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14-day mountain bike tour in Ecuador: Quito, Cotopaxi NP, Chimborazo

Join one of the ASEGUIM Mountain Guides from Ecuadorian Alpine Institute on a one-of-a-kind mountain bike tour in Ecuador during 14 days around the impressive Cotopaxi and Chimborazo peaks.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration14 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

All the exuberant nature displays itself magnificently in the surroundings of Quito, in Ecuador. Exotic birds and dense rainforests, impressive volcanoes, relaxing hot springs and a unique wilderness are perfect settings for the exciting rides scheduled in my program.

I suggest a 14-day mountain bike tour around those amazing spots, stopping to recharge our energy in relaxing thermal waters or walking around the famous Otavalo Indian market, the biggest of South America. We will enjoy the hospitality of the locals at lunch and also, stay in comfortable places during the night.

We will start in Quito and get to immerse ourselves in exciting rides downhill and uphill, crossing altiplanos, valleys and roads,  until we get to the highlight of this trip: the impressive Chimborazo volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador.

This is the trip for you, and you know it. Book it, save it and go for it!

If you are a climbing fan as well, try this 16-day program in the area.

Accommodation

Embassy Hotel Bellavista Hotel Acoma Hostel Papallacta resort Tambopaxi Hostal Hacienda La Ciénega Mama Hilda Hostal La petit Auberge Sangay Hotel Estrella del Chimbrazo Mountain Lodge

Meeting point

Airport of Quito

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Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from your country

Day 2: Arrival at Quito Airport

Arrival at the Quito Airport. Pick up and transfer in Embassy Hotel.

Day 3: Quito to Cloud forest – Bellavista

Ride up and downhill reaching at 3,300 and then, 5 more km (on a vehicle or on your bike) until we reach the Bellavista hotel. We overnight there.

Day 4: Cloud forest, Tabacundo to Otavalo

We hike around Bellavista. We ride to Tandayapa Pass and then to Tabacundo on a vehicle. From there, we ride around the lakes and craters of the Fuya Fuya region. We end the day with a long descent to the Indian market town of Otavalo, which will be our home for the next couple of nights. Overnight at Hostal Cabañas El Rocío.

Day 5: Cuicocha Lake & Otavalo Market

We ride to the Cuicocha lake, a flooded volcano crater with two islands above it. Afterwards, we enjoy the Otavalo market. We overnight at the Hostal Cabañas El Rocío.

Day 6: Otavalo to Papallacta resort

We go up for about an hour and a half (on a minibus) into Ecuador’s East Andes. Reaching the highest point we saddle up for one of the longest and perhaps one of the most challenging rides of our tour.

Then, we relax at the Papallacta hot springs and rest at the Papallacta hotel.

Day 7: Papallacta to Cotopaxi National Park

Reaching the eco-road at the top of the Guamani Pass (4,200 meters) we begin a 45 km, hugely enjoyable and picturesque descent towards Peñas Blancas. As we reach the suburbs of Quito we will come to a disused railway, now a designated cycle route. We end the ride at Tumbaco town. Then, we head to Cotopaxi National Park where we spend our evening in the delightful Cotopaxi Base Camp hostal (shared bunk-house facilities) at the foot of the famous mountain.

Day 8: Cotopaxi to Lasso

Our day begins with a short transfer from the hostal, although anyone itching to get on the bikes can opt to ride. Reaching 4,550 meters we leave the minibus and the bikes in the parking lot at the entry point to the ascent of the volcano. We can take a quick hike to the edge of one of the mountain´s glaciers and pay a visit to the first of the mountain refuges situated at 4,800 meters.

We take our bikes and ride downhill to Limpiopungo Lake. Then we go downhill towards the Paramo. Leaving the National Park we make our way through the Avenue of Volcanoes. Eventually we reach and cross the Pan-American Highway, cycling the last few kms to our accommodation in a grand 470 year old hacienda.

