Machu Picchu, Peru

Cycle Peru: Machu Picchu & Titicaca

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Trip code: 
MPB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Cycle through untouched areas of Peru and visit the breath-taking Machu Picchu 

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

  • Ride between Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley
  • Daywalk offering a rare view of Machu Picchu
  • Cycle along the shores of Lake Titicaca

Key information

  • 7 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 70% tarmac, 30% unsurfaced roads
  • 10 nights en suite hotels, 1 night alpaca hacienda and 1 night homestay
  • Amazon Rainforest extension available (click here for information)

What's included

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 2 dinners included

All accommodation

All transport and listed activities

Tour leader throughout

Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)

Local bike hire 

What's not included

Travel insurance (available on request)

Single accommodation (available on request)

Visas and vaccinations 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

7

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

High altitude; 70% quiet roads, 30% mix of gravel, tracks and off road selections

Day by day breakdown
Day 317.0km/10.0miles
Day 444.0km/28.0miles
Day 546.0km/29.0miles
Day 628.0km/18.0miles
Day 775.0km/46.0miles
Day 1192.0km/57.0miles
Day 1252.0km/32.0miles
Machu Picchu

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Itinerary

Cusco
to
Puno
  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Depart London; fly to Cusco via Madrid.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Cusco (3400m); explore the city on a short orientation tour.

    Upon arrival in Cusco we will be met by an Exodus leader and transferred to the start hotel. 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.

    Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui  

  • Day 3

    Discover the Inca ruins above Cusco by bike on a mainly downhill acclimatisation ride.

    We start today with a short transfer out of Cusco to Corao Pass (3650m). Here we set up the bikes and start our acclimatisation ride back down towards Cusco. After a short while we get to the first Inca ruins of the tour at Tambomachay, otherwise known as the ‘Inca’s Bath’ due to its finely preserved waterfalls which have been carefully diverted through stone channels. From here 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.

    Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui  

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Ride beside the Urubamba River to Pisac and explore an Andean market.

    After a short bus transfer out of busy Cusco we get on the bikes and start our cycle along a smooth paved road before turning off onto a very quiet and scenic road which follows the Urubamba River. After some time cycling we stop for a picnic lunch by the river where we can take in the spectacular scenery before cycling the rest of the way to Pisac. In Pisac we will have time to explore the artisan Andean market and purchase some souvenirs before heading to our hotel.

    Hotel Royal Inka Pisac  

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Visit Pisac ruins; cycle through villages and farming haciendas in the heart of the Sacred Valley to Urubamba.

    Today starts with a short vehicle transfer up to the incredible Inca ruins in the hills above Pisac where we stop for a look around, we then drive over the river to the village of Taray where our days 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.

    Hotel Villa Urubamba 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Cycle amidst colourful fields and Inca terraces to Ollantaytambo, visiting the salt pans of Maras and the ruins of Moray en route.

    After breakfast we have a short transfer 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 ride starts amongst the fields of the of the Chinchero plateau, surrounded by a patchwork of colours from the array of crops being grown and the snow-capped Urubamba mountain range in the background this spot is a photographer's dream! From here we cycle to Moray and visit a fascinating trio of Inca ruins and also stop for lunch. Our route then descends into the Sacred Valley where we can stop at an award winning craft brewery before continuing to our accommodation in the town of Ollantaytambo.

    Tunupa Lodge 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Descend by bike from Abra Malaga, with views of snow-capped Mt. Veronica, into cloud forest surrounding Santa Teresa.

    Getting up early we continue to follow in the footsteps of the last of the Incas as we climb (in the vehicle) to the pass of Abra Malaga (4200m). From here we should have (on a clear day) great views of the snowy Mt. Veronica and the descent into the jungle below. Here we get on the bikes and start a 75km descent through cloud forest and past tea and coffee plantations into the Amazon basin where we then pass banana and other fruit plantations. Once we reach the town of Huyro the road flattens out for the final stretch to St Maria, here we get in the vehicle to transfer the remaining distance to the rural sleepy town of Santa Teresa where we can relax in the hot springs to soak away the aches and pains.

    Hotel Yacuamu or similar  

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Daywalk along a royal Inca trail to the ruins of Llactapata for a seldom seen view of Machu Picchu; train to Aguas Calientes.

