MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR IN COTAHUASI CANYON $593 USD Per Person

Explore the deepest canyon in the world on two wheels – 3 Days of biking tour

The Cotahuasi canyon is one of our favorite places in Peru, because our knowledge about this region make us the first biking tour company on the deepest canyon in the World, where is possible to do nice easy, medium and extreme cross country - uphill and downhill mountain biking observing the typical villages, crossing old hanging bridges, from 3 up to 7 day of cross country from the highlands to the pacific ocean, discovering abandoned pre Inca remains, riding along Inca steps and single trucks between green valleys. To do any of our biking trips to this canyon, always we use our private four wheel drive or some times is possible to connect with public bus services available. If you decide to go to the Cotahuasi canyon, don’t be sure to get a comfortable bus roads or lodgings, because in this regions is just beginning in the tourism, what we can promise you is a nice and unforgettable experience away from your home. To do this adventurous mountain bike tour from the Andes to the pacific sea is necessary to be in really good physical condition and experience riding along the single trucks.
Bike Expedition Through The Andes Of Peru

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: AREQUIPA – CHUQUIBAMBA – VISQUE GRANDE – COTAHUASI

Today we decide to depart at 6am from the your hotel of Arequipa – The first part of the trip includes 7 hours of travel by private transport – The journey goes from Arequipa down to the desert along the Pan American highway and then across the valley and canyon of Majes (600m) – We take another road from the valley of Majes up to the highlands passing small lunar valley, lot of contrast of colors of the mountain between the coast and the begin of the Andes. After 5 hours of driving we arrive to Chuquibamba (3300m) – Short stop to stretch the legs and have some snack or early lunch – Chuquibamba is a typical and farming inter Andean village located on the bottom of the Coropuna snow mountain (6377m) – From Chuquibamba begins the gravel road passing small forest of Andean trees as known as Queñuas, rock forest, lot of south American camelids as Llamas, Alapacas, Huanacos and Vicuñas. The gravel roads pass between the Coropuna and Solimana mountains giving us spectacular view of glaciers on the top of each mountain. Around 2pm arrive to point where we will start the bike trip as known as Visque grande (4670M) – Cheack the bike, safety talking about the mountain bikes, provider of mountain bike gear as helmets, gloves and bike pads (knee & Elbow). This first mountain bike tour includes to ride along the paved road, this will be 1990 meters of pure downhill seeing full view of mountains, local people, flora and fauna, passing water springs, deep cliffs, etc – This first part of bike trip includes some section of single trucks for bikers wants to feel more adrenaline. The downhill from Visque Grande to the town of Cotahuasi takes around 2 hours on the bike – Check in small hotel in Cotahuasi, the room includes private bath and hot shower. Around 7pm will be the dinner and rest.
Downhill Mountain Biking In Cotahuasi Canyon

DAY 2: COTAHUASI – MIRADOR OF COTAHUASI CANYON – TORO – SIPIA WATER FALL

Today we will serve country breakfast accompanied with some local fruits as avocado, passion fruits, cactus fruits or other season fruit and of course local cheese with some fry eggs and plenty of break and cereals. The trip will be begin around 8am going up in our private transport – The point to start the bike trip will be recognize as “Mirador de Cotahuasi (4030m)” this is located on the top of Cotahuasi and from there we take gravel road to make pure downhill to Toro Village (2970m) – The village of Toro is located between two mountain completely covered by pre and Inca terraces where the locals cultivate their crops – This road offer so many corners making more fun and challenge the mountain trip. After 2 hours arrive to Cotahuasi River and cycle (cross style) along the river to the waterfall of Sipia (2060m) – This waterfall is the highest in Arequipa and located in the deepest canyon in the world according some geographical investigations – Free time in around the waterfall, picnic and then we fit the bikes on the private transport and 2 hours of transfer to the upper part of the canyon – The road pass the towns Piro, Cotahuasi, Taurisma, Tomepampa, Alca and finally we arrive to Puica (3680m) and then we share a local restaurant to get lunch. Again we check our bike and begin the last part of bike tour (downhill) following the same road we used before to get to Puica – The biking trip goes through mountains, terraces, farming and lot of view of the upper part of the canyon – After 2 hours arrive to nice place as known as Luicho (2700m) where is located the hot spring (thermal baths), enjoy and relax for two hours and when is getting dark we return to the hotel in Cotahuasi to have dinner and rest.

