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Mountain Biking

Based on the degree of difficulty and logistical needs, biking circuits can be broken down into three major categories:

  • (A) - Considered apt for beginners, involving routes with gentle slopes and hard compact terrain.
  • (B) - For cyclists with a degree of experience, including circuits that run along steeper slopes and imply a certain degree of risk.
  • (C) - Reserved for experts because of steep slopes and loose terrain, involving a degree of risk and often at high altitude.   

Just an hour by road from Cuzco, the Vilcanota River valley offers a wide range of routes for cyclists.

Located at an altitude of 2,500 metres above sea level, the area is overflowing with picturesque villages and natural landscapes that, together with a taste for adventure, make for unparalleled circuits of stunning beauty, plus major cultural attractions.  

   Cusco Outskirts
 
The valley also features some of Peru's most spectacular pre-Hispanic ruins - Ollantaytambo, the Inca fortress and town; Pisac, the extraordinary complex of terracing; the pre-Columbian agricultural experimentation centre of Moray, and many others. The dry season (May to October) is the best time to visit, Cuzco has a number of companies that run tours and rent the necessary equipment.

Cuzco-Paucartambo-Cosñipata Valley is a route with a medium degree of difficulty (B or C) depending on the trails the cyclist wishes to cover. The circuit sets out from Cuzco and crosses one of the most spectacular high altitude areas on earth. It includes Andean valleys, filled with colonial villages, a tundra-like high Andean plain, featuring traditional communities and the exuberant cloud forest of the Manu National Park, which teems with a variety of flora and fauna.

The route takes three to four days and requires some complex logistics. The best time to visit is from May to October and it is advisable to bring warm clothing and camping gear and take precautions against high altitude sickness.
 
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