Ecuador MTB Enduro $2990

Departure Date

Every Sunday

Duration

9 days 8 nights

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Maximum Seats

6
Overview

A mountain biker’s dream, this expedition is truly exhilarating and one-of-a-kind! Explore the best-of-the-best trails in Ecuador. From amazing single-track in varying ecosystems to bumpy and adrenaline pumping ascents with panoramic views—this is one adventure you don’t want to miss. Cross the country from the high and brisk Andes, deep into the Cloud Forest, and meander down towards the sunny Coast. Take the ride of your life while learning about Ecuador’s vibrant culture.

Accommodation is provided at charming eco-lodges and colonial Haciendas.
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  • Bike the lost trails of the Ecuadorian Andes

  • Use quality gear including full suspension bikes

  • Visit some of the most beautiful Volcanoes of Ecuador

  • Discover many ecosystems including dry valleys, high volcano land, and cloud forest!

  • Learn about the Culture of the Andes

  • Soak in volcanic hot springs

  • View Vicuñas in the wild

  • Wine and beer tasting

  • Enjoy delicious gastronomy

  • Stay at unique places in every location

  • Be led by top Activexpedition experienced guides

  • Support sustainable travel to preserve culture and nature

  • Mountain Biking

  • Culture

  • Wildlife

Challenging
Skill Level 7 – Advanced
Fitness Level 6

Valle de la Muerte

Infiernillo trail

El Chota trail

Mamarumi trail

Hieleros trail

  • All year (Best time: from June to October)

  • 12 years old

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

We Will pick you at the airport and travel to the city of Quito by car for about 45 minutes, there are no plans for today, however your guides will help you build your bikes.

At 18:00pm there will be a briefing at the hotel’s lobby to meet the rest of the group and to give you important information and tips about traveling in Ecuador.

Overnight: Dann Carlton or similar
Meals included: none.
Day 2

Valle de La Muerte

Get ready for an exciting adventure that will leave you breathless as we explore the imposing Pichincha volcano. We'll start the day with a nice breakfast and then hop in a car for a scenic drive to this natural wonder, which will only take about an hour and a half. Along the way, you'll see some farms and the Lloa village, which is quite pretty. Once we arrive at the basecamp of the Pichincha volcano reserve, we'll have a short 15-minute walk to reach the summit of the active volcano at almost 15.000 feet, where, if the weather is clear, you'll get a nice view of the crater. Take a moment to appreciate the power this volcano, that in 1999 had a big explosion that formed a huge cloud of ash that in few hours covered the whole city and surroundings.

Before we start our thrilling descent, we'll have a safety talk to make sure you're prepared for what's to come. Get ready for an epic ride through diverse terrain.

The first part of the trail will challenge your skills as we ride on sandy paths through the grasslands of the Andean paramo. You'll feel the rush of adrenaline as you tackle each twist and turn, surrounded by the wild nature. Our journey continues as we connect with the DH trails of the Slopes of Teleferico, leading us deeper into the forest.

Finally, our exhilarating ride ends in the lively city of Quito, which is about 9000 feet above sea level.
As the day comes to an end, we'll head back to the hotel.

Overnight: Dann Carlton or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 3

The Infiernillo Trail

Today we leave the hotel after breakfast and drive for 1 hour to the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Pululahua is one of the few calderas in the world where people reside. There are many families of farmers that live inside the volcano, and they grow many products, especially corn.

The area is generally cloudy as this is where the hot current from the pacific reaches the cold altitude of the Sierra creating a hugely biodiverse ecosystem. We pedal alongside the breeze leisurely downwards on single track and into a rich green forest. Part of these trails are into the culuncos, these look like tunnels into the vegetation as they are very old trails, we continue on a fast section of ups and downs small hills formed by the last eruption of this volcano, later we will have a double track section passing next to some farms with a great view of a ravine, and then we will enter a forest again with single track that ends a beautiful view of the river valley, we will continue down a dirt road to meet up with our transport to the lodge.

The drive in the afternoon will take about 3 hours, along the way we will stop to try the local delicacy “biscotti with cheese and caramel”.

Overnight: Yellow Guest House or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 4

El Chota Trail

After breakfast we will go by car for 1 hour, as you leave the city of Ibarra behind and venture into the untamed wilderness, our journey continues in the enchanting El Chota valley, home of the Afro-Ecuadorian people with a rich culture, and where the best soccer players of the country come from.

First we pedal through the high paramo in the area or Añaspamba at an altitude of 12000 feet, where crisp mountain air fills your lungs and panoramic views stretch as far as the eye can see. We will have a nice view of Yaguarcocha, a sparkling lake that mirrors the surrounding mountains in its pristine waters, as you guide shares the legends of the elders.

Descending from the paramo, the landscape transforms into the mesmerizing trails of El Chota dry valley, a habitat of cactus and plants that have adapted to live with very little water.

This are is the local playgroup for Mountain Bikers, with its rugged terrain and challenging single steep tracks that will put your skills to the test. Feel the thrill of conquering each twist and turn as you navigate through the untamed wilderness, surrounded by the raw beauty of the Andean foothills.

As the sun begins to set and the day draws to a close, our bike adventure culminates in the charming town of Ambuqui. We will continue by car back to the Lodge.

If people would like to explore the near by Otavalo Indigenous market, our driver will be more than ready to take you there.

