Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca

Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour

Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca

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Hotels and camping

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Highlights

Explore backroads carved in the Peruvian Andes by mountain biking from Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu

Cycle countless kilometres over 8 days, travelling through the impressive Peruvian Andes to Ollantaytambo.

Spend a day exploring the unforgettable Machu Picchu, where crumbling Inca ruins enchant visitors from around the world.

Enjoy relaxing nights beneath stars in the wild, as well as cozy hotel, hostel, and homestay accommodations.

Meet local alpacas and learn about these fascinating animals at the Grupo Inca’s Alpaca breeding farm.

Swap a typical beach holiday for an intense, epic mountain biking adventure along the backroads of the intoxicating Peruvian Andes! Adventurous bikers will ride to some of the most incredible trail-accessible views in Peru on the Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca. You’ll ride between 42 and 115 kilometres a day, making the staggering vistas and cultural staples even more magical.

On the 12-day Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca, you’ll switch between camping in scenic, rugged spots, homestays, and cozy hotels, savouring locally-sourced meals prepared right onsite after your rides. Amid the quintessential Peruvian views, you’ll learn about Alpaca breeding and get up close and personal with these fascinating animals.

But that’s not all! Machu Picchu awaits. The UNESCO World Heritage site is a beloved attraction, and despite all of the photos you’ve likely seen of these Inca ruins, you won’t be able to stop your jaw from dropping as they emerge into view.

Book this unforgettable Peruvian mountain biking tour for a ride you won’t soon forget.

Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Juliaca

Meet and greet your guide at the airport in Juliaca before transferring to your hotel in Puno. You’ll get the day to get acclimated to the high elevation.

Spend the afternoon relaxing and meandering Puno, and feel free to check out some museums or the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Puno (3,827m / 12,556’)
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Floating Islands and Llachon

Enjoy a lovely, exciting day exploring the floating islands where the Uru peoples live. To get here, you’ll hop on a motorboat- enjoy the ride and the unique landscape.

After, you’ll boat to Llachon, where your accommodation for the night awaits. While preparing for your biking adventure, you’ll get the chance to catch a glimpse of local life. You’ll stay with local families as a part of a community-based project.

Overnight Location
Homestay in Llachon (3,875m / 12,713’)
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Ride to Lampa

Today’s Peruvian mountain bike ride will help you ease into exercising in high elevation. Begin your journey from Lake Titicaca and ride until you reach Juliaca.

From here, you’ll travel along tarmac roads towards Lampa, where you’ll set up your tent and camp under the trees. Enjoy the incredible canopy of stars overhead!

Overnight Location
Camping near Lampa (3,892m / 12,769’)
Distance
65 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Ride to Trapiche

Start on tarmac road until you reach Lampa, where you can explore the town and visit any local points of interest you’d like.

After admiring the church in the Plaza de Armas, you’ll get back on your bike and head towards the backroads. The gentle ascent winds to a quaint Andean community, Trapiche de Palca. You’ll spend the night camping near here.

Overnight Location
Camping at Trapiche (3,860m / 12,664’)
Distance
55 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Explore the Cañon de Tinajani

Today’s ride may be the shortest, but it’s definitely not the easiest! Get ready for a montage of outstanding Peruvian views and natural wonders along the trail.

After you pass by the lake of Vila Vila, you’ll begin your ascent to the highest point of this biking adventure (4500m). Once you catch your breath, enjoy your descent to Cañon de Tinajani.

En route, you’ll travel by one of the largest forests of puya raimondii (a cactus that soars to 13 metres high). Get off your bike and admire the plants! To top it off, the Cañon de Tinajani will have you snapping endless photos—it’s stunning. Bask in the surrounding scenery as you camp nearby overnight.

Overnight Location
Camping at Tinajani (3,860m / 12,664’)
Distance
42 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Alpacas at Pacomarca

Catch a reel of rural views on today’s relatively flat ride! You’ll pass by a couple of small villages—Humachiri and Llalli—before reaching Grupo Inca’s Alpaca breeding at Pacomarca. In the afternoon, you’ll learn about alpaca breeding and meet some furry friends!

Spend the evening relaxing in the hacienda.

Overnight Location
Hotel at Pacomarca Ranch (4,060m / 13,320’)
Distance
65 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Cycle to Langui Lake

Enjoy breakfast before starting your incredible day of Andean riding.

Expect a relatively flat ride with some small steep sections. Marvel at the scenery and local culture rolling by—rock formations, farm or two, local cyclists—until you reach Langui Lake.

Here, you’ll set up camp and enjoy the blissful scenery while you eat dinner.

Overnight Location
Camping at Langui Lake (3,955m / 13,106’)
Distance
85 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Head to Sacred Valley

Begin your day of adventure by cycling along the ever-so stunning Lake Langui, where the scenic shore will keep you entertained for around 35 kilometres.

Soon, the chilled-out morning ride will morph into a steep, challenging climb until you veer off to San Pedro. You’ll then cycle on a less-travelled dirt path downhill to Urubamba Valley, near the town of Rachi.

If time allows, you may even get a chance to visit some Inca ruins. Enjoy lunch here before continuing towards Sacred Valley for your overnight campsite!

Overnight Location
Camping in Sacred Valley (3,000m / 9,842’)
Distance
90 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Bike the Rio Urubamba to Pisac

Get ready for your longest day of cycling yet! Today, you’ll inch closer to one of the main highlights of this tour, Machu Picchu.

You’ll follow the Rio Urubamba, which will take you in the direction of the renowned World Heritage Site. En route, enjoy views that act as a precursor to Machu Picchu, such as Lake Huarcarpay, lunch next to an Inca gate, and, of course, Pisac—the goal of today’s journey!

