Small group cycling holiday in Peru

“A week pedalling through Peru, discovering Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley by bike, with time on two feet in Machu Picchu, too.”


Lima | Cusco half day bike tour | cycle to Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay | three day mountain bike adventure through Sacred Valley | Pisaq | Chinchero Plateau | Moray Inca Agricultural Laboratory | Ollantaytambo | bus to Machu Picchu | guided visit and free time at site

Description of Small group cycling holiday in Peru

Pedal past Inca sites and dramatic landscapes on this small group cycling holiday in Peru, travelling from Lima on the coast to the Sacred Valley, before visiting Machu Picchu. Peru’s a great destination for a cycling break, with trails that pass through beautiful mountain and valley landscapes and a wealth of Inca sites. This itinerary is carefully balanced to include a mix of easy and more challenging routes, with time for sightseeing, too.

Begin your holiday with an urban bike tour through the streets of Lima, hopping out of the saddle to discover artist enclaves, fishermen’s hangouts and views of the Pacific coastline. Next, fly to Cusco, which you’ll explore on foot and by bike. Visit San Pedro market, the 12 Angled Stone, the Chocolate Museum and the Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay.

Then travel to the Sacred Valley for a three day mountain bike adventure, pedalling through lush landscapes shaped by ancient civilisations, past natural wonders like Huaypo Lagoon and to Incan sites like the Agricultural Laboratory at Moray, with its well preserved terraces. Round your biking adventure off with some time on two feet, walking around beautiful Machu Picchu, the mother of all Inca cities.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

To help minimise our impact we avoid using single-use plastic bottles and refill our water bottles from a large water drum kept on our support vehicle. We are also working with our accommodation suppliers to minimise water wastage by installing signage to encourage water conservation practices. We encourage our travellers to take short showers and to never leave the tap water running unnecessarily.

Our greatest contribution to minimising our transportation's impact on the environment is to simply travel by bike, avoiding any use of energy or fuel. When we do use a vehicle we are committed to providing local experiences and as part of this philosophy during this trip we use local forms of transport wherever possible. Where we do use a support vehicle we will always ensure that it is an appropriate size to suit the cyclists it supports - no using a 16 seater minivan if we only have 10 people travelling. While most of our cycling on the Sacred Valley is done on very small dirt roads and trails we are mindful of issues that cycling can cause. We take time to educate our cyclists and ensure that they stick to the marked trails at all time, helping to minimise erosion in this delicate environment.

On this trip we use our own local Peruvean supplier who shares our commitment to responsible business, from waste and water management to ensuring we are leaving as minimal foot(tyre)print as possible. For the cycling portion we also use a third party to assist in the running of the trip, ensuring they share our commitment to responsible travel, are educated on all aspects of responsible business, and supported in making any changes they need to improve in this aspect.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our operations in Peru are now certified by Rainforest Alliance, following an assessment in which we successfully achieved a 100% score for all critical criteria. Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods.

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity and wider community. A bicycle means you can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load, providing a profound and lasting positive effect for the individual as well as their community. Bicycles for Humanity collect donated (used or new) bicycles, repair them if needed and send them to Africa. Along with donated bicycles each of the 40 ft shipping containers that Bicycles for Humanity sends becomes a bike workshop, providing employment, skills, training, business, opportunity and economic development for the community in which it's placed, helping the community to move away from aid dependence.

All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by local Peruveans including all our cycling guides, support vehicle drivers, local site guides, and accommodation providers. We provide our cycling leaders with a formal 4 day cycling training so that they are up to speed with the needs of our travellers, as well as improving their overall skills.

Locals know where the best food, souvenirs, local crafts and entertainment can be found. This trip is operated by local Peruveans and we ensure any shopping opportunities, from the larger centres like Lima and Cusco to the tiny villages we stop off at while cycling along the way, are authentic experiences that showcase Peru's rich and unique culture and crafts.

Our cycling trips have a maximum group size of 16, to minimise our impact on the smaller communities we cycle through. We believe this is the perfect size for a cycling trip while respecting the capabilities of the destinations we visit. Overtourism is an issue we are very conscious of and we are taking measures to ensure our impact on the communities we visit and their environment is our top priority. Although we use an internal flight on this tour, this allows travellers to visit more areas during their trip, understand Peru’s culture better and support more parts of the country financially.

We have a Foundation which was set up to empower travellers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit. Our Foundation now supports over 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, The Foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare. Organisations and projects currently supported in Peru by our Foundation include:
* Living Heart - Focuses on improving the education, nutrition and health of disadvantaged Andean women and children near Cusco. Currently they provide free breakfasts, assist local schools with educational supplies and organise visits by doctors and nurses. They are also raising funds to build homes for orphaned children and abused women and children.
* Kusimayo - Improves the living conditions of children and adults affected by poverty and malnutrition in one of Peru’s poorest regions: the high plains of Puno. They provide daily nutritious breakfasts for a number of pre-schools in the area, as well as educational material, hygiene kits and basic kitchenware.
*Project Peru - Aims to break the circle of poverty, offering opportunities through education, independence through responsibility, and dignity through employment. All of the staff in Peru are from the local community and are paid and treated with equality and respect.


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