Cycle Peru: Machu Picchu & Titicaca

Cycle Peru: Machu Picchu & Titicaca

Start: Cusco Finish: Puno

Visiting: Cusco, Tipon Archaeological Site, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Chinchero District, Izcuchaca, Pachar, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Altiplano, colle della Raya, Llachon, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Urubamba River


Duration: 12 Nights

Physical rating: High, Moderate / Challenging

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: MPB

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

On this tour we cycle between some of the world’s most iconic travel destinations: from the truly spectacular mountain top city of Machu Picchu and the high-altitude plains of the Altiplano to Cusco, the buzzing capital of the ancient Inca Empire. Pedalling past impressive Inca ruins like Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Moray, our route hugs the Urubamba River as we cycle amongst 4000m peaks and learn about the country’s rich and fascinating history whilst staying with local families. Ending our tour on the shores of the vast Lake Titicaca, we visit the floating reed islands of Uros and discover the ‘folklore capital’ of Puno where we can stock up on hand-made souvenirs before flying home.

Highlights

  • iconDiscover Cuzco with its distinct Inca-Colonial fusion architecture
  • iconGuided tour of Machu Picchu, set against its dramatic Andean backdrop
  • iconHomestay on traditional Llachon peninsula, Lake Titicaca
  • iconCycle along the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • iconRide between Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Cusco (3400m); short orientation walk and ‘locals’ guided city tour.

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

The tour starts at our hotel in Cusco where we will be met by your leader.
After some time to unpack and settle into the hotel we will head out for a
short orientation tour and experience a ‘locals’ tour of the city where
we will see the real Cusco and areas not commonly visited by tourists. This
walking tour is a great bit of gentle exercise to help get used to the high
altitude and thinner air.Accommodation: Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui (or similar)

icon Day 2 : Discover the Inca ruins above Cusco by bike on a mainly downhill acclimatisation ride.

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui (or similar) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

We start today with a short transfer out of Cusco to the first Inca ruins of
the tour, Tambomachay, otherwise known as the ‘Inca’s Bath’ due to its
finely preserved waterfalls which have been carefully diverted through stone
channels. After visiting these ruins, we set up the bikes and start our
acclimatisation ride back down towards Cusco. We head to the delightful
small ruin of Puca Pucara which is believed to have been used as a
‘tambo’, a rest house for traveling animals. We then continue down the
road to the final and most stunning ruins of the day at Sacsayhuaman.
Although the smaller stones were used to build the modern-day Cusco many of
the larger stones remain in place and are up to 8.5m tall and weighing 360
tonnes! After some time here we continue cycling back to our hotel in
Cusco.Accommodation:

icon Day 3 : Ride from Tipon Archeological site to Huacarpay lagoon; after lunch ride from Huambitio Bridge to Pisac

Location: Tipon Archaeological Site, Pisac

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Royal Inka Pisac (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leaving Cusco after breakfast, we transfer south to Tipon where we’ll start
our ride. We’ll cycle along a bridle path to the colonial town of Oropesa,
where most of the bread consumed in Cusco is made. We’ll continue to the
lagoon of Huacarpay where we’ll ride a circuit around the lagoon, looking
out for the wildlife in the lagoon and for archaeological remains around
it.  We’ll stop for lunch overlooking the lagoon, before continuing our
bike ride from the Huambitio Bridge to Pisac on the narrow part of the Sacred
Valley of the Incas.

icon Day 4 : Visit Pisac ruins and explore the artisan Andean market; cycle through villages and farming haciendas in the heart of the Sacred Valley to Urubamba

Location: Pisac, Sacred Valley, Urubamba

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villa Urubamba (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today starts with a short vehicle transfer up to the incredible Inca ruins in
the hills above Pisac. We have some time here to explore this archaeological
site which gives insight to the Inca’s advanced masonry skills. The Inca
site remains somewhat mysterious as to what their absolute purpose was, but
it seems likely that they were part of a settlement along a vital Inca road
with the Amazon rainforest to the east of the mountains. It is generally
understood that Pisac provided a connecting point of sorts between the
highlands and the jungle. In Pisac we will have time to explore the artisan
Andean market and purchase some souvenirs, before we drive over the river to
the village of Taray where our day's cycling starts. Today’s ride follows a
beautiful undulating road that connects several small villages and haciendas
where we can see traditional farming methods still being used. We also get to
enjoy a stunning backdrop of glaciated mountains and Inca ruins as we make
our way through the villages of Qoya, Lamay and Calca before arriving in
Urubamba

icon Day 5 : Cycle amidst colourful fields and Inca terraces, visiting the salt pans of Maras and the ruins of Moray en route.