You’ll get the chance to stay in a hotel tonight rather than a tent. Enjoy the amenities!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Pisac (2,972m / 9,750’)
Distance
5-6 hours, 115 km, 100m ascent, 200m descent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 10 Finish Riding in Ollantaytambo

Congratulations, you’ve made it to your last day of cycling! Today, you’ll travel along a lesser-travelled path to the heart of the Incas along dirt roads before joining up with a tarmac road.

In the afternoon, you’ll catch a train to Machu Picchu Pueblo, where you’ll get to chill, reminisce, and relax for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel at Machu Picchu (2,040m / 6,692’)
Distance
5-6 hours, 65 km, 0m ascent, 50m descent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 11 Explore Machu Picchu

Discover the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu today. A tour guide will lead you around this incredible, historical attraction for two hours, giving you the freedom to explore on your own for a few hours, too. If you want a little exercise, you can walk the 1-hour trail to Sun Gate.

After taking as many photos as you can, you’ll hop on the bus that winds to the train station, which will take you to Cusco.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cusco (3,399m / 11,151’)
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 12 Departure

Enjoy a relaxing morning exploring Cusco before transferring to the airport in Cusco. Safe travels!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca Price and Dates

This guided mountain biking tour of the Peruvian Andes is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the number of people in your group.
The prices below are per person, sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided groups of 4: $3,375USD per person
  • Please note that the prices depend on the size of your group.

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    Accommodation on the Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca

    This biking adventure tour will have you staying in a combination of cozy hotels and epic camping spots over 11 nights. The hotels have modern necessities that will keep you comfy and relaxed. Keep in mind that rooms are double occupancy, but you can always upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee. Single travellers are also required to pay a supplement.

    In some cases, the accommodation listed below may be swapped for other similar accommodations.

    Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
    You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel while travelling with your group.

    Qelqatani Hotel in Puno

    Enjoy a cozy night at this relaxing hotel situated in the thick of Puno. Take advantage of the WiFi, flatscreen TV, and more.

    Night 2

    Llachon Homestay in Llachon

    Catch a glimpse of local life at a comfortable, quaint homestay in Llachon.

    Night 3-5

    Camping in the Peruvian Andes

    Spend five nights camping under the stars amid surreal Peruvian scenery.

    Night 6

    Pacomarca Alpaca Research Centre

    Learn about alpacas, learn a little about Peru’s culture, and stay in a hacienda here.

    Night 7-8

    Camping in the Peruvian Andes

    Spend five nights camping under the stars amid surreal Peruvian scenery.

    Royal Inka Hotel Pisac in Pisac

    Built in the 16th century, this charming hotel boasts rich character, history, and a pool, restaurant and sauna!

    Hotel Hatun Inti Classic in Machu Picchu Pueblo

    This hotel is simple, cozy, and fun—just check out the rooftop restaurant! Its central location makes it a great place to stay.

    Tupac Yupanqui Hotel in Cusco

    Located just two minutes from the Main Square, this cozy hotel in Cusco is an ideal option.

    Hotels on Standard Tour

    What’s Included in the Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca?

    Meals

    11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 7 dinners are included on this tour. You are responsible for buying your own snacks and drinks.

    Accommodations

    Accommodations for 11 nights are included on this tour. Accommodations before and after the tour are not included but can be added for an additional fee.

    Transportation during the Tour

    Transportation is included throughout the tour, including airport transfers. Support van services during the biking days are included too.

    Also Included

    • Guide
    • Camping gear (except sleeping bag)
    • Permits and entrance fees
    • Support van

    Not included

    • Flights to Juliaca and from Cusco
    • Personal expenses
    • Tour guide gratuities
    • Snacks and beverages
    • Dinners and lunches on days not mentioned
    • Bike rental

    Optional Extras

    • Single occupancy upgrades
    • Additional nights before or after the tour
    • Bike rental

    Frequenty Asked Questions about Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca

    How hard is the Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour?

    We rate this tour as a 4/5. It has eight days of mountain biking and some days will have you travelling over 100 kilometres, sometimes on a rough terrrain. Peru’s elevation level also requires you to acclimatize for a few days. Fit mountain bikers will be able to get the most out of this tour.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?

    Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

    Is the tour available all year long?

    Yes! However, when booking this tour, please note that the rainy season in the Andes is from January to February and the weather during these months might be unpleasant for adventure travelling. Also please note that the Inca Trail is closed in February, so instead of hiking, you would have to reach Machu Picchu by train.

    Are meals included on the Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour?

    11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 7 dinners are included on this tour. You are responsible for buying your own snacks and drinks.

    Do I need insurance?

    Yes, you will need to acquire travel insurance that covers mountain biking. Get your Travel Insurance.

    How do I get to Juliaca to start this tour?

    You can fly to Juliaca Airport (Inca Manco Cápac International, JUL), where you will be met by your guide to begin the tour.

    Is the Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour guided?

    Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

    Where does the Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour end?

    The tour ends in Cusco, where you will be transferred to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ).

    Are equipment rentals included?

    Yes, bikes are included, as well as helmets and gloves. Please bring any additional equipment desired. You are welcome to bring your own equipment if you prefer.

    Do I need special vaccines to travel to Peru?

    Check with your family doctor.

    Are there any travel restrictions for Peru?

    Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

    When is the best time to travel to Peru for this tour?

    The best time to visit the Peruvian Andes for this tour is during Peru’s drier season, which runs from May through September.

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    Tour Difficulty

    We rate this Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour from Lake Titicaca as a 4/5. It has eight days of mountain biking and some days will have you travelling over 100 kilometres, sometimes on a rough terrrain. Peru’s elevation level also requires you to acclimatize for a few days. Fit mountain bikers will be able to get the most out of this tour.


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