Mountain Biking the Sacred Valley, Peru

We spent the day biking around the Sacred Valley, which lies just north of Cusco. Notes:

– Woke up bright and early at 7am, but both with a bit of altitude sickness.

– Went into town and checked into SAS Travel for mountainbiking. We
were the only ones to sign up for that particular activity, so we had a private group.

– Met our guide, seasoned mountain biker Roberto, and drove through the mountains to our starting point.

– Mountain biking high in the Andes was great. Our ride topped out at 11,200 feet.

– Stopped by Moray, the ruins of an ancient Incan agricultural experiment. Concentric rings created by terraced growing areas were impressive. Photo attached.

– Biked a bit more down the valley to Salernas, ancient, still active salt mines. Salt flows from a spring within the mountain, and collects in thousands of terraced evaporation pools. Dried salt is harvested by hand. Photo attached.

– Completed the ride with a gnarly singletrack downhill, through a small village and over a steel cable and wood suspension bridge over the river.

– Cruised in the van with two Italian hitchhikers to drop them off in Urubamba, then continued on back to Cusco.

– Chris went back to the guesthouse to relax.

– I walked a lap around town. Got the gas station attendant to fill up two small plastic waterbottles with gasolene, to fuel my MSR Whisperlite stove in the mountains.

– Stopped by the “Mega” supermarket, then grabbed a chicken dinner, and walked back across town to the guesthouse.

– Cooked some more soup in our room, relaxing tonight overlooking Cusco.

– Peru is great! My spanish is actually serving me quite well, and the locals are always friendly and eager to share stories. Having a fun time talking to everyone we pass, both in the streets and out in the fields.


One response to “Mountain Biking the Sacred Valley, Peru”

  1. Weren’t the salt mines amazing???
    Glad you’re having fun.
    Be safe!