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Cotopaxi October 2018

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Cotopaxi

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Fantastic full day adventure with amazing bikes, guides, and personalized to your desires. The most scenic trip we offer.

Mindo

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Enjoy the Ecuadorian cloud-forest and experience the best bird watching location in the world, all by bike.
Spend the afternoon bathing, hiking or tasting organic chocolate in Mindo.

Papallacta Hot Springs

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See three different types of landscape in one day. After that, relax in Ecuador’s most famous natural hot springs, high up in the mountains

COTOPAXI

One day bike tour

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What to bring:

  • warm clothes
  • rain/wind jacket

At 07:00 AM we leave Quito and after driving south for 1 and a half hours on the Pan-American highway we reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive through pine forest and soon reach the Visitors’ center of the park. After visiting the Center we continue the ascent in our 4-wheel drive vehicle until we reach the highest point of the tour, 4.500 meters/15.000 feet. The view from this point is stunning and on a clear day we are able to see 8 volcanoes.

We then put on helmets, gloves and protective pads and the bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano can begin. The first 8 km will take us down 700 m on dirt roads through volcanic ash and tundra landscape. At 3.800 m. you actually have to do some pedalling while we head down another 8 km between volcanic rocks and wild horses to our lunch spot by an Inca ruin at 3.700 m. With some luck we might see a condor or a caracara. We put the bikes back on the jeep and head for the lake of Limpiopungo at 3.800 m where we start the 16 km downhill biking on dirt and paved roads through pine forest. After this the bike adventure is over for now and around 16h00 we are back in Quito.

This is the standard itinerary that we always try to respect. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of this tour we sometimes have to be flexible because of weather conditions, or biking skills of other participants.

Starting from $105 per person.

Included: Lunch, mountain bikes, all transportation, all safety gear (helmet, hand gloves) and veteran bilingual guides.

Not included: Entrance fees (e.g. Cotopaxi, currently free of charge), other drinks, personal expenses and tips)

Mindo

One day bike tour

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What to bring:

  • warm clothes
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This is an ideal 1-day trip, which starts on the slopes of Guagua Pichincha active volcano and descends towards the coast into the Cloud Forest of Mindo.

When the trip begins, passing a northern neighborhood of Quito, you’ll never dream what lies ahead! We’ll drive for a while on the quaint old road from Quito towards the Pacific Ocean coast.  Drive until the highest point of the trip (3200 meters of altitude) where we switch to human power.  You’ll descend on bike 10 kilometers on a paved yet quiet road, surrounded by Andino flora until we reach the village of Nono, located at 2900 meters of altitude above sea level.  From this point the ride continues on a quaint dirt road until Tandayapa (located at 1800 m) for 26 kilometers.

The exuberant cloud forest is full of bromeliads, palm trees and orchids. At your right there is a mountain stream which soothing sound will accompany you. And very often small waterfalls will bedazzle you  Every once and then, you simply have to stop to take pictures of a flower, that you have never seen before!

We then drive  towards Bellavista Cloud forest reserve  where the picnic lunch will be served! Keep one eye on the road and the other peeled on the sky: there’s a good chance to see parrots, hummingbirds, toucans and caciques.

After a tasty lunch, we will continue the 20 Kilometers bike ride towards Mindo, world famous for its  diversity.

Visit the Butterfly farm, relax or have a juice in town.

At the end of the afternoon we head then towards Quito.  Or you can stay in Mindo on your own.

Starting from $105 per person.

Included: Lunch, mountain bikes, all transportation, all safety gear (helmet, hand gloves) and veteran bilingual guides.

Not included: Entrance fees (e.g. Cotopaxi, currently free of charge), other drinks, personal expenses and tips)

Papallacta

One day bike tour

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What to bring:

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This is an excellent way to see a cross section of Ecuador’s ecosystems in just one day. As we travel, we are dwarfed by the striking Andes Mountains that surround us. If we are lucky and have a clear day, we can see all the snow capped volcanoes of the Eastern Cordillera (Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Antisana, Chimborazo). You will pedal across the paramo – the Ecuadorian equivalent of the arctic tundra – and down through stunning cloud forest, traversing steep Andean slopes as you descend down into the Amazon basin.

The terrain for this leg of the journey is a combination of dirt and paved roads of scenic rolling hills.

Drive to the high pass “Paso de la Virgen” at 4200 meters (13300 ft) . From here the descent begins by mountain bike all the way to Cuyuja, the Gateway to the Amazonian rainforest.

