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Kuelap to Tingo

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The trail descends right out the backyard of the cozy pension. The first steep section of drops will set a bombastic pace. SUSPENSION IS HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED!. I didn't have any and loved the trail to death, but the 30% unride-able may be tackled the next time with a long travel fork. There are no real diversions to get lost on this trail. It's a "bang 'em up till you drop" ride. very technical, weathered clay with deep horse-prints, rutted stairways with no bailout options. You've got to commit a solid 2.5 hours to make the downhill and the rest of your life trying to comprehend what you had accomplished. The end section is a very stylish rollercoaster ride, WATCH OUT FOR HORSES, yeah and the people who use the trail go to the tiny town at the bottom of the trail on weekends for the market so be cool and courteous. One young chap offered us some pastries he had collected in Tingo. They were hardly tasty morsels, but the gesture was kind. Plenty of fresh fruit and cervesa await in Tingo- Now go ride there!
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Trail Directions
I'd reccomend taking the long uphill on the double wide road which leads to the Kuelap ruins. That may take a day (it's around 30-35 miles uphill, sloggin it out). Stop by the small family-run pension down behind the ruins for a meal and friendly conversation with the very hospitable security guards. Take a photo of the look on their faces when you tell them that you're going to ride the trail off the backside of the ridge. It certainly will feel like your the first bikers to take the "death ride" plunge. But three wacky gringos were the first to make their mouths drop. We rode the trail (which is reccomended as a approach trail in the Lonely Planet guide) with loaded rear panniers. My rack snapped almost right away, so after some trailside ingenuity- I continued with a retro-fitted backpack, and my companions each with aobut 10 pounds of someone elses gear. It was less a problem going downhill. One rider proceeded to blaze on and soon after taco-ed his front wheel really bad. He hiked the remaining 12 miles with his bike on his shoulders. Bring your burley bike to tour and tackle this magnificent beast.
Trail Length
about 20 miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Leymebamba or Cajamarca

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Review Date
September 2, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: perubike ,  Cross Country Rider

I have come from there this week and I think is one of the greatest trails in Peru 2 hours downhill from Kuelap. You have also another trail, only 6 miles drop down only for freeride or DH bikes, a descend of more than 1000 meters. Kuelap is like the MAchu Picchu of the north, huge and great, th difference is that you can arrive to Kuelap by bike and depart from there for a downhill to Tingo

Recommended Route:
see our web for more info: www.perubike.com

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chachapoyas - Levanto - Magdalena - Tingo

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