Back

Cycling from Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu

CUB29_Cycling in the Vinales Valley_iStock_Free

An exhilarating seven-day cycling expedition from Lake Titicaca through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, launching pad for a visit to Machu Picchu.

The area of starkly beautiful grasslands and farmsteads carpeting the altiplano around Lake Titicaca, and the pulchritudinous, ultra fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas are two of Latin America’s most attractive regions. Between the two, Peru’s Central Valley is defined by snow-dusted Andean mountains: the higher regions are grazed by llamas and alpacas herds; lower down, adobe cottages are perched on fields of cereals and fruit. Add to this the multitude of Inca ruins of temples and posthouses which stud the landscape and you can see why journeying from the lake to the region of Machu Picchu by motor vehicle doesn’t afford the scenery the attention it deserves.

Now you can cover this ground by bike, cycling from the lake’s edge right through the valley until you arrive at Ollantaytambo, gateway to Amazonia, and finish off your journey to Machu Picchu by train. It’s not an adventure for the faint-hearted: you’ll be cycling on unpaved roads and tracks for several hours a day, much of it at altitudes over 4,000m.  The total distance cycled over 7 full days is 492km, averaging around 80km per day. But you’ll  be able to absorb the views at a leisurely pace, taking in all the detail, probably engaging the surprise of local people as you glide by,  camping under the stars or in friendly, simple inns.

Activity Rating: challenging

Peru
Cusco

Papagaio

Your edit for Latin American inspiration

Our exciting range of articles on Latin America explore everything from iconic destinations and lesser-known cultural gems to delicious traditional recipes. You’ll also find exclusive travel tips, first-hand client reviews and the chance to get your personal questions answered by our travel experts.

View Extraordinary Inspiration
Bartolome, Galápagos

Meet our team

Real Latin american experts

  • Juliet
    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

  • Hannah
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Carrie
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Hannah
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

0 1 2 3 4 5