This tour will take the most challenging and exciting roads of Peru. You will see amazing heights, steep cliffs, eye stretching valleys, and go from high Andes mountaintops to a semi-tropical jungle and Cloud Forest wilderness. For those looking to pack in the best 8-day riding has to offer, this will be the perfect motorcycle tour for you.
During this tour, your 7 nights will be spent at 2 and 3-star accommodation based on double occupancy. However, a single room during tour is available at additional costs.
After the tour briefing at 14:00, you can get familiar with your motorcycle and take a scenic route through the Historical Center of Cusco. You can also visit the 4 Inca ruins close to Cusco including Sacsahuayman, Q'inqu, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. This route is an easy exit from Cusco and you will quickly get a sense of the surrounding hills, traffic, and how Peruvian drivers are.
Today is your first full day of riding. You will quickly appreciate the changes in scenery as soon as you leave Cusco and find the reason why the Sacred Valley is on everyone’s list to experience. The curvy roads will take you towards Písac pass through many small villages and even an animal refuge. Once you arrive in Písac, you will discuss options over some delicious traditional empanadas of which Písac is famous for, in addition to the Inca ruins and the expansive artisanal market here.
You will follow the Vilcanota River towards Urubamba and take a turn towards Moray (Inca agricultural terraces or concentric circles) and Salineras (outdoor artisanal salt mine). You can take the shortcut via Puente Pachar to Ollantaytambo, one of the most important and impressive Inca ruins outside Machu Picchu. Ollantaytambo is also a quaint little town with its canals running through the streets and an amazing view to remind you of the Incas at every turn.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will set off for a day of amazing views. From Ollantaytambo, you will start climbing to 4500 meters above sea level (Abra Malaga). From the high point of the day, you will start descending through a lush valley passing plantations of mangoes, bananas, oranges, and tangerines. You may cross paths with bicyclists taking advantage of the long, winding descent towards Santa María del Mar.
The last 40 kilometers (24 miles) is dirt roads with a few water crossings and you have to share the road with impatient combis. Once you arrive in Santa Teresa, you will leave the bikes and repack for an overnight at Aguas Calientes with comfortable clothes to visit Machu Picchu. With a short transfer to hidroelectric train station and 40-minute train ride, you will arrive at Aguas Calientes. You will enjoy the evening exploring the streets and rest well for an early start to Machu Picchu.
You will get up as early as the group wants for visiting Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Shuttle bus, entrance fee, and cultural guided tour are included. You will meet up for lunch at Aguas Calientes before catching the afternoon train back to hidroelectrica or Santa Teresa. You will enjoy the rest of the day at the hot springs of Cocalmayo.
You will start the day returning along the 40 kilometers of dirt road towards Santa Maria and climbing to Abra Malaga (it’s different the other way around). There will be a new perspective, feeling of knowing what some of the curves ahead hide, and a little bit more comfort to enjoy the view. You will return to the Vilcanota River towards Písac. Your hotel has a Jacuzzi or steam room.
The Incas will salute you as you pass the ruins of Písac and take the dirt roads towards Paucartambo, home to the famous Festival de Virgen de Carmen. From there, the roads will get more challenging as you enter the Cloud Forest, the mystical transition area between Andes and Amazon. This area is largely untouched and very remote. It will be the perfect setting for a lodge and good sleep.
After a relaxing breakfast at the lodge, you will return towards Paucartambo and Písac. You will return to Cusco along the scenic route via Corao and the easiest way back into Cusco city.
Besides riding, a visit to Machu Picchu which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new 7 wonders of the world will be also included.
This motorcycle tour will include a journey which starts and ends in Cusco. You will explore Machu Picchu, 4 Inca ruins including Sacsahuayman, Q'inqu, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay as well as Sacred Valley region including Písac, Moray or Salineras, and Ollantaytamb. Furthermore, you will also ride on your bike to Aguas Calientes, Abra Malaga, Santa María del Mar, and Santa Teresa. Returning to Cusco, you will ride to Santa Maria, Abra Malaga, Písac, Paucartambo, and Cloud Forest.
During this tour, you will have 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners provided by Peru Moto Tours. Additionally, you can choose between a welcome dinner or farewell dinner on the first and last day, while the other dinner will be in San Pedro. Lunch is not included in the price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco. Peru Moto Tours will pick you up from the airport. Transfer from and to the airport is included.