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COTOPAXI QUILOTOA

Day 1: 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 reach the museum of the park. After visiting the museum and savoring a cup of ginger tea 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 meters 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. After another 2 km on a beautiful single track the bike adventure is over for 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 run by indigenous hosts.

DAY 2) Quilotoa

The next day, and after breakfast to charge your batteries for this day’s adventure, we start with an early hike down to the deep jade colored Quilotoa Crater Lake. The hike downhill to the Laguna takes about 40 minutes and about twice as long to climb back up. But, you can hire a mule or donkey for a few dollars, to carry you back to the top. We then 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.

Included: Meals (1 breakfast,  2 lunches), 1 night accommodation, 21-speed mountain bikes, all transportation, protections (Helmet and gloves)  and experienced bilingual guides.

Not included:  Dinners, Breakfast first day,  Entrance fees to National Parks (e.g. currently free of charge, Community Quilotoa $2 pp), other drinks, personal expenses, tips

 

ANTISANA-QUILOTOA

Day 1: Antisana

antizanaAntisana (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.

antizana6When 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

antizana5The 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 a few 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.

 

Included: Meals (1 breakfast,  2 lunches), 1 night accommodation, 21-speed mountain bikes, all transportation, protections (Helmet and gloves)  and experienced bilingual guides.

Not included: Dinners, Entrance fees to National Parks (e.g. Antisana  currently free of charge, Community Quilotoa $2 pp), personal expenses, tips

 

COTOPAXI CHIMBORAZO

Day 1: Cotopaxi National Park

chimborazo-cotopaxiAt 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 reach the museum of the park. After visiting the museum and savoring a cup of ginger tea 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 meters 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. After another 2 km on a beautiful single track the bike adventure is over for this time. We then hop on the jeep and drive towards the central-andean city of Riobamba, where we will spend the night under the gaze of Chimborazo and the bright stars of our desolate accommodation, away from the city lights. Expect amazing night views.

Day 2: Urbina-Chimborazo

biking-img-004Drive 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. It is seldom for one to 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.

Included: Meals (breakfast second day, 2 lunches), 1 night accommodation, 21-speed mountain bikes, all transportation and experienced bilingual guides, protections  (helmet and hand gloves)

Not included:  Entrance fees to National Parks (e.g. Cotopaxi& Chimborazo currently free of charge), Breakfast first day, Dinners, tips, other drinks, tips and personal expenses

 

ANTISANA-CHIMBORAZO

Day 1: ANTISANA

antizana4Antisana (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 Urbina to spend the night. The night’s retreat is a simple but clean inn located on the foot of Chimborazo.

DAY 2) Urbina-Chimborazo

antizana3Drive 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. It is seldom for one to 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.

Included: Meals (breakfast second day, 2 lunches), 1 night accommodation, 21-speed mountain bikes, all transportation and experienced bilingual guides, protections  (helmet and hand gloves)

Not included: Dinners, Entrance fees to National Parks (e.g. Antisana& Chimborazo currently free of charge), tips, personal expenses

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