WILL THE ITINERARY BE RESPECTED?

The itineraries are standard travel plans that we aim to respect always. However, please keep in mind that these are active tours and, as such, they might vary and we all have to be flexible.  Due to weather conditions and/or biking skills of other participants, we are sometimes obliged to modify the itinerary; this is specially truth in the first 8 kilometers on all itineraries that include Cotopaxi. During a “Feriado” or Ecuadorian holiday it can be even dangerous to try to endure the difficulties that arise due to many visitors and cars.  We are a responsible operator and refuse to put your life and well-being at risk.

Against high altitude sickness, please follow some simple rules:

  • Drink plenty of water the day before the trip and during the trip
  • 0 Alcohol the day before and during the trip
  • Do not eat too heavy, as digestion is difficult due to the altitude.
  • Do not exhaust yourself, especially when you are at the highest point
  • Wear very warm clothing
HOW WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE THE DAY OF MY TRIP?

The truth is that in Ecuador you never know how the weather will be like.

We are right at the Equator, which means that we experience basically even temperatures the whole year around.

There is more difference between day and night than between December and July. And even more between the jungle or the coast and the mountainous areas.

Ecuador’s greatest advantage for traveling is its diversity.  But this also means that the weather can vary greatly due to the altitudes.

It’s been said that “the most reliable feature about Ecuador’s climate is its unreliability!”

As the weather can vary greatly,  you need extra warm clothing in layers, rain protection, sneakers, long pants. The owner usually says: “there is not bad weather, just bad clothing”

DO YOU PICK US UP FROM OUR HOTEL?
 
Our policy is NOT to pick up the clients from their hotels because Quito is a sprawling Metropoli with more than 2 million inhabitants!  Sometimes traffic can be very annoying, I must admit. And you see,  if we offered to pick up one client, then we would have to give the same opportunity to all.  This could cause great conflicts, among clients, whose hotels may be far away from one another.

I hope that you understand our point of view.

Nevertheless, taxis are inexpensive in Quito.  Depending on where your hotel is, one will cost you around 2-3 dollars!

 
WHAT TO BRING? Allthough for each tour is slightly different, we recommend this for a day trip

WHAT TO BRING

  • BUFF
  • SPORT SHOES
  • WIND AND RAINPROOF JACKET
  • FLEECE
  • BASEBALL CAP
  • VERY WARM CLOTHING IN LAYERS – IT SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE AND FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEATHER, (IT MIGHT GET VERY COLD UP THERE).
  • SUN SCREEN HIGH FACTOR
  • SUNGLASSES
EQUIPMENT LIST For a longer trip:
  • Hiking boots – very comfortable, worn if possible, waterproof
  • Wind and rainproof jacket (Gore-Tex will be the best), preferably with hood.
  • Wind and rainproof Trousers not essential but good for riding trips
  • Fleece pullover (layering lighter garments is better than one heavy fleece)
  • Thermals – long johns and vest
  • Hand gloves for cyclists
  • Hat and gloves (fleece or other)
  • Sun hat – with visor or brim, sunglasses
  • Clothing – should be comfortable and for different types of weather, light and fast drying (jeans not recommended).
  • Gore-Tex hiking pants, Gore-Tex long and short sleeve
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Buff
  • Headlamp/torch and batteries
  • Toiletries – including sun block and high factor sun cream, insect repellent, lip balm, biodegradable soap and shampoo

Cycling helmets are provided on all biking trips but we’d prefer that you have your own.