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Three memorable bike rides in the Sacred Valley

Inca ruins, terraced slopes, towering Andean peaks and picturesque villages will be your backdrop.
When it comes to exploring Peru’s Sacred Valley, cycling offers a unique perspective that you cannot get either by walking or travelling by road.

There is something special about how cycling offers a unique range and perspective, allowing you to travel much further than on foot while also getting much closer to the landscape —and the locals — than if you were travelling by car. And there may be no more spectacular setting for a cross-country ride than Peru’s Sacred Valley, with its Inca ruins, terraced agriculture, colorful villages and snowcapped summits.

In fact, the Sacred Valley, which runs from the old Inca capital of Cusco to Machu Picchu, offers a myriad of cycling options, for people of all abilities and levels of fitness. At the Peru Empire Company, there are three that we particularly recommend Maras, Moray and Tica Tica. You can do each one in less than a day. In addition to being picked up and dropped off at your hotel, you will also be served a picnic lunch as you take a break from peddling and enjoy the magnificent views.

Maras is a village famous for its 3,000 “salineras” or salt pools that date back to the pre-Colombian period. The brine occurs naturally and, as it dries off, leaves behind high quality Andean table salt that locals collect and market. Nearby, Moray offers a fascinating glimpse of the Incas’ connection with their natural surroundings and their sophisticated agriculture. Comprised of a series of vast concentric stone circles descending into a deep pit on a hilltop above the Sacred Valley, archaeologists believe Moray was used to experiment with food crops by simulating climates at different altitudes.

If you are looking for something a little more vigorous, you may be interested in the option that descends from Tica Tica, above the city of Cusco, to Piuray Lake, some 11,000ft above sea level. In total, this route takes around 3.5 hours of cycling, and another 90 minutes in transit and picnicking, and offers spectacular views of the landscapes around the old Inca capital.

To include a bike ride in the Sacred Valley or other parts of Peru as part of your unique, individually tailored Peru itinerary, contact the Peru Empire Company at travel@pec.pe or on +51-1-700-5100 or, if you are in the US, 347-713-7030/34.

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