Day 1: ANTISANA
Antisana (5705 m) is the fourth highest and one of the most beautiful snow capped volcanoes in Ecuador. It has huge extensions of paramo which has endemic plants and endangered animals, such as the Condor which is the national emblem of Ecuador.
The tour starts early with a departure from Quito at 7am, from there we head east for 45 by jeep , until we reach the town of Pintag. Once in the protected area, we continue for approximately one hour along the plains of this outstanding volcano, up to an altitude of 4.000 meters towards La Mica Lake to enjoy beautiful surroundings and sights.
In La Mica we start biking back to Pintag for about 30 kilometers. The first 7 kilometers is mainly plain and the last 2 kilometers before reaching the highest point of the pass will be uphill.
When we reach the pass there will be an awesome downhill through different landscapes until we reach the Entrance, where the bike tour ends.
We’ll serve a hearty box lunch en route.
There will be some up hills but it will be mainly down hills or plain stretches and always accompanied by a 4-wheel-drive.
The bike ride is approximately 30 km.
We then drive by jeep in a southwest direction into the stunning western Cordillera arriving at Quilotoa to spend the night. The night’s retreat is a simple but clean inn located in Quilotoa.
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 Laguna takes about 30 minutes and about twice as long to climb back up. But, you can hire a mule or donkey for about US$2-3 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.). We then continue by jeep to URBINA.
DAY 3: URBINA 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.
PRICE INCLUDES: Meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches), 2 nights accommodation, 21-speed mountain bikes, transportation, guide-driver, all protection (helmet and gloves)
NOT INCLUDED: Meals not mentioned above (Breakfast first day, dinners), entrance fees to National Parks Antisana and Chimborazo, (currently free of charge), Comunidad Quilotoa $2 pp, drinks, tips, personal expenses.