On the way, stop for a nutritious lunch. We will then drive you back to 3300 meters.  Stop to have a swim in the best hot springs of Ecuador.

Papallacta has crystal clear water at ten different temperatures. If the day is clear, views of Antisana Volcano will bedazzle you!

After a relaxing dip, we drive to the Ave Maria Pass (4200m). From here we bike back towards Quito along the Chiche river basin. This is a great ride.  The last 18 kilometers will be on the famous railroad line going through five tunnels, one of which is 322 meters long. The spectacular ride takes us speeding through wide stretches of paramo, cloud forest and the canyon of the river with the Andean sun illuminating the way. Some days can be chilled by occasional fog, so don’t forget your mittens and fleece. In Tumbaco we pile the bikes on the jeep’s roof and head back to Quito.

Return by jeep to Quito around 5 p.m. (L)

Departure time: 07h00 in the morning.

Each day we ride approximately 60 kilometers by bike (4 hours) Clients can choose to do more biking, if desired!

Starting from $105 per person.

Included: Lunch, mountain bikes, all transportation, all safety gear (helmet, hand gloves) and veteran bilingual guides.

Not included: Entrance fees (e.g. Cotopaxi, currently free of charge), other drinks, personal expenses and tips)

2 Day Tours

Cotopaxi-Quilotoa

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Enjoy our classic Cotopaxi One Day and then drive to the most beautiful crater-lake in Ecuador. Spend the night sharing and mingling with indigenous locals and be amazed by the beauty of this stretch of the Andes.

Cotopaxi-Chimborazo

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Explore the beauty of Cotopaxi on the first day and then drive towards the highest peak in Ecuador, and the world’s highest mountain when measured from the center of the earth. Spend the night in the base of the mountain and have unobstructed views of the stars, on a clear night you will be able to see the Milky Way. The next day do spectacular biking from 5000 meters/16,000 feet towards the Ambato valley at 2700 meters/8.500 feet.

Mindo-Mashpi

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Explore the bird watching paradise of Mindo, bike through spectacular low altitude cloud-forest and spend the afternoon exploring everything this town has to offer. The next day hike through beautiful landscapes where you will be able to see a variety of birds and other unique fauna of the area. Bike through waterfalls and be amazed by Ecuador’s diversity.

COTOPAXI-QUILOTOA

Two day bike and hike tour

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What to bring:

  • warm clothes
  • rain/wind jacket
  • Extra Clothes

At 07:00 AM we leave Quito and after driving south for 1,5 hours on the Pan-American highway we reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive through pine forest and soon we arrive to the Visitors Center of the park. After visiting the Center, we continue the ascent in our 4-wheel drive vehicle until we reach the highest point of the tour, 4.500 meters/15.000 feet. The view from this point is stunning and on a clear day we are able to see 8 volcanoes.

We then put on helmets, gloves and protection pads and the bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano can begin. The first 8 km will take us down 700 m. on dirt roads through volcanic ash and páramo landscape. At 3.800 m. you actually have to do some pedaling while we head down another 8 km between volcanic rocks and wild horses to our lunch spot by an Inca ruin at 3.700 m. With some luck we might see a condor or a caracara. We put the bikes back on the jeep and head for the lake of Limpiopungo at 3.800 m. where we start the 16 km downhill biking on dirt roads and the bike adventure is over for this time.  

We then ascend by jeep in a Southwest direction into the western Cordillera arriving at Quilotoa to spend the night. The night’s retreat is a simple but clean inn located in Quilotoa run by an indigenous family.

DAY 2) Quilotoa

The next day, we start with an early hike down to the deep jade colored Quilotoa Crater Lake. The hike downhill to the Laguna takes about 30 minutes and about twice as long to climb back up. But, you can hire a mule or donkey for 10 dollars, to carry you back to the top, where your breakfast will be awaiting you to charge your batteries for this day’s adventure!

After breakfast we descend on mountain bikes to Zumbahua. Many years ago, an earthquake destroyed this area. The land has transformed into a rugged formation resembling what you might imagine as terrain from another planet. Lunch is a picnic at a location where we have the opportunity to intermingle with the Quechua Indians or test your artistic skills with the locals painting landscapes of the area.

After lunch, we enjoy a 30-minute drive until we reach 4,200 m (13.400 ft.) We switch then to human power and the downhill bike ride begins down a long and winding road all the way back to Latacunga located at 2400 m. (7,600 ft.) where the cycle trip ends. We then return by jeep to Quito.

Price Per Tour $250 per person.

