3 Days Northwestern Adventure

Ideal for those who love biking and kayaking! This is a perfect easy level option to travel through the northwest slopes of Andes in a very different environment, and it happens just leaving Quito!

In three days, we will bike from highlands to coast witnessing the transition of different amazing ecosystems in a matter of hours! Moreover, kayak in crystal water rivers surrounded by exuberant rain forest at the boundaries of Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve.
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Days of Tour 3 days
Activities Mountain biking and kayaking
Biking and Kayak Fitness Level Easy
Biking Skill Level Beginner
Kayak Skill Level Class II
Highest Elevation 11.480 ft /3.500 m
Lowest Elevation 460 ft / 140 m

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: FROM HIGHLANDS TO CLOUD FOREST (MTB)

This is without a doubt one of the most diverse and exciting routes close to Quito; perfect for those bikers who love speed and amazing scenery. We will drive for about 30 minutes to the highlands at the foothills of Pichincha Volcano at the Norwest of Quito. From this point, we will start biking for about 6.2 mi/10 km to Yanacocha located at (11.480 ft /3.500 m), which is the highest point of this journey! Then starts a long and exciting descent along cultivated Andean lands and continue deeper into the Tandayapa Cloud Forest. Finally, after 24,85 mi/40 km, we will arrive to the small and colorful village of Tandayapa. (L/D)

DAY 2: NORWEST LOWER LANDS (MTB / KAYAK)

In the morning, we will drive for 1.5 hours to La Celica, a small village in the lower lands of Pichincha Province placed at 1900 ft / 580 m. From this point, we will ride for 40 km along a dirt road surrounded by crop fields, forest and beautiful rivers to finally get to Golondrinas at 590 ft / 180 m!

Once we get to Golondrinas, we will check in a beautiful and cozy ranch guesthouse and have a well deserve lunch. In the afternoon, we will get ready for kayaking about 5 mi / 8 km in Mojarrero river! After paddling for a couple of hours, we will return to rest. (B/BL/L/D)

DAY 3: JORDAN AND CANANDÉ RIVERS (KAYAK)

After a delicious breakfast with local ingredients, we will get ready for the last day of this adventure. This time we will paddle the beautiful Jordan and Canandé rivers 7.5 mi / 12 km for about 3 hours!

Since these flatwater rivers does not have any mayor waves or rapids and have clear and open passages between rocks and ledges, they are perfect for non-experienced people who want to try paddling down a river!

After kayak, we return to the ranch to have lunch and get ready for the trip back to Quito! (B/L)

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Trip from highlands to coast
  • Transition of climates and ecosystems
  • Kayaking in crystal water rivers
  • Flora and fauna of highlands, cloud and rain forest
  • Transportation
  • Expert and bilingual guides
  • Meals: (B) breakfast, (BL) box lunch, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
  • Safe drinking water refills during the tour
  • Hardtale mountain bike in perfect condition
  • Helmet and gloves
  • Kayak gear: tandem sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, life vests
  • Support vehicle during the bike rides
  • Technical and mechanical support
  • Accommodation in Ranch Guesthouse
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Extra personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips

REQUIRED

  • A duffel bag (50 L) and a comfortable day backpack (20 L). In the big one, you should put all your stuff; you will have access to this bag in the guesthouse at the end of the days. The small one is for our daily activities.
  • Comfortable, light clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Bottles or Camelbak to refill water
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Water shoes or sandals with straps
  • Personal grooming kit
  • Dry bag to protect electronic devices and personal stuff
  • Extra comfortable and light change of clothes and shoes

RECOMMENDED

  • Waterproof camera
  • Personal first aid kit and medicines

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