PERU INCA ROADS – TOUR OF THE SACRED VALLEY – 2019


Imagine:
A place that is steeped in ancient history and still retains some of the traditions and beliefs of the past 500 years. A city and region that exists almost in two worlds simultaneously, the past and present of today’s modern world.  This is the Cusco region of Peru. Join us on this road cycling tour to discover this historical centre of the Incan Empire and the Sacred Valley of the Incas while riding through some of the most beautiful, stunning and challenging roads in the Peruvian Andes including the Legendary Abra Lares,  Amazing Abra Amparaes and the Majestic Abra Malaga. This is a life changing trip starting in the World Heritage City of Cusco (3399m), blended with amazing sight seeing side trips that will amaze and enlighten you, eventually leading to an unbelievable finish at one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.


Non Rider Option:
Yes you can bring your non riding partner to Peru. To enjoy all of the non riding sight seeing, excursions and tourism, with additional guided tours in select locations as they join us to follow you on this tour.


Inca Roads – Tour of the Sacred Valley:
17 Days/16 Nights – Rider Price: $3400 USD Per Person (everything included) – NON Rider Price: $2600 USD Per Person (everything included) – Fitness Level: Intermediate (you currently ride or can ride 200k a week with ease) – Group Size: 4 rider minimum, 12 rider maximum. The June Tour is during the Festival of the Sun Inca Inti Raymi Celebration month in Cusco.

Note about fitness levels: All riders receive a (minimum 8 week) training program for the tours. If you are currently a beginner level rider (100k per week), but want to do this Intermediate fitness level tour. As long as you make a commitment to train to prepare and get to the (200k per week) level we are happy to have you join us on this tour.

Dates: 2019:
June 9th – 25th (New Dates)

Close off Date: Sign up for this tour with a $600 deposit before April 14th 2019

Sept 3rd – 19th (New Dates)
Close off Date: Sign up for this tour with a $600 deposit before July 7th 2019

Private Tour Dates options:
Get a group of 7 or more riders together and we will organize a private tour for you. To start the conversation contact us

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Tour Highlights:

  • Sight seeing the World Heritage City of Cusco the historic center of the Inca Empire (including 2 walking tours).
  • Guided Tours of Cusco City ancient sites (including Qorikancha, Qinqo, Saqsayhuaman and the San Pedro Market)
  • Guided Tours of the Sacred Valley ancient sites (including Ollantaytambo and the Pisaq ruins and traditional market)
  • Guided Tours of Moray ancient site and Mara’s Salt mines.
  • Staying a night in a Tropical Andes Cloud Forest Bird watching Sanctuary Lodge.
  • 12 Riding days for 644k including the Legendary Abra Lares, Amazing Abra Amparaes and the Majestic Abra Malaga (53k average)
  • Soaking in some incredible mountain hot springs.
  • A night in Aquas Caliente (Machupicchu pueblo)
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu, the incredible ancient Inca Citadel.
  • Making a difference. A percentage of all Tour proceeds goes back to the local communities we visit. We invite you to change other peoples lives while experiencing a trip of a lifetime

Tour Description and Itinerary:
This is a high altitude cycling trip and its very important to spend some days to acclimate. So we have 4 days in and around Cusco to do this. The first few days are sight seeing with Guided tours of Cusco city, then we begin to move a bit more and have 2 short riding days outside of the city so you ease into more activity. On this tour we do what the mountain climbers aim to do, we ride high and sleep low.

Day 1: Pick you up from Cusco airport
Check into the Hotel. Welcome meeting and tour introduction with our guides, build our bikes and relax.
Day 2: Acclimation day
Sight seeing around Cusco with walking and Guided Tours of the city, downtown and ancient ruins.
Day 3: Acclimation day/Ride 30k warm up ride (2hrs approx)
Sight seeing and walking tours/Bike body fit check and climbing descending mini class Short ride.
Day 4: Acclimation day/30k warm up ride (2hrs approx)
Sight seeing/Guided tour/free time. Short ride.
Day 5: – 30k (2hrs approx) – 7k Ascent/18k Descent
First real riding day of the tour. We leave Cusco climbing out of the city and descend to the Sacred valley. Tonight we stay in Pisaq.
Day 6: – 70k (4hrs approx) – 26k Ascent/18k Descent
Leaving the village we follow the Urubamba river valley for 25k then climb towards the high country. Breathe taking views of the valley below. A transfer to where we stay in a cloud forest lodge.
Day 7: – 75k (4hrs approx) – 32k Ascent/35k Descent
A transfer to begin. Today’s course features 2 climbs and then 35k of descending. This is the high country with amazing views of Mountain Ausangate in the distance. This Interoceanic road that will eventually connect Peru to Brazil and the Atlantic ocean. We stay tonight in Ocongate.
Day 8: – 60k (3.5hrs approx) – 26k Ascent/28k Descent
Leaving Ocongate we have 2 climbs today, followed by an amazing decent of 20k to the valley floor. Tonight we stay Oropesa in the valley.
Day 9: – 42k (2hrs approx) – 7k Ascent
A flat easy day back along the stunning river valley with a climb to the Pisaq ruins (optional) to finish. We have a guided tour of the ancient Inca ruins here and later explore the famous traditional market. Tonight we stay in Pisaq.
Day 10: – 73k (6hrs approx) – 34k Ascent/25k Descent
We start with a flat warm up 15k ride in the Sacred valley and then turn to climb 34k into the mountains to the Legendary Abra Lares 4461m. There are 3 days that perhaps define this tour, this is the first. A long 25k descent brings us to this small mountain village town of Lares. We soak in the hot springs and relax for the afternoon. Tonight we stay in Lares.
Day 11: – 75k (4.5hrs approx) 2 Rides – 20k Descent/13k Ascent – 10k Ascent/33k Descent
This is a split ride day with a transfer in between. Today is the second day that defines this tour. The scenery will continue from yesterday to blow your mind. To begin a long 20k descent into a completely different environment. River canyons and valleys. Then turn to climb for 1hr. We then transfer up the valley, have a stop for lunch. Then remount to climb for 1hr the last part of Amazing Abra Amparaes 4568m. What follows is 33k of descending and pure fun! Tonight we stay in Calca.
Day 12: – 21k (1hrs approx) – 20k Descent
An active rest day with a easy mostly slightly downhill 20k ride. We stop to visit the Museo Inkariy and then continue onto the Sacred valley town of Urubamba for an authentic Peruvian Lunch. This afternoon we visit the Urubamba Market and later have a Guided Tour of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Tonight we stay in Urubamba .
Day 13: – 20k (1hrs approx) – 3k Ascent/17k Descent
Another active rest day with a easy mostly downhill 20k ride with a few easy rollers to Ollantaytambo. This afternoon we have a Guided Tour of the ancient Inca ruins here. Tonight we stay in Ollantaytambo.
Day 14: – 118k (6.5hrs approx) – 37k Ascent/77k Descent
The last riding day of the tour. Today is the final day that defines this tour. In the morning we start from Ollantaytambo at 2840m and begin the majestic 37k climb up the Abra Malaga 4316m. The views will be etched in your memory forever, as will the 77k descent (Yes that’s not a typo) into the jungle region of Santa Maria 1051m. Tonight we stay in an new Eco Lodge just outside Santa Maria.
Day 15: – 11k hike to Aquas Calientes (2hr approx)
We awake to morning song. Then transfer to the amazing Santa Teresa hot springs to swim and relax. Transfer a little more to the Hydroelectric where we take lunch then walk the beautiful picturesque flat 11ks (2hrs approx) along the river and railway line to the Machupicchu village of Aquas Calientes. Tonight we stay in Aquas Calientes.
Day 16: Machu Picchu
Considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. This day we spend visiting the breathe taking Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. We are guided for 2.5hrs then are free to explore for another 3hrs perhaps walking to the Sungate, or climbing Machu picchu mountain. We then say goodbye to this incredible place in the afternoon and take the train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer back to Cusco for a farewell dinner. Tonight we stay in Cusco.
Day 17: Tour ends
Morning in Cusco. Pack bikes and transfer to airport or other transport.

Rider Price Includes:

  • Cycling training program and advice by ex Professional rider and Cycling Coach ($600 USD value)
  • Body/Bike fit check and Climbing/Descending/Cornering instruction on Tour ($200 USD value)
  • Advanced Nutritional Supplements and Drinks ($100 USD value)
  • All Transportation and Airport transfers
  • Technical support available: Unpacking/packing bike plus bike assembly/disassembly
  • Professional Local Peruvian guides (Bilingual Spanish/English)
  • 10 riders to 1 Support vehicle ratio
  • Meals (All Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners) Lunch is a light picnic style on the rides (sometimes we stop at restaurants also)
  • Healthy snacks and hydration during the rides
  • Daily after ride Yoga/Stretching classes
  • Beyond Andes Cycling Jersey
  • 16 nights accommodations at Hotels, Eco lodges and Luxury B+B’s. Accommodations are Twin shared – (Single Room Supplement add $480 USD)
  • Farewell Dinner Party
    Other activities included:
  • Guided Tours of Cusco City ancient sites (including Qorikancha, Qinqo, Saqsayhuaman and the San Pedro Market)
  • Guided Tours of the Sacred Valley ancient sites (including Ollantaytambo and the Pisaq ruins and traditional market)
  • Guided Tours of Moray ancient site and Mara’s Salt mines.
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu, the incredible ancient Inca Citadel.
  • Museo Inkariy entrance tickets ($15USD)
  • Cusco and Sacred Valley Ancient Ruins Tickets ($60USD)
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets and Train Tickets ($60USD + $160USD)

NON Rider Price Includes:

  • All Transportation and Airport transfers
  • Meals (All Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners) Lunch is a light picnic style (sometimes we stop at restaurants also)
  • Daily Yoga/Stretching classes
  • 16 nights accommodations at Hotels, Eco lodges and Luxury B+B’s. Accommodations are Twin shared – (Single Room Supplement add $480 USD)
  • Farewell Dinner Party
    Other activities included:
  • Guided Tours of Cusco City ancient sites (including Qorikancha, Qinqo, Saqsayhuaman and the San Pedro Market)
  • Guided Tours of the Sacred Valley ancient sites (including Ollantaytambo and the Pisaq ruins and traditional market)
  • Guided Tours of Moray ancient site and Mara’s Salt mines.
  • Staying a night in a Tropical Andes Cloud Forest Bird watching Sanctuary Lodge.
  • Soaking in some incredible mountain hot springs.
  • Guided Tours of Moray ancient site and Mara’s Salt mines.
  • A night in Aquas Caliente (Machupicchu pueblo)
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu, the incredible ancient Inca Citadel.
  • Museo Inkariy entrance tickets ($15USD)
  • Cusco and Sacred Valley Ancient Ruins Tickets ($60USD)
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets and Train Tickets ($60USD + $160USD)

Not included:

  • Flights (International and domestic)
  • Insurance – Travel, Personal and Equipment
  • Hotel charges such as mini bar and phone
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Any other items not listed as included

 

Booking and other important Information:

  • The close off date to book the (June 10th – 25th )Tour with a deposit is April 14th, 2019. The close off date to book the (September 4th – 19th )Tour with a deposit is July 7th, 2019.
  • To book this Tour please click through to fill out the Booking Form and submit. This is an email booking, we will reply to you with information on how you can make payment of the deposit and confirm your booking (using either Paypal. Direct Credit or Credit card)
  • A $700 USD deposit per person is due within 7 days of you receiving the booking/payment information from us. The deposit confirms your spot on the tour.
  • This deposit is fully refundable (less any Paypal or Transaction fees) if the Tour minimum bookings are not reached by the close off date. We will refund your deposit within 3 weeks following the close off date.
  • We have a minimum of 4 riders to Guarantee this tour. Please Do Not Book your Plane Tickets until you have received notification from us that we have Guaranteed this tour.
  • If you cancel your booking the Tour deposit is not refundable. It is however transferable and maybe applied to other later date tours.
  • This tour is for Intermediate fitness riders only, NOT for recreational cyclists. You have a road bike and you ride it regularly. All riders are requested and expected to follow the training program to prepare for this tour. We want you to come on this tour prepared so you will enjoy it more. You must be able to easily ride multiple back to back 200k weeks before you get to Peru.
  • Insurance. You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. We recommend that you take out a policy once you have received confirmation  that the tour is Guaranteed, which covers trip cancellation, your bike, baggage and equipment.
  • Flight Information. We will email you flight information and recommended bike and equipment set up details.
  • Full tour payment is due 1 Month before the (June 9th – 25th Tour ) on May 10th, 2019. The (September 3rd – 19th Tour ) on August 4th, 2019.
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