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mountain biking

cusco manu jungle biosphere


Spectacular landscapes mark this trip, which combines the heights of the Andes in Cusco with the famous Manu nature reserve in the jungle. This program offers a great combination of sport and action when cycling, with the observation of flora and fauna in a pristine nature environment.


Day 01: Cusco - Paucartambo - Tres Cruces

  • Max. Elevation: 4000m / 13125f
  • Min. Elevation: 2980m / 9780f
  • Difficulty level: 3
  • Average riding distance: 50km
  • Estimated riding time: 4 hours

Our bus takes us from Cusco, for about 2 hours, to the heights of Pisac. The cycling trip goes along a downhill dirt road with a few up hills, leading us to the Paucartambo town. On the way we observe ancient cave paintings. We rest in Paucartambo, where we enjoy a light energizing lunch. Afterwards, we continue on our bus to Ajanaco mountain pass (3600m / 11810f) Depending on how we feel at this point, we have the chance to ride our bikes again and pedal the last 14km of flat terrain to our camping site at Tres Cruces (3580m / 11745f)

Accommodation: Camping

Day 02: Tres Cruces – Cloud Forest

  • Max. Elevation: 3580m / 11745f
  • Min. Elevation: 1500m / 4925f
  • Difficulty level: 3
  • Average riding distance: 60km
  • Estimated riding time: 5hours

Today we get up before dawn to see the fabulous spectacle of the sun rise which comes up between the clouds of the forest and reaches our feet. After a restorative hot breakfast we take our bikes and start to pedal on what will be a day of down hill on dirt road. We are surprised by the extreme change in scenery as it gradually changes into the dense vegetation of the jungle. At about noon we arrive at our lodge in the cloud forest, where we enjoy a restorative shower and a great lunch. During the afternoon we can walk around the surrounding area and maybe see some of the many species of animals and plants living in the area.

Accommodation: Jungle Lodge

Day 03: Cloud Forest - Atalaya

  • Max. Elevation: 1500m / 4925f
  • Min. Elevation: 300m / 985f
  • Difficulty level: 3
  • Average riding distance: 45km
  • Estimated riding time: 5hours

We begin our day very early with a short walk. If we are lucky we may see the cock of the rock, Peru’s national bird. After breakfast we take our bicycles and get back on the dirt road, which through a combination of descents and flat ground takes us to Atalaya. At this point we take a short boat ride to our lodge, where we take a refreshing shower. During the afternoon we can walk along the jungle paths and observe some of its incredible flora and fauna.
Accommodation: Jungle Lodge

Day 04: Atalaya – Cusco

  • Max. Elevation: 4000m / 13125f
  • Min. Elevation: 2980m / 9780f
  • Difficulty level: 2 - 3
  • Average riding distance: 25km
  • Estimated riding time: 2hours

In the morning we take the bus for the 4-hour trip to Ajanaco. From this point we ride our bikes in a descent on dirt road to Paucartambo. After lunch we continue by bus for 3 and a half hours to Cusco.

Meals: B, L


  • Pre-departure briefing
  • High quality mountain bike
  • Safety equipment (helmet, biking gloves)
  • Private transport from your hotel to the departure point and from the arrival point back to your hotel
  • Constant private vehicle support during the bike ride
  • 4WD vehicle support for groups of 5 clients or more
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks
  • One sleeping pad per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Highly qualified English / Spanish speaking professional tourist guide
  • Mechanic / Assistant guide (for groups of at least 3 people)
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • First aid kit
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Jungle lodge accommodation, when specified in the program

Not included:

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day

We recommended to bring:

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
  • Daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Strong footwear (biking shoes, trekking boots or sport shoes)
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes for the night
  • Rain jacket and/or poncho
  • Light jacket for wind and occasional rain during the biking
  • Light clothing for the jungle (light long sleeved shirts and pants)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, films
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Sun glasses
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Non-disposable water canteen. We provide you with fresh water in order to avoid using plastic bottles

Prices (US $):

Private Service
Manu Jungle Biosphere 1
6 +
4 Days        

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