Ecuador Bike Packing Avenue of Volcanoes 7 DAYS
This fantastic bike-packing adventure takes you to the heart of the Equatorial Andes, known as the Avenue of Volcanoes, visiting the Quilotoa Crater Lake and then biking into the Toachi canyon, you will be fascinated by the beauty of this area and also the interaction with the local people, it is mostly cross country biking on dirt roads and easy single tracks.
BIKEPACKING FROM LODGE TO LODGE
QUILOTOA CRATER LAKE
COTOPAXI ACTIVE VOLCANO
CAMPING IN THE HEART OF THE ANDES
Day 1: Quito
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared an 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.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Accommodation:Mercure Hotel or similar or similar visite website
Day 2: Quilotoa Crater Lake
Today we will drive for 3 hours to the Indigenous Market of Pujili, here we will learn about the Andean products and the traditional food, later we go to the Illinizas Ecological reserve, at 12500 feet, and hike into Quilotoa Carter Lake, magical and beautiful because of its formation and turquoise color water,the hike will take about 45 minutes and then is optional to kayak across the lake, for the way back up you can hike or ride a mule.
Accommodation: Samay Kirutoa Hotel or similar
Day 3: Isinlivi
After breakfast we get on our bikes and continue the adventure following a trail that surrounds the crater and then continue on a dirt road to a small farmers village, along the way we will appreciate the colorful fields of corn, quinoa, fava beans and potatoes, in the morning we will go mostly down into the Toachi canyon and in the adfternoon we will go back up to Isinlivi for the overnight.
Accommodation: Llullullama Lodge or similar
Day 4: Lasso
In the morning for the people interested can go for milking a cow with the indigenous people, and after breakfast we will ride is mostly on a dirt road with very little traffic, the first section is mostly uphill for about two hours and then downhill with amazing rocky views and paved road to a Historical Hacienda where we spend the overnight.
Accommodation: La Cienega Hacienda
Day 5: Cotopaxi National Park
Today we will get into the thin air biking to 13000 feet to the Cotopaxi National Park, the first part would be on a dirt road throw the nearby farms and then on a paved road with exclusive biking lines, and finally after 2 hours we get into the reserve and start biking again on a dirt road, the main attraction of this day is the Cotopaxi Volcano with over than 19000 feet is considered as the highest active volcano on earth, is the perfect cone volcano, and it surrounds a beautiful Andean high ecosystem known as Paramo, no much vegetation grows here but is amazing to see the landscape with several mountains and other volcanoes, we will have lunch in the reserve and then bike to the campsite right in front of Cotopaxi.
Day 6: Quito
Today is a very awesome day as we ride single track in the reserve and along the way we can see a lot of volcanic material from the last eruption of Cotopaxi that was about 140 years ago, as we continue bikepacking we can have different views of this fantastic volcano, we will enjoy a nice lunch on the way and then continue on a dirt and cobblestone road to Quito city.
Accommodation: Mercure Alameda Hotel or similar (visit website)
Day 7: Quito - Departure
Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your 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"!
- Activities:Bikepacking in the Avenue of the Volcanoes, hiking into the Quilotoa Crater.
- Accommodation based in double occupancy: 2 nights first class hotel in Quito, 2 nights basic lodge, 1 night in a Colonial Hacienda, 1 night camping.
- Transportation: Bike Trek X-Caliber 9, 29 wheel, rock shock suspension, hydraulic brakes.
- Trip Leader: EPL certified Professional Bike Packing guide.
- International fligts
- My Own Room supplement USD $ 652
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Airport transfers ( International flights)
- Meals not described in the itinerary (Budget for not included meals USD $ 180)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Airline tickets
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- Quick dry clothing
- Fleece top
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants
- Winter jacket
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- 3 pairs of biking shorts
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- Sport sandals
- 1 swimming suit
- Hiking shoes
- Tennis shoes
- Day backpack 20L. (with rain cover)
- Watch or alarm clock
- Pocket knife
- Small biking multi-tool
- Waterproof binoculars (if possible)
- Insect repellent
- Sun Screen 60 SPF
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Waterproof camera (if possible)
- Personal water bottle 2L. or camelback 2L.
- Money belt
- First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, altitude medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking,
REMEMBER: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL 'LIGHT'!
NOTE: OUR BIKES HAVE REGULAR PEDALS AVAILABLE SO IT IS OPTIONAL TO BRING YOUR OWN CLIP PEDALS AND SHOES.
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.
3 hours on the first day
From 4 to 6 hours a day. Please check the maps and full biking information in the full itinerary.
All year, best from May to October
Andes region, Avenue of Volcanoes, Quilotoa Loop.
From 2800 meters (9000 ft.) to 4000 meters (13000 ft.); check altitude maps in the full itinerary.
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
Challenging. This program is located in The Andes and tropical cloud forest. It includes biking on single tracks and dirt roads.
High quality Trek Xcaliper 9, 29 wheels, MTB (Disk hydraulic brakes and front suspension), Shimano Deore parts, gloves, 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.
Travelling with Adventure Journeys will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
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.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
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.