biking is the fastest-growing sport in the country.
Thousands of bikers year-round head out on their bicycles
down canyons and up trails all over the country.
Practically the entire country, with the exception of
the coastal desert and the Amazon plain, is apt for
mountain biking. However, depending on the degree of
difficulty and logistical needs, circuits are divided
into three categories: A) Beginners: gently sloping
routes, with tough, compact terrain; B) Experienced
cyclists: circuits involving moderate slopes and a certain
degree of risk for the cyclist; C) Experts only: steep
slopes, high altitudes and uneven, scree-like terrain,
with a high degree of risk. So get on your bike... and
come mountain biking in Peru.
- 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.