The ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu hidden up in the Andes may adorn most Peruvian postcards, but while fascinating, there is so much more to enjoy in this sensational country. Satisfy your tastebuds in the foodie heaven of Lima, explore jungles, visit the Amazon, learn about the indigenous culture and of course, enjoy one of the thousands of festivals on offer. Peru really has it all and any cycling trip here will provide you with a suitcase of memories to return home with it.
Beginning a trip in Peru it may be hard to know where to begin, but you cannot go wrong by starting in the stunning ancient Inca capital of Cusco. This delightful city mixes ornate cathedrals, Incan temples, and Spanish colonial buildings with gorgeous views of the Andes effortlessly.
Cycling in this region will introduce you to the spectacular surrounds of the Urubamba River, charming villages such as Pisac that boast cute markets, plus the marvelous Maras salt pans, where you can see salt being mined by hand.
As you ride on the highlights stack up. There is the stunning Chinchero plateau, supported by a smorgasbord of colors from the array of crops being grown and the snow-capped Urubamba mountain range standing proudly nearby. Naturally, having a camera-ready on any cycling tour in Peru is a must.
Remember it is imperative you also take the time to appreciate Peru’s exquisite cuisine. Boasting Spanish, African, Asian and indigenous influences, it is fair to say this country is true foodie heaven and you will frequently find yourself trying out new delights.
But of course, the main event of any trip to Peru is Machu Picchu. Recognized as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, this ancient citadel, built in the 15th century, was buried beneath the jungle and never discovered by Spanish conquerors, before being rediscovered in 1911. This stunning archaeological site coupled with fabulous views means this wonderful place will remain forever seared into your consciousness.
Continuing your cycling odyssey around Peru, it is imperative you stop and bask in the deep blue hues of Lake Titicaca. This lake is said to be the birthplace of the Incas and is home to many ruins. Additionally, if you time your visit for February you enjoy the spectacular La Candelaria festival in Puno, where 140,000 musicians and dancers celebrate the city’s patron saints. If there is one way to cap off an exhilarating trip to Peru then losing yourself in one of South America’s most cultural festivals is the way to do it.
Best Seasons:May - September
Popular Locations:Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Lima