DAY 3: COTAHUASI – COROPUNA – CHUQUIBAMBA – IRAY – CACTUS FOREST – EL CASTILLO – APLAO – CORIRE - AREQUIPA

Today we need to wake up at 5:30am to have breakfast and then begin the private transfer up to lagoon of Pallar Cocha (4750m) – This lagoon is located on the base of Coropuna Mountain and there we will begin the long way downhill from the Andes to the coast – This offer dirt road, some short section of uphill and the rest of the road will be pure downhill passing small village, cactus forest, canyons, deserts and seeing the big contrast of the landscape and change of the climate from cold to hot – This bike trip will take between 6 to 8 hours until Aplao (624m) where will be the late lunch and then 3 hours of private transfer to your hotel in Arequipa and end of the trip.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR IN COTAHUASI CANYON INCLUDES

  1. Private supporting vehicle
  2. English-Speaking Mountain Bike Guide
  3. GT - TREK - BIANCHI MT bikes in maintenace (full disc brake)
  4. Gloves; windproof and full-finger glove which can also be worn during the cold season or high altitudes
  5. Helmet; light ventilated and comfortable for your head
  6. Camping gear as four season tents and mattresses (Private Service under request only) or local accommodation (2 nights)
  7. Meals (2 lunches - 2 dinners - 2 Brekfasts)
  8. Oxygen and first aid kit
  9. Entrance to the hot spring
  10. Repair Kit and new parts
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RECOMMENDATION
If this is your first time going to the Andes or High Mountains we recommend getting information about the ALTITUDE SICKNESS, see below some websites recommend by High Mountain doctors and scientists from over the world.
ISMM – International Society For Mountain Medicine
MEDEX – Medical Expeditions


TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2012
DATE TOUR COST
Every day between March to December MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR IN COTAHUASI CANYON $593 USD Per Person

Explore the deepest canyon in the world on two wheels – 3 Days of biking tour
Backpacker Service (public bus)
Not available

Private Service (private 4x4)
2 participants $593 USD each
3-4 paticipants $521 USD each
5 to more participants $458 USD each

Discount: $5 USD of discount South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card

Organized Groups: We offer private service and departure any time
Group size: 6 participants per guide - We need minimum 2 participants for this trip
BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book space prior you arrive to Peru

NOT INCLUDED

  1. Alcoholic drinks
  2. Breakfast or lunch
  3. Hotel in Arequipa
  4. Tips for guide and camp staff
  5. Sun glasses
  6. Binoculares
  7. Cycling shoes
  8. Camel bag, can be hired in our local office in Arequipa $3 USD per day

RAIN SEASON

December to March. Some days are with blue sky permiting to cycle this zone.

BEST TIME FOR CYCLE

After rain season (April to June) the mountains are completely covered with snow and the slops are cover with new vegetation making more nice for pictures.

ADVICE FOR BIKERS

Normal physical conditions and summer clothes, bikers require good acclimatization over 3600m. One day before all the bikers will have meeting with the mountain bike guide at our office or in the hotel, who will give a BRIEFING about this bike trip and also you can check the quality of bikes and gear will be used on this trip.

WhHAT YOU NEED TO CARRY/BRING

  1. Small backpack
  2. Rain jacket or poncho (December - March)
  3. Tennis shoes
  4. One complete change of clothing
  5. Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Arequipa/Peru)
  6. Flashlight and batteries
  7. Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  8. Sun block (sun protection cream)
  9. Insect repellent
  10. Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  11. Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
  12. Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  13. Sunglasses
  14. Swimsuit (for the hot springs in the Cotahuasi canyon)
  15. Extra money (soles)
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