Embark on a 14-day Ecuador mountain biking tour that takes you through the diverse landscapes of Ecuador. This thrilling Andes and Cloudforest adventure combines pumping excitement with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Ride through villages, pedal along the Panamericana road, and discover the enchanting beauty of lush cloud forests. Along the way, you’ll catch glimpses of everyday life in Ecuador. From conquering peaks to descending into peaceful valleys, this carefully designed tour offers a complete, 360-degree experience of Ecuador’s natural wonders. Explore lagoons and trails while soaking in the tranquil beauty of Llanganates National Park, El Cajas National Park, the Cotopaxi National Park, and more. Whether you’re tackling challenging terrains or appreciating the charm of indigenous communities, every moment of this mountain biking tour guarantees an unforgettable experience that blends exhilaration, with authentic exploration.
- Lagoon Biking ExperienceDiscover the beauty of Cuicocha, a lagoon nestled amidst mountains. Explore Añaspamba and Yahuarcocha for a thrilling ride.
- Small Town DiscoveryDiscover villages like Zhud and El Tambo, culminating in the awe-inspiring Ingapirca archeological site.
- Panamericana Road Traverse the Panamericana road, witnessing diverse architecture. Explore Gualaceo and bike to Cuenca.
- National Park TrailsImmerse in the serene beauty of Llanganates National Park, El Cajas National Park, and Cotopaxi National Park, exploring lagoons and trails.
DAY 1 IMBABURA: NATURAL BEAUTY - COTACHACHI
Embark on a one-day cycling adventure in Ecuador, starting at Añaspamba village near Imbabura volcano. The journey begins at Yahuarcocha lagoon, covering 9.3 mi (15 km) of scenic terrain. Continuing along the Panamericana road, you’ll pass through Ibarra, San Antonio, and Atuntaqui 11.2 mi (18 km), with opportunities to rest and enjoy lunch. The afternoon takes you to the enchanting village of Cotacachi, known for its skilled leather craftsmen, and Cuicocha, a picturesque lagoon formed from an ancient volcano. This 17.8 mi (28.7 km) journey offers a fulfilling day of exploration.
- Activity:Arrival, Biking.
- Accommodation:Yellow Guest House or similar.
DAY 2 Otavalo to San Pablo Lake - Zuleta to Cayambe
After breakfast, the transport takes you to Otavalo, where you’ll begin your ride. Traverse the town, then pedal towards the tranquil San Pablo lake, nestled by the Taita Imbabura volcano. Embrace the calm of the lake as you circle its base, returning via the highway to our rest point at Cajas and Tabacundo after a thrilling 16.78 mi (27 km) ride.
Savor a recommended lunch in Cayambe, preparing for the afternoon’s excitement. Our support vehicle transports you to Zuleta, an indigenous community, for a breathtaking descent covering around 21.7 mi (35 km). Wind through rugged terrain, soaking in mesmerizing landscapes before journeying back to Cayambe town. Unwind, reflect, and relish the day’s unforgettable moments.
- Activity:Exploring, sightseeing, walking.
- Accommodation:Apart Cayambe or similar.
DAY 3 Guayllabamba - Quito
Today, you gear up for an invigorating ride as we embark on a journey back to Quito. Prepare for an approximately 42.3-mi adventure (68 km) that will test your mettle. A refreshing stop at the Guayllabamba village awaits, providing a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy a satisfying lunch. At the conclusion of this rewarding challenge, the vehicle will be ready to transport you to the comfort of the hotel.
- Accommodation:Vieja Cuba or similar.
DAY 4 Nanegalito - Cotopaxi
Continuing your adventure, the group is transported by vehicle to Nono village, situated northwest of Quito. From this point, embark on an invigorating 21.1-mi bike ride (34 km) through the captivating Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, reaching both Tandayapa and Nanegalito. Time for lunch.
Later in the day, the group’s vehicle takes you on a scenic 2-hour drive southward, leading to Cotopaxi, where further natural wonders and landscapes await your exploration.
- Accommodation:Cuello de Luna or similar.
