to hotel in Puno for overnight.
  • Day 2: Take a boat tour to the Uros Islands. Set up the bikes. Overnight with local people at a homestay.
  • Day 3: Ride from Lake Titicaca to Lampa – 65km
  • Day 4: Ride from Lampa to Trapiche de Palca – 55km
  • Day 5: Ride from Trapiche de Palca to Cañon de Tinajani over 4,500m Pass – 45km
  • Day 6: Ride from Cañon de Tinajani to Pacomarca – 65km
  • Day 7: Ride from Pacomarca to Lake Langui – 85km
  • Day 8: Ride from Lake Langui to Cusipata – 115km
  • Day 9: Ride from Cusipata to Pisac – 85km
  • Day 10: Ride from Pisac to Ollantaytambo – 75km – Transfer to Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Day 11: Guided Tour of Machu Picchu – Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo – Transfer to Cusco
  • Day 12: Departure

Available from end of April to early November, this really is the South American Cycling Holiday that dreams are made of…!

 

 

Road Cycling Holidays Patagonia: Off the Beaten Track and into Nature

Patagonia remains a Bucket List destination for many, and rightly so. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and while most cycling activities have been strictly limited to off road Mountain Bike Trails in the past, the road networks in Chile are improving by the day, so much so, that Road Cycling Holidays in Patagonia are now possible.

Shared by Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is the perfect place for a multi-destination holiday, but due to the sheer size of it, and the logistics involved in combining the two, most organised cycling tours stick to one country or the other. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. After cycling to your heart’s content, you can extend your stay with a trip to Ushuaia, the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, or even go hiking in Torres del Paine National Park.

Flying between Argentina and Chile is very easy and providing you don’t have to ship your bike between destinations, it’s very affordable too. Most recommended cycling companies in Patagonia will give you the option to rent a good quality road bike for the duration of your cycling holiday, which definitely makes travelling easier if you plan to move around.

Budget wise, Chile is the most economical option for a cycling holiday at the moment, and with endless National Parks, rainforests, fjords, and snow-capped mountains to keep you entertained, there really is something for everyone. Cycling around Chile’s Lake District remains a popular choice, as does cycling the Carretera Austral, and there are more than a few knee-trembling volcanoes and mountain passes to climb – perfect for those who are looking for a challenge!

Available from October to March each year, Patagonia Cycling Holidays are perfect for those who are looking to combine great cycling with stunning landscapes, great food, and exceptional Chilean wines. It really is a destination quiet unlike any other, and one of just a few places in the world where you can really bicycle beyond…

 

 

Road Cycling Holidays Lesotho: Africa’s Mountain Kingdom

There are few places left in the world where you can really get away from it all, but the Kingdom of Lesotho is one of them.

The ultimate cycling destination for hardcore road bikers who love nothing more than a demanding mountain pass or two, Lesotho most definitely deserves its title as Africa’s Mountain Kingdom, and if you are looking for an adventure on two wheels that will push you to the max, you are guaranteed to find it right here in the heart of Southern Africa.

Lesotho is a country that has yet to be uncovered by international cyclists, but it is ready and waiting for visitors with open arms. The majority of the roads are tarred and in good condition, there is a great choice of accommodations to suit all budgets, and there are routes that even the most serious climbers can only dream of.

While gradients vary, some mountain passes in Lesotho reach an eye-watering 30%, and on an average 7-night road cycling holiday, you can expect to cover anything up 600km and 12,000 meters in elevation. But does that make it out-of-bounds for us mere mortals? Certainly not!

Lesotho cycling holidays are suitable for all international cyclists with a good level of physical fitness, but you need to be prepared to push yourself to the extreme, and also be prepared to jump on the bus if you feel you have reached your limit for the day.  Sitting on the bus is no punishment in this part of the world, the scenery is simply spectacular, and you can re-join the group at any time.

Here’s a very brief overview of a 7-night itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa – Transfer to Clarens at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in South Africa, just a short distance from the border to Lesotho. Set up your bikes and take a short ride to test the legs before dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: Golden Gate National Park – Roma / Distance Cycled: 80km / Elevation: 1,300m

DAY 3: Roma – Mohales Hoek – Tour of Lesotho Stage 1 / Distance Cycled: 130km / Elevation: 1,500m

DAY 4: Mohales Hoek – Bethel – Tour of Lesotho Stage 2 / Distance Cycled: 100km / Elevation: 2,400m

DAY 5: Bethel – Semonkong – Tour of Lesotho Stage 3 / Distance Cycled: 130km / Elevation: 3,300m

DAY 6: Semonkong – Roma – Tour of Lesotho Stage 4 / Distance Cycled: 85km / Elevation: 2,500m

DAY 7: Roma – Ride to Thaba Bosiu and Metolong Dam / Distance Cycled: 70km / Elevation: 1,100

DAY 8: Departure

Sound like your perfect overseas cycling holiday? Find out more!

 

 

 

Welcome to the Bicycle Beyond Blog!

If you love to travel, love to cycle, and love nothing more than combining the two, this is the blog for you!

 

Bicycle Beyond is a travel company 100% committed to cycling. We’ll be using this platform to tell you all about our upcoming road cycling and MTB holidays in some of the worlds most beautiful cycling destinations.

Italy, Gran Canaria, Morocco, Chile (Patagonia), Lesotho and South Africa are just a few of the destinations we have lined up for the coming months, and as our sole aim is to find the very best cycling routes in the world, you can expect to see many more exciting destinations added to that list before spring 2019.

As keen road cyclists ourselves, we are passionate about sharing our stories and learning from others who love to explore on 2 wheels, so if cycling has become your way of life, please follow us on this journey as we Bicycle Beyond…