Biking from the mountains to the jungle is an unforgettable experience. From a high point of 4950m, we descend from the Andes through the cloud forest into the jungle to 450m, making for a fantastic cross section through eastern Peru. Not only does the altitude and scenery change dramatically but also the local beliefs, traditions and dresses. Our route follows the road that connect Peru to Brazil. Along the route we stay in small locally run “hospedajes” and eat in some of the numerous small cafes to give you an authentic taste of the local dishes. We ride 170km from the high Andes to the Amazon basin.
At 4:30 am picking you up from your hotel in Cusco, we travel by a 4×4.
Through Urcos to the Hualla Hualla pass. The journey takes 4-5 hours and passes through numerous rural villages and hamlets. As the road winds its way out of the Cusco valley the view expands into a patchwork of small fields which cover the surrounding mountains. At the top of the pass unload and give you a short safety briefing before getting on our bikes for the first downhill of the trip. We see spectacular views of Mt Ausangate (6340m) and the glacier (Caravaya range) which is the focus of the Qoylluriti festival where thousands of pilgrims flock each year to pay homage to the ‘Apu’ or spiritual mountain, and pass grazing flocks of Alpacas watched by shepherds in traditional Andean dress. Once over the pass the eastern side of the Andes fills the view. Deep glacial valleys strewn with giant boulders and remote hamlets surround us we start to descend. We finish the day at Marcapata (2900m), a mysterious town cloaked in cloud by afternoon but offering spectacular views in the clear mornings. Hot springs wait to loosen your aching muscles, and a hearty meal to replenish your energy levels. Stay in tents or basic local accommodation with shower and bath availability.
We ride like 3-4 hours.
From then cloud forest to the high jungle after an energizing breakfast in Marcapata and a quick look around the town we start our rapid descent through the cloud forest. Dramatic green mountain sides meet in the valley bottoms where streams turn into rivers and waterfalls run like ribbons down the slopes. Coffee beans and coca can be seen drying next to the road, while early morning fresh forest smell and fantastic views make this a beautiful downhill ride. As our road winds down the cloud forest flattens out and we enter the jungle. The second half of this day is spent fording streams and cycling on more of an even road. Giant ferns and cliffs hug the roadside and hundreds of butterflies flutter around you. We finish the day at Inambari (450m), a small farming gold mining community. From here we normally use our 4×4 to do last hundred kilometers to Puerto Maldonado, where we stay in a backpacker hostel.
We ride between 4-5 hours.
All meals, water, mtb, tents, hostel, transport are include.
Extra night “HOMESTAY”:
Instead of spending your last night in a hotel without any interest directly in the city of Puerto Maldonado, you can spend your night in a Homestay in our community “Florida Baja”, 47 km away from Puerto Maldonado.
The acommodation is basic but with a lot of confort, bed with moskito net, shower, toilet, electricity, tv, without internet.
This initiative was created with our French humanitarian association “km 47”.
Thanks to our volunteers for their support and to our donors.