8 Days Andes + Cloud & Rain Forest

This is a UNIQUE tour to visit some of the most beautiful and interesting places in Ecuador in a different and fun way, on wheels! We have choose the best off-road mountain biking routes combine with natural and cultural attractions you cannot miss!

This biking trip of 103 mi/165 km runs along the valleys and northwest cloud forest of Quito, the Andean highlands of Imbabura and Cotopaxi provinces which are part of the Avenue of Volcanoes, and finally the rain forest coming down to the Amazon region.  Definitely and adventure you will always remember!
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Days of Tour 8 days
Distance Ridden 103 mi/165 km
Fitness Level Difficult
Skill Level Beginner
Highest Elevation 15.100 ft /4.600 m
Lowest Elevation 4.600 ft /1.400 m
Terrain Off-Road: Gravel, packed mud, packed mud with loose rock, paved, cobblestone

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador!

We will pick you up from airport and transfer to the hotel in Quito. This day, our guide will give you all the details of the trip, help you prepare everything and buy any other supplies that you may still need.

Day 2: Quito Surroundings and City Tour

The Chaquiñan is a bike route that crosses the parishes of Cumbayá, Tumbaco and Puembo in the east valley of Quito. It follows a 15 mi / 25 km section of the old railroad that conected the Andean Region with the Ecuadorian Coast at the beginning of 20th century.

It is one of the most known and traditional routes of mountain biking in the area of Quito, since it shows beautiful hidden places of the countryside of the Metropolitan District. One of its main attractions is to cross the tunnels in complete darkness, with a greater sense of adventure to the route.

The Chaquiñan is an easy bike route that does not present very pronounced elevations, long distance, or technical difficulty. So it is perfect to start our acclimatization process to the altitude and bike trip!

After this we will return to the hotel to change and continue with the city tour through the colonial part of the city. The old city spans over 1350 acres, making it the largest and best preserved colonial downtown of America. Among its streets are 40 churches, 16 convents and monasteries with their respective cloisters, 17 squares, 12 museums and innumerable courtyards.

This relic was declared by UNESCO as the first Cultural Heritage of Mankind in 1978 and is undoubtedly a place you should not miss visiting in Ecuador.

Finally, we will drive to Teleférico of Pichincha, a rocky giant volcano that stands in front of Quito. There we will take the cable car that take us to the mountain’s moor which offers a spectacular view of Quito during the sunset! (B/L/D)

Day 3: Tandayapa Cloud Forest

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 25 mi/40 km, we will arrive to the small and colorful village of Tandayapa, where we will put our bikes in the car and drive to a cozy lodge to rest and enjoy the enchanted cloud forest the rest of the day. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Pululahua Crater

Pululahua is an extinct giant volcano, and one of the two inhabited craters in the word! We will drive one hour to Pululahua Geobotanic Reseve to start at 9.842 ft / 3.000 m with a long downhill from the edge of the crater by a road that will take us inside of it! We will pass along Pondoña and Chivo volcanic remains and keep descending to 6.889 ft / 2.100 m to finally starts a long final but not steep climb through a dense forest until leaving the crater through the Yunguilla Community. Definitely a great adventure of 17 mi / 27 km in a magical place. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Mojanda Lakes and Otavalo Market

On this day we will drive to reach the lookout of Mojanda lakes at 4.000 m /13.123 ft of altitude. From this point, we will begin this 19 mi/30 km adventure riding down alongside the lagoon´s shore. After this, we will continue through the Andean moor to start a long descent to Otavalo, an indigenous town that must be visited if you come to Ecuador because of its cultural richness and kindness of people.

Otavalo was an area made up principally of farming communities, but with the growth of tourism, the town has begun to focus more on the making of handicrafts.

The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving fabrics, usually made of wool, which are sold at the famous Saturday market. Although the largest market is on Saturday, and it is considered as the biggest crafts market in South America there is a very wide range of wares available throughout the week at the Plaza de los Ponchos, and the many local shops.

Otavalo and its surroundings is well known also because of its variety of Andean food, so it will be the perfect place to enjoy a typical dish from this area. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi volcano, whose summit rests at 19,347 ft / 5,897 m, is a natural monument because of its unique beauty surrounded by other peaks and wide moorlands, making Cotopaxi National Park one of the most visited natural reserve in Ecuador. In addition, this area offers endless options of different levels for those who love mountain biking!

