Mountain biking is the fastest-growing sport in Peru. 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 explore Peru.
When practicing mountain biking in Peru you should follow these recommendations:
- Always use a helmet, goggles, elbowpads, kneepads and gloves.
- 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 mountain biking, like all sports, should provide recreation and not injuries.
- On the coast: Visitors should bring plenty of water and sunscreen
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.
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