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Cusco Downhill, best trail mountain bike Perú

Cusco is the mountain biking paradise, as it is located in the Andes mountains in the south of Peru; each mountain in the Andes was previously traversed by the Incas, and today there are still traces of Inca roads where you can do mountain  biking downhill around in Cusco.

Today I write this blog, not as a writer, but as a cycling guide who has explored every downhill route, so I invite you to read and watch the videos.

Best trail in Perú, Downhill Cusco

mejores rutas del Peru - downhill cusco

The city of Cusco is located in the south of Peru at 3,400m above sea level, with over 428,450 inhabitants divided into 13 provinces and 112 districts between the jungle and the mountains.

Some of these downhill routes are of intermediate to advanced level with technical sections such as verticals, stone gardens, curves, and some jumps; these are the famous downhill trails in Cusco.

Downhill Yuncaypata – Cusco

This route is located to the north of the city of Cusco; considered one of the best downhill trails for practicing downhill cycling and is also a favorite among local riders.

It is only a 30-minute drive away, or you can also reach it by cycling from the city itself; finding the starting point is easy, you will find a sign with the name Yuncaypata, the name of the small town.

  • Downhill distance: 6 km
  • Maximum altitude: 3,750m
  • Minimum altitude: 3,300m
  • Technical level: advanced
  • Positive elevation change: the total uphill section is 16m
  • Descent duration: it depends a lot on each rider, a professional rider can descend in 10 minutes.

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Downhill Yuncaypata

Downhill Huayllarcocha – Cusco

This place is also located to the north of the city, we consider this place one of the smooth descents with sections of rock gardens, curves, small and big jumps.

The trail of this route passes through eucalyptus forests, some Inca ruins such as the temple of the moon, temple of the monkey and the Inca trail of Qhapaqñan that formerly connected Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

The most fun part of this circuit is that you can descend through sections of steps in the San Blas neighborhood until you reach the main square of Cusco.

  • Downhill distance: 6 km.
  • Maximum altitude: 3,750m.
  • Minimum altitude: 3,000m.
  • Technique level: intermediate
  • Positive elevation gain: the total uphill section is 12m.
  • Duration of descent: depends a lot on each cyclist, a professional cyclist can descend in 5 minutes.

🟢Watch video

Downhill Huayllarcocha

Downhill Shepherd “El Pastor” – Cusco

If you are looking for an extreme downhill route, this trail is the one for you. It starts at 4,200m and descends over 1,000m of downhill on vertical paths, short descents, ramps, and very fun curves.

You will descend down the same mountain known as Picol, a sacred place for a long time.

  • Downhill distance: 7 km.
  • Maximum altitude: 4,200m.
  • Minimum altitude: 3,3000m.
  • Technical level: advanced
  • Positive gradient: the total ascent is 20m.
  • Descent duration: it depends on each cyclist, a professional cyclist can descend in 15 minutes.

🟢Watch video

Downhill el Pastor

Activities you can do in Perú

Mountain bike Perú “Maras & Moray sacred valley route”
Mountain bike Perú “4 inca ruins route”
Mountain bike Perú “Yuncaypata route”
Mountain bike Perú “Devil’s balcony route”
Mountain bike Perú “Lares & Lamay route”
Mountain bike Perú “Inca Avalanche sacred valley route”
Mountain bike Perú “Salkantay + Machu Picchu route”
Mountain bike Perú “the máxima enduro route”
Mountain bike Perú “Mama Simona route”
Mountain bike Perú “Picol-santa María route”
Mountain bike Perú “Qoricocha route”
Mountain bike Perú “Inka sculpture route”
Mountain bike Perú “Tecsecocha route”
Mountain bike Perú “Huaypo lagoon route”
Mountain bike Perú “Mauqallaqta route”
Mountain bike Perú “Cóndor Chonta viewpoint”
Mountain bike Perú “Palcoyo route”
Apurímac Canyon Bike Expedition 2 days
Mountain bike Perú “Cave of the Bride + Ananiso Canyon”
Mountain bike Perú “Humantay lake”
Mountain bike Perú “Pachatusan route”
Mountain bike Perú “Pallay punchu route”
Mountain bike Perú “Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu route”
Mountain bike Perú “Inti Punku enduro sacred valley”
City tour Cusco E-bike
Mountain bike Perú “the Wizard and huaccoto”
Mountain bike Perú “Manú National Park jungle route”
Mountain bike Perú “Rainbow mountain route”
Mountain bike Perú “corn route – sacred valley”
Mountain bike Perú “Tupac Amaru & inca ruins Waqrapukara route”
Mountain bike Perú “Huchuy Qosqo enduro route”
Mountain bike Perú “Best sunrise of Peru”
Mountain bike Perú “4 Lagoons circuit and Q’eswachaka route”
Mountain bike Perú “Patacancha enduro route”
Mountain bike Perú “Patalares enduro and hotspring lares route”
Mountain bike Perú “Ausangate enduro route”
Mountain bike Perú “salt mines – sacred valley route”
Mountain bike Perú “Pumamarka enduro route”
Mountain bike Perú “Radar enduro south valley”
Mountain bike Perú “indomito enduro route”
Mountain bike Perú “Glaciar Quelccaya route”
Mountain bike Perú “Pallay Orq’o hayuni route”
Mountain bike Perú “Quillabamba jungle route 200 km.”
Mountain bike Perú “Raqchi enduro route”

Tours in Cusco & Machu Picchu

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