    After a short transfer (20min) we start following a spectacular royal Inca trail up through lush coffee and tropical fruit plantations and into pristine cloud forest. As the path crests the ridge, old Inca walls appear out of the forest and we will step into the recently cleared ruins of Llactapata. The American explorer Hiram Bingham got here too, but the map he drew was so bad that neither he nor anyone else could find the ruins again for 80 years. It wasn’t until the mid-1990’s when an Anglo-American team found them once more, totally covered over by thick jungle vines. From here the view over to Machu Picchu is magnificent, few tourists have ever seen it from this side so we will spend some time here to take it in and watch the Andean Swifts playing overhead before descending to the train station at the bottom of the valley. From here we have the option to catch the train or take a three hour trek to our hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo.

    Hotel Hatun Inti Classic

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Guided tour of the Lost City of Machu Picchu; return to Cusco.

    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. Our day starts with a 20 minute bus transfer up to Machu Picchu, here we will have a two hour guided tour around the site and then some free time to relax and further explore at our own pace. Eventually though we have to head back down and catch the bus back to Machu Picchu Pueblo then the train that follows the Urubamba River back to Cusco.

    Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Free day in Cusco.

    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.  

    Hotel Tupaq Yupanqui 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

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

    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, after a short while of cycling we get to a junction where we turn off the tarmac and totally off the beaten track to get 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.

    Pacomarca Alpaca Ranch 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

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

    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 view point over Lake Titicaca for an incredible sunset.

    Lachon Homestay 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

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

    Saying goodbye to our local families, we head to their dock for a gorgeous boat ride across Lake Titicaca on 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.

    Hotel Qelcetani 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 14

    Transfer to Juliaca airport; fly to London.

    After Breakfast we will be transferred to Juliaca regional airport where we catch the return flight to London via Lima and Madrid.  

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London where the tour ends. 

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Extend Your Trip

Amazon Rainforest extension (from Cuzco)

Code: XPC

Easily accessible via a short flight to Puerto Maldonado from Cuzco, the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as countless plant species. Spending three nights at a lodge in the incredibly rich Tambopata Reserve, we use motorised canoes to explore its lakes and rivers, and follow jungle trails to discover its dense forests.The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

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.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in Peru. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

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 can not 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. 

Weather

Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate. 

In Cusco and the Andes, April to November is the dry season; during these months the sky is generally bright and clear with strong sunshine in the mornings, sometimes clouding over as the day progresses. Temperatures are generally pleasant but can drop and become quite chilly in the evenings and at night. Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are in the cloud forest and as such attract large amounts of precipitation all year as clouds move up from the Amazon basin. Rain here can be heavy, but is seldom prolonged.

Cusco weather

Cusco

Is this trip for you?

This cycling tour is classified Road

Activity level 4 (Moderate/Challenging)

This tour has full vehicle support. The support vehicle follows the group at all times carrying all essential items, water, food and any spare clothes you might need for the day. If at any point you want to sit out a section of cycling you may use the support vehicle but please note that it follows the group slowly and cannot drop you to the end point.

The cycling on this tour is 70% on tarmac roads and 30% on un-surfaced roads. The set itinerary is not technical nor does it feature very long ascents, however please note that the majority of this tour is spent at high altitude and some days the group is cycling above 4000m where the air is noticeably thinner. Because of this we recommend that you have a good level of fitness for this tour.   

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

MPB

10 nights en suite hotels, 1 night alpaca hacienda (multi-share) and 1 night homestay (multi-share).

The hotels normally used are indicated within the itinerary however accommodation may differ from those stated depending on your departure date. All hotel rooms have en suite bathrooms. Most hotels have a safety deposit box in the room but if not, there will be one at reception. Please note that central heating is very rare in Peru, even in good standard hotels. Most hotels provide plug in heaters and spare blankets. Additionally whilst all of the hotels have a hot water supply, it can be temperamental when there is high demand.

Accommodation options in Santa Teresa are limited and although the family run hotel we stay in here has clean rooms and friendly staff, you should expect it to be more basic than elsewhere. A railway line runs straight through the centre of Aguas Calientes and whilst we try to allocate rooms away from it whenever possible, the trains might be heard from some rooms.

En route from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca we have the unique opportunity to spend a night on a working alpaca hacienda - the rustic accommodation is mostly multi-share with shared bathroom facilities, although there are some double rooms.

On the Llachon Peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the group will split up overnight to stay with local families. There will be a few of us in each house and we may have to share rooms en masse - single supplements do not apply here. The rooms are basic but clean and your beds will have sheets and plenty of blankets. There are outside toilets and washbasins.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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