Olleros is a very old town south east from Lima that has Inca sites and a small abandoned Inca Trail section that is not part of the ride. The word “OLLEROS” means pot manufacturers. The top trail section has a hard pack clay soil used to make the classic ceramic jars and pots that are believed to be done since in this place since the Incas. In the 1800’s Olleros had a very important role in the Peruvian Independence by producing double bottom pots in which Independence promoters used to hide letters. This double bottom pots were sent as gifts to people who played key roles in the Peruvian Independence so letters were not found.
The Olleros trail has been always used by the nomad shepherds who move with their cattle to the coast line to sell their products and also to feed the cattle on the coastal hills which get fog and are full of vegetation (free food for cattle) on the off season (June – October). Now a days the Olleros town has been partially abandoned and most of the young population is closer to the coast on barrios next to dry river beds who leave behind the farming and shepherding life.
ABOUT THE RIDE
If you find yourself in Lima, Peru, you should ride this one top of the Bucket List rides of all times. This is a full day ride with some serious shuttling to get to the top. Of course our Holy Trails Shuttle is equipped for off-roading being able to shorten this ride to the start of the trail.
Expect a 3,430M drop and a 50 km ride divided in 2 important sections: the trail section and the river bed pedal.
The top of the trail section is hard pack soil. The soil changes once you get to the Olleros town and changing as you descent. As you ride the trail section, vegetation, soil and climate will change a lot. The trail will get sandier and steeper as you descend (no joke). We can ride this trail part twice. The Trail Section is 20 kms and 2,100m drop.
The pedal exit on the river bed is cool but can be a bit long and pedally if you are here for the DH. This pedal exit is now optional due to a dirt road made 4 years ago. If we choose to ride this second part, we can only ride the trail section once. Once the trail part ends, 4 different dry rivers meet and create one major river bed that goes all the way to Playa El Huayco, San Bartolo. The river bed section is 30 kms long and has a 1,300m drop and looks like you are riding on the moon.
↓ 3000M 26 KMS ↑ 27m
COMPLETE RUN TO THE OCEAN
↓ 3440M 50KMS ↑ 429m
PICKUP TIME: 6:30 am
RETURN TIME: 4-5pm
RIDING SCHEDULE: MARCH – LATE DECEMBER
- Pickup and drop off from your accommodation
- 4x4 transportation/shuttling for riding
- Guided ride with an expert guide from Holy Trails
- Homemade snacks and food on your box lunch
- 50+ pictures of the ride
- Sun screen
- Mechanical assistance
- First aid and medical assistance
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Bike rental Devinci Spartan (can be added for $70)
- Riding gear (can be added for $10)
- Tips (optional)
Olleros AD ONS
- Bike Rental $70
- Accommodation $40- $70 contact us to check options
- Seafood lunch at San Bartolo beach $45
WHAT TO BRING
- Hydration BACKPACK
- Sunglasses and riding glasses
- Riding gear (helmet, knee and elbow pads)
- Replacement parts for your bike (derailleur hanger)
- Trail or Enduro Bike in good shape
- Brakes and pads in good shape
- Some tools
- Light jacket
PRICING PER PERSON
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Born in Lima and riding since he is 14 years old. Christian has been a DH racer for many years and has collected some National DH titles. Now he is fascinated with riding long trails that start next to glaciers.
“Juancho” started biking only 5 years ago and is totally in love with MTB. He definitely is our guide riding the most kms a year. Juan has a perfect english and loves bike mechanics.
Hans is a Pioneer of MTB in Cusco and cofounder of Holy Trails. He lives in our favorite place on earth, The Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco. Hans is constantly exploring and riding Paradise. A background in tourism and a fluid english makes him our main man at Cusco.
Diego “Pacifico” is our main man and has been riding since 1996. On 2002 he started Racing Downhill and has collected several national titles. Founded Holy Trails in 2002. Diego has discovered and restored 2 of our secret trails and has been organizing Santisimo Downhill an iconic race for 9 years; also owner and operator of BIKESHOP.