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Ecuador offers a wide variety of cycling routes for those who love mountain biking. The geographical diversity offered by this country makes it the ideal destination for mountain biking adventurers and enthusiasts.
On a tour that lasts several days, visitors can enjoy various regions possessing distinct climates and a range of landscapes. You will discover this as you descend from the cool Andean highlands into subtropical forests after only a few hours of pedaling along secondary roads. In a single day you will drop from an altitude of up to 9,850 feet (3,000 m), with temperatures ranging between 50°F to 86°F (10°C to 30°C). Because of its diversity and spectacular beauty, part of this route was chosen for the famous Raid Gauloises adventure competition, held in Ecuador in 1998.
Most of the routes will be on back roads free of traffic, therefore permitting you to fully enjoy nature. This will also give you more time to delight in the natural wonders and to take pictures of the stunning scenery. We have selected routes for cyclists of all tastes and requirements, with each itinerary carefully designed in accordance with our clients' preferences.
Part of the logistics team will be a 4x4 vehicle, which will accompany the riders all the way in case of any emergency situation. The cyclists will also be continually accompanied by experts and mechanics, as well as a logistics team capable of assisting with whatever occurrence.
Surtrek Tour Operator offers several routes that have been carefully designed throughout this country so full of contrasts. On these varying paths and roadways, visitors can experience a perfect combination of scenery, culture and adventure. We offer trips from one day to three weeks, traveling through the Amazon jungle, to the snowy peaks of the Andes and to the Pacific coast.
Leaving Quito in the morning, we will drive south along the Pan-American Highway for an hour and a half to Cotopaxi National Park via the towns of Machachi and El Pedregal. After starting the biking tour at an altitude of 3,200 meters above sea level, you will cycle for about 3 hours (mostly uphill) through the national park, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. In the afternoon you will reach the base of Cotopaxi Volcano where you will spend the night at the Tambopaxi base camp. If the weather is clear, you will have spectacular views of the Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, Sincholagua, and Rumiñahui volcanoes from there.
In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven from the base camp up the slope of the Cotopaxi Volcano to a height of 4,600 meters above sea level, where you will begin cycling downhill to Lake Limpiopungo, which lies at 3,800 meters. The tour will continues to the El Boliche recreational area in the northwest region of the park, and here you will mountain bike through the pine forest and Andean páramo (alpine tundra), the natural habitats of llama and deer. You're sure to spot several species of birds, such as falcons and hummingbirds. We will stop for a picnic lunch en route before returning to the base camp for dinner and the night.
After breakfast you will pack, leave the base camp and be driven up through the páramo once again, but this time to an elevation of 3,900 meters. This drive will take you in the direction of the coast via the town of Saquisilí to Zumbahua, a small indigenous settlement where you will start your biking tour. Here, you will find yourself in a very quiet and spectacular landscape known as the "Valley of Silence." You will cycle for approximately an hour until you reach Quilotoa Crater Lake, where you will have a picnic lunch. You will spend the night at the Black Sheep Inn eco-lodge.
After breakfast you will pack up and leave the Black Sheep Inn. We will continue in a westerly direction behind the Illinizas Volcano and through the Toachi River Canyon. Here you will notice the vegetation changing with almost every yard and the temperature becoming warmer as you quickly descend from the temperate highlands to the subtropical cloud forest and then to the tropical Pacific climate. There will be a stop for a picnic lunch en route, and at the end of the day you will check in and spend the night at Hacienda Tinalandia.
After breakfast, you will pack and leave the hacienda to cycle approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the Unión del Toachi to Valle Hermoso community, a ride that takes around six hours. You will pass through the towns of Alluriquín and Santo Domingo de los Colorados, stopping for a picnic lunch somewhere on the route. At the end of the ride, you will be driven to the famous small cloud-forest town of Mindo, where you will overnight at Sachatamia Lodge.
After breakfast we will leave the lodge and head towards Quito via the towns of Tandayapa, Nono and Calacalí on a quiet, secondary road. Most of the ride is uphill and the distance covered will be approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers), which should take around 6-7 hours. If this ride is too much for anyone, then it should be noted that we will be accompanied by a private vehicle, which is there to assist anyone if they need help. Sometime during the afternoon, we will reach our final destination of Quito and your hotel.
|Persons||Price per person|
|3 - 4||US$2,046|
|5 - 6||US$1,883|
|7 - 8||US$1,741|
Single Supplement: US$186
What’s Included: Private transportation; English-speaking mountain bike guide; hostel and lodge accommodation according to the program based on double accomodation; complete mountain bike equipment that meets all the international requirements; entrance fee to Cotopaxi National Park; all meals as mentioned above.
What’s Not Included: Personal equipment; tips; warm or waterproof clothes; sunglasses; headlamp with batteries.
What to bring: Sleeping bag; sunglasses; sun block; rain gear; flashlight; hat; trekking shoes; warm clothing; canteen; camera.
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