Ecuador Cycling Vacation $1200

Departure Date

Every Friday

Duration

6 days 5 nights

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1146

Maximum Seats

10
Overview

The Grand Tours---Ecuadorian style. Are you up for a challenge? Imagine hitting varying terrain of smooth pavement, back roads, and high-altitude passes through some of the most stunning bike routes in the country. Sweeping views of rolling hills, snow-capped volcanoes, and abundant farmland is our training ground. Bike along routes where world-class riders such as Ecuador’s own Richard Carapaz from the Movistar team train whilst immersing yourself into local culture. Refuel after each ride with some exquisite local cuisine and fall asleep to the whispering winds of the Andes. Accommodation is provided at charming eco-lodges and colonial Haciendas
  • Road cycling with amazing views at high elevation

  • Ride with Champion Ecuadorian Pro cyclists

  • Wine tasting

  • Cruise across the Equator

  • Visit the house of Richard Carapaz

  • Be swept away by the past at the Otavalo Market

  • Stay at unique places in every location

  • Be led by top Activexpedition experienced guides with every step you take

  • Support sustainable travel that focuses on the preservation of culture and nature

  • Cycling

  • Culture

Challenging
Fitness Level 8

Day 2 - Cycling Cayambe - Ibarra

Day 3 - Cycling The Routes Of Richard Carapaz (Champion Of Giro D’Italia)

Day 4 - Cycling To The Otavalo Market

Day 5 - Cycling The Dry Valleys

  • Year around

  • 12 years old

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Quito is Calling

There are no activities planned on your first day for you to be able to explore the beautiful city of Quito on your own terms. If you feel like having a guided day tour at extra cost, do not hesitate in contacting us. We are always more than happy to send you with one of expert and knowledgeable guides to learn more about the city or the surrounding areas. Please keep in mind that there is a meeting at 18:00 in the hotel’s lobby the first day to meet your guide and the rest of the group as well as learn about what’s ahead during the days of your expedition! Overnight: Standard: Dann Carlton or similar. High End: Casa Gangotena or similar. Meals included: none.
Day 2

Cycling Cayambe – Ibarra

The day awaits us with the greeting of the rising sun northward towards Cayambe, the third highest summit in Ecuador. A pit stop for delicious Ecuadorian coffee and biscotti with cheese and caramel, a local delicacy, gives us energy for our cycling adventure. On the road from Cayambe to Olmedo we will witness some amazing views of the wheat, barley, potatoes and corn plantations that line the foot of the volcano. Passing the line that marks the divide between the northern and southern hemispheres, your guides will explain why this area forms such a significant part of the culture and history of this small Andean nation. After an exhilarating morning ride, we will stop at Zuleta Hacienda, home of former president Galo Plazo Lasso. Architecturally stunning and historically a jewel amidst the mountains, the hacienda is known for its gourmet take on local Ecuadorian fare. Here we will lunch and savor the complex flavors of Ecuador; all dishes of which have ingredients sourced directly from the hacienda itself. The afternoon takes us riding through the Imbabura province, home to many different indigenous groups who can be seen alongside the road farming, selling locally grown and harvest vegetables, and other local goods. Overnight: Standard: Hacienda Pinsaquí or similar. High End: Hda Zuleta or similar. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
Day 3

Cycling the routes of Richard Carapaz (Champion of Giro d’Italia)

Continuing north, we will head to the city of Tulcan located on the border between Ecuador and Colombia. The capital of El Carchi province, this is also the hometown of some of the best Ecuadorian cyclists. Not only do we get to the to hit some of the ambitious and high-altitude routes that these champions train on but we even have the chance to train alongside some of them! There is no challenge that goes unrewarded on this expedition! Our prize for pushing ourselves both mentally and physically is a stop at the house of Richard Carapaz, champion of the international competition Giro d’Italia 2019, the first Ecuadorian to have achieved such a feat. Overnight: Standard: Hacienda Pinsaquí or similar. High End: Hda Zuleta or similar. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
Day 4

Cycling to the Otavalo Market

Traverse the fields and plantations of northern Ecuador. Starting from San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for its wood carvings and other handicrafts, we will have the opportunity to peruse the shops of local artisans before hopping back on our bikes to ride the old road towards the small indigenous village of Peguche. Learn about weaving techniques used by the locals and the meaning behind the many patterns and materials used to make the universally recognized and stunning textiles. A yummy and very traditional lunch of quinoa soup, one of the many crops grown and harvested locally, brings us to our final stop of the day: the Otavalo Market--The largest indigenous market in Ecuador. One step into the shaded stalls and endless aisles of intricate fabrics, sweaters, carvings, and jewelry--with the sounds of the vendors beckoning you towards them--will transport you out of one world and into that of the local indigenous people. Overnight: Standard: Hacienda Pinsaquí or similar. High End: Hda Zuleta or similar. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
Day 5

