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3-day Bike&Hike - Cotopaxi-Quilotoa-Chimborazo: The heart of the Andes

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Day 1: Cotopaxi National Park

Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
At 07:00 AM 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. We drive through pine forest and soon we arrive at the Visitors Center of the park. After visiting the Center, 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. The view from this point is stunning and on a clear day, we are able to see 8 volcanoes.

We then put on helmets, gloves and protective pads and the bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano can begin. The first 8 km will take us down 700 m. 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. With some luck, we might see a condor or a caracara. 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 and the bike adventure is over at this time.

We then ascend by jeep in a northwest direction into the western Cordillera arriving at Quilotoa to spend the night. The night's retreat is a simple but clean inn located in Quilotoa run by an indigenous family.

Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Great organic, home made lunch. Brownies with chocolate from the Amazon Water Tea We cater for diets with specific needs
Accommodation included: Overnight in a simple Inn run by the Indigenous community of Quilotoa. Clean. Good bed. Sustainable lodging

Day 2: Quilotoa crater Lake

Stop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Laguna de Quilotoa, 070701 Ecuador
Today we start with an early hike down to the deep, jade-colored Quilotoa Crater Lake. The hike downhill to the lake takes about 30 minutes, and about twice as long to climb back up. But, you can hire a mule or donkey to carry you back to the top, where breakfast will be awaiting you to charge your batteries for the day's adventure! After breakfast, we descend on mountain bikes to Zumbahua. Many years ago, an earthquake destroyed this area. The land has transformed into a rugged formation resembling the terrain from another planet. Lunch is a picnic at a location where we have the opportunity to intermingle with the Quechua Indians or test your artistic skills with the locals painting landscapes of the area.

After lunch, we enjoy a 30-minute drive until we reach 4,200 m (13.400 ft). We switch then to human power and the downhill bike ride begins down a long and winding road all the way back to Latacunga, located at 2400 m. (7,600 ft.). We then continue by jeep to URBINA where dinner at a quaint mountain refuge will be waiting for you
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Great organic, home made lunches. Brownies with cocoa from the Amazon. water. We cater for diets with Specific needs
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a quaint mountain inn. On a clear night see the Milkyway shining above

Day 3: Chimborazo to Ambato. Bike on the countryside of Ecuador

Stop At: Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador
We drive for just over an hour to Mount Chimborazo (6310m), the highest and most impressive of Ecuador's volcanoes. We park at the lower refuge (4800 m) and continue on foot to the Edgar Whymper Refuge. Located at 5000 meters this is the highest refuge in the world! 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 customer favorite. Seldom does one 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.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Lunch - Great organic, home made lunches. Pineapple up-side down water. We cater for diets with Specific needs
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
N25-33, Quito 170517, Ecuador
Departure Time
7:00 AM
3 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 2x Breakfast
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Use of bicycle
  • Private transportation
  • Use of protections (helmet, gloves)
  • Dinners
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I loved the 3 day - 2 night tour to Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, and Chimborazo. I only had a few days for the highlands and this tour brought me to everything I wanted to see. Guides were knowledgable and gave detailed information on the different mtb-routes. Accommadation was far
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Response from Ana_Lucia_Noboa, Director General at 3-day Bike&Hike - Cotopaxi-Quilotoa-Chimborazo: The heart of the Andes
Responded 3 weeks ago
It was awesome to read your review. I was particularly happy that you found the accommodation "far better than expected". It is simple indeed, however "the arm-hearted hosts" make the difference. And that is the reason we love working with them; as we genuinely believe that tourism should bless us all, and not only the big chains of hotels and restaurants, but also those small entrepreneurs that represent far better our citizens! Thank you for supporting their economy. We do not include dinners to give you the opportunity to choose. You might prefer to wonder next door in Quilotoa and visit other families. Or maybe you prefer a simple soup instead of the full menu. Also, because in the longer trips, sometimes clients like to have a little quality time with their significant others, rather than spend 24/7 with other riders, but thanks for your input.
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Our family (with two 12 old children) had such a great time with Biking Dutchman - fun, peaceful, exhilarating, relaxing - all of these combined. FIRST, the team is awesome. Our guide, Atiel, was extremely knowledgeable about cycling, Ecuador, and South America. He checked
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Response from Biking Dutchman T, General Manager at 3-day Bike&Hike - Cotopaxi-Quilotoa-Chimborazo: The heart of the Andes
Responded 11 Sep 2019
Your fantastic Review made my day! For us, it is a privilege to be able to show our country in this unique way, to all visitors than honor us with their choice. We are very proud to be the “Original”, the ones who first had the idea to do mountain bike tours in Ecuador (and probably South America) And we have devoted ourselves to provide memories such as yours to visitors. However, to hear from you that the trip was “fun, peaceful, exhilarating, relaxing “ goes beyond our best dreams. Etiel and the team will be also happy to read your kind words, as we all strive to achieve HAPPY CLIENTS! Thanks for your recommendation and hopefully many more will follow your steps.
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I did a 3 day tour which was a life highlight for me. The scenery was absolutely incredible and the range of landscapes that we went through were diverse and breathtaking! Our guide Paul was an incredible person with truly amazing energy, an in depth knowledge of the region and
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Response from Ana_Lucia_Noboa, Propietario at 3-day Bike&Hike - Cotopaxi-Quilotoa-Chimborazo: The heart of the Andes
Responded 20 Aug 2019
Your thorough Review came as gift to me today! Thank you for your generous words. I am sincerely touched by expressions like: “life highlight” or “The scenery was absolutely incredible and the range of landscapes that we went through were diverse and breathtaking!” You do not forget to mention Jan and me, neither did you leave out Paul or our driver, not to mention our food, especially prepared for you! It really means the world to us that our clients show such appreciation for our work. I cannot thank you enough for your time and kindness. I sincerely hope that you do return to our beautiful country and that you take one of our tours again, as that would give us the opportunity to give you a treat, like you deserve.
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This was one of the best experiences of my life. There was amazing scenery and nature which was all very unique to Ecuador. The trip also wouldn't have been the same without our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Paul and our reliable and hard working driver Patricio
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Response from Biking Dutchman T, General Manager at 3-day Bike&Hike - Cotopaxi-Quilotoa-Chimborazo: The heart of the Andes
Responded 18 Aug 2019
Thank YOU! It was a great feeling to read your encouraging review. The scenery combined with a good team that thinks in your wishes and needs, make these experiences truely unique. We are happy that you enjoyed the time with us.
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My friend and I booked this trip with little biking experience and not knowing what to expect! This was (without doubt) the best thing I have done in Ecuador. It was the best way to travel and see the back country of Ecuador! Roberto was the best guide you have to request him!
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Response from Biking Dutchman T, Manager at 3-day Bike&Hike - Cotopaxi-Quilotoa-Chimborazo: The heart of the Andes
Responded 12 Jul 2019
Good morning Your encouraging review was received with thanks here in sunny Quito. Roberto C. is new in the team, and has done a really good impression on all of us! His high spirits, sincere smiles, knowledge and passion for biking are really contagious! We are sincerely impressed with your comment "this was (without doubt) the best thing I have done in Ecuador" : it feels awesome to hear that from a client! We strive to make memories that last! Thank you for your amazing Review.
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