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Gravel and paved roads / Intermediate fitness level / Basic+ Skills 

Cusco to Titicaca (7 days)

This is one of the most amazing cycling trips of Peru, starting from Cusco we will lead you to Lake Titicaca, finding during the days, a diversity of historical sites and best of all, some of the best views of these regions.

Season: April to November.

Average Stats:
2800-4600 mt of elevation / 40-80 Km per day / 4-6 hours riding time.

About the Place:

The main trip is ridden on dirt roads and some paths that are still in use by local shepherds. We have chosen these tracks because they are far from the main road traffic and because we will be able to enjoy the peaceful life of the Andean countryside.
At the end of each day, we spend the night in different kinds of homestays: family lodges, basic bed & breakfasts and Andean community houses.
As we will try to avoid the main road we have some shuttle rides from/to lodgings to start/end points.

The Trip:

We will begin our trip at the classic Maras ride. A mix of climbing, singletracks, easy downhill, flat and gravel roads. Starts at Lake Huaypo and climbing first to Misminay (3,500 masl) having an amazing view of Veronica Summit and Moray Inca site, then, we ride to Maras village following to Maras Salt Mine. Once down in the sacred valley, we will ride a bit to go to the hotel in Urubamba (2,800 masl).

We will begin from the hotel riding to Pisac (2,900 masl)., after a stop at the town we will continue by paved road to Huambutio. Once on the main highway, we will visit Pikillacta and Rumicolca and maybe a loop around Lake Huacarpay. From there we will continue to Andahuaylillas (3,100 masl).

We will start the day being shuttled to Pomacanchis, Starting from there we will ride the area known as the Four Lakes at an average of 3800 masl, the historical land of the Andean revolution of Tupac Amaru in 1780. We will finish climbing a bit to finally ride down to Tinta village at the Vilcanota Valley and pedal to Raqchi Town. This community has services of lodging and meals provided directly by them.

We will start the day being shuttled, now to Lake Langui (3,900 masl), the biggest lake in Cusco, following its shores we will move to reach the higher altitude of our trip (4600m) to enter the Puno region and finally appear at the beginning of the Andean high plateau.

We will spend the night in Ayaviri city at 3800m. 

We will leave Ayaviri and move to Tinajani Canyon, from there start our hardest climbing day, going from 3900m.a.s.l. to a couple of high passes around the 4600m. Once we reach our goal we will start the downhill on paved road to Lampa City.

From Lampa, we will be shuttled near to Pusi Town. From there, after a few minutes, we will reach the coast (3850m) and then, to Capachica where we will finish in the afternoon. Homestay.

Boat shuttle to Chucuito to our last ride following the coastline of the lake, we will finish at Inca Uyo and then, shuttle to Puno to finish our adventure. Hotel.

Available by request.
The trip may be shortened to 4 days using only days 2,3,5,6 with longer shuttle trips in between, rides are done on gravel and paved roads.
Other notes:

The distance from Cusco to Puno is nearly 500 km, but we are targeted to do the main segments with great historical or landscape views. 

The number of days could be reduced or increased using other tracks. 

Rides start around 8 am, In the Andes the the sun gets strong from 10 am, before that time it could be cold or even freeze depending on the place and the weather of the season.

If it rain or snow we will have to make some changes on the fly

What to bring:
Your equipment: helmet, 02 pairs of gloves, sunglasses, basic tools, and patches. If you hire a bike: shoes, pedals, saddle.
You must carry in your backpack at least 1 Lt of water, some snacks and fruits.
02 light layers during the day/ long sleeves jersey and pants / a warmer / a wind vest / a raincoat.
In the Andes days are sunny, but nights are very cold (near 0°C) some days are rainy (usually unexpected) and exceptionally it may snow. These conditions may change plans which means we must take different routes and sleep at a different location (cost not covered).

Any broken or damaged part of the bike or equipment, made intentionally or not, caused by riders or terrain issues must get paid back at commercial prices (ex: frame, levers, gears, derrailleur, tyres, wheels, helmet, gloves, etc).
Any injury caused by any reason during the ride is fully responsability of the rider and any medical or transportation cost must be covered by the rider. This is an adventure sport activity subject by its nature to any kind of non expected events.

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