Location: Chinchero District

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Villa Urubamba (or similar) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we transfer (approximately 45 minutes) to the town of
Chinchero. We will have some timet to explore the town and will also have a
weaving demonstration. From Chinchero, we will cycle along the Sacred Pampa
of Anta, passing through Huyapo Lake, Cruzpata Town and Mahuyapampa to
Moray. Here we visit these fascinating Inca ruins and also stop for
lunch. Moray was an Andean Laboratory with circular agricultural terraces.
Our ride continues to the impressive Maras salt pans where we can witness the
salt being mined by hand and purchase a small bag of salt to take home.  Our
route then descends into the Sacred Valley, continuing to our accommodation
in Urubamba.

icon Day 6 : Cycle from Izcuchaca to Pacchar

Location: Izcuchaca, Pachar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Villa Urubamba (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we will drive from Ururbamba to the town of Izcuchaca, where
we will start our day's cycling. We start in the Pampa of Anta, and along
our ride we will see farmers walking their cows and animals to green areas to
feed them and continueing their daily activites in the farms. Our ride takes
us to the town of Huarcondo before we descend down in to the Valley. At our
arrival in the town of Pacchar, we can stop at an award-winning craft brewery
before our private transportation takes us back to our hotel in
Urubamba.Accommodation: Hotel Villa Urubamba (or similar)

icon Day 7 : Cycle from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo; explore the town and Ollantaytambo fortress

Location: Urubamba, Ollantaytambo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Waman Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast we start our ride from our hotel to Ollantaytambo, the last
Inca living town. We will cycle along a trail which follows the Urubamba
River, the sacred river of the Incas, until we reach the town of Pachar. From
here we will take an easy descent through an ancient Inca trail that passes
through farming fields and Inca terraces until we will get to the Inca bridge
in Ollantaytambo. We visit Ollantaytambo town and fortress before having
lunch. In the afternoon we have the option to ride Cachicata to Chilca, or
further explore the town. We take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes or
Machu Picchu town where we spend the night.

icon Day 8 : Guided tour of the Lost City of Machu Picchu; return to Cusco.

Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today we explore Machu Picchu! For years it was lost to the jungle until
being re-discovered by Yale professor and world explorer Hiram Bingham in
1911, now it is recognised as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, is
listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and truly exceeds all expectations.New
regulations for visiting Machu Picchu are now fully enforced; you will be
limited to a maximum of four hours within the site and must be accompanied by
a guide. There will also be three set routes to follow around Machu Picchu;
Exodus selects the most comprehensive route. Please note that exploring the
ruins involves a reasonable amount of walking, including up and down steep
and uneven stone steps. After our visit to the site we head back down and
catch the bus back to Machu Picchu Pueblo then take the train that follows
the Urubamba River back to Cusco.

icon Day 9 : Free day in Cusco.

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

There are lots of things to see and do in Cusco, including visiting Inca
ruins and colonial churches, bargaining and buying from artisan markets or
exploring this fascinating city on foot and visiting the local restaurants
and cafes.  

icon Day 10 : Drive onto the Altiplano; cycle from La Raya Pass (4313m) to a working Alpaca hacienda for the night.

Location: Altiplano, colle della Raya

Accommodation: Racho Mallkini Alpaca Ranch (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we start our adventure towards Lake Titicaca with a transfer out of
Cusco and high onto the Altiplano. We stop at La Raya Pass (4313m) and get on
the bikes to start our cycle along a good quality tarmac road until we get to
a junction where we turn off and drive to our overnight accommodation at an
Alpaca hacienda. Here we learn all about these fascinating animals and about
rural life as we stay in rustic accommodation

icon Day 11 : Drive to the Llachon peninsula, Lake Titicaca and ride along the lakeshore; overnight in a homestay.

