Mountain Bike Ride: Abra Malaga
Hours: 3 to 5 hours
Difficulty: Beginner to Expert
A great way to spend the morning mountain biking in Peru – this trip is a stunner! During the 5,000 feet of all-downhill biking, we will likely see herds of llamas, the massive glacier of Veronica, waterfalls, and authentic Andean lifestyles of simple stone huts and potato farms.
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This is the Continental Divide of South America, from here going eastward it drops nearly 20,000 feet down to the Amazon jungle basin, and the views here are outstanding ! This section of highway has been described by many as one of the most beautiful in South America. By far our most popular mountain bike trip, and with very good reason – it is over 5,000 feet of pure descent on a beautifully paved road.
We start in Ollantaytambo and drive one hour up the road to the pass of Abra Malaga, which lies at nearly 14,500 above sea level and at the foot of the massive glacier of Veronica (17,500 feet). From there, we begin a 50 kilometer descent that is one of the longest possible in the world, through gorgeous terrain. This ride is all downhill on a smooth paved road, and is truly suitable for anyone who can ride a bicycle. We have done this trip for nearly ten years and have successfully completed it hundreds of times.
This ride is FUN ! Everyone who does it loves it, due to the culture and scenery. IT is a great mountain bike ride, perfect for those who love mountainbiking !And for those with extensive off road experience, there is a international DH course just meters away from the main road (extra cost and logistics are involved, ask for details)
WHAT TO BRING: We leave at 9am and return around 1.30 pm. So as long as you eat breakfast before and lunch after, you will be fine. Just bring a small bottle of water and a snack if you think you will want one. The two most important items are: A stocking hat and aWARM jacket like a fleece or windbreaker as it is very cold at the top, it gets warmer after that.
.Click here to see the video !The cost is $59 or 165 soles per person and includes guide, Suspension mountain bike with disc brakes, Full face helmet, goggles or glasses, full fingered gloves, and high visibility Safety Vest. * There is a minimum of 3 people for this trip, we will do a private trip for only two people but there is a $5 per person Private Trip charge. Please note that we DO NOT accept credit cards (Peru is still primarily a cash economy) but we will take US dollars, or Peru Soles, or any combination thereof. Also, anyone not wishing to do the bike portion is welcome to pay $15 and come along for this magnificent drive to the top of the Andes mountains, (when space is available)(