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Land of the Imbayas Biking Adventure 5 Days

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Days: 5
Effort: Moderate


Activities: Mountain Biking and Hiking

Land of the Imbayas Biking Adventure 5 Days

Explore the Andes in Northern Ecuador through carefully selected biking venues rich in experience, culture, and scenery. This area, inhabited for centuries by the Imbayas and their descents, is still alive and wonderfully diverse. This tour delivers exceptional riding with stunning volcanic scenery, crater lakes, cloud forests, ancient ruins, and Indian and African-Ecuadorian rural villages. Discover an extraordinarily diverse country, both in terms of its ecosystems and cultures. The biking adventure is further accentuated by stays at fine colonial haciendas, a scenic train ride, and a visit to one of the largest indigenous markets in the world.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore rural villages and mountainous landscapes on Ecuador’s best biking routes.
  • Admire volcanoes and crater lakes as you travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
  • Visit the ancient fortress of Quitoloma and its secluded surroundings.
  • Bargain for handicrafts at Otavalo, one of the largest markets in Latin America.
  • Take a scenic train ride through a dry forest ecosystem and fruit plantations.
  • Ride through the unique and endangered Giant Espeletia forest.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: BIKE TUMBACO VALLEY & VISIT QUITOLOMA

DAY 2: RIDE TO OTAVALO MARKET

DAY 3: CHOTA VALLEY SINGLETRACK & SCENIC TRAIN RIDE

DAY 4: EL ANGEL RESERVE & SPELETIA FOREST

DAY 5: MOJANDA CRATER LAKES DOWNHILL

Accommodations: Colonial Hacienda Hotels and Mountain Lodge

NCLUDES: Adventure/Naturalist guide, private transportation, quality mountain bikes (Shimano deore 27 speed, front suspension, disc brakes), helmet, gloves, accommodations based on double occupancy in Andean haciendas and lodge, entrance fees, and meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Not INCLUDE: Beverages at restaurants or hotels, tips

IMPORTANT FACTS

TRAVEL TIME: 1-3 hours per day

BIKING TIME:3-5 hours per day based on skill

SEASON:Year round

ALTITUDE: 1,600 to 4,000 meters (5,300 to 13,300 ft)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: DAY 4-31 C

SUGGESTED: Warm layered clothing, biking gear, rain shell, sunglasses, hat, sunblock, mosquito repellent.