Get in touch with your inner adventurer. Get to know Ecuador and yourself on your bike!
MTB Ecuador’s most beautiful destinations through the Andean mountains and tropical jungles in this beautiful nation. Your epic biking voyage will be accompanied by active volcanoes, lakes, craters, wildlife, and remote villages with rich local culture. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to energize your body and feed your adventurous spirit!
Arriving in Quito city
Bienvenido a Quito! You are now setting foot on the most elevated capital city in the world. What’s more, this well-preserved colonial capital was also the first city (alongside Kraków) to be declared the World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1978. Quito is considered the Cultural Capital of South America, having played a significant role in both the old Incan empire and the Spanish colonial empire that succeeded it.
Depending upon arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town and its surrounds or we can help you organize a day trip.
The first day is an acclimation day, and there will be a welcome briefing in the evening. Our trip leader will also take this opportunity to discuss the tour details with you and answer any questions that you may have.
Accommodation: Rio Amazonas Hotel or similar
Mindo cloud forest
Biking to a tropical cloud forest in Mindo
We will begin our adventure by cruising down to the west side of Pichincha volcano and to an old road connecting to the highlands. At about 11,000 ft (3,300 mt), we will hop on our bikes and pedal mostly downhill to the lush valley and forest of Tandayapa. There, you will meet the lovely hummingbirds and toucans as well as many varieties of butterflies and orchids. Along the way, you will experience a sensational change of temperature. Then we will take our last trip of the day to a chocolate factory in Mindo, we will head there in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Sachatamia Lodge or similar. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Quito – Tababela
Biking into Pululahua inhabited crater
After breakfast, we will take a ride into Pululahua’s caldera, a rare inhabited crater that can only be found in a few volcanoes in the world. On our bike, we will first take the road from Yunguilla to Pululahua Geobotanical reserve. With more than 2,000 plant species and many wildlife, the reserve demonstrates its eco-diversity on a unique geological location. As you descend, you will get a good view of the crater valley before continuing on a single track to Infiernillo. We will then spend our night downhill in the beautiful town of Tababela.
Accommodation: Airport Garden or similar. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Cayambe – San Luis Hacienda
Quito-Loma archeological site
We will have breakfast in the morning before departing to El Quinche, a small town located at the east of Quito. Our journey will take us on a road up to the top of a mountain where Quito-Loma is situated. We will tour the fascinating pre-Inca archeological site. After that, we will start biking on a scenic route and on our way, it’s hard not to notice the monumental beauty that is Volcán Cayambe, the third tallest volcano in Ecuador. After 2 hours of cycling, we will take a lunch break. The last 30 minutes of our ride will lead us to the Quitsato equator monument near Cayambe town where you will learn about the equator line and native pre-Inca cultures.
Accommodation: Hacienda San Luis or similar. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Imbabura – San Clemente
Cayambe volcano – Ecuador’s third highest peak
Early morning, we will leave our hacienda and drive to Cayambe-Coca Eco Reserve. We will travel for 2 hours to get up to about 15,000 ft where the glacier of Cayambe volcano begins. It’s the only snow-capped mountain located directly on the equator and the only volcanic summit on the planet that intersects the equatorial line.
Our adventure begins by biking down the slopes of this beautiful mountain to between the inter-Andean valleys with stunning views and plenty of exotic wildlife: Andean condors and foxes, hawks, buzzer eagles, wild horses, and the shy Andean bears.
Shortly in the afternoon, we will then go to the slopes of Imbabura volcano to meet the locals and learn about their culture and their way of life. For the night, we will do a homestay with different local families from San Clemente community.
Accommodation: San Clemente Home Stay. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Otavalo – Quito
Biking the skirts of Imbabura volcano
In the morning, we will grab our bikes and drive up the slopes of Imbabura volcano, taking in the rich ambiance and spectacular views of San Pablo Lake – one of the largest in the highlands of Ecuador. Our trip will take on a small path across Imbabura and Cubilche volcano, then San Pablo Lake and finally arriving at Otavalo. There, you will get to visit the largest indigenous market in South America, it’s full of colors and charm. We will get lunch before returning to Quito.
Accommodation: Rio Amazonas Hotel or similar. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Quito – Departure
End of services
International departures, our journey ends here. Take with you all the enriching and unforgettable experience. Let this enchanted land holds a special place in your heart. Come back soon. But for now, we wish you, “un Buen Viaje”!
Meals included: Breakfast
Minimum age: 14 years old
Group size: maximum 12 people
Travel style: Active
Itinerary disclaimer: We intend to adhere to the itinerary. However, due to our travel style, on occasions, it may be necessary or desirable to make minor changes. Unpredictable local circumstances and weather conditions may also prompt us to make changes to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention of specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
Biking duration: 3 to 4 hours per day
Average temperature: Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF – Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
Territory: Highlands and tropical rainforest in Ecuador.
Altitude: From 1,510 meters (4,950 ft.) to 4,000 meters (12,631 ft.)
Difficulty level: Challenging. The location of this program is in the Andes and tropical cloud forest, including biking flat, up and mostly downhill.
Meals: Traveling with us, you will get a chance to taste traditional food and snacks. Your guide will help suggest the best places to eat. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group; however, there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform us in prior to your departure.
Accommodation: All prices are based on double-occupancy. For solo travelers, we will match you with another participant of the same gender. If you like, we can also arrange a single room for you at an extra cost, please contact us prior to your departure.
Sustainable eco and cultural tourism: Clients will receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology of the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, and their areas of concern. We strive to promote long-term conservation of both the culture of the locals and its environment. Your visit will also encourage them to support responsible ecotourism. We recycle all non-organic garbage.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.