Peru is one of the most majestic places on earth and within the last years, mountain biking here has really advanced. The best and most popular mountain biking opportunities exist in the area around Cusco, where plenty of mountains offer a bunch of single trails or paved tracks for any level of experience. It’s the perfect place to travel, if you are seeking a unique twist on a traditional mountain bike trip. YT family members and pro riders Brett Tippie and Jordie Lunn traveled to Peru to experience an adventure of a lifetime and tell us below if this was a trip to remember.
To make sure they have a once in a lifetime experience in Peru, Tippie and Jordie teamed up with Haku Expeditions. As they have been guiding guests on mountain bike vacations and trekking adventures in Peru for years, there’s no trail they don’t know in the Cusco area and they can show you all the hidden gems, too.
Last year, Brett Tippie guest guided a ten-day freeride high altitude, big vertical shuttle trip in Peru with Haku Expeditions on his YT CAPRA. This year, he was invited to return for another trip but was asked to recommend another pro rider to join him and guest guide with.
Jordie and Tippie started their trip with some local Cusco downhill trails to warm up and acclimatize to the elevation with a van full of rad mountain bikers from around the world:
After days of hammering trails and replacing brake pads outside of Cusco Jordie and Tippie prepared to embark on a backcountry mission to shred some big mountain lines down some red scree slopes buried deep in the Andes.
Then, they went for a multi-day camping adventure complete with guests, a cook, porters, tents, food, and supplies carried by horses.
Steve Shannon, photographer extraordinaire and Andrew Young, video maestro joined our YT family members to record the adventure and despite having no time to acclimatize to the elevation, absolutely killed it.
For Jordie Lunn and Brett Tippie, this trip definitely is one to always remember.
Photos: Steve Shannon