Cycling the Dry Valleys

From the chill of the mountain breeze into the temperate cloud forest, a rich biodiverse area where the cold currents of the upper Andes marry with the warm breeze of the Pacific, we take off on our day’s circuit. Passing fields of brilliantly colored flowers we will descend into the town of San Jose de Minas stopping at a rose plantation to learn about the cultivation of the world’s best-known flower. Did you know that the rose is one of Ecuador’s top five exports? There is a very good chance that if you have ever given roses as a gift to your mom, significant other or received one of the fragrant and velvet-petal beauties that they were actually grown here in Ecuador! After an early afternoon of frolicking amount the flowers we continue on to the most demanding part of the ride over the hills and through the valley before descending to the river Pisque where our transport will take us back to Quito. A moment of wind-down time and farewell fare at our departure dinner sees us to the end of an epic expedition with Activexpedition. Overnight: Standard: Dann Carlton or similar. High End: Casa Gangotena or similar. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 6

Departure

As you depart, we thank you and wish you safe travels to wherever your final destination may be! If you wish to continue exploring more of Ecuador, we can help you organize an extension trip to places you did not see during this trip. We thank you for choosing Activexpedition and hope to see you soon! Meals included: Breakfast
  • Experienced & Certified English-Speaking Guide

  • Private Transport

  • Accommodation for five nights

  • Meals as listed in the Itinerary

  • Water and snacks available whenever

  • Water bottle

  • Biking gear: (Road bikes, aluminum frame with carbon forks, Shimano 105), certified helmets and gloves

  • All fees to reserves and museums

  • International or domestic flights

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Tips for guides and drivers

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • Airport transfers

  • Itinerary Disclaimer: Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons. Please also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned on the itinerary are guaranteed.

  • Visas and Passports: Make sure you check your visa and passport validity and requirements per country. It is important your passport is valid for at least 6 months before your travel.

  • Accommodation: We strive to use small and charming places that are unique and provide stellar service.

  • Single Supplement Costs: Generally this fee is not incurred as we match you with another person of the same gender in a twin room, but if you prefer not to share and have your own room, then there will be an associated fee

  • Transportation: Driving time can take more than expected in Ecuador, as it is a small country with roads meandering through the Andes mountains. We assure your comfort during transit no matter the size of the group.

  • Gear: At Activexpediton we always make sure our guests have top of the line gear from well-known and reputable international brands as we understand that the best gear gives extra confidence to our riders. For biking we use Trek road bikes, and for protection we use Bontrager and Fox.

  • Level of Activity: This trip is considered as 4 out of 5, meaning you need to have a bit of experience; however, your guides will teach you every day how to ride on the varying location. The whole trip involves a mix of roads with very light traffic. The rides are about 20 - 30 miles, and the elevation gain can be 2000 feet a day, if people want to do more elevation gain, our guides will be happy to do longer rides. There will always be transport support in the case that someone wants to take a break or just wants to avoid the uphill. Our drivers will be happy to show you the landscapes from the car.

  • Weather and Elevation: In Ecuador the weather can be very variable depending on which side of the Andes you are traveling to, so it is highly recommended to come ready for all kinds of weather. When they say “Ecuador, All in One Place” they mean it! The altitude determines the temperature and the higher you go the colder it gets. Don’t let the geographic location of the country fool you. Even at a mere 15,000 feet the temperatures can feel like those of a winter in the northern United States. The coastal lowlands in the western part of Ecuador are typically warm with temperatures in the region of 25 °C (77 °F). Coastal areas are affected by ocean currents and between January and April are hot and rainy. The weather in Quito is consistent with that of a subtropical highland climate. The average temperature during the day is 70 °F (21 °C), which generally falls to an average of 50 °F (10 °C) at night. The average temperature annually is 64 °F (17.8 °C). There are only really two seasons in the city: dry and wet. The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season is from October to May.

  • Sustainability: We do our best to not produce any trash; we believe that recycling is not enough, so we try to avoid using any plastic or materials that pollute our environment. Every day we work towards being a zero waste tour operator and our staff is well trained to leave the least impact possible in our service areas. We also work with local indigenous communities in the different regions. By doing so we are able to teach our guests about the rich culture Ecuador, all the while helping the people preserve their traditions and lands. By working directly with local peoples we are able to create a sustainable touristic income for the community.

  • Guides: All our guides have a professional background from the Tourism University, this means they have a degree in guiding, so their knowledge and skills when leading a group are top-notch. Each guide has many years of experience and they all have taken additional courses for other outdoor activities as well as have International First-Aid certifications. On top of all of this they are all extremely personable and strive to deliver travel experiences of a lifetime.

  • Heath Advisory: No vaccinations needed for this trip

We do recommend travelling light for this expedition. A duffel bag of 50 litters for your luggage and a backpack of 20 litters for daily activities should be sufficient. In Ecuador, the weather can change drastically especially when you are moving from the Andes into the tropical forest.

  • Passport

  • Credit card

  • Two pairs of lightweight hiking pants

  • One pair of cold weather hiking pants

  • Two pairs of shorts

  • Three pairs of biking shorts

  • Four non-cotton T-shirts

  • One cotton T-shirts

  • One water T-shirt

  • One winter warm jacket

  • One fleece

  • One rain jacket

  • One pair of rain pants

  • Two buffs

  • One pair of hiking shoes

  • One pair of snickers

  • Sandals or flipflops

  • One bathing suit

  • Optional – personal clips and shoes

  • One- or two-night outfits

  • One cap or hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Camera

  • Head lamp

  • Optional binoculars

NOTE: Laundry is available almost at every location and is quite cheap, this helps traveling light too.

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