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Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Multisport Bike Tour in the Equatorial Andes and Galápagos Islands

Ecuador is like no other place on Earth and our multisport journey from the Andean highlands to the Galápagos Islands will show you why. South America's fourth-smallest country boasts the world's greatest biodiversity per square mile. As you travel by bus, bike, foot, boat and plane, you will encounter species of birds, plants, reptiles and amphibians that will educate, inform and take your breath away. Your Trek Travel Ecuador journey begins in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, where an early shuttle whisks you to the Cubilche volcano. Over the next two days you'll explore the Guango Cloud Forest Reserve, observe many species of hummingbirds and butterflies, soak in hot pools, hike into the Cayambe Coca Reserve, and ride past ancient Inca ruins while you learn about the unique culture of the Ecuadorian Andes in the shadow of the Cotapaxi volcano. A series of short shuttles and flights will then bring you to the Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos with its twin volcanic craters, giant tortoises and white sand beaches frequented by flamingos and marine iguanas. Then, two full days on Isabella will include a hike past the Sierra Negra Volcano lava flows from 2005 and to more unspoiled beaches, mangrove forests, and lagoons, and plenty of wildlife that can only be seen here. If you've ever been interested in ecodiversity, this trip is ground zero for the best of the best.
From:
$6299 Per Person
Duration:
8 Days & 7 Nights
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2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Bike Included:
Trek X-Caliber 9 More options available
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Trip Wows
Explore the stunning landscape, delicious cuisine and deep culture of the equatorial Andes
Visit mystical Andean Cloud Forests, spot exotic wildlife, uncover ancient Inca ruins, soak in natural thermal springs, and trek around massive volcanoes on bike and foot
Wander volcanic craters, lava tubes, crystal water filled gorges and white sand beaches in search of Giant Tortoises and the perfect Galápagos day on Santa Cruz Island
Descend the slopes of a recent volcano to the sea and spot Galápagos wildlife such as marine iguanas, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles and the docile Galápagos shark around lava sea tunnels on Isabella Island
Watch the Experience
With the help of trusted local friends, we uncovered the best of Ecuador and Galápagos culture, adventure, wildlife opportunities, cuisine and accommodations to create a truly breathtaking 8 day trip through the Andes and Galápagos Islands. The multisport format offers many ways to experience all that this enchanting country has to offer and is designed to be a fantastic destination for all abilities and interests.
-Zack and Elizabeth, Trip Designers

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An early departure from Quito takes us on a 2-hour scenic drive through the north central highlands of Ecuador. We'll stop en route to stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres at the Equator Monument before continuing up to the Cubilche volcano. A picnic lunch awaits us with local fruit and delicious specialties on the banks of a volcanic lake. Following a few safety and orientation talks, your guides will lead you down the flanks of the Cubilche volcano over a combination of dirt and paved roads and some short sections of mellow singletrack trail. The ride ends at the Otavalo market, known as one of South America's largest and most unique indigenous markets. All purchases made at the market can be secured in Quito until your return on the last day. We will transfer another two scenic hours in our comfortable bus to our home for the next two nights, Termas de Papallact. Take a quick soak in the hot pools before meeting for a lively Ecuadorian social hour and dinner at the hotel.
Today's Ride:

Cubilche Volcano to Otavalo Market
Approximately 16 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing and 2,700 feet of descending

Short Option:

Cubilche to San Pablo Lake
Approximately 11 miles with 600 feet of climbing and 1,900 feet of descending

Today's Activity:

Equator monument visit, bike, indigenous market visit

Hotel:

Termas Papallacta

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Following a delicious European-style breakfast we will head out from the hotel with a local naturalist guide to hike in the Cayambe Coca reserve. This unique landscape transitions between rainforest and alpine and offers a chance to spot tucans, parrots, long-tailed weasels, spectacled bear, andean condor, South American deer or the northern pudú, as well as extensive wildflowers, epiphytes, unique flora and vistas of towering volcanoes. The rainforest can be wet and muddy at times so rubber boots are provided but come prepared with waterproof clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty. The afternoon is free to visit the Papallacta Spa, thermal baths, and restaurants on your own. This is a great chance for a therapeutic massage and visit to the onsite steam caves. Or, for those seeking more jungle time, join us for an optional trip to the private Guango Cloud Forest Reserve for bird watching and hiking. Tonight we will dine at the hotel.
Today's Activity:

Cayambe Coca Reserve Hike
Approximately 3 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hiking, wildlife and bird viewing, thermal springs

Hotel:

Termas Papallacta

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

After a hearty breakfast we'll drive 2.5 hours to the Cotopaxi National Park, home to Cotopaxi, one of the tallest active volcanoes in the world at 19,347 feet above sea level. Today's ride follows an amazing trail through an utterly sublime landscape circling a portion of the dramatic glaciated volcano and is known as one of the most magnificent rides in the country. We'll take some time to visit the Inca Tambo ruins and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch with coca tea, said to alleviate the effects of elevation. Continuing on our route, we will meander through the páramo (Andean grassland) passing historic haciendas, ranches, and possibly local inhabitants such as little red brokett deer, Andean wolves, pumas, bears, marsupial mice, condors, wild horses, and colpeos or Andean foxes. Our ride ends at the luxurious and historic Hacienda San Agustin de Callo. Tonight we dine together within the six-hundred year old walls of a former Inca palace.
Today's Ride:

