Cycling along ancient routes
Cycling in Peru is an attractive proposition - you can see ancient Inca and pre-Inca roads, archaeological sites, picturesque towns and routes through different ecological areas in just a few hours. There are places like Olleros (south of Lima) where there is a descent of 3,600 metres in just 70 kilometres of road.
Known the world over, mountain biking is the fastest growing adventure sport in the country. Cycle routes can be grouped into three main categories, according to their difficulty and logistical requirements:
(A) considered suitable for beginners, these trails include gentle slopes and compact, hard earth.
(B) for cyclists with some experience, these trails include moderate slopes and present a degree of risk.
(C) for experts only, characterised by steep slopes and soft soil (these roads are very risky and will often reach high altitudes).