DAY 5 Cotopaxi - Quilotoa Lagoon - Sigchos Isinlivi
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll head to Mirador Chasqui Cotopaxi and keep the adventure rolling all the way to the National Park refuge parking site (approx. 18.6 mi/30 km of mixed roads). Take a breather—you’ve earned it! Around noon, we’ll shuttle you to the jaw-dropping Quilotoa Lagoon Mirador, an ideal spot for lunch. Recharged and ready? Embark on a 40 km (approx. 24.9 mi) journey to Sigchos Isinlivi, where you’ll pass through fascinating indigenous communities like Chucchillan, Sigchos, and Isinlivi. It’s a full day of exciting rides and cultural insights!
- Meal:Breakfast, Dinner.
- Accommodation:Lulu Llama or similar.
DAY 6 Mountain Ascent and Village Exploration
Start your day with a filling breakfast that fuels you up for a thrilling 3-hour climb to the summit, crowned by the majestic Guingopana rock. From here, enjoy sweeping views of valleys on either side—a truly awe-inspiring moment! Then, hop on your bike for a downhill ride through the picturesque village of Toacaso and onto the quaint town of Lasso.
Your afternoon is just as exciting as your trusty vehicle whisks you away to the enchanting town of Baños. Get set to relax and soak up the magical vibe of this amazing destination!
- Activity:Climbing, Biking.
- Accommodation:La Floresta or similar.
DAY 7 Llanganates National Park
Kick off your day with a satisfying breakfast, gearing up for the mystical allure of Llanganates National Park, famous for legends of hidden Incan treasures. Start with a brief uphill ride on asphalt to get your muscles warmed up. Then, get ready for the thrill of your life as you descend a staggering 5,000 ft (1.52 km), shifting from the towering Andes into the verdant Amazon Basin (13.7 mi/22 km). By the time you loop back to Baños, an array of meal choices welcomes you.
Spend your afternoon taking in the waterfall route, where you’ll marvel at natural wonders like Manto de la Novia, Puerta del Cielo, San Jorge, and Agoyan. As you return to your Baños hotel, you’ll be left awe-struck by the diverse beauty that Ecuador has to offer, from soaring peaks to lush valleys.
- Activity:Biking, Sightseeing.
- Accommodation:La Floresta or similar.
DAY 8 Chimborazo's Base - Colta Lagoon and Beyond
After a reviving breakfast, get ready for an early-morning transfer to the Edward Whymper refuge at the base of the awe-inspiring Chimborazo Volcano. From here, you’ll cycle down to El Arenal, a sanctuary for vicuñas, before reaching the tranquil La Calera. You’ll cover a distance of 24.2 mi (39 km).
Next, your ride leads you to the mesmerizing Colta Lagoon, circling it for approximately 12.4 mi (20 km). As dusk settles, a vehicle awaits to take you back to your Riobamba hotel, wrapping up a day steeped in volcanic majesty and serene landscapes.
- Activity:Cooking, Learning.
- Accommodation:El Bambú or similar.
DAY 9 Palmira Desert - Alausí Magic Town
After a nutritious breakfast, get ready as your transport takes you to the expansive Palmira desert. Kick off your biking adventure with a 28-mi ride (45 km) leading to the enchanting town of Alausí. You might need to carry your bikes due to recent landslides, a testament to the resilient spirit of adventure. Grab lunch in this charming locale to refuel.
In the afternoon, saddle up for a 22.4-mi ride (36 km) along the highway, weaving through the awe-inspiring Andean mountains. As the sun lowers, keep pedaling to soak up the captivating sunset, eventually reaching the cozy town of Chunchi. Wind down in this serene spot after a day filled with diverse landscapes and experiences.
- Accommodation:Hotel Chunchi or similar.
DAY 10 Zhud Village Ride - Ingapirca Ruins
Fueling up with breakfast, you hit the highway again for a 26.7 mi (43 km) ride, leading you to the small village of Zhud. Along the way, the route offers glimpses of indigenous communities, adding cultural richness to your journey. A well-deserved break awaits.
