Northern Ecuador Bike Tour

Northern Ecuador Bike Tour

Northern Ecuador Bike Tour

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From $1,600USD

Difficulty

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Highlights

Bike through the spectacular scenery of the Ecuadorian Andes on this guided tour

Take daily bike rides through the stunning green countryside and rolling foothills of the Andes.

Discover local wildlife, including birdwatching in Mindo and a visit to the Butterfly Sanctuary.

Stay in local boutique accommodations between rides that are full of character.

Visit a local chocolate factory to learn all about the local operation and try their famous brownies.

This 8-day guided bike tour explores the foothills region north of Quito. On your first day of cycling, you’ll see what makes this area so special as you ride from the Quito city streets into the Cloud Forest. Be on the lookout for wildlife and unique plants as you ride through an incredibly biodiverse region!

The Northern Ecuador Bike Tour includes big panoramic views, waterfall visits, and rides through different parks and reserves. You’ll also have a chance to learn about the indigenous culture and enjoy a traditional lunch. A visit to the Otavalo market, the largest indigenous market in the country, is a great way to practice sustainable tourism! Any souvenirs purchased here support the community directly and help to preserve the local culture and traditions. During your final bike ride of the trip, you’ll experience all the ecosystems in one ride. You’ll descend from the high altitude forests all the way down into the valley before returning to Quito.

Cruising through lush green foothills, pedalling up to expansive mountain views… The Northern Ecuador Bike Tour is not one to miss!

Northern Ecuador Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Quito

Today is yours to explore Quito at your leisure. Just make sure you’re back at your hotel in time for your 6:00 pm welcome meeting in the lobby!

During the meeting, you’ll meet your guide and the rest of the group and hear all about the exciting adventure that awaits you.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Ride into the Cloud Forest

Today your cycling tour begins! You’ll leave the busy city streets of Quito behind you as ride through back roads and into the countryside. As you continue towards the foothills of Pichincha, you’ll notice changes as the pastures melt into the cloud forest. Take in the incredible biodiversity of the area as you ride through the misty paths.

After a delicious locally-provided lunch, you’ll ride to your lodge and have the rest of the afternoon to relax or explore.

Overnight Location
Hotel near Mindo
Distance
About 4 hours of cycling, 30 km
Meals
Lunch

Day 3 Visit a Butterfly Farm and Local Chocolate Factory

Your morning will begin with a bike ride up to the Mindo-Nambillo reserve. Once you arrive you’ll take a short break from your bike by taking a quick hike to visit a nearby waterfall.

Next, you’ll be riding to a butterfly farm to learn about these colourful creatures. After lunch, you’ll ride to a local Quetzal chocolate factory. This family-run establishment will teach you all about their sweet product. This is a great time to pick up some delicious souvenirs to bring home with you!

Overnight Location
Hotel near Mindo
Distance
About 3 hours of cycling, 30 km
Meals
Lunch

Day 4 Cycle to Otavalo Market

Today you’ll ride north through the mountains towards Otavalo. Take a quick break from cycling through quinoa fields and pastures and sample some local biscotti!

As you arrive in the market, you’ll notice the beautifully embroidered traditional wool outfits being worn by the locals. The Otavalo Market is the largest indigenous market in Ecuador, and you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the stalls of locally-produced sweaters, carvings, and jewelry.

Overnight Location
Hotel near Otavalo
Distance
About 7 hours of cycling
Meals
Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 Enjoy a Traditional Lunch in the Salinas Valley

After breakfast, you’ll take your included transfer to the town of Urcuqui. This is where you’ll hop on your bike and start riding down the hill through the rolling fields of sugar cane, wheat, and corn.

Continue cycling into the Salinas Valley, where you’ll have a chance to meet some indigenous people. Learn all about their culture and history while you enjoy a traditional lunch. Tonight, relax at the lodge immersed in nature.

Overnight Location
Lodge near the El Angel Eco Reserve
Distance
About 3 hours of cycling, 30 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6 Explore the El Angel Ecological Reserve

You have a little break from your bike today, as you’ll be exploring the El Angel Ecological Reserve. Take a hike through the moors, lagoons, and flowers of the park. You may even get lucky and spot a condor or Andean bear!

Spend the afternoon exploring on your own or relaxing at the lodge.

Overnight Location
Lodge near the El Angel Eco Reserve
Distance
About 3 hours of hiking
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7 Ride Down the Mountains into el Chota

Today your adventure will be a challenging bike ride through the vastly different landscapes of Ecuador. You’ll begin in the lush mountain forest and descend all the way to the warm, dry valley below. You’ll have gorgeous views along your way as you experience the quintessential Ecuadorian countryside.

Enjoy lunch before being driven back to Quito for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito
Distance
About 3 hours of cycling, 30km
Meals
Breakfast and lunch

Day 8 Departure

This morning, your tour is officially complete as you check out after breakfast. So long!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Northern Ecuador Bike Tour Price and Dates

This guided cycling tour in Ecuador 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: $1,800USD per person -

    Now $1,495USD per person

  • Dates and Prices to Join a Group Tour:

Day Of WeekPrice Per Person *
MondayNot Available
TuesdayNot Available
WednesdayNot Available
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FridayNot Available
Saturday
$1,250USD
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SundayNot Available
* Single Supplement may apply

Accommodation on the Northern Ecuador Bike Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels and lodges. The hotels offer comfortable rooms in charming and convenient locations. 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 Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel (please inquire for the pricing). We can try and match single travellers up where possible.

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

Septimo Paraiso Lodge in Mindo

Surrounded by the plants and wildlife of the cloud forest, this lodge is the perfect nature lover’s hideaway. You’ll love relaxing at the gorgeous pool.

Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo

You’ll love the historical atmosphere and lovely gardens of this charming hacienda. Immerse yourself in Ecuadorian mountain culture during your stay here.

Polylepis Lodge in El Angel Ecological Reserve

Enjoy modern rooms that are inspired by the natural surroundings here. Sitting in the eco reserve, you’ll find this hotel is beautiful inside and out!

Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito

This Quito hotel has lovely welcoming rooms, but you’ll want to spend all your time at the indoor pool, fully equipped gym, or the charming garden.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in Northern Ecuador Bike Tour?

Meals

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners, water, and snacks are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 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 are included as per the itinerary.

Also Included

  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Bike (Trek X-Caliber), certified helmets and gloves
  • Water bottle
  • All fees to reserves and museums
  • Van support during bike rides

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Ecuador
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Optional activities
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Gratuities for tour guides and drivers

Optional Extras

  • Bicycle upgrade to Trek Top-Fuel model is available for $200USD
  • Extra nights in Quito before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Northern Ecuador Bike Tour

How hard is the Northern Ecuador Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This adventure is for cyclists with some experience. The trails vary in their difficulty, with some hill climbs. The averages ride is about 30 kilometres per day.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ecuador?

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 Northern Ecuador Bike Tour?

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners, water, and snacks are included.

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 Northern Ecuador Bike Tour guided?

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

Where does the Northern Ecuador Bike Tour end?

The tour ends when you check out of your hotel in Quito. You will need to arrange a ride to the airport.

Are equipment rentals included?

Your bike, helmet, and glove rentals are included in this tour. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

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 visit Ecuador for this tour is between June and September when the northern region experiences less rain.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This adventure is for cyclists with some experience. The trails vary in their difficulty, with some hill climbs. The averages ride is about 30 kilometres per day.


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Cesar Romero

Quito, Ecuador

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