Overnight: Yellow Guest House or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 5

Hot Springs and Spa

Today is to relax and recover, after a scenic drive over the eastern range of the Andes we will arrive to Papallacta, at the hot springs you can take a refreshing dip into varying pools of hot a cold volcanic water, and reinvigorate your body, mind, and soul. If you so, choose there are also optional services offered at the facility such as massages and facials.

Within the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve, where the springs reside, there are also many winding trails to explore for those of you who prefer to be more active. Along the trails it is possible to see orchids, hummingbirds and other varying types of flora and fauna. In the afternoon we will head towards Cotopaxi province to spend the night.

Overnight: Cuello de Luna or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
Day 6

Cotopaxi Volcano Trails

In the morning, we will have a short drive to the Cotopaxi National Park, this volcano is 19700 feet of elevation and is one of the highest active volcanoes on Earth, the reserve is home of several protected species of fauna such us: horses, bulls, foxes, condors, alpacas, llamas, etc.

Once we check in at the entrance of the reserve we continue by car for 45 minutes to the Parqueadero at 14.760 feet, there we get ready for our fist ride down the Owls canyon trail, a mix of sandy and rocky single tracks with a great view of the northern side of the Cotopaxi Volcano, at the end of these trail our driver will pick us up to take us back to the Parqueadero, our second trail will be the Holy Ridge with an steep start on a sandy trail, we continue with a grassy section with some small fun jumps and end into a narrow ravine.

Our driver will take us one more time to the top and we will ride The Flight of the Condor trail, a very fast trail next to an impressive canyon, this trail ends with a single track next to the rocky volcanic material from Cotopaxi last eruption. After a yummy lunch and some drinks, we will drive south to Chimborazo province.

Overnight: La Andaluza Hacienda or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
Day 7

Los Hieleros Trail

On this day after breakfast, we will travel by car for 1 hour to Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve, we will reach 15.750 feet at the first basecamp.

The Chimborazo Volcano is the highest is Ecuador, and known as the highest in the world measure from the center of the planet. As it is closer to the Equator than Everest.

At the reserve we will have the opportunity to view Vicuñas (related to alpacas and llamas), they are the camels of the Andes, and they are protected from hunting by law.

Out trail name today is “Hieleros” (Iceman trail), named after the tradition of collecting ice from the glaciers of Chimborazo volcano, this tradition is about to disappear and at the moment only one person does it.

At the beginning of the ride the terrain will be snow and sand, to continue with a technical rocky section. As we will be very high the views are incredible, later we ride through the grassy paramo ecosystem, along the way we will see the local farms and their plantations of potatoes, quinoa, lima beans, etc.

We will end in La Guilena Lodge for enjoying dinner and some drinks with local friends.

Overnight: La Guilena MTB Lodge or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8

Mama Rumi Trail

Today in the morning we will travel by car for about 45 minutes to the head trail of Mama Rumi, this trail is considered one of the top trails for mountain biking in South America, we will have a wild ride filled with switchbacks from the high and breezy Andes mountains down to the humid banana plantations of the coast.

This trail follows a centuries old Incan footpath used to transport goods and even the local hooch to avoid taxation. Spend the day riding the expanse of the trail ending in between the banana trees on our final day of this adventure. We will finish at Telimbela town with lunch and then we travel to Quito for 5 hours by car.

Overnight: Dann Carlton or similar.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 9

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 us and hope to see you soon!

Meals included: Breakfast

LET'S DESIGN YOUR ADVENTURE

    • Experienced & Certified English-Speaking Guides

    • Private Transport

    • Accommodation 8 nights

    • Meals as listed in the Itinerary

    • Water and snacks available whenever

    • - Biking gear: (Trek Fuel EX5, “full suspension” whit Shimano SLX brakes), helmets, pads 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 for safety reasons. Please also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned in 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 date of 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, 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 Fuel EX 5 with Full Rock shox suspensions, and SLX brakes, and for protection we use Oneal.

    • - Level of Activity: This trip is considered as challenging and technical, meaning you need to have experience, the trails are mostly blue and a few are black, however your guides will teach you every day how to ride on the varying terrain. The whole trip involves a mix of trails, some on dirt, rocks, grass and gravel. There will always be transport support close to the trails, and guides will be in contact with the driver by radio.

    • - 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.

    • Health 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 cloud forest.

    • Passport

    • Credit card

    • Two pairs of lightweight hiking pants

    • Two pairs of shorts

    • Three pairs of biking shorts or pants

    • One bathing suits

    • 3 – 4 Biking Jerseys

    • One cotton T-shirt

    • One water T-shirt

    • One warm jacket

    • One fleece

    • One rain jacket

    • One pair of rain pants

    • Two buffs

    • One pair of tennis shoes

    • One pair of water sandals or similar

    • Optional – personal cleats and shoes

    • Optional – pads for extra protection

    • 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 it is cheap, this helps traveling light too.

    Regular Season Price based on number of guests:

    Deals

    $2691/per person

    • All premium features

    • Solo travelers are welcome on sharing room basis otherwise single supplement applies

    • Apply on these dates

    2 - 3 guests

    $2990/per person

    • All premium features

    • Every sunday

    4 or more guests

    $2300/per person

    • All premium features

    • Every sunday

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