Included: Lunch, mountain bikes, all transportation, all safety gear (helmet, hand gloves) and veteran bilingual guides.

Not included: Entrance fees (e.g. Cotopaxi, currently free of charge), other drinks, personal expenses and tips)

COTOPAXI-CHIMBORAZO

Two day bike and hike tour

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What to bring:

  • warm clothes
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DAY 1) Cotopaxi National Park

We leave Quito early in the morning. After a one and a half hour drive on the Pan-American Highway we reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive through pine forest and soon reach the Visitors’ center of the park. We visit the Center before continuing  the ascent in our 4-wheel drive vehicle. We soon reach the highest point of the tour, 4.500 meters/15.000 feet. The view from this point is stunning as on a clear day we are able to see 8 volcanoes.

Afterwards we put on helmets, gloves and protection pads and the bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano can begin. The first 8 kilometers will take us down 700 meters on dirt roads through volcanic ash and páramo landscape. At 3.800 meters you actually have to do some pedaling heading down another 8 kilometers between volcanic rocks and wild horses to our lunch spot by an Inca ruin at 3.700 m. With some luck we might see a condor or a caracara. We put the bikes back on the jeep and head for the lake of Limpiopungo at 3.800 meters where we start the 16 kilometers downhill through pine forest biking on dirt roads. After two extra kilometers on a beautiful single track the bike adventure is over for this time.

We trade mountain bikes for our support vehicle and travel down south along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to our night’s retreat.  Overnight in a mountain refuge in Urbina. (L)

DAY 2) Chimborazo

Drive for just over an hour to Mount Chimborazo (6310m), the highest and most impressive of Ecuador’s volcanoes.  We park at the lower refuge (4800 m) and continue on foot to the Edgar Whymper Refuge. Located at 5000 meters this is the highest refuge in the world!  From here, it’s all downhill- first on foot and then by bike we descend all the way to Ambato(2800m).

This is an amazing bike ride through the highlands, with vicuñas being the sole inhabitants of these wild stretches.   On this tour, cyclists enjoy a breathtaking 70 km ride through varying landscapes in just one day. This trip is by far a favorite ride of previous customers. Seldom does one have the chance to ride from the snow line of a volcano, through rural Andean patchwork fields, picnic with vicuñas and at the end of the ride arrive in a modern city.  In Ambato, we load up the bikes and return to Quito by jeep.

Departure time: 07h00 in the morning.

Each day we ride approximately 4 hours on bike.  Clients can choose to do more biking, if desired!

Price Per Tour $250 per person.

Included: Lunch, mountain bikes, all transportation, all safety gear (helmet, hand gloves) and veteran bilingual guides.

Not included: Entrance fees (e.g. Cotopaxi, currently free of charge), other drinks, personal expenses and tips)

MINDO-MASHPI

Two day bike and hike tour

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What to bring:

  • warm clothes
  • rain/wind jacket

Day 1:

This is an ideal 2-day trip, which starts at 3200 and descends towards the coast into the Cloud Forest.

When the trip begins, passing a northern neighborhood of Quito, you’ll never dream what lies ahead!

We’ll drive for a while on the old road Quito-Nono, before riding our bike on a road void of traffic.

You’ll ascend on the jeep with Cayambe and Guagua Pichincha Volcanoes in clear view. We drive 20 Km until the highest point of the trip (3200 m of altitude). Then we switch to human power. You’ll descent on bike, surrounded by Andino flora experiencing the sudden changes to exotic, verdant tropical forest.

The exuberant cloud forest is full of bromeliads, palm trees and orchids. At your right there is a mountain stream which soothing sound mingles with the birds’ singing.

We’ll pass Nono (located at 2900 m) and ride all the way down to Tandayapa (located at 1800 m) where the picnic lunch will be served!

After lunch we bike uphill back to Nono.  Keep one eye on the road and the other peeled on the sky: there’s a good chance to see parrots, hummingbirds, toucans and caciques. Fanatics can ride 12 extra Kilometers up-hill. After that uphill we ride down to Mindo cloudforest were we will spend the night.

Day 2:

We spend the night in a cozy little hostel in Mindo. The next morning we wake up early and hop on the truck to the beautiful Waterfalls of Mindo, we hike down for approximately 45 minutes, and then we stay in the waterfalls, swimming, relaxing and having lunch. After that we hike up, get our bikes and descend to the other side of the mountain. The road is beautiful and you can expect to see many hummingbirds, variation of flora and beautiful birds. We finish at about midday and then you have a free afternoon in Mindo, which is one of the best town in Ecuador for all types of adventure sports. You can go do canopy, canyioning, tubing, ATV and motorcycle ride. This is all optional but highly recommended. It is not included in the price of the trip though, so if you also just wish to walk around Mindo and do some relaxing that is fine as well. At 4  pm we meet again and we drive back to Quito!

