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Backroads puts as much care into devising routes and hiring guides as it does into selecting its bikes (custom-designed only). Choose from three levels of comfort (premier, casual, or camping) and enjoy special access wherever you go—be it the day's first tour of Mexico's Chichen Itza ruins or an exclusive pedal through Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve.

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801 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA
94710 USA

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Prominent affiliations & awards

  • Adventure Travel Trade Association
  • : Travel + Leisure Award
  • : National Geographic's TRAVELER Award
  • : National Geographic's ADVENTURE Award
  • Adventure Collection

Our commitment to sustainable travel

Backroads  has been taking responsible travel seriously since our first biking trips 30 years ago. After all, traveling on two feet or two wheels is the ultimate minimal-impact approach to traveling. But we also recognize that any travel has an impact, so we do everything we can to make that impact positive.

Carbon-Neutral Trip Support Backroads has purchased carbon offsets to offset 100% of the fuel we use on trips with our support vans.

Sustainable Products All of our water bottles are recyclable and we use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper in the majority of our printed marketing materials. We’ve created a web portal for our guests so that we can replace more printed materials with electronic versions.

Leader Training All Backroads leaders are trained to minimize impact on the environment while supporting your experience as guests. Leaders practice Leave No Trace principles on the trail, recycle whenever possible in all the regions we travel, and donate leftover foods to various community programs.

Community Partnerships We support non-profits in the communities where our guests live by donating trips as fundraisers. We've donated a total of over one million dollars to the worthwhile causes of more than 150 organizations.  For a full list, please see www.backroads.com/why/responsible/

3 most popular Trips (out of 116 total)

Peru Hiking: From Cusco to Machu Picchu

Peru Hiking: From Cusco to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Peru for 7 Days • from $4,498* per person

Provider: Backroads

Machu Picchu has a gravitational pull. So strong that Inca culture still influences people today. Some still practice the 600-year-old pottery techniques. Others, like you, are influenced from thousands of miles away. It urges you to hike the hills of Cusco at 11,000 feet above sea level, investigate the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, "Stonehenge of the Andes," make friends with the local schoolchildren who live in hidden weaving communities in undiscovered valleys, stand above it all at the summit of Huayna… more

Offered May-October
Exertion level: 5
Luxury accommodations
Max group size: 20 people
Must form your own group? No

Peru Family Multisport: Biking & Hiking from Cusco to Machu Picchu

From Cusco to Machu Picchu
From Cusco to Machu Picchu

Peru Family Multisport: Biking & Hiking from Cusco to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Peru for 8 Days • from $4,798* per person

Provider: Backroads

You're out of breath. But that's okay. It gives you an excuse to stop and gaze. At the stunning views. At the incredible Inca stonework. At the kids enraptured. Not that you need an excuse. It's only human to pause in the presence of natural beauty, of engineering genius, of youthful wonderment. You'd better get used to it. It'll happen time and again this week. From Sacsayhuamán to the Inca salt pans, from Cusco's market to Ollantaytambo's school. All the… more

Offered March, June-August
Exertion level: 5
Luxury accommodations
Max group size: 22 people
Must form your own group? No

Peru Multisport: Biking & Hiking from Cusco to Machu Picchu

Peru Multisport: Biking & Hiking from Cusco to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Peru for 8 Days • from $4,798* per person

Provider: Backroads

It’s about that picture. You know the one. Every Web site and coffee-table book has it. History, archaeology, anthropology guides all have it. You’ll have it too. Standing above Machu Picchu, wispy white clouds floating by, the jagged Andes in the background, you’ll snap the picture. But being there, feet firmly planted above that scene, will forever reset your view of humanity, society and history. How did they do this? When was this again? There are maybe ten places on… more

Offered May, October, November
Exertion level: 5
Luxury accommodations
Max group size: 22 people
Must form your own group? No

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