Day 9: Lasso to Chugchilan

Heading west we drive through the everyday, no frills, Andean town of Toacaso. Then, we will ride the eastern rim of the Toachi Canyon.

We’ll break for lunch in the bottom of the canyon and a Skedaddle Challenge awaits the super fit immediately afterwards. The rest of us however will take a transfer up the other side of the canyon and conserve ourselves for the rest of the day.

A few kms beyond the town of Sigchos we can get back on the bikes and continue along an undulating and stunningly beautiful dirt road which leads us through more green valleys and mountain villages. We overnight at Hostal Mama Hilda.

Day 10: Chugchilan to Baños

We ride out of the village, heading south. For the first hour or so the road undulates. Then, it gets a little tougher as we proceed and depending on our progress, we may load the vehicle and transfer to Quilotoa village. We leave the bikes with the vehicle and hike down to the emerald green lake in the bottom of the crater. Hiking back to the rim or taking advantage of a local donkey taxi, we have lunch in the village, prepared for us by local Indian Jorge Latacunga. Back on the bikes after lunch, we descend on tarmac to Zumbahua where the road once again rises steeply. Back in the vehicle we climb to 4,300 meters and then it’s back on the bikes for a long descent on a dirt road to Pujilí, where we end the riding for the day. We overnight at La petit Auberge, in Baños city.

Day 11: Rest Day – Baños

This day you can relax as you please.

Day 12: Baños, Patate & Chimborazo Mountain Lodge

We take the main road out of town. It’s not long before we arrive at the bridge over the Pataza river. The dirt road over the river begins to rise immediately. Reaching the top of Loma Grande, we stop to admire the stunning views before we descend to the town of Patate. Depending our arrival time in Patate we may continue on the bikes to Ambato. Eventually, however, we must board the minibus and transfer to the highest point of the tour. We will spend the night 4,200 meters above sea level at the base camp of Ecuador’s biggest volcano, the Chimborazo. We overnight at Estrella del Chimborazo Mountain Lodge.

Day 13: Chimborazo to Quito

A short takes us to 4,800 meters. While the guides prepare your bikes for your final ride you can hike a little further up Chimborazo to the Whimper Refuge Hut, at 5,000 meters. Our ride of the day begins with two options, some will choose to take the mountain road, others will pick their way slowly through the altiplano. Both routes converge at the edge of the paramo where we will regroup and ride as one party again along 45 km of the Ambato river valley. Eventually  we are back in Quito in time to shower, pack our gear and have one final celebratory night  at Embassy Hotel.

Day 14: Transfer out and departure

Check out of the hotel after breakfast for the international flights home (arrival next day).


About the guide

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ASEGUIM Mountain Guides from Ecuador

We are a group of ASEGUIM certified guides (Association of Mountain Guides in Ecuador) with 20 years of experience in climbing adventures, trekking, rock climbing, cycling, rafting and kayaking in outstanding destinations of Ecuador, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia.

Our tours combine physical challenges with cultural experiences in the most scenic and wild places of South America. We aim to take you off the beaten tracks, exploring the best locations in a comfortable and safe experience.

We believe acclimatization is an essential factor when approaching high mountains like the Ecuadorian volcanoes. Because of that, we carefully design our programs to provide a good acclimatization through a series of gradual climbs and some training sessions between attempting big objectives.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 14425 each

Group of 2

USD 7213 each

Group of 3

USD 4809 each

Group of 4

USD 3607 each

Group of 5

USD 2885 each

Group of 6

USD 2405 each

Group of 7

USD 2061 each

Group of 8

USD 1804 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• The price does not include: Food and Beverages at the hotels. Any type of Insurance. Supplement single room US $155. International flights. Bank transfer fee. Personal bike gear. Tips. Bike rentals. Also, keep in mind that USD1749 per person is the price for 8-10 people. For 11 or more people the price per person is USD1520


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