Equator Escape

All-Mountain in Ecuador

We’ll start this great adventure in the capital city; UNESCO World Heritage designated Quito, which has the most preserved historic center in Latin America. This riding adventure is an enduro trip with a gravity influence that starts in Quito and travels south accross the Andes to the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca with a domestic flight back to Quito included with the trip. Along the way we'll ride an array of the best trails in the country, from the flanks of the impressive Cotopaxi volcano, the country's highest mountain, the Chimborazo volcano to the famous Mama Rumi trail and much, much more. We'll also visit the Middle of the Earth museum where you can straddle the hemispheres and Ecuador's greatest Inca sight, Ingapirca and it's famous Temple of the Sun. Expect days where your tires roll over 30+ miles (50+ kms) of singletrack in diverse and beautiful scenery, experiencing amazing culture and the warmest people imaginable.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Quito.

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner in the Old Town. Bienvenido!

Day 2: Ride Puluhahua. Visit Middle Earth Museum.

Ride into a massive extinct volcano on Infiernilo trail. Visit the fascinating Middle Earth Museum and straddle the equator.

Day 3: Ride Pinchincha & Rucu volcanos.

Flowy singletrack traverse on a long set of trails with a final cable car lift and great final descent.

Day 4: Ride Cotopaxi volcano.

Ride mighty Cotopaxi's surreal moonscape today. Freeriding paradise!

Day 5: Ride Ecuador's highest peak, Chimborazo.

Big descent today on the famous Hieleros trail, a historic ice trading route on the flanks of mighty Chimborazo.

Day 6: Ride Mama Rumi.

Ride ancient Inca trail Mama Rumi from high mountains through cloud forest & banana plantations. One of Ecuador's best trails!

Day 7: Ride Alausi & Nizag trails, transfer to Cañar province.

More Andean mind-blowing riding then we transfer to the beautiful Cañar province in southern Ecuador.

Day 8: Visit Ingapirca Inca ruins. Ride Cuenca trails.

Visit Ecuador's biggest Inca ruins and the famous Temple of the Sun. Then we ride trails overlooking the city of Cuenca.

Day 9: Ride La Paz trails.

Last ride on possibly the best trails in the country, the iconic La Paz trails. Last night celebrations tonight!

Day 10: Fly to Quito, fly home. Adios!

A short one-hour flight back to Quito this morning, then we pack our bikes and return to the Quito airport for flights home. Adios!

What our Guests Say:

"Ecuador has been on my bucket list forever. Seeing it from the saddle of my mountain bike with local guides was the best way to capture it. Thanks! "

- Jennifer B.

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Details

Dates: Nov 18-27, 2016

Jun 9-18, 2017 | Nov 17-26, 2017
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Joining In: Quito, Ecuador
Skill Level: 2 fitness, 3 technical
Type: All-Mountain
Land Cost: $2990 USD /person | Currency Conversion ?

Ride Map

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Skill Levels

To make sure that you are well prepared for your trip, please read the following ability guidelines carefully. It is important that you speak with us prior to booking your trip. Call us Toll Free in North America: 1-866-894-0220 or drop us an email: info@ridebig.com.

Each trip’s ability level is the minimum level required for that trip.

Fitness

Level 1

Exercise regularly. Are comfortable with sustained output at a relaxed pace for 3-4 hours a day for 2-4 consecutive days.

Level 2

Exercise 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes or more. Are comfortable with sustained output at athletic pace with occasional short anaerobic periods. Can ride 4-6 hours per day for 2-4 consecutive days and are comfortable pushing and hiking with the bike for sections.

Technical

Level 1

Have ridden a mountain bike for at least ten times, are capable of controlling bike speed and direction on smooth doubletrack and rolling singletrack trails. Would embrace more riding time and would consider taking a lesson to help prepare for the trip.

Level 2

Have been mountain biking for at least one year, can climb and descend under control on moderately steep singletrack with loose rocks. Can ride with mild exposure at times. Would embrace more riding time and would consider taking a lesson to help prepare for the trip.

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