Our route starts at 15.100 ft /4.600 m with an incredible descent surrounded by amazing Andean views, along the road that crosses immense sand slopes of this giant volcano below the snow line and take us to the valley at the foothills of Cotopaxi at 12.800 ft / 3.900 m!

Then, we will cross to the eastern part of the park bordering Cotopaxi foothills, to finally begin an entertaining descend through volcanic remnants towards the northern limit of the park, definitely an amazing route of 18.6 mi/30 km!

After this, we will drive to Baños, a famous town located at the foothills of Tungurahua volcano and considered the “Gate of the Amazon”, since it is located on the way to the jungle at 1.700 m between Sangay and Llanganates National Parks. (B/L/D)

DAY 7: BAÑOS WATERFALLS & RAIN FOREST

On this day, we will start our journey riding down to the Amazon basin along the Avenue of Waterfall, a famous biking route with gorgeous scenic views of different cascades that born in the highlands.

During the tour, we will make short hikes to some of the principal waterfalls, such as Manto de la Novia (Bride’s Veil) where we will pass the Pastaza River Canyon by a cable car. Then we will return hiking up to take our bikes and continue to Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Bowl); where we will hike down through the rain forest to see this impressive waterfall. After a well-deserved farewell lunch, we will head back to Quito in the afternoon. (B/L/D)

DAY 8: TRIP BACK HOME!

After this amazing program you will go home with unforgettable memories!!!

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Quito City Tour
  • Panoramic view of “The Avenue of Volcanoes”
  • Volcanoes: Pichinchas, Pululahua, Imbabura, Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas and Tungurahua.
  • Lakes and waterfalls
  • Plaza de Ponchos and Otavalo artesian market
  • Flora and fauna of moorlands
  • Flora and fauna of the cloud and rain forest
  • Andean communities
  • Andean farms and farming life
  • Airport transfers
  • Private transportation during the whole tour
  • Support vehicle
  • Experts and bilingual guides with First Aid certification (6:1 rider/guide ratio)
  • Technical and mechanical support
  • Meals indicated for each day: (B) breakfast, (BL) box lunch, (L) lunch, (D) dinner
  • Snacks and fruit for the rides
  • Accomodation in double rooms
  • Safe drinking water refills during the tour
  • Hardtale mountain bike in perfect condition
  • Permits and attractions entrance fees
  • Helmet
  • Flight tickets
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Extra personal expenses and tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • 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 hotels at the end of the days. The small one is for our daily activities.
  • Comfortable, warm biking clothing for Andes rides
  • Comfortable, light biking clothing for cloud and rain forest rides
  • Rain jacket
  • Biking gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (minimun 50)
  • Bottles or Camelbak to refill water during the rides
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sandals
  • Personal  grooming kit
  • Extra confortable and warm change of clothes and shoes

RECOMMENDED

  • Rain pants
  • Biking shoes and pedals
  • Personal bike tools
  • Personal bike helmet
  • Insect repellant
  • Personal first aid kit and medicines
  • Dry bag to protect electronic devices and personal stuff
  • Camera
8D ANDES + CLOUD & RAIN FOREST 
DAY ROUTE DISTANCE RIDING TIME FITNESS LEVEL SKILL LEVEL  HIGHEST ELEVATION LOWEST ELEVATION TERRAIN
1 ARRIVAL
2 Chaquiñan 12.5 mi/20 km 2.5 hrs easy novice 7.970 ft /2.430 m  7.700 ft /2.350 m Gravel, dirt railroad path  
3 Tandayapa 24.9 mi/40 km 3.5 hrs moderate beginner 11.480 ft /3.500 m 5.741 ft /1.750 m Gravel, packed mud, packed mud with loose rock 
4 Pululahua 15.5 mi/25 km 4 hrs difficult beginner 10.000 ft /3.050 m 6.900 ft /2.100 m Packed mud, packed mud with loose rock 
5 Mojanda  19 mi/30 km 4 hrs moderate moderate 13.120 ft /4.000 m  9.350 ft /2.850 m Packed mud and cobblestone
6 Cotopaxi 19 mi/30 km 4 hrs moderate beginner 13.123 ft /4.000 m 10.990 ft /3.900 m Gravel, packed mud, packed mud with loose rock 
7 Baños 12.5 mi/20 km 4 hrs easy novice 5.580 ft /1.700 m 4.600 ft /1.400 m Paved, gravel
8 DEPERTURE
TOTAL 103 mi/165 km 22 hrs difficult moderate 15.100 ft /4.600 m 6.889 ft /2.100 m Gravel, packed mud, packed mud with loose rock, paved, cobblestone  

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