Sibayo Pre Inca Trail

This is the ancient trail at the Colca valley, starts in Sibayo village and connected Cabana and Collaguas people.

This route we explored almost 15 yers ago and have not the chance to go back again, but I´ve seen at google some changes made by local economy, open some roads, but maybe beside the former trail. Anyway, on that ocassion I went with César Ortega and Iñigo Maneiro, in those years Casa Andina hotels wanted to develop adventure routes, so we were in charge to do the scouting, and we contact a local tour operator from Chivay named Pedro Samayani and he hired a local rider, winner of local races, with them we went to explore.
We started from Sibayo village at 3800m. we crossed the bridge to Espinar and we turn right to follow the left side of the Colca river, little define at the begining little by little it starts to show itself as a very regular path even with a carved cliff with stone stairs.
The track goes from 3800+ to 3500+ de altitud but is not exactly a descend, on the way we found many point to climb, not a lot by the way but ar 3500m you can feel the lack of air. As ever the advise is to bring all your mechanical and foo stuff, the trip takes some hours and there is no help to find.
Once the track ends, we continued for a couple of minutes to reach the Hot Springs of La Calera of Chivay ending the day enjoying a warm bath and some cold beers.

Lake Paca

Paca is an icon at Junin region, arriving to Mantaro valley at its left side you will find Jauja city, the first capital that Spanish found and because logistic issues was left in order to move to the new city of Lima.
Very close to Jauja is located it famous lake, and we use this place as zero point for many trips we did in the central region.

Leaving Lima by ground is per se an adventure, the traffic by the Central Highway is a bit stressed, but today we have the plain, something great because we avoid the 6 hours driving and crossing the highpass of Ticlio at an altitude of 4800m.

Jauja is at 3500 mt of altitude, so as ever coastal people like us, we have to take our time to get acclimatized. This place is our starting point to other adventures and this loop is the easiest one you can do at the surroundings, the track is almost flat, or with some minimum climb crossing near small villages as Jauja, Paca, Molinos with a a few effort and with lot of time to spend there in a loop of 20 to 40 kms.

The basic route starts from Jauja, a slight climb to lake Paca, to surround it and then point to Yauli village, climbing easily to the point you like, and then, start the ridedown to Molinos, locally known for their wood carved handworks and for their local places for eating.
After a moment there you can ride back to Jauja.

Four Lakes of Cusco

This biking ride is surrounded with beautiful landscapes in a quiet land at 3800m height, historically the place where the most important Andean revolution against Spain crown began and ended.

We can make it both ways, South to North or N2S, if we begin south you must start at Sangarará, a historical place, the village where Tupac Amaru native forces began the revolution against Spain in 1771.
From Sangarará you have to go following the right side of the lakes. so first you must point Pomacanchis village to follow Lake Pomacanchis, then Lake Acopia, it has no straight connection with Lake Asnacocha so you have to guess, otherwise must get back to main road, cross the mountain that divides both lakes and then get as fast as is possible to the right hand to continue to Tungasuca, the last of four lakes. If you adventure a you will must try to find the wa to cross the mountain, maybe carrying your bike by some shepherds trail.
This land is the connection center of many others, from here you may go to Surimana village at Apurimac Canyon, or go to Qeswachaka, the ancient Inca hanging bridge, or continue by road to Yanaoca where the options are to ride down to Sicuani city, or maybe climbing for an hour to pass and downhill to Tinta village at the main highway.