Biking the Amazon

Amazing biking tour through the Ecuador Rainforest

Biking the Amazon


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Discover Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest on this 5-day guided biking tour

Experience beautiful jungle, waterfalls, and mountains as you take daily bike rides to explore the Amazon.

Encounter jungle wildlife at your lodge and during a visit to an animal rehabilitation centre.

Learn about local culture while visiting with the Shuar and Kichwa indigenous communities.

Relax in the healing waters of the volcanic hot springs during a visit to Papallacta.

The Biking the Amazon takes you on a guided biking tour that starts in the heights of the Andes, all the way into the Amazon jungle of Ecuador. Experience the rush as you descend from the mountain towns into the lush jungle, discovering wildlife, waterfalls, and amazing views on your way.

On this biking tour, you’ll have daily rides that take you to local sights and communities. You’ll have a chance to see and experience local culture by visiting indigenous communities and indulging in fresh local cuisine. You’ll love being completely immersed in nature while staying at your jungle lodge, and will have plenty of opportunities to see local wildlife. After unforgettable days of riding, relax with a trip to the volcanic hot springs.

The Biking the Amazon is the perfect active way to experience the unbelievable Amazon!

Biking the Amazon Itinerary

Day 1 Ride Towards the Amazon

Your tour begins in Quito as you cycle south through lush pastures with the spectacular volcanic peaks in the background. You’ll be riding to Baños for a quick stop at the Swing at the Edge of the World. If you’re feeling brave, take on the ultimate treehouse swing experience!

From here you’ll ride to the lovely Bridal Veil Falls, and then finish the day off with a dramatic cable car ride over the Pastaza River Canyon. What a first day!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Baños
2 to 3 hours, about 30 km, 150m elevation gain

Day 2 Bike through Llanganates National Park

This morning, a driver will take you up to Llanganates Park, where you’ll begin your bike ride for the day. The ride starts with an uphill stretch on a paved road, but soon you’ll be soaring down from the heights of the Andes into the Amazon Basin. Enjoy the fresh air and incredible views as you descend over 1500 meters!

At the end of the ride, you’ll visit the Pailon del Diablo. This impressive waterfall is the tallest in the country and is a beautiful place to relax after your ride.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Baños
2 to 3 hours, about 30 km, 150m elevation gain

Day 3 Hola Vida Falls and Visit the Locals

Today you’ll be dropped off after an hour’s drive into the Pastaza Province. You’ll take a relaxed ride through the lush Amazon Basin towards a local fish farm. Here you’ll take a short tour to learn about the Paiche (Arapaima) fish, which can grow to over 10 feet and 500 pounds, making it the largest freshwater fish in the world.

Then you’ll ride out to Hola Vida Waterfall, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the emerald green pool at its base. Lunch will be a taste of fresh traditional cuisine provided by a local family.

In the afternoon you’ll visit with Shuar indigenous community to learn about how they are preserving their culture and traditions. After such a busy day, you’ll enjoy the relaxing drive along the river to the hotel.

Overnight Location
Ecolodge in Tena
2 to 3 hours, about 30 km, 150m elevation gain
Breakfast and lunch

Day 4 Bike and Hike to Meet Local Wildlife

This morning, you’ll ride to the AmaZoonico Animal Rehabilitation Center. Here you’ll learn about their efforts to return animals to the wild after they have been illegally taken from their homes. Take a jungle hike to meet the animal residents including monkeys, tapir, ocelots, and many more.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit with a local family from another indigenous group, the Kichwa. Learning about their traditions and hearing the stories of their ancestors will be a highlight of your Ecuadorian experience.

Overnight Location
Ecolodge in Tena
2 to 3 hours, about 30 km, 150m elevation gain
Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 Hot Springs and Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the last morning of your tour. Then you’ll take a drive back up into the Andes for a visit to the Papallacta Hot Springs. Enjoy the healing volcanic hot springs and relax at the beautiful mountain spa. You can purchase treatments if you’re in the mood to indulge in a massage or facial while you’re here.

After your visit, you’ll be dropped off in Quito, which concludes your tour.

Overnight Location

Biking the Amazon Price and Dates

This guided biking tour of the Ecuadorian Amazon is run either as a group tour or a private tour. The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Private tour: $1,125USD per person -

    Now $950USD per person

  • Group tour: $1,000USD per person -

    Now $775USD per person

  • Single room supplements will apply to single rooms required.

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Accommodation on the Biking the Amazon

This tour is based in 3-star hotels and wilderness lodges. You’ll split your stay between a charming mountain village and a rustic ecolodge nestled right in the Amazon. Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel (please inquire for the prices). We can try and match single travellers up where possible.

La Floresta Hotel in Banos

Enjoy a stroll in the beautiful gardens at this mountainside hotel. Here you’ll find traditionally decorated rooms and warm hospitality.

Selina Lodge in Tena

Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle at this rustic wilderness lodge. You’ll love being surrounded by nature and meeting your animal neighbours!

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Biking the Amazon?


4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks, and water are included.


Accommodations for 4 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Quito are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you, your luggage, and your bike as outlined in the itinerary are included. Airport transfers are not included.

Also Included

  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Bike rental, including Trek bike, certified helmets, and gloves
  • Reusable water bottle
  • All fees to reserves and museums
  • Support vehicle during bike rides

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Quito
  • Meals not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, servers, or hotel staff

Optional Extras

  • Spa treatments at the hot springs (can be arranged in advance with your tour guide)
  • Extra nights in Quito before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Biking the Amazon

How hard is Biking the Amazon?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. The daily bike rides are not on challenging terrain and are about 30 kilometres each with some elevation gain. If you are an experienced cyclist, the tour guide can provide a more challenging or longer route.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ecuador name?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Biking the Amazon?

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks, and water are included.

Is the Biking the Amazon family-friendly?

Yes, families with children older than 12 years old are welcome. Children should be comfortable biking the required distances.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Quito to start this tour?

The best way to reach Quito is to fly to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). You will need to arrange a ride from the airport to your hotel.

Is the Biking the Amazon guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Where does the Biking the Amazon end?

This tour ends with a drop-off in Quito. You will need to arrange a ride to the airport.

Are equipment rentals included?

Trek bikes, helmets, and gloves are included. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own bike if you notify the tour company in advance. Please ensure it’s suitable for the demands of the tour.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Ecuador?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Ecuador?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Ecuador for this tour?

The best time to travel to Ecuador for this tour is June through November when there is less rain in the Amazon, and consequently, fewer mosquitos.


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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. The daily bike rides are not on challenging terrain and are about 30 kilometres each with some elevation gain. If you are an experienced cyclist, the tour guide can provide a more challenging or longer route.

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Cesar Romero

Quito, Ecuador

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