Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition

Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition

Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition

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Highlights

Explore the thrilling mountain bike trails of the Ecuadorian Andes over 8 exciting days

Discover the lush green valleys and snowy volcanic peaks of Ecuador's Andes mountain range.

Fuel your bike rides and tempt your tastebuds with traditional dishes and fresh local cuisine.

Bike on trails at the bases of two of Ecuador’s tallest volcanos including Chimborazo and Cotopaxi.

Immerse yourself in the local culture by staying in charming colonial hotels that are steeped in history.

The incredible guided Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition takes you high into the volcanic Andes of Ecuador, so you can ride the region’s most beautiful, challenging trails and enjoy the spectacular scenery! This 8-day adventure takes you on a new thrilling trail each day as you explore beautiful Ecuador.

You’ll be amazed by the incredible wildlife, stunning views, and fascinating local culture as you travel through the mountain villages of Ecuador. Conquer mountain biking trails in Pululahua Reserve, Cotopaxi National Park, Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve, and of course, the famous Mami Rumi trail. This tour provides cozy accommodations with fabulous atmosphere for you to relax in after you’ve had the time of your life riding on these exhilarating trails.

Book the Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition for an experience in the saddle like no other!

Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome Meeting in Quito

Today you can explore the city of Quito at your leisure before you attend your welcome briefing at 6:00 pm in your hotel’s lobby. This meeting will introduce you to your guide and the rest of your group. You’ll also be able to ask any questions you might have as you hear about the adventure you’re about to embark on!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quito (2,850m / 9,350’)
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle the Frog’s Trail

Leave the city behind as your ride starts on the dirt road northwest of Quito. You’ll soon see how the Frog’s Trail got its name, as you’ll see the many different species of frogs who live along the path. Let the constant ribbits be your soundtrack!

You’ll continue to bike the dirt path through farms with amazing mountain views. Finally, you’ll ride to Pucara, where you can visit the Equator monument before turning in for the night.

Overnight Location
Private Villa in Pucara (3,785m / 12,417’)
Distance
2-3 hours, about 14.1 km, average 646m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Ride the Infiernillo Trail

Your day starts early this morning as you ride into the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. This lush forest is teeming with incredibly diverse wildlife- keep one eye beside the trail in case you pass some local animals.

You’ll ride through the gorgeous green forest on a single track into the scenic river valley. Here you’ll meet your driver who will take you to tonight’s accommodations.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Otavalo (2,532m / 8,307’)
Distance
4-5 hours, about 37 km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Take on the El Chota Trail

It’s a scenic drive past the impressive Ibarra and Imbabura Volcanos to get to today’s trail. The El Chota trail is rocky, so you’ll love the exciting twists, turns, and narrow passes on the bumpy terrain.

After your adrenaline-fueled ride, a car will meet you and take you back to the hacienda. This is your last night in Otavalo, so make sure you visit the incredible indigenous Otavalo Market, which is the largest of its kind.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Otavalo (2,532m / 8,307’)
Distance
2-3 hours, about 31.2 km, average 1,122m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Ride the Volcanic Cotopaxi Trail

Today is another early morning as you drive down the spectacular Route of Volcanoes to Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano on the planet, and this beautiful volcano will be today’s playground!

You’ll be taking a sandy single track over the foothills surrounded by volcanic rock formations. You’ll have a picnic lunch with a view of some ancient Incan ruins. After lunch, the group can decide if you want to continue biking for a few more hours.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Riobamba (2,700m / 8,858’)
Distance
2-3 hours, about 30 km, average 300 m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Hike and Bike on Chimborazo

Your destination today is the Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve, which is on the tallest volcano in Ecuador. Start off with a hike between the first and second basecamps which climbs 2000 meters in elevation to an incredible altitude of 5000 meters above sea level!

Now that you’re warmed up. it’s time to get on your bike and ride the Hieleros Trail. This sandy, rocky path leads into the Polylepis Forest towards Guaranda.

After a day of enjoying the contrast between the snowy peaks and the bright blue sky, you’ll be driven to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Guaranda (2,668m / 8,753’)
Distance
2-3 hours, about 30 km, average 300m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Ride the Mama Rumi Trail

Your last ride of this adventure is sure to be the highlight of your trip, as the Mama Rumi trail is known as one of the best mountain biking trails in South America.

You’ll get your adrenaline pumping as you descend from the switchbacks of the Andes all the way down to the coastal banana plantations. Enjoy every second! After your wild ride, you’ll be driven back to Quito for your farewell dinner.

Overnight Location: Hotel in Quito (2,850m / 9,350’)

Distance
2-3 hours, about 23 km, average 2,106m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Tour Ends in Quito

It’s time to check out after breakfast. Catch your flight home or continue to your next destination!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition 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: $2,280USD per person -

    Now $2,095USD per person

  • Dates and Prices to Join a Group Tour:

Day Of WeekPrice Per Person *
MondayNot Available
TuesdayNot Available
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FridayNot Available
Saturday
$1,750USD
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SundayNot Available
* Single Supplement may apply

Accommodation on the Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels and haciendas, which are colonial homes that have been converted into lodges. The hotels offer comfortable rooms. 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.

Night 2

Private Villa in Pucara

Enjoy sharing a private home with just your group. Situated in a tiny village with beautiful views, this is the perfect spot to unwind.

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.

La Andaluza Hacienda in Riobamba

Step back in time when you visit this gorgeous historic hacienda. You’ll love admiring all the antiques inside and exploring the exquisite gardens.

El Angel Hotel in Guaranda

This hacienda-style lodge maintains its colonial charm while offering cozy comfortable rooms.

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 the Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, snacks, and water 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 throughout the tour as outlined in the itinerary are included. Airport transfers before and after the tour are not included.

Also Included

  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Bike rental includes Trek Top Fuel ex, 2020 full suspension mountain 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 Ecuador
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks 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

  • Guided city tour of Quito on day 1

Frequenty Asked Questions about Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition

How hard is the Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition?

We rate this tour as a 5/5. The trails included on this tour are challenging and technical, and they require riders with experience in navigating mountain bike terrain. This tour earns the maximum difficulty rating as it also includes time spent at high altitudes, which can significantly impact how challenging the activity can feel. Experienced, fit mountain bikers will be able to get the most out of this tour. The guides are also happy to accommodate even more advanced riders on longer, more challenging trails if desired.

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 Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition?

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, snacks, and water 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 mountain biking. 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 your own transportation to the hotel.

Is the Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition guided?

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

Where does the Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition end?

This tour begins and ends in Quito. You will need to arrange your own transportation from the hotel to the airport at the end of the tour.

Are equipment rentals included?

Yes, Trek Top Fuel ex, 2020 full suspension mountain bike, 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 is a mountain bike up to the demands of the tour.

What is the group size on the Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition?

This is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 10 travellers.

Are children welcome on the Ultimate Ecuador Mountain Biking Expedition?

Yes, children over 12 years old are welcome, however, they must have enough mountain biking experience to meet 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 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 5/5. The trails included on this tour are challenging and technical, and they require riders with experience in navigating mountain bike terrain. This tour earns the maximum difficulty rating as it also includes time spent at high altitudes, which can significantly impact how challenging the activity can feel. Experienced, fit mountain bikers will be able to get the most out of this tour.

The guides are also happy to accommodate even more advanced riders on longer, more challenging trails if desired.


Read about our scale for Tour Difficulty Ratings.

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Cesar Romero

Quito, Ecuador

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