Ecuador Biking Adventure Tour

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN QUITO CITY
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the highlights of the old town of Quito and the surrounding areas. at night one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the Ecuador Biking adventure to come.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Quito

DAY 2: BIKING AT THE CLOUDFOREST OF MINDO
Our adventure Ecuador trip begins with a drive down to the western part of Pichincha volcano, to the old road that connects the highlands with the Ecuadorian coast. We will hop on our bikes starting at about 11000 ft (3300 mts), cycling mostly downhill to the amazing valley of Tandayapa, where the tropical forest is packed with bird life including toucans and hummingbirds, many varieties of butterflies and lots of orchids. We will experience an incredible change in temperature along the biking way. In the afternoon we will visit the chocolate making factory of Mindo.

Accommodation: Septimo Paraiso Lodge or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch
DAY 3: BIKING FROM THE EQUATOR TOWARDS THE NORTH ANDES
In the morning, we will have a private transfer to the middle of the world, "the Equator-Line" for approx. 3 hours. We mountain-bike from the Equator to the ancestral community of San Clemente, place where the last Inca emperor was born. This magical biking path will transport you back in the time, discovering little villages that have been untouched through the years, full of local indigenous people from the Andes, happy to show you many types of handicrafts they manufacture over there. On the way, we pass small towns and villages like Olmedo, Zuleta, la Esperanza, etc., to finally arrive at San Clemente. We will see the iconic animals from the Andes such as: llamas, alpacas, guinea pigs, etc. Biking time is between 4 & 5 hours, full of beautiful landscapes, 35 miles flat and downhill mostly.

Accommodation: San Clemente Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch
DAY 4: SKIRTS OF IMBABURA VOLCANO BIKING
After a family breakfast, we will start our day driving along the slopes of Imbabura volcano, taking our bikes up to the mountains with stunning views of the Andean valleys and lakes, like San Pablo Lake, considered one of the biggest in the highlands of Ecuador. An exciting trail starts here as part of our Biking Ecuador trip, our bikes run along a small path going across the Imbabura and Cubilche volcanoes, to reach the San Pablo Lake for 35 miles on flat, up- and downhill trails, at the end of the day we will visit the town of Otavalo, where we explore the largest indigenous market in South America.

Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaqui or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch
DAY 5: COTOPAXI VOLCANO BIKING
Our Ecuador biking adventure begins today with a drive down the Pan-American Highway to Cotopaxi National Park. On the way, we see potato and corn fields, two of the Ecuadorian food staples. We reach the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park which is located at 3900 meters above sea level. This is where we start our bike ride on the “Altiplano” (High Andean Ecosystem). 600 years ago, this place was inhabited by Incas and they had a small village in that area, named Tambo.

The National Park surrounds Cotopaxi volcano, which is the highest active volcano on earth. It is 5897 meters high and is perfectly cone-shaped, topped with an icy white glacier. This reserve is approximately 33,000 hectares and goes from the Andes to the Amazon rainforest. We find rivers with crystal-clear waters nursed from the glacier, as well as the Limpiopungo Lagoon. Biking time 4 to 5 hours of flat and uphill mostly. Distance of 25 miles.

Accommodation: Hacienda Leito or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, box lunch
DAY 6: BIKING IN THE LLANGANATES NATIONAL PARK
After a healthy breakfast, we take our mountain-bikes from the Llanganates National Park down to the Pastaza River Canyon, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the cloud forest. Our adventure tour takes us through some Andean farms, where they cultivate tree tomatoes and passion fruit. While descending into the jungle, we have a impressive view of the town of Baños, with Tungurahua Volcano on the back. The city is very well-known for the spectacular location. We will have some time to explore the town and then we will enjoy some of its night life.

Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch
DAY 7: CANYONING THE SANCTUARY OF WATERFALLS IN BAÑOS
This morning we will be exploring the famous sanctuary of waterfalls in Baños, from the inside of the canyons that feed the mayor canyon of Pastaza river. We drive for 30 minutes to the start point of the best canyon for rappelling in the area. We will enjoy 2 hours of full adventure and adrenaline! Rappel down five waterfalls along the canyon of Rio Blanco. In the afternoon, we take our private transportation back to Quito.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Quito

Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8: DEPARTURE DAY
After breakfast we will have a transfer from your hotel to International departures, end of services and of your unforgettable Ecuador biking trip.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour
Group tour per person
$1,280
Private tour per person
$1,400
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