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Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITO
ECUADOR'S CAPITAL CITY
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ADVENTURE JOURNEYS can help you to organize a day trip, please do a request with time in advance. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotels lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours, and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Mercure Hotel or Similar
DAY 02: BIKING IN COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARKWe begin this adventure driving south on the pan American highway for about 2 hours, this area is known as The Avenue of Volcanoes, it was named like this by the famous German Explorer Alexander Vond Humboldt, on the way you might be able to enjoy views of volcanoes like Cayambe, Antisana, Pichincha, Illinizas, Pasochoa and Corazon.Once we enter the park we will drive on the high alpine line, and we will learn from our local guide about the flora and fauna of the Paramo Ecosystem, along the road we will cross a pine tree forest and with some luck you could spot a white tail deer.The biking experience will start at 13000 feet of elevation and will take place on a dirt road surrounded by the remains of the last eruption of Cotopaxi that was about 140 years ago, we will see wild horses and bulls along the road, and later we will ride on a fun single track all the way to the Pucara Inca Ruins, here our guides will prepare some delicious lunch for you. Then in the afternoon we will continue riding for about 1 hour to the Hacienda Santa Ana.
Biking time.- from 2 to 4 hours
Biking Distance.- 20 miles ( 32 Km)
Elevation Gain.- 300 feet ( 91 m)
What to wear.- Biking shorts or pants, t-shirt, fleece, biking or tennis shoes.
Accommodation: Santa Ana Hacienda
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 03: PAPALLACTA HOTSPRINGSIn this day after breakfast we will drive to the western part or the Ecuadorian Andes, our first stop is at Guango Hummingbirds Reserve, here we will have an opportunity to view 10 plus species of this little colorful birds while enjoying a cup of coffee or some amazon tea, later we continue to the Papallacta resort to check in at your cabin located right in front of the volcanic water pools, today lunch in on your own as there are plenty of choices for restaurants that offer traditional food, in the afternoon we will go for a hiking exploration in the nearby high altitude cloud forest, while in the reserve you can look for orchids, bromeliads and several different species of flora, with some luck you could view some birds such us tanagers, trogons, warbler, flycatchers and maybe a condor.The rest of the day and night is yours to enjoy the Hot springs or the Spa treatments.
Hiking time.- from 2 to 3 hours depending on the weather.
Hiking Distance.- 2 miles ( 3,2 Km)
Elevation Gain.- 500 feet ( 152 m)
What to wear.- T-shirt, hiking pants, tennis shoes, robber boots for rent at the reserve, bring rain gear in your day pack as well as binoculars.
Accommodation: Papallacta Hot Springs
DAY 04: BIKING IN THE CAYAMBE COCA RESERVE
This is a great experience in due to this Ecological reserve is very pristine and not many people have the chance to come here as is so remote, the ride will be mostly on dirt and gravel, this road is exclusive and there is no traffic.
In this high region we will be surrounded by grassland and colorful flowers, sometimes deer and rabbits crossing, this park is home of the Spectacle Bear the only species in south America, while descending from 13000 ft. to 9000 ft. you will enjoy the views of the Andean fields. As local people from this are depend very much in agriculture of products like potato, corn, fava beans, lupine, etc.
We arrive at the Hacienda to check in the early afternoon, and later we will do an optional bike ride of 20 minutes each way to the Equator monument to learn a bit more of the Latitude 0.
Biking time.- from 2 to 4 hours.
Biking Distance.- miles 35 ( 56 Km)
Elevation Gain.- 350 feet ( 106 m ) optional elevation gain 3000 feet
What to wear.- Biking shorts or pants, t-shirt, fleece, biking or tennis shoes, biking gloves.
Accommodation: Guachala Hacienda
DAY 05: BIKING TO OTAVALO
In the morning we will drive for about 1 hour to the point where we start biking, todays ride is on asphalt a beautiful road that surrounds the Imbabura Volcano, while we ride we will have great views of the San Pablo Lake and the small indigenous villages of this province, we will stop on the way to visit a weavers workshop and learn how they make their tapestries, lunch is on your own and the rest of the afternoon is for you to explore Otavalo Indigenous Market, here you will find the best souvenirs for the best prices, and the most important is that all the stuff is made locally by families from this area. The main things you will find here are ponchos, tapestries, blankets, jewelry, etc.
In the late afternoon we will go to the hacienda for a welcome drink and a delicious dinner.
Biking time.- from 2 to 4 hours
Biking Distance.- 18 miles ( Km )
Elevation Gain.- Optional 1000 feet ( 304 m )
What to wear.- Biking shorts, t-shirt, biking or tennis shoes, biking gloves.
Accommodation: Pinsaqui Hacienda
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 06: BIKING INTO THE PULULAHUA CRATER
Today we drive for two hours as head south on the Pan-American highway, the first stop will be at Tabacundo town at the rose shops, most of the people in this town depend on their rose farms, as this is considered among the top 5 biggest business of Ecuador, later we will pass by the dry valley of Guayllabamba and stop for tasting the local fruit chirimoya.
Our ride will start at the small village of Yunguilla, and will enter the Pululahua Crater on a fantastic dirt road into the Cloud forest, this is a Geo-botanical reserve that is taking place inside the collapsed caldera of this old volcano, according to the experts a huge eruption happened here thousands of years ago and left this great formations, specially the lava domes in the center of the volcano, while descending on our bikes every corner will give us a chance to enjoy amazing scenery, the adventure on two wheels will end in the center of the caldera, we will have lunch in one of the local restaurants and in the adfternoon is optional to climb out the volcano, otherwise we continue back to Quito by bus.
Biking time.- from 2 to 4 hours.
Biking Distance.- 15 miles ( 24 Km )
Elevation Gain.- 350 feet ( 106 m ) Optional 1500 feet ( 457 m )
What to wear.- Water t-shirt, shorts, sandals, expedition hat.
Accommodation: Mercure Alameda
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 07: QUITO DEPARTURE
DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES
International departures, end of services. Take with you memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a buen viaje!
EXTRA IMPORTANT DETAILS
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2 hours driving a day
Pichincha, Cotopaxi and Imbabura provinces.
Central and Northern Andes of Ecuador.
From 6900 feet ( 2100 m ) to 13000 feet ( 3962 m )
Day 15-34C / 59-93F - Night 12-17C / 53-62F
Moderate to Challenging. This program is located in the central and northern Andes of Ecuador and we cycle mostly on dirt roads, single track and one day on asphalt, the rides are mostly flat and downhill but there is also optional climbs depending on the physical level of the group, for people that need a brake or are tired can ride in the bus with our driver but still enjoy the attractions.
Top of the line Bikes, TREK X caliber, rock shock suspension, hydraulic brakes, 29 inches wheels, bontrager helmets.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
One of the highlights of this trip is the Gastronomy, most of what we eat is organic and very fresh. Products like yucca, plantains, heart of palm, salads, fish, chicken, beef, always coffee and tea. All this is prepare by professional chefs from the Haciendas, for picnic and box lunches we include a huge variety of fruit, protein, vegetables, and snacks. Vegans, Gluten free and Vegetarians are welcome in our trips, there will always be options for them.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions ( i.epregnacy, diabetes etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend to ensure that routine immunizations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.