Location: Llachon, Lake Titicaca

Accommodation: Homestay

Accommodation Name: Llachon Homestay (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the alpaca farm, we drive back to the main road and skirt the
bustling city of Juliaca, taking a small tarmac road out towards a rarely
visited peninsula of Lake Titicaca. Back on our bikes again, we cycle on
lovely quiet roads until we reach the lake shore and ride through small
villages to the lovely hamlet of Llachon. Here we meet our hosts and are
allocated a family homestay for the night. If time permits, we can take a
short hike to a lovely viewpoint over Lake Titicaca for an incredible
sunset.

icon Day 12 : Boat ride across Lake Titicaca to Puno, visiting the floating reed islands of the Uros en route.

Location: Lake Titicaca, Puno

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Qelqatani Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Saying goodbye to our local families, we head to their dock for a gorgeous
boat ride across Lake Titicaca en route to Puno. We will stop to visit the
amazing Uros floating reed islands before arriving in the town of Puno and
our hotel for the night.

icon Day 13 : End Puno.

Location: Puno

Meals: Breakfast

Our adventure ends after breakfast in Puno.

What's Included

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    Meals

    12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 2 dinners.

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    All accommodation

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    Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)

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    Local bike hire

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    Entrance Fees

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance (available on request)

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Visas and vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 2 dinners are included.Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dish, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably we cannot guarantee that wheat/gluten free products will be available for breakfast in all locations - if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food from home.Where lunch and dinner is not included we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), Alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink so please only drink bottled water or the water provided. 

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Do you require a visa for this holiday?

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

What is the maximum group size?

16

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Reviews

Great introduction to Peru
A great introduction to the country and the culture of Peru. Hits all the highlights of the Sacred Valley and then finishes with a visit to Lake Titicaca - recommended! A great introduction to the country and the culture of Peru.

Hits all the highlights of the Sacred Valley and then finishes with a visit to Lake Titicaca - recommended!;
Peru cycling
Juan Carlos & fellow guides Havier & Diego great - helpful & able.Cooks were amazing! Tents up each lunch time & 3 courses. Also a portable loo with its own ....more Juan Carlos & fellow guides Havier & Diego great - helpful & able.

Cooks were amazing! Tents up each lunch time & 3 courses.

Also a portable loo with its own tent!; ....less
Impressions of first run of the new Cycle Peru: Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca trip
We booked this as a great way to see the iconic sights of Peru as part of another Exodus cycle holiday. I would say we achieved the former more so ....more We booked this as a great way to see the iconic sights of Peru as part of another Exodus cycle holiday.

I would say we achieved the former more so than the latter with full marks for visiting all the key sites along the Sacred Valley and more but with considerably fewer cycling miles (200) than the other four Exodus long haul cycle trips (300-400) we have completed.

We also added the Amazon extension at the start of the trip which I would also recommend.

This is a great sightseeing (and indeed eating) trip but not one for the hard core cyclist as the miles are flat or downhill and thus present little serious challenge.

So if you want to see and experience the sights of Peru with a relatively modest amount of cycling thrown in, please don't be put deterred by the Grade 4 assigned to it by Exodus.

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Peru cycling
Juan Carlos & fellow guides Havier & Diego great - helpful & able.Cooks were amazing! Tents up each lunch time & 3 courses. Also a portable loo with its own ....more Juan Carlos & fellow guides Havier & Diego great - helpful & able.

Cooks were amazing! Tents up each lunch time & 3 courses.

Also a portable loo with its own tent!; ....less
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING
I booked the jungle extension which we started from then continued onto the cycling part. Our group was small (only 4 people) but well integrated. I would highly recommend the ....more I booked the jungle extension which we started from then continued onto the cycling part.

Our group was small (only 4 people) but well integrated.

I would highly recommend the extension but you may want to put it at the end as starting from it means an extremely long travel with 3 back to back flights.

The wildlife and the views we saw were breathtaking.

Many boat rides, including a canoe-like one which I dreaded (dislike of small boats) but what we saw more than made up for the stress.

Be ready for not as much strenuous as stressful at times cycling due to quite technically challenging very steep descents on gravel/stones which require good mountain bike handling skills.

Culturally it is a fantastic trip.

I loved the flora & fauna of Costa Rica and have great memories from Colombia but Peru is simply an explosion of colour and the food is ridiculously good.

The hiking part was challenging but the views breathtaking.

The number of Inka ruin sites we visited BEFORE Machu Picchu was also a positive surprise.

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