Peru cycling holiday

“Hop in the saddle to spend two weeks exploring Peru, peddling past Inca ruins, staying with local families and discovering Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca. ”

Highlights

Cusco | Corao Pass | Sacsayhuaman | Pisac | Urubamba | Maras salt pans | Ollantaytambo | Santa Teresa | Machu Picchu | Lake Titicaca | Alpaca ranch visit | Puno

Description of Peru cycling holiday

Pedal past Inca sites and dramatic landscapes on this small group Peru cycling holiday, travelling from Cusco to Puno. On this itinerary you’ll follow the Urubamba River, past fantastic mountain scenery, to an alpaca farm and alongside a wealth of Inca sites, including Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Moray. You’ll then branch off for some time on two feet exploring the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu and then ending your journey by the shores of Lake Titicaca, where you’ll visit in Puno, Peru’s folklore capital, and spend time on the lake famous floating reed islands of Uros.

The tour carefully mixes easy and more challenging routes, with rest days built in and plenty of time for sightseeing, too. Local markets like the artisan Andean market are high on the agenda, and you’ll have the chance to buy produce and various handmade souvenirs from local communities. Along the way you’ll stay in small, locally run accommodation, which includes time in a homestay in the lakeside village of Llachon.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Peru cycling holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend most nights in hotels, a night in an Alpaca hacienda and another night in a homestay. Where possible we try to use small businesses or family-run hotels rather than large chains or resorts. We spend one night at Pacomarca the sustainable alpaca network who provide support for the sustainable development of alpaca raising. It seeks to generate benefits for all those involved in the alpaca production chain, and especially for the thousands of rural families who make a living from this resource in the harsh conditions of the Peruvian highlands. We also stay at the Llachon Homestay on the shores of Lake Titicaca. It is situated in Llachon at the end of the peninsular from the bustling city of Puno where it seldom benefits from tourism as a result, making our groups and business a vital source of income. All breakfasts are included and where possible the ingredients and produce is purchased from local suppliers and farmers.

Activity:
As a cycling holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment and communities in the regions we visit within Peru. The use of the bikes allows us to cover fairly large distances while offering very little adverse impact, like pollution and threat to wildlife. Additionally, cycling also allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. By operating with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, we are able to raise awareness for a kind of tourism which puts environment and community before financial gain.

Local Craft & Culture:
There are several chances to support craftsmanship on the tour, especially our visit to local markets like the artisan Andean market where local communities sell produce and various handmade souvenirs. By buying something we are providing an avenue of income for these people. The tour also visits the Sacred Valley where we eat a traditional meal in a local village and have the opportunity to buy handicrafts. Our local guides are able to advise which products to buy and which to avoid- for example, walking sticks made of wood are one to avoid as they are potentially a product of harmful deforestation activity, and any pre-Inca or Inca relics are prohibited for sale.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

UK office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through engergy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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