Photo Story: Big Vertical with Brett Tippie & Jordie Lunn in Peru

Aug 21, 2019
by YT Industries  
Shot by Steve Shannon

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.

bigquotesBill and Nicole from Haku Expeditions are super cool, have the Peruvian scene dialed and are very avid and skilled MTB people. They get the goods shredding big mountains regularly and share the goods with any guests that sign up for long trails, big vertical and a perfectly balanced mix of tech and flow on mountain bikes!Brett Tippie

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.

Shot by Steve Shannon

bigquotesI recommended my bud and YT teammate Jordie Lunn because he's fun to hang out with, a sick rider and great with people. Even though we were shuttling mostly we brought our CAPRAs to be able to descend anything we wanted but be able to pedal around and be fully mobile in the mountains.Brett Tippie

Shot by Steve Shannon

Shot by Steve Shannon

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:

bigquotesWe shredded some 3000, 4000, and 5000-foot descents that had us hooting and hollering, despite the high altitude, from the sheer fun of ripping down mountains for km after km of awesome trails for almost a week.Brett Tippie

Shot by Steve Shannon

Shot by Steve Shannon

Shot by Steve Shannon


Shot by Steve Shannon


bigquotesThe Peruvian people are so friendly and nice and there is a happy vibe amongst almost everyone you meet there. I love it.Jordie Lunn

Shot by Steve Shannon

Shot by Steve Shannon

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.

Shot by Steve Shannon

Then, they went for a multi-day camping adventure complete with guests, a cook, porters, tents, food, and supplies carried by horses.

bigquotesOur cook was a badass man named Rocky, who has successfully climbed many 22,000 foot+ mountains and was a very talented chef to boot! We ate well because our adventure had us working hard riding and hike-a-biking up to 16,4000 feet elevation.Jordie Lunn

Shot by Steve Shannon

Shot by Steve Shannon

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.


Shot by Steve Shannon


Shot by Steve Shannon


For Jordie Lunn and Brett Tippie, this trip definitely is one to always remember.

bigquotesWe rode, shot, joked and enjoyed the views from the Andes alpine during the day and feasted and enjoyed no wifi and the clearest, most amazing stars you can imagine for 4 nights! Jordie and I rode some challenging first descents and some open line choice freeriding with our fellow adventurers in these huge mountains and had the time of our lives enjoying the Andes mountain lifestyle and culture.Brett Tippie

Shot by Steve Shannon

bigquotesOur bikes worked perfectly and got us in and out of the deep backcountry adventure. I recommend you take a trail bike and join Haku for a trip of your own to Peru because it is truly an epic bucket list item you need to cross off before you get old!Jordie Lunn

Photos: Steve Shannon

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23 Comments

  • 7 1
 Been there and done that, unforgettable trip, just be ready to loose a couple of days at the toillet when your stomach meets the peruvian microbia. And do not miss Machu Pictchu.
  • 2 0
 Amen! Best thing I've ever seen.
  • 5 0
 I ate a bunch of ceviche on my first day in Peru... halfway through the meal I realized "raw fish in a foreign country, right before a 4 day trek is probably a terrible idea". I kept waiting to get sick and it never happened! Just lucky I guess.
  • 2 0
 @bkm303: been eating ceviche in Peru for literally decades when I've been riding and has not made me sick once . . . the chifa (Peruvian Chinese) is what you have to worry about!
  • 4 0
 @b1rdie: "Happiness is a dry fart"
  • 4 0
 I just noticed this: drY farT

welcome to the YT family
  • 2 0
 @flowgnar: As a peruvian chinese, I'd avoid most of the Chifa, unless you've got family to guide you around. It can get pretty sketchy. But if you can find the good stuff, it'll change your life.
  • 1 0
 @demonsun: You are so right! I love Chifa but always go to the same places I know tho when touring I would go to a place if it was jammin' busy and order what everyone else is getting . . . bacterial dysentery is really no fun. Peruvian food period is great - I could sure go for papas huancaina right now!
  • 1 0
 @demonsun: Sketchy as in dangerous (people)?
  • 2 0
 @flowgnar: I agree. We have gotten sick from the chifa many times but never ceviche!
  • 4 0
 I've been riding/climbing in Peru for over 30 years and Cusco is certainly the most popular and Machu Picchu is incredible, however the biggest mountains are around Huaraz in the Cordillera Blanca. Plus the neighboring Cordillera Negra (also Huaraz) offers 14,000 feet of vertical to the Pacific with unlimited and unexplored ride potential. I've always liked Huaraz because it is less touristy, oriented to mountaineering, and you can do things like ride the Inca Royal Road where you are guaranteed to see no one for days outside of Quechua speaking locals or ride over 17,000' passes on single track. I can't say enough good things about Peru from people to landscape to food and encourage all to go - after recently riding the length of North and South America I wondered if I would come to regret spending so many years going to Peru . . . nope can't wait to go back! www.chakinaniperu.com/peru
  • 6 0
 Peru is a Paradise for Mountain Biking!!! Proud to be a local Peruvian MTB guide!!! Love my office!
  • 1 0
 Hey man, do you live in lima? Ill be there friday and am making my 4th trip. Id like to ride some local trails but I was advised as a gringo, its probably not the best idea unless you are with a peruvian
  • 2 0
 @font style="vertical-align: inherit;">font style="vertical-align: inherit;">pargolf8 /font>/font>: Welcome to Peru, even if you leave for Cusco, try trails in Lima, Pachacamac and El Morro Solar
  • 1 0
 @Elsubteranio2: i stay in lima as my girlfriend is from chorrillos. Thats where el morro solar is, right?
  • 1 0
 @pargolf8: yes i live in Lima, let me know if you want to ride! my cel is +51994086544 send me a whatsapp.
  • 1 0
 @pargolf8: yes el Morro is just there, but near Lima is Olleros singletrack, do you hear some about that one? Start at 3500 mts /11200 ft and ending in a sandy beach at sea level! www.pinkbike.com/video/478594 check it out!
  • 4 0
 Jordie, I'm surprised you didn't scare the children off with those arms and face tats....who am i kidding you big teddy bear
  • 3 0
 awwwwww yeaaah. That was a sick article! What a cool trip!
  • 1 0
 obv these two need no introduction. that said, at the risk of being a pedant -- young talent? just sayin, getting mixed messages here Wink
  • 1 0
 This was an amazing trip with the boyz. We did a 7 day mtb vacation backed by a 4 day expedition in the backcountry. Until next year!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Jordie- coil shock? Would have thought with your 'jump everything' style you'd go for the air, what you roll the coil?
  • 1 0
 Jordie Lunn's back tattoo lol.

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