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…!