TWO DAY MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE

1. COTOPAXI – CHIMBORAZO
Trip Rating: Moderate

Day 1: Similar to 1 day Cotopaxi. Subsequent drive south on Pan-American Highway. Overnight on the slopes of Chimborazo

Day 2: Drive to Chimborazo (6310 m) the highest mountain of Ecuador. Arrive at first refuge. We ascend on foot to second refuge at 5000m. Amazing bike ride through páramo landscape. Vicuñas are the sole inhabitants of these wild stretches.

Altitudes: 5000-2800 m (16700-9400ft)

Price:
$190 p/p for a group of 2 to 4 people, this price is based on shared groups
$170 p/p for a minimum group of 5 person, this price is based on shared groups
2. COTOPAXI – QUILOTOA CRATER
Trip Rating: Moderate

Day 1: Similar to 1 day Cotopaxi. Subsequent drive westwards over the widest páramo stretch of the country. Arrive at night’s retreat, a cozy Inn on rim of active volcano Quilotoa.

Day 2: Start with an early hike down to the deep jade colored crater lake. Cycle towards Zumbahua along the “Grand Canyon” of Ecuador. Amazing downhill bike ride to Pujili.

Altitudes: 4500-2800 m (15000-9300ft)

Price:
$170 p/p for a group of 2 to 4 people, this price is based on shared groups
$150 p/p for a minimum group of 5 person, this price is based on shared groups

 

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3. PAPALLACTA – SAN RAFAEL FALLS

Trip Rating: Moderate

This is an excellent way to see a cross section of Ecuador’s ecosystems in two days. As we travel, we are dwarfed by the striking Andes Mountains that surround us. You will pedal across the páramo – the Ecuadorian equivalent of the arctic tundra – and down through stunning cloud forest, traversing steep Andean slopes as you descend down into the Amazon basin.The terrain for this leg of the journey is a combination of dirt and paved roads of scenic rolling hills.

Day 1: Ascend by jeep to the high pass “Paso de la Virgen” at 4200 meters (13300 ft). From here the descent begins by mountain bike…all the way to the small town of Baeza. Lunch in the wilderness. The afternoon bike trip takes us through tropical rainforest to San Rafael Falls, the highest waterfall in Ecuador and end the day with an amazing trek to the famous Waterfalls.Return to Baeza where a fortifying dinner will be served while you relax to the sounds of the tropical rainforest. Night rest in hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast we depart by mountain bike for a 3-hour ride. Once we reach our first destination, we store our bikes on our jeep’s roof and drive back up to the Papallacta Hot Springs for a soothing swim in the natural thermal pools. Lunch. Drive over the Papallacta pass at 4200 m and remount our iron horses for the two thousand-meter “whiz” downward to Tumbaco valley. Views of Antisana Volcano will bedazzle you! Jeep to Quito.

Price:
$170 p/p for a group of 2 to 4 people, this price is based on shared groups
$150 p/p for a minimum group of 5 person, this price is based on shared groups

4. OTAVALO
Trip Rating: Moderate

Day 1: Drive to Otavalo, famous in South America for its Indian market. After time to stock up on goodies we start our biking journey around Lake San Pablo. Arrival at Peguche sacred Waterfalls. Packed lunch.
In the afternoon drive to impressive volcanic lake Cuicocha. Stop at Cotacachi, famous for its leather goods. Long bike ride through quaint villages to Otavalo. Overnight in hotel.
Altitudes 3500-2600m (11700 – 8700 ft.)

Day 2: Downhill bike ride to Ibarra, the provincial capital with colonial atmosphere. Visit wood crave market in San Antonio. Drive up to eastern slope of Volcano Imbabura. Stunning bike ride to indigenous town of San Pablo del Lago. Return to Quito.
Altitudes: 3500-2300m (11700-7700)

Price:
$180 p/p for a group of 2 to 4 people, this price is based on shared groups
$160 p/p for a minimum group of 5 person, this price is based on shared groups

What to bring:
Warm clothes in layers ( can get hot!) Sun block
Cap or hat Sun glasses
Windbreaker Change of clothes
Trekking shoes or sneakers Toiletries
Camera Extra snacks and water
Copy of passport

Price Includes:

Price Doesn’t Include:
Professional bilingual guides
Fully equipped 4×4 back up vehicle
Mountain bikes with v-brakes and front suspension
All protective gear (helmet, gloves, knee, elbow pads)
1 night accommodation
2 lunches + one breakfast
Purified water
Entrance Fee to National Parks and/or termal springs
Personal expenses
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