Join us on a biking tour through the spectacular countryside that makes Ecuador a bikers paradise Cotopaxi and Chimborazo Volcanoes.
Trip Rating: Moderate
Altitude: 5.000m to 2800m
- Professional bilingual guide
- Transportation from/to Quito
- Mountain bike
- 2 Lunches
- 1 Breakfast
- 1 Nigh hotel (double accommodation)
- Personal expenses
- Fee entrances
- Anything not specified above
At 7:00am 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.
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.
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.
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.
Continue by jeep to Riobamba and overnight
Drive for just over an hour to Mount Chimborazo (6310m), the highest and most impressive of Ecuador’s volcanoes.
From the lower refuge (4800m), we continue on foot to the Whypmer refuge, located at 5000m. 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.