Mountain Biking Peru
Biking in La Cordillera
One of the
most scenic areas in Peru, the Callejón de Huaylas,
in the department of Ancash, features many breath-taking
and tough biking trails amongst its canyons and mountain
ranges. Most circuits climb up to high altitude (3,500
meters) before dropping down steep slopes. One of the
most popular routes runs from the Llanganuco Lakes (3,800
meters) to the town of Yungay. Another links the high
mountain pass of Punta Olímpica (4,800 meters)
with the town of Carhuaz. Both routes vary from Class
A-B, and are best cycled from May to October. Cyclists
should take along plenty of warm clothing and spare
bicycle parts, and should take precautions regarding
high altitude sickness known locally as soroche.
- Always use a helmet, goggles, elbowpads, kneepads
- Cyclists are advised to set out in groups with a minimum
of three people.
- Bring water or rehydrating beverages.
- Equipment should include one or two inner tubes (due
to frequent flat tires) and a set of tools.
- When choosing the route, bear in mind physical fitness,
and do not overexert cyclists in the group.
- Remember that cycling, like all sports, should provide
recreation and not injuries.
- On the coast: Visitors should bring plenty of water
In the highlands: Sunscreen is recommended, plus warm
clothing. High altitude sickness known locally as soroche
can set in at over 2,500 masl. Take precautions by resting
the first day, drink plenty of liquids and avoid heavy
food and alcohol.
- In the jungle: Never travel without insect repellent,
a raincoat and sunscreen. Long-sleeved shirts and long
pants are recommended to ward off insect bites. A yellow
fever vaccination is obligatory. There are also vaccinations
for malaria, tetanus and Hepatitis A and B, as well
as local treatment for leishmaniasis (uta) and malaria.