Hi, in 8 days my son and I off to Peru for a little father-son adventuring. Aside from the obligatory journey to Macchu Picchu, the rest of our schedule is pretty open.
We'd like to do some mountain biking, and have read that in a number of places we're likely to visit there are outfitters who do "volcano to jungle" downhill mountain bike tours.
Are these insane? Does anyone have direct experience with any of these outfitters?
I know that there is a famous MTB downhill run in Bolivia on "the world's most dangerous road," and apparently quite a few tourists have gone over the edge. Having promised my wife that I would bring her son back alive, we're not interested in tempting the fates, just having a good run. A good single-track ride would be nice as well.
BTW, I did the downhill MTB thing once at Breckenridge, Colo. (taking the ski lifts to the top of the mountain in the summer, riding them down). It was a lot of fun but, as a road biker w/little MTB experience, I found it pretty intimidating to keep my speed under control, especially on rocky single-track.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Links to reputable outfitters?