8 Days Volcano Avenue Bike Tour

If you are passionate for mountains and biking, you will be in paradise on this tour! This biking trip runs along the interAndean valley surrounded by giant volcanoes and amazing moorlands in the heart of de Ecuadorian Andes.

This adventure covers 126 mi/203 km biking along the Central Andes also known as the Avenue of Volcanoes. We will visit various natural reserves with majestic volcanoes, lakes, Andean communities and farming lands making this an unforgettable experience.
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Days of Tour 8 days
Distance Ridden 126 mi/203 km
Fitness Level Intermediate
Skill Level Moderate
Highest Elevation 15.100 ft /4.600 m
Lowest Elevation 6.889 ft /2.100 m
Terrain Off-Road: Packed mud, packed mud with loose rock, gravel, sand, 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. 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: Pululahua Crater

We will drive one hour north of Quito to Pululahua Geobotanic Reseve.  Pululahua is an extinct giant volcano, and one of the two inhabited craters in the word. The route starts at 9.842 ft / 3.000 m with a long downhill from a road on the edge of the crater that will take us inside of it, passing along the Pondoña and Chivo volcanic remains. We will continue 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 4: 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 5: Oyacachi – Papallacta

Wake up early in the morning and travel to Oyacachi, which is a community of Quichua Indians who have ancestrally occupied a territory rich in biodiversity, located on the eastern flanks of the Andes.

After visit and know about this community we will start a fabulous route of 22 mi/36 km route that crosses a large part of the moorlands within the upper part of Cayambe-Coca National Park, showing us one of the most well-conserved and closest moors to Quito. Finally after this challenge route because of the altitude and steep climbs we will have a well-deserved hot spring bath in Papallacta Hot Springs and Spa. (B/BL/D)

Day 6: Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi volcano, whose summit rests at 19,347 ft / 5,897 m, is a natural monument because of its unique beauty and it is also is considered the highest active volcano in the world. This amazing volcano sourrounded by other peaks and wide moorlands make Cotopaxi National Park the most visited natural reserve in Ecuador.

This area offers endless options for mountain bikes surrounded by incredible landscapes!. Our route starts at 4,600 m with an incredible descent along the road that crosses its immense sand slopes of this giant volcano below the snow line. This is an excellent option for those who love descending!. After the first descent we will get to the Limpiopungo Lake on the foothills of Cotopaxi. Then we continue ahead towards the north part of the park with a beautiful view of the Limpios Pampa and its surrounding volcanoes: Sincholagua, Rumiñahui and Pasochoa where the majestic Andean condor lives. After crossing the park, we will continue making a beautiful crossing and still descending through Andean forest remnants to the foothills of Pasochoa Volcano, definitely an amazing route of 25 mi/40 km! (B/L/D)

Day 7: Quilotoa Crater Lake

Without a doubt, Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside of an extinct volcano crater, is one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador. Traveling to this remote area in the western Andes is an incredible adventure which will show us many picturesque landscapes painted with the form of life of the surrounding indigenous communities.

This 28 mi/45 km route begin at the Quilotoa comunity on the crater’s edge, from where we will begin a long descent on a dirt road that allows us to view the way of life and traditions of the people of this zone until we arrive at Chugchilán.  Finally, we will descend to Sigchos, a small town situated on the limits of the Illinizas Ecological Reserve. Trip back to Quito (B/L/D)

DAY 8: TRIP BACK HOME!

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

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Panoramic view of “The Avenue of Volcanoes”
  • Volcanoes: Pichinchas, Pululahua, Imbabura, Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Quilotoa and Illinizas.
  • Lakes: Mojanda, San Pablo, Cayambe-Coca, Limpiopungo and Quilotoa
  • Plaza de Ponchos and Otavalo artesian market
  • Flora and fauna of moorlands
  • Andean communities
  • Andean farms and farming life
  • Airport transfers
  • Private transportation during the whole tour
  • Support vehicle
  • 1 expert and bilingual guide every 6 riders
  • 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 and gloves
  • 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
  • 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  
8D VOLCANO AVENUE BIKE TOUR
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