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Andes to Amazon Cycle

Peru Cycle INTENSE
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About the Challenge

We cycle through the renowned Sacred Valley, with its ruins and small villages, providing us with a great warm-up to the tough mountain passes ahead. With some tough climbs at altitude, reaching 4700m, the mountain views are magnificent and the sense of journey unforgettable. There are plenty of long descents too, as we descend almost 4000m from the heights of the Andes to the Amazon Rainforest and the end of our journey.


Andes to Amazon Cycle

11 DAYS
  • Transfer to hotel in Lima or connect directly to Cuzco, depending on flight schedule. Night hotel / in flight.

  • Morning arrival in Cuzco (3400m); transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the sites of this historic city, or simply adjust to the altitude by watching the world go by in one of the numerous cafés on the Plaza de Armas. Night hotel.

  • Today’s ride is designed to help us to adjust to the altitude, increasing our chances of conquering the Andean roads ahead of us, and giving us a relaxing, enjoyable day of cycling before the mountains kick in! We set off on a quiet back-road, leading us predominantly downhill through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a few rolling hills to stretch our legs a little. Ollantaytambo is a busy small town re-built by the Incas; an evening wander is a great way to discover the buildings and streets. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 70km

  • We can’t leave the Sacred Valley without visiting iconic Machu Picchu, one of the highlights of South America! We start early for the beautiful train ride to the famous and mysterious Incan site - this journey is a highlight in itself, with wonderful views as it winds its way up through the Andean valleys. We have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu and soak up the atmosphere and the views of the forested mountains surrounding it. We take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Night hotel.

  • Back in the saddle again, we set off on our epic journey! Our route takes us further into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Relatively flat, we will gradually gain height as we ride through the Valley – with a few notable hills to test us a little. Staying well below Cuzco’s elevation, our bodies should be feeling good – today’s route allows us to focus on the cycling and gain confidence before tomorrow’s mountains! We pass small colourful villages and towns and there’s always something to see – it’s a great introduction to the local way of life here in this beautiful and historic area. Our day ends at Pisac (3100m), known for its colourful artesan market. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 80km

  • Leaving Pisac, we enjoy a fairly flat and gentle ride along the banks of the Urubamba River - there are lots of great photo opportunities! Just as it’s starting to feel easy, we reach the small town of Urcos and start our first climb ‘proper’ up into the mountains, a fairly steady 20km ascent with the scenery around us becoming more impressive as we climb. We reach the top of the pass (4200m) and drop steeply down into the valley, passing the town of Ccatca (3600m) and continuing along the valley floor until we reach camp. Night camp.


    Cycle approx. 80km

  • Waking up to wonderful mountain views, we enjoy a hearty breakfast and set off again. Our day starts with a gentle warm-up ride along the valley floor, before the road starts to climb towards Abra Cuyme. The gradient is fairly gentle to start with but becomes steeper as we near the top (4100m), where we are rewarded by stunning views of Ausangate mountain. A great descent follows, to the town of Occongate, before a gentle 20km ascent to the village of Mallma. We are well off the beaten track now, and gain a real insight into the everyday lives of the local people from the communities we pass. We camp just before the village at 4000m. Night camp.


    Cycle approx. 55km

  • Today is one of our toughest days, and we cross our highest point in the Andes - an achievement to be very proud of. It also marks our transition from mountains to jungle, so it’s a day to remember and celebrate! We set off on a long, steady climb to the top of Hualla Hualla Pass (4700m), where we have time to soak up the views and enjoy being at the highest point of our amazing Andean ride. We then head down to the valley below with a thrilling descent, losing a jaw-dropping 3900m in altitude. The landscapes change from fairly dry mountain slopes to lush, green vegetation. Passing through the town of Marcapata, we continue downhill to our camp on the outskirts of Quincemil. We are out of the mountains! Night camp (800m).


    Cycle approx. 105km

  • Our last day of cycling has a very different flavour, with no real hills but hot, humid conditions! We set off early, riding through Quincemil, once a sleepy jungle town but now bustling with miners hoping to find gold, and continue gently downhill. Our roads are lined with trees and dense vegetation, and you may see colourful birds overhead. We pass small towns, seeing the everyday lives of these Amazon communities. Riding on flat, hot roads to the outskirts of Santa Rosa (270m), our journey ends with some celebratory fizz! After the obligatory photos, we load up into the vehicles and drive to Puerto Maldonado, a bustling jungle town which acts as gateway to some of the most pristine primary rainforests in the world. Cold beers and a soft bed await! We mark our incredible Andes to Amazon journey with an evening of very well-deserved celebrations. Night hotel.


    (Dinner not included)


    Cycle approx 105km; drive approx. 120km

  • Free to explore or relax until it’s time to transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima and connection on to the UK.


    (Lunch not included)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

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    Pricing Explained

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    Payable on booking

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    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we are often in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get tough. The number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is carried by vehicles, porters, mules, etc (depending on terrain and accessibility) from one night-stop to the next. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow trekkers and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

Extension

Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon Extension

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, lying on the high altiplano at 3856m above sea level, straddling the Peru-Bolivian border. It is home to the legendary Uros Islands – floating reed islands where the Uros people have lived for centuries. We visit Amantani Island, with its mountaintop temples to Pachamama and Pachatata (earth mother and father), and stay overnight with local families. We then move on to Taquile, famous for its intricate, brightly-coloured weaving. The lake views are fabulous, but the highlight of the trip is the glimpse into the everyday lives of the local people, from cultures pre-dating the Incas by a thousand years.

We then move on to the magnificent Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world, where we immerse ourselves in jaw-dropping scenery and fascinating small towns. We also have time to stop at Cruz del Condor, the famous observation point, to marvel at condors flying breathtakingly close – likely to be one of your top highlights from Peru!

Those with less time can fly to Lima after their time on Lake Titicaca.


Testimonials

Brian


The Andes to Amazon Challenge was tough and amazing. Rounding this experience with the Amazon Rainforest Extension was both moving and delightful!

Lisa


A highly recommended experience. One of the most mental and physical challenges I have experienced but equally matched with enjoyment and achievement on completion.

Cycle Training Weekends

Cycle training weekend

£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!

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GRADE | intense (3)

This trip includes some very challenging terrain and tough conditions, usually at altitude. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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