From Zhud, your biking trail continues to El Tambo, ultimately reaching the awe-inspiring Ingapirca archaeological site. This iconic Inca settlement stands as a testament to ancient civilizations. Covering a distance of 18 mi (29 km), the ride concludes with a vehicle transfer to the lodge.
- Activity:Exploring, Biking, Sightseeing.
- Accommodation:Posada Ingapirca or similar.
DAY 11 Biblian Town - Gualaceo
Kick off your day with a scrumptious breakfast before setting out on a 20 mi (32 km) ride along the Panamericana road, which leads you to the picturesque town of Biblian. Along the way, marvel at the fascinating mix of architectural styles in local homes, revealing the diverse migratory histories of their occupants. A well-chosen spot offers a delightful pause for lunch.
In the afternoon, get ready for a 24 mi (38 km) journey from Biblian to Gualaceo. This route dazzles with its sweeping valley vistas and dramatic river canyons. As the sun starts to set, you’ll savor the ever-changing landscapes and look forward to your arrival in Gualaceo, capping off another day of thrilling exploration and discovery.
- Accommodation:Castillo de Nallig or similar.
DAY 12 Canyon Ride: Gualaceo & Cuenca Biking Tour
Fuel up with a morning meal and then embark on a challenging 40 km (approx. 25 mi) ride from Gualaceo to Cuenca. Your route meanders alongside the stunning Chalguayaco River canyon, leading you to the Panamericana road. From there, ascend into Cuenca’s historical heart, where your hotel eagerly awaits your check-in.
In the afternoon, a biking tour through Cuenca comes highly recommended. As you follow the winding rivers, find yourself completely captivated by one of Ecuador’s most alluring cities. This relaxed ride offers a perfect opportunity to uncover the charms of Cuenca and immerse yourself in its enchanting atmosphere.
- Activity:Exploring, Biking.
- Accommodation:Hotel Casa Merced or similar.
DAY 13 El Cajas National Park Exploration
Start your day with a satisfying breakfast, then kick off your adventure with an 18-mi (approx. 29 km) ride to the entrance of El Cajas National Park. Don’t worry about packing lunch; a box meal will be provided to fuel your journey.
In the afternoon, you have the choice to delve deeper into the park’s mesmerizing lagoons and landscapes. Whether by bike or on foot, discover the park’s natural wonders and immerse yourself in its tranquil beauty. As the day comes to a close, opt for a comfortable ride back to your Cuenca hotel or, if you’re still up for it, pedal your way back.
- Activity:Exploring, hiking, biking.
- Meal:Breakfast, Box-Lunch.
- Accommodation:Hotel Casa Merced or similar.
DAY 14 Journey Back to Quito
The final day of your mountain biking tour marks the journey back to Quito. Travelers can choose whether to take a flight or a land vehicle for their return, providing you with flexibility for the homeward journey.
|2 guests||$ 4,429 p.p.|
- Bikes: Trek Xcaliber or Trek Marlin, 1x10 speed, 29-inch wheels, hydraulic brakes, RockShox suspensions. Helmets and gloves are included.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Accommodation in a double room.
- Transfers as described in the itinerary.
- Professional, English speaking guide during tours.
- All activities as described in the itinerary.
- Entrance fees as described in the itinerary.
- 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.
+ Optional tips for the guide.
+ Food and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
+ Personal expenses.
+ Personal travel and health insurance.
- Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
- Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precautions to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat street food, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
- It is important to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform the team of any known medical conditions you have.
- Rebecca Adventure Travel is not responsible for any illnesses, or missed meals or tours resulting from illness.
- Important things to bring: Warm, windproof, and waterproof clothing, appropriate shoes or boots, water, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.
- Bring a rain poncho (or buy it in Ecuador) and take it with you for activities, because the weather in the rainforest can change suddenly and you might get wet.
- Please bring some plastic bags to protect your camera and important documents, passport and ID from the rain.
- If you enjoy animal-watching, please bring binoculars (10×40 are much better).