Total tour distance: 160 miles
Daily tour distance: 27 miles
Difficulty: 60 / 100
CROSSING THE ANDES TO THE JUNGLE.
This private tour gives the opportunity to observe many settings of the Peruvian country: from the busy city life of its capital, through the imposing figure of the Andes Mountains and the history that runs along its ancient paths, to finally be submerged into the lush vegetation of the jungle highlands.
On the first day, we will leave Lima City on a five-hour bus ride that will take us to the mountains above 3500 masl. From the heights of the Andes Mountain Range, we will ride down to Canta town where our lodging will be waiting to spend our first night in the Andes. The next morning, our trail will begin at the La Viuda Lakes towards the National Sanctuary of Huayllay Stone Forest in the middle of the western mountain range. As its name implies, this ‘forest’ displays hundreds of nature-made stone statues, chiseled by time and the elements into the likeness of human profiles and various animal shapes.
The next few days, our route will take us across magnificent sights, both as we pedal across the flat surface of the plateau high up the Andes mountain range at the National Park of Lake Junin, the second biggest lake in Peru and higher than Titicaca, and along the Inca trail, preserved through the centuries and still used by local people.
Then, after crossing the eastern Andes mountain range we will downhill to the jungle, arriving to Chanchamayo valley, home of waterfalls, a wide variety of unique flora and fauna, and exotic food. There we will take the last two days riding on dirt roads in the jungle mountains before taking our trip back to Lima.
Day 1: LIMA / CANTA
Departure to the north of Lima city at 06h00. Climb to the Andes, towards Canta town (28520 m.a.s.l.). Arrival in Huaros community at 10h00. To start the route, we will make a descent on technical pathways and dirt roads. Lodging.
Mtb: 35 km. on dirt roads and mostly descending singletracks.
Day 2: CANTA / HUAYLLAY
Transfer to the mountain range passes. Once at the pass, we will ride our bikes on a slight descent towards the Huayllay Stone Forest (4300 ma.s.l.). Arrival after midday. Dinner and rural lodging.
Mtb: 35 km. on dirt roads at 4200m average.
Day 3: HUAYLLAY / LAKE JUNIN / TARMA
We say goodbye to Huayllay at 08h00, riding our bikes in a slight descent towards the Junin flats and Ondores town (4100 m.a.s.l.). We will reach Junin Lake, the second biggest in Peru, and depart after lunch towards Tarma city (3000ma.s.l). Hotel.
Mtb: 50 km. on dirt roads and mostly flat singletracks
Day 4: TARMA / INCA TRAIL / JAUJA
Transfer to Huaricolca pass at 09h00. From that point, we will start our route on the Royal Incan Trail; we will cross the flats above 4000 m.a.s.l. to start the descent to Paca Lake and Jauja (3600 m.a.s.l.). Arrival in the afternoon. Lodging.
Mtb: 50 km. on dirt roads and mostly flat and descending singletracks.
Day 5: JAUJA / RICRAN / SAN RAMON
We will start the day with a transfer to the Eastern mountain range. When we reach the high pass, we will start the descent toward the jungle on dirt roads, following the road to Moyobamba and arriving in San Ramón in the afternoon. Dinner and lodging.
Mtb: 60km on mostly descending dirt roads.
Day 6: SAN RAMON
Tour in the surroundings of San Ramon and the mountain jungle. Dinner and lodging.
Mtb: 50 km. on dirt roads and singletracks.
Day 7: SAN RAMON / LIMA
Departure to Lima at 10h00. Lunch on the road. Arrival in Lima around 19h00.
Price for 4-person group. For bigger group, please contact us.