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12 miles
974 ft
-5,006 ft
Avg time

Lares Pass Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Season
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #15865 in Mountain Biking

Lares Pass:
Best trail I was able to ride during my time in Urubamba. You have 5000 feet of descent, starting at 14 600 feet on the Abra Lares and ending in Calca at 9600 feet. It starts with a high mountain feel: short grasses and a lot of black rock. It was also incredibly beautiful, framed by huge snowy mountains battling against the clouds. The terrain is so open that we started by taking no trail, just off roading down steep shale and off camber wet grass. One of my favourite sections of the trip was sliding down into a notch before surfing down a steep grey slope. Afterwords we hit the trail. It was pretty wide but felt like singletrack. There were sections flying along the hillside, through villages. One had ledge sections which popped over to maintain speed. Unreal. To end we got spit into a huge river gorge with cliffs on either side. The rain from yesterday had kept them wet and finding a line was an excellent challnge. Post ride chicha (for my two riding buddies) before ripping back to Calca on side trails.
Accessibility: 8/10. Took transport to Calca and took a car for 25 soles each (8$) to drop us off at the top. Trail required some route finding as it dips off the road.
Level: Intermediate. Off roading at the start expert. Trail intermediate, sections next to the river advanced.
Physical: Shuttled, not too much effort. Need to be acclimatized.
Dirt: Grass and hero dirt up top. Armored trail through villages, rocks through river. To Calca is good dirt. Rideable in wet.
Quality:10/10 Unreal, so dynamic, so many challenges, so much fun
Views:10/10 Surrounded by colossal snowy mountains, diving through llama infested villages, cliff strewn river gorge. Big baller.

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More Stats for Lares Pass bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -4,033 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,766 ft
  • Altitude max
    14,615 ft
  • Altitude start
    13,799 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,766 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,714 ft
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,851 ft
  • Avg time
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on Sep 16, 2016
Avg: 4.5 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lares-pass trailhead (-13.194416, -71.939217)
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Lares Pass Trail Reports

Sep 16, 2016 @ 12:44pm
Sep 16, 2016
Excellent condition
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag inkasadventures (Jun 10, 2015 at 6:49)
 This is a MUST ride if you are in Cusco area. Do it with the best team: Inkas Adventures!
  • + 0
flag Levty (Apr 16, 2018 at 7:38)
 Nothing special, to be honest. Best parts are: the short canyon section in the middle and the amazing view and panorama at the pass. Rest of the trail is a wide, stony local footpath with a lot of creeks crossing. Beware of the dogs.
It’s alright, if you have to spend half a day around Cusco, but in my eyes it’s not worth the travel ONLY for the lares trek.
We took a collectivo from Calca to the pass. 15sol/Person incl. bike transport on the roof. Bring your own ratchet straps!
1h uphill by car, 1h downhill in cruise control.
  • + 1
flag perubiking (May 2, 2018 at 17:17)
 From the Lares Pass, climb up above the small temple and powerlines and unleash an epic Freeride to start your descent. The view gets even better the further up you get!

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