From impressive mountain views to historical monuments near the coastline, here is a list of the best bike tours to discover some of the most spectacular parts of Peru.

Enjoy a day exploring Cusco on bike. ©Jared Weiss

Biking Tours in Cusco

If you want to explore the city of Cusco in a whole different way, you might want to consider going on a bicycle tour. Cusco Biking Tours is one of the best known tour companies in the area. They have a day long mountain bike tour of the towns of Maras and Moray, which includes an Andean picnic lunch. They also offer a day long tour around the Sacred Valley. On this tour you can visit the local market in Pisac and ride along the river all the way to Huayllabamba. If you only have half a day to explore other parts of Cusco, then you can go on the Colored Rock tour. This tour includes a visit to the fortified complex of Sacsayhuaman, where you can get a nice view of the site and learn about its history by one of the tour guides.

Travelers looking to live a one of a kind adventure might also consider going on the Inka Jungle Trail, which combines trekking, canopy walks and cycling in one of the most comprehensive tours to Machu Picchu and its breathtaking surroundings. This tour usually lasts four days and three nights, and all necessary equipment, as well as meals and accommodations,  are provided by the tour company.

Biking Tours in Trujillo

The coastal town of Huanchaco – located in the city of Trujillo – might be best known for its beaches and ceviche, but it  has now become a great option for cycling enthusiasts thanks to the bike tour of the Chan Chan ruins and its surroundings. This tour was created by the Sustainable Preservation Initiative in collaboration with National Geographic, in order to help local youth employment in the area. This bike tour allows visitors to see more of the impressive site of Chan Chan while helping young people in Huanchaco have a sustainable job and share their heritage.

Biking routes in Peru. © Charles S.

Biking Tours in Huaraz

Located in the Andean region of Peru, the city of Huaraz offers some of the most breathtaking biking routes in the country. Here you can go on a mountain biking tour by The Cordillera Blanca, which is  the most extensive tropical ice-covered mountain range in the world. The website cordillerablanca.com is a tourist company which offers biking tours in this area, as well as valuable tips to help you plan your trip to Huaraz. Their tours have different routes – ranging from easier paths for beginners looking to enjoy the beautiful scenery to more challenging routes for experienced and adventurous mountain bikers. While on one of these tours, you can discover spectacular villages, rivers and blue lakes, such as the Llanganuco. Tours can last from one day to a week, in altitudes as high as 4000 meters above sea level. A couple of days of acclimatization is advisable, especially for those who are not used to trekking and biking in high altitudes.

You might also be interested in our guide to cycling in Lima.

We’d like to hear from you. Have you taken a bike tour in Peru? How did it go? Would you recommend it to others? Any special routes to recommend or warn against? Let us know in our forum topic Touring by bike.