Peru: Cycling - Mountain Biking

Mountainous terrain, vast coastal deserts and steamy, tropical rainforests

Cycling is becoming an ever more popular holiday activity in Peru. There are increasing numbers of organised cycle tours available in Peru, which are a safer but a more expensive, option than cycling alone or with another person. Such organised cycle tours in Peru usually involve mountain biking through the Andes and possibly deep jungle biking. Several tours combine cycling with other activities, such as hiking, kayaking, or visiting archaeological sites. A thirteen night guided cycle tour of Peru, including hotel, hostal and camping accommodation is likely to cost upwards of £935.

If you decide on an independent cycle holiday in Peru you will need to rent a bike from a cycle rental shop. You will be expected to stay in the area and not want to use the cycle for long-distance travel. Cycling in Peru can be hazardous, especially if you decide to use the major routes, such as the Pan American Highway. You will not find Peruvian lorry drivers sympathetic and may be liable to being knocked off your cycle. You will also find cycling on the Pan American dirty and rather boring. Cycling in the Andes will be a much more enjoyable affair, but you will need to use a mountain bike there, because the roads are generally in a very poor condition.