Price Per Tour $250 per person.

Included: Lunch, mountain bikes, all transportation, all safety gear (helmet, hand gloves) and veteran bilingual guides.

Not included: Entrance fees (e.g. Cotopaxi, currently free of charge), other drinks, personal expenses and tips)

3 Day Tours

Cotopaxi-Quilotoa-Chimborazo

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Hands down the best experience we offer. Explore the three most important highlights of the Ecuadorian Andes with our time-tested expertise and unique perspective of what sustainable tourism should be. You will see the world’s highest active volcano, an impressive turquoise active crater-lake, and the closest point to the sun on earth. On top of all of that you spend every night with different Andean indigenous communities learning and sharing their culture.

COTOPAXI-QUILOTOA-CHIMBORAZO

Three day bike and hike tour

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What to bring:

  • warm clothes
  • rain/wind jacket
  • Extra Clothes

DAY 1: QUITO – COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK   

At 07:00 AM we leave Quito and after driving south for 1,5 hours on the Pan-American highway we reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive through pine forest and soon we arrive at the Visitors Center of the park. After visiting the Center, we continue the ascent in our 4-wheel drive vehicle until we reach the highest point of the tour, 4.500 meters/15.000 feet. The view from this point is stunning and on a clear day, we are able to see 8 volcanoes.

We then put on helmets, gloves and protective pads and the bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano can begin. The first 8 km will take us down 700 m. on dirt roads through volcanic ash and páramo landscape. At 3.800 m. you actually have to do some pedaling while we head down another 8 km between volcanic rocks and wild horses to our lunch spot by an Inca ruin at 3.700 m. With some luck, we might see a condor or a caracara. We put the bikes back on the jeep and head for the lake of Limpiopungo at 3.800 m. where we start the 16 km downhill biking on dirt roads and the bike adventure is over at this time.  

We then ascend by jeep in a northwest direction into the western Cordillera arriving at Quilotoa to spend the night. The night’s retreat is a simple but clean inn located in Quilotoa run by an indigenous family.

DAY 2: QUILOTOA – URBINA

The next day, we start with an early hike down to the deep, jade-colored Quilotoa Crater Lake. The hike downhill to the lake takes about 30 minutes, and about twice as long to climb back up. But, you can hire a mule or donkey for about US $8 to carry you back to the top, where breakfast will be awaiting you to charge your batteries for the day’s adventure! After breakfast, we descend on mountain bikes to Zumbahua. Many years ago, an earthquake destroyed this area. The land has transformed into a rugged formation resembling the terrain from another planet. Lunch is a picnic at a location where we have the opportunity to intermingle with the Quechua Indians or test your artistic skills with the locals painting landscapes of the area.

After lunch, we enjoy a 30-minute drive until we reach 4,200 m (13.400 ft). We switch then to human power and the downhill bike ride begins down a long and winding road all the way back to Latacunga, located at 2400 m. (7,600 ft.).  We then continue by jeep to URBINA where our mountain little refuge will be waiting for you,

DAY 3: URBINA CHIMBORAZO

We drive for just over an hour to Mount Chimborazo (6310m), the highest and most impressive of Ecuador’s volcanoes.  We park at the lower refuge (4800 m) and continue on foot to the Edgar Whymper Refuge. Located at 5000 meters this is the highest refuge in the world!  From here, it’s all downhill-first on foot and then by bike we descend all the way to Ambato (2800m). This is an amazing bike ride through the highlands, with vicuñas being the sole inhabitants of these wild stretches.   On this tour, cyclists enjoy a breathtaking 70 km ride through varying landscapes in just one day. This trip is by far a customer favorite. Seldom does one have the chance to ride from the snow line of a volcano, through rural Andean patchwork fields, picnic with vicuñas and at the end of the ride arrive in a modern city.  In Ambato, we load up the bikes and return to Quito by jeep.

Price Per Tour $375 per person.

Included: Lunch, mountain bikes, all transportation, all safety gear (helmet, hand gloves) and veteran bilingual guides.

Not included: Entrance fees (e.g. Cotopaxi, currently free of charge), other drinks, personal expenses and tips)