Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour
Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour

Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour

12 days

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Explore backroads carved in the Peruvian Andes by mountain bike

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 Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour. You’ll ride between 42 and 115 kilometres a day, making the staggering vistas and cultural staples even more magical.

On the 12-day Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour, 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 mountain biking tour in the Andes for a ride you won’t soon forget.

Highlights of the Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour

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.

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Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour

Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour 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 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

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Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour 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.
Please note, that standard rooms are double/twin and groups of odd numbers can opt out to stay in a triple room or add a single supplement of $191 USD to use one single room instead. Please note that the prices below are per person and solo traveller price already includes the single supplement.

  • Guided solo travellers: $8,975 USD
  • Guided groups of 2: $5,395 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 3: $4,195 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 4: $3,525 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 5: $3,125 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 6: $3,175 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 7-8: $3,075 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 9: $2,875 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 10+: $2,795 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour

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 of $191 USD to have a private room in a hotel while travelling with your group.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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.

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

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
  • Mountain bike
  • Gear (helmet, gloves)
  • 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

Optional Extras

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Titicaca to Machu Picchu Mountain Bike Tour

Amazonas Explorer has been running high-end adventure travel tours in Peru for over 30 years. They offer both customizable and pre-set tours so your group can choose the perfect adventure.

British owned and Peruvian operated, Amazonas Explorer adheres to the highest European standards using the finest equipment available.

Amazonas Explorer knows you may only visit Peru once, so they aim to make that experience exceptional.

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Is this tour for me?

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.

Local Guide

Andrea Nuñez
Andrea Nuñez
Cusco, Peru

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