Water Channel to Limpio Pungo Lagoon
Approximately 22 miles with 1,650 feet of climbing and 1,000 feet of descending

Short Option:

Water Channel to Cotopaxi Park
Approximately 18 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing and 1,000 feet of descending

Avid Option:

Water Channel to Hacienda San Agustin
Approximately 32 miles with 1,940 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

An early departure brings us to the Quito Airport for a morning flight to Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos archipelago. We'll then take a short ferry ride to the main island and hop on a private bus for a brief visit and walk along the Twin Craters. Here our naturalist guide will explain the forces that created these two adjacent craters and highlight the very different flora and fauna of the island. Our next stop is the El Chato reserve where massive giant tortoises congregate. After a traditional Ecuadorian lunch we'll go on a hike with some photo opportunities of prehistoric reptiles and explore a short but stunning lava tube spanning a few hundred yards underground. A short drive takes us to the harbor town of Puerto Ayora and our evening's hotel, the Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, accessible only via water taxi across the turquoise bay. Tonight is yours to explore the lively town of Puerto Ayora or stay in and dine by the water on the deck of our whimsical, boutique seaside hotel.
Hotel:

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today is the perfect opportunity to choose your own adventure on Santa Cruz Island. Following a leisurely waterfront breakfast, you can embark on a variety of activities with or without a guide depending on your whims. Choose to hike along the gentle scenic path through cacti, palo santo, and matasarno trees to the expansive and pristine white sand beach at Tortuga Bay. A popular nesting ground for sea turtles, this protected beach is a fantastic destination to snorkel, kayak, surf, spot wildlife or simply lie under the Pacific sun. Or, choose a slightly shorter trek out to the stunning Las Grietas, a volcanic gorge filled with crystal-clear fresh and brackish water perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Or, venture in to the vibrant harbor town of Puerta Ayora via water taxi to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, shop for gifts and local crafts and check out the famous fish market where sea lions hang out to catch scraps. Today you are free to have lunch at the restaurant of your choice in town or at the hotel. We will all reunite in the afternoon for a 2-hour scenic boat ride to Isabella Island and have the chance to see whales and dolphins en route. Once on Isabella we will settle in to the Iguana Crossing, our contemporary luxury boutique by the sea for the next three nights.
Today's Activity:

Tortuga Bay Hike
Approximately 3 miles with 100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Las Grietas Hike
Approximately 2 miles with 150 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Swim, snorkel and explore town

Hotel:

Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Our day starts with a gourmet breakfast listening to the crashing surf while watching the daily march of marine iguanas across the road to spend their day by the sea. Today we shuttle to the summit of Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands and home to the second largest caldera in the world. The six-mile wide caldera contains an immense lava field that was active as recent as 2005 and makes for great hiking, scenic vistas and is home to a handful of giant tortoises. After hiking a bit on the rim, our avid riders can jump on mountain bikes and head down from the 2800 ft summit on a fun dirt road and an exclusive trail. Whether you ride or shuttle, we all meet up at a lagoon frequented by flamingos for photos of these stunning pink birds. Today's ride cruises along the beach, through mangrove and cacti forests up to a sobering monument known as the Wall of Tears. This former penal colony has a fascinating, tragic and triumphant history that our local guide will share with us as we hike to various beautiful view points around the compound. We'll descend the way we came stopping to check out some of the mangroves and white sand beaches woven between rugged black lava flows. Look out for marine iguanas, colorful Galapagos crabs, herons, American oyster catchers, and sea lions. Lunch is open for you to try the restaurant of your choice in the quaint island town of Puerto Viamil. In the afternoon we will head out for a scenic boat tour, kayak, walk and snorkel through the islets of Tintoreras. Here you will encounter penguins, blue- and red-footed boobies, sea turtles, rays, and tropical fish. Tonight you are free to check out town for dinner of your choice.
Today's Ride:

Flamingo Lagoon to Wall of Tears
Approximately 12 miles with 250 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Flamingo Lagoon to Wall of Tears with shuttle
Approximately 8 miles with 100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Sierra Negra to Wall of Tears
Approximately 21 miles with 210 feet of climbing 2870 feet of descending

Hotel:

Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today, we begin with a late morning one hour boat tour out to explore the amazing coastal lava formations created by the last volcanic eruptions along the seashore of Isabella. Los Tuneles is a magical place of inlets, coves, lava bridges and tunnels and crystal clear water. The location has been featured in a variety of documentaries by BBC and National Geographic. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through these tunnels. This day offers the best snorkeling of the trip with waters rich in sea life like sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and more. Following a 1-hour boat trip back to Puerto Viamil, you can enjoy optional activities such as snorkeling at Concha de Perla, surfing lessons, exploring the coastline on bike or just relaxing on the exotic white sand beaches of Isabela Island. We'll then gather for a sunset social hour on the deck of our amazing hotel and celebrate our final night together over a gourmet Ecuadorian feast comprised almost entirely of locally sourced cuisine.
Hotel:

Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

We say farewell to the Galapagos today to return to Quito for flights home or for further exploration of your choice in Ecuador or South America. Following an early breakfast, we will board a private boat bound for Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Airport. From Baltra we fly back to Quito International Airport from where some may choose to depart. A final 45-minute shuttle brings us back to the Alameda Mercure Hotel in Central Quito to say our goodbyes.
Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Termas Papallacta

Papallacta, Ecuador

Termas Papallacta is located in a small town situated at an altitude of 10,700' (3,250 m) in the Andes. Resting on the Eastern Cordillera leading to the Amazon rainforest, the thermal springs hotel and resort is surrounded by steep mountains in the transition zone between rain forest and sub-alpine climes. Tranquility abounds here from the cozy European influenced rooms crafted in local hardwoods to the prolific geothermal hot pools that surround the property just steps outside of your door. A full-service spa offers a broad range of pampering and restorative treatments and the restaurant, spa cafe and bar provide plenty of gastronomic options. Papallacta is also conveniently located at the foot of miles of hiking trails that quickly take you in to the heart of the Ecuadorian cloud forest and mountains.
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Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

Lasso, Cotapaxi, Ecuador

Hacienda San Agustin de Callo is a historic Inca imperial and Spanish Colonial hacienda built on the site of an Inca palace. Elegant yet comfortably rustic, the Hacienda exquisitely embodies the height of Andean culture and aesthetics in the shadow of 19,000'. Cotopaxi volcano. From the Inca chapel and dining room to the warm and decadent rooms with built fireplaces, this hotel beckons you to stay the rest of your life. While there is little in the way of modern amenities like TVs and wifi, you'll find plenty to occupy the senses at the Hacienda, the owner Mignon and her team are always available to deliver on the creature comforts. This isn't a hotel. It's an experience.
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Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

Located on the "Punta Estrada" on the bay of Puerto Ayora, this waterfront boutique hotel is a true island gem. The Angermeyer is an airy tropical retreat constructed with local materials like lava rock, driftwood, palm thatch, and white stucco, culminating in an eclectic maritime elegance that will take your breath away. Dine at the waterfront cafe for a cozy and relaxing sunset dinner or catch a taxi from the private dock into town for a spirited night out Ecuador style. Rooms are bright, spacious and contemporary, featuring every creature comfort. Best of all, the Angermeyer is ideally located for any activity you may want to enjoy on your day to explore.
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Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa

Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

Experience a level of peace, tranquility, and privacy that is only available in the Galapagos. The Casa Baronesa Waterfront Villa is the ultimate island getaway. The entire second floor serves as the master suite including a hot tub and out the window you can see the most magnificent views of the Galapagos coastline.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)
MEETING TIME:
7:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Alameda Hotel Mercure, Quito, Ecuador

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)
DEPARTING TIME:
5:30 - 6:30 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Mariscal Sucre International Airport or Alameda Hotel Mercure, Quito, Ecuador

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.

We recommend that you fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (UIO). From the airport you can take an airport taxi to the meeting location. The Alameda Hotel Mercure also offers an airport shuttle.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 7:00 AM at Alameda Hotel Mercure on the first day of the trip. We will have a scenic 2-hour drive through the northern Andes of Ecuador. On the way we will stop at the equator monument, where we will have the opportunity to stand on both hemispheres at the same time; after a brief stop we will continue our journey to the Cubilche volcano and enjoy an Ecuadorian picnic lunch. After bike fitting, an orientation and safety talk, we will embark on the day's ride through the colorful Andean countryside to the famous Otavalo Market.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Termas Papallacta (+593-2-256 8989), and leave a message with your expected arrival time.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at either the Quito International Airport at 5:30 PM or the Alameda Mercure Hotel in central Quito at 6:30 PM.

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What's Included

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 7 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Social hour of drinks and hors d’oeuvres on your first and last night of the trip
  • Ride a Trek X-Caliber 9 Mountain Bike on the mainland and a Marlin 7 on the Galápagos Islands
  • Three daily route options
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals of your choice
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Ride a Trek X-Caliber 9 Mountain Bike on the mainland and a Marlin 7 on the Galápagos Islands
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Flat pack
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
20 miles
TOTAL MILES:
56 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
965 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
3,300 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
Ecuador is the only mountainous place on the entirety of the Equator and is a uniquely rugged landscape where glacier-capped volcanoes tower over 20,000 ft and valleys can be as deep as 5,000 feet. As a Level 2 (recreational) vacation, the Trek Travel Ecuador multisport vacation follows a path of least resistance where the majority of the riding is downhill on very quiet roads and trails. There is indeed some climbing but guests can choose to avoid it with a shuttle. We ride on dirt, cobblestone, sand, some rocky paths and some broad easy singletrack. While this is not a mountain biking trip, due to the nature of our beautiful route, we will ride mountain bikes on both the mainland and the islands. Rain can be common in the Andes, and can cause dirt roads to be muddy, whereas the islands tend to be hot and even after rain the volcanic soil drains quickly keeping terrain drier. Our altitude will remain between 10,000 and 13,000 feