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8 Days, 7 Nights

Only $1450*
TreadTravel.comRip with locals on their secret trails, pioneer some exciting new routes, and stop in at some of the very impressive must-see sites along the way with Shine Rider's Co. certified mountain bike coach Lindsay!Ladies! This is your very last chance to save on a trip of a lifetime at nearly 50% of the cost of similar trips (checkoutKatie Holden's Global Epix Trip, the week after, which I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND) Registration will close promptly March 10th. Send your RSVP immediately to lindsay@shineridersco.com

In this unique trip we unite with Cusqueñans and journey through the Andes doing what we love best while supporting & soaking up the local culture along the way. Mountain biking is a relatively new discovery in Peru, so the locals that have been fortunate to score decent bikes (very challenging at this time) have been pushing the sport hard, and amazing new trails are popping up everywhere! In this Shine Riders inspired trip, we get off the beaten path and ride the locals’ favorite spots. This exhilarating trip includes (very important) acclimation days, warm up rides & hikes, serious downhill action, timeless mountain villages, Machu Picchu (optional), llamas, alpacas, cervezas, pan pipes, coca leaves and Pisco sours. Salsa lessons optionalWink Let’s ride!

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SKILL LEVEL & SAFETY: Due to the high risks associated with DH mountain biking, only experienced riders should join this trip. We’ll be hitting some high speeds with precarious drop offs, and medical evacuation is often challenging in these remote areas. Best for Intermediate to Advanced Riders with some experience with altitude (we go up to almost 16,000ft). Most riders seem to do well with a single crown, medium travel bike. Please check out the videos below for inspiration and be sure to send all of your questions to lindsay@shineridersco.com

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MACHU PICCHU (April 23 - 25) is optional, but should not be missed. Imagine travelling by mountain bike, to one of the seventh wonders of the world. "Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna."
We are estimating $499 for the additional Machu Picchu package. Check out this link to see why you wont want to miss this opportunity:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/274

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INCA AVALANCHE (April 26 - 27) Please visit the official race website for more information. This is not included in the trip price!
http://incaavalanche.com

ITINERARY:

DAY 01: DEPART USA

DAY 02: TO CUSCO, 11,000’ & DIRECTLY TRANSFER DOWN TO OLLANTAYTAMBO, 9,300 ft
We’ll meet you at the airport in Cusco and transfer you to your hotel in Ollantaytambo village. After reviewing a few details, today will be a day to chill at altitude –Ollantaytambo sits at about 9,300’, so sit back, relax and drink lots of mate de coca (coca tea) to help you adjust to the altitude. We’ll reassemble our bikes over some cold Cusqueñas (Cuzco’s brew) or Inca Cola. You can either bring your own bike, or rent one – please inquire. We do suggest you bring your own bike as everyone has more fun on their own bike. We spend two nights in a cozy hotel in Ollantaytambo. Lunch and dinner are on your own in Ollantaytambo.
Includes: ride from airport in private van to Ollantaytambo, hotel based on double occupancy, an English speaking guide as well as assistance in getting bikes assembled.

DAY 03: OLLANTAYTAMBO – CHINCHERO - MARAS
Today we travel East through the tranquil Sacred Valley of the Incas. First we’ll stop in the picturesque village of Chinchero. If it’s a Sunday, we can witness the bartering of goods in the colorful market. After, we drive up to a point where we bomb down a fun & varied DH to the impressive salt flats at Maras. After this fast warm up DH, we’ll head up for a longer, bigger downhill ride known as “711”. Guaranteed a great time! We’ll celebrate with lunch at a traditional lunch spot in Urubamba. IF time allows, we’ll drive up to the lesser-known but pretty amazing ruins of Pumamarca. After a quick visit to the archeological site, we’ll take a different path back down to Ollanta: we board our bikes and smile more as we descend past terraces and tiny villages at mach speed. Ride concludes in the Inca maze of canchas…and at our favorite bar for a post-ride cerveza. Lunch is included. Dinner is on your own in Ollanta.
Includes: breakfast, private van transport all day, box-picnic lunch, lead bike guide, entrance to Salt Mines, hotel.
Excluded: entrance to Moray or Chinchero, this is a local payment at the sites, approx. $7 each.

DAY 04: SACRED VALLEY RIDES
Today is a day packed full of more super fun rides! You can opt out if you want a day off to enjoy Ollanta….otherwise, we’ll ride some secret trails, but will include Pumamarca if we did not have time previously, Raqchi, Lares & Qoya rides. (depending on time) There are various options of the routes today which your guide will discuss. Terrain varies from smooth and flowy to tight switch backs and steeps. The views down the valley are some of the best, and we’ll cruise by a few little towns inhabited by farmers. Lunch included. Dinner is own your own in Ollanta.
Includes: breakfast, private van transport all day, lead bike guide, basic local lunchoe box lunch, plus one water or soda, hotel.

DAY 05: INCA AVALANCHE RACE COURSE
After a good breakfast we drive from Ollantaytambo north up to Malaga Pass (15,748’). We’ll drop into the valley and enjoy about an hour of excellent DH on the famous InkaAvalanche (formerly Megavalanche) DH race course – it’s over total 10,000' descending!… (each drop is about 5000ft) mostly single track, and has some technical and very steep sections. We’ll aim to do two rides on the course – one warm up ride to learn the lines and one faster. This afternoon we’ll head out towards the isolated village of Huilloc, and eventually to Patacancha. Patacancha is a tranquil & remote village that receives few visitors. It is fairly isolated and is known for it’s beautiful textiles. Tonight we’ll enjoy traditional dinner with a family in Patacancha, and we'll camp in the village. Box lunch included. Dinner included in Patacancha.
Includes: breakfast, private van transport all day, box lunch, lead bike guide, all camping gear in Patacancha, dinner.

DAY 6: PATACANCHA – LARES VALLEY
After breakfast we meet up with our arrieros & horses to help haul our bikes while we hike to IpsayCcasa pass (14,763’) in the beautiful Lares valley. From here we have a long day of amazing downhill over varied terrain –expect fast, fun riding over some defined trail, and some wide open land with many tracks to choose from. Eventually, after a full day of downhill exhilaration, we reach the Lares hot springs, completely wiped out and ready for some good food, a soak & cold beer. We’ll camp tonight right at the Lares hot springs while our cook prepares a hearty BBQ for us. Box lunch included. BBQ dinner included at Lares.
Includes: breakfast, horse transport of bike, lunch, dinner, lead bike guide, camping gear, entrance to hot springs at Lares.

DAY 7: LARES VALLEY – CUZCO
This morning we can relax a bit and soak up more of the hotsprings. In the afternoon we’ll drive up to the Lares mountain pass and ride all the way down to the small town of Calca where our van awaits. We return to Cuzco, happy, tired and very thirsty. Basic breakfast included at Lares camp. Lunch included in Calca. Hotel Tikawasi in Cusco, 2 nights.
Includes: private van transport all day, breakfast, box or restaurant lunch, lead bike guide, hotel in Cusco.

DAY 8: CUSCO LOCAL RIDES – YUNCAYPATA AREA
After breakfast we’ll load up for our first taste of the riding style in Cusco. Expect moving obstacles as we dodge wandering sheep, alpaca, pigs and dogs. Climbing up the hillside just out of the city, we’ll stop at the impressive Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman. From here we’ll rip all downhill and wash it down with some locally brewed chicha (fermented corn-brew – optional, but definitely recommended!) We reach our lunch spot by bike, and enjoy a traditional meal in a local restaurant (included). At every turn you’ll feel a sense of a culture that is rich & carefully preserved. If you prefer you can opt out of riding today and just enjoy the city of Cusco. We need to leave time today to disassemble and pack up our bikes. Tonight, we have a final dinner together before heading out for some lively night action!
Includes: private van transport all day, breakfast, lead bike guide, hotel, dinner

DAY 9: PACK & GO! (or continue…highly recommended!)
We will pick you up and bring you and your bikes to the airport. Sadly our trip has come to an end, but there will be plenty of new trails to discover on your next visit!
Includes: breakfast, group airport transfer

DAY 10: OPTIONAL EXTENSION – RIDE TO MACHU PICCHU
Our mountain biking to Machu Picchu day involves 75 Km and 3312m of vertical descent on a asphalt road, taking you from the Andes to the Amazon – the most adventurous way to get to Machu Picchu! From Cusco we head out to Ollantaytambo and then drive up to Abra Malaga, where we start our biking, following the same route that the Inca Ollanta took in the 16th Century when he lead his people to escape from the Spanish. This ride begins at the base of a massive glacier, and finishes among the coffee and banana plants of the high Amazon jungle. Along the way we will pass by more waterfalls than we can count, plus at least two different Incan sites that are just now being uncovered. The scenery on this bike ride is simply spectacular, and the ride is all downhill – 75 kilometers with virtually no pedaling! The bike tour finishes in the small jungle village of Santa Maria. After arriving and enjoying a nice cold one, we jump into local transport for the hour transfer to Santa Teresa and then on to our hotel in St. Theresa, where dinner is included and a nice nights stay.

DAY 11: HOT SPRINGS OR ZIP LINE
After breakfast you have two options: lounging in town along the Urubamba river and going to the Cocalmayo hot springs, or else doing one of the funnest ziplines in South America. This adrenaline pumping ride consists of several sections of zipline totalling over a kilometer of high wire. Criss-crossing the valley, you begin the ride about 250m above the valley floor and finish at the bottom. Highland MTB customers receive a special price for this zipline, $45 instead of $60. The other option is spend a relaxing morning in town by the river and under the tropical sun, or just hang out at the zipline area but not actually do the zipline.
After finishing our morning’s activities, we take local transport arriving at the Hydro Electrica plant. We then begin to make our way to Aguas Calientes. We now have a relaxing and scenic 3 hour trek along the railway lines where we will see our first views of Machu Picchu itself and some new parts of it being uncovered – these are only viewable from this walk. In the late afternoon we will arrive at our destination Aguas Calientes and our hostel for the night. We will deliver to you all your Machu Picchu documents – entrance to Machu Picchu, roundtrip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and your train ticket back to Ollantaytambo – all of which are included. Huayna Picchu mountain is NOT included and difficult to get – and also overrated in our opinion, expect hordes of tourists stampeding along the narrow path.

DAY 12: MACHU PICCHU
Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World! Whether you get up early (buses begin leaving town for the 20 minute drive up to Machu Picchu starting at 5.30am), or begin at a more decent hour is up to you. Your breakfast is included at the hotel, no matter what hour you begin. Due to the high surrounding mountains, sunrises tend to be a little less dramatic than people hope but nothing can diminish the awe and beauty of seeing Machu Picchu for the first time. Spend as long as you wish here, as your train leaves around 9pm, which gives you the entire day to visit Machu Picchu followed by a celebratory dinner in town. (Ask us about options for leaving on an earlier train). Many people ask about avoiding the crowds – the best kept secret is that Machu Picchu tends to empty out in the early afternoon, and the later you stay (it closes at 6pm) the less people there are. Indeed, bring a book and a snack and some patience, and you can all but have the place to yourself in the last hour or two – highly recommended and gorgeous sunlight that time of day! Return on the evening train to Ollantaytambo, where you can either stay the night there (preferred) or take one of the many shared vans that leave right from the train station in Ollantaytambo for the hour and a half drive to Cusco.
Included/Excluded: Meals included are breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on Day 1, breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Day 2, and breakfast on Day 3. Also included is private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo up to the start of the ride at Abra Malaga, entrance to Machu Picchu (not including optional Huayna Picchu access), roudntrip shuttle bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu PIcchu, and one way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Also a full suspension mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes, full face helmet, goggles, full fingered gloves, and a bilingual guide knowledgeable about the area and its culture. The cost for this trip is $399 per person, minimum 3 people.

All for just $1450!!
PhotoYour trip leader, Lindsay Beth Currier, doing what she loves best!

**This price reflects the 8-day ride trip from April 15 - 22 and includes lodging, on ground transportation, and most meals. It does not cover the cost of airfare. Please contact lindsay@shineridersco.com to help plan your air travel to work with this trip. Everyone needs to fly into Cusco, Peru around the same time, so it is important that we chat ASAP.
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