Along the way are spectacular views, Incan ruins, and an increasingly jungle-like terrain and culture as we whiz down the road. After a quality and hearty lunch at our favorite Incan site, those who are a bit tuckered out or don t fancy riding some uphills can hop in the support vehicle, while others can continue on biking, with some short climbs of just a kilometer or two along an increasingly dusty road, before the final downhill plunge into the town of St. Maria. The tour officially ends here, but first we will help you get situated with everything you need to know to continue on to Machu Picchu. THighlights:
This is our famous "Back Door" mountain bike ride to Machu Picchu, but on a shortened version for those with less time available in their schedule or who wish to economize a bit by planning part of their own trip. Departing from Cusco at 7am, we arrive at Ollantaytambo at 8.30 where we have a large, hot breakfast before driving one hour up to Abra Malaga (4316m, 14,150 feet) where we begin our descent. First our guides will get the bikes and safety equipment sorted and give us complete instructions and assistance in how to enjoy the ride safely. Starting from the foot of the massive Veronica glacier, we will begin this amazing downhill to the jungle (there is some short singletrack sections up near the pass but the rest of the ride is on a combination of newly paved, and rugged dirt roads).
he first decision is whether you wish to relax, slow down, and spend the night in St. Maria (hostels cost 15 soles and under) or continue the hour and a half rugged journey on local transport to St. Theresa, where there is also ample economic yet sufficient hostals to stay at, (or camp at the Colo de Mono and try out their zipline - book with us and receive a discount !)
We can also assist you with reserving a decent hostel in Aguas Calientes, just ask us.
Cost is $109 per person from Ollantaytambo or $129 per person from Cusco
Includes: Quality hot breakfast in Ollantaytambo, transportation from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Abra Malaga, support vehicle, quality full suspension bike with hydraulic disc brakes for the descent to St. Maria, quality lunch, snacks, standard or optional full face helmet, goggles, gloves, and an English speaking guide.
Does not include: Hostel in neither St. Maria, St. Theresa, nor Aguas Calientes - but we can help you arrange it. Also does not include personal drinking water, train ticket to Aguas Calientes, entrance to Machu Picchu (s/129 soles per adult, neither dollars nor credit cards accepted), nor bus ticket to Machu PIcchu ($7 each way)