Mountain Biking Peru
Biking in Paracas
Paracas Reserve, particularly the peninsula and the
shoreline heading south, in the department of Ica, is
one vast playground for bikers. Some of the routes are
short and simple, touring the beach resort, while other,
more difficult trails cross the desert through sand
dunes and up steep slopes. As a rule, cyclists should
always take along water and a map of the area. Bikers
are advised to cycle together with an expert.
- 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.