Cycle Peru: Machu Picchu & Titicaca

Start: Cusco Finish: Puno

Visiting: Urubamba River, Puno, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

Duration: 12 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate / Challenging

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English

Prices From: $4305

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. 


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

Places You'll See



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

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.

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: Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui (or similar) *

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

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. *Accommodation: Hotel Royal Inka Pisac (or similar)*

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

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. *Accommodation: Hotel Villa Urubamba (or similar)*

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

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. *Accommodation: Hotel Villa Urubamba (or similar) *

icon Day 6 : Cycle from Izcuchaca to Pacchar

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

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. *Accommodation: Waman Hotel (or similar)*

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

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. *Accommodation: Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui (or similar)*

icon Day 9 : Free day in Cusco.

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.   *Accommodation: Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui (or similar)*

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

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. *Accommodation: Racho Mallkini Alpaca Ranch (or similar)*

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

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. *Accommodation: Llachon Homestay (or similar)*

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

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. *Accommodation: Qelqatani Hotel (or similar)*

icon Day 13 : End Puno.

Meals: breakfast

Our adventure ends after breakfast in Puno.

What's Included

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    All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 2 dinners includedAll accommodationAll transport and listed activitiesTour leader throughoutFlights from London (if booking flight inclusive)Local bike hire 

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance (available on request)Single accommodation (available on request)Visas and vaccinations 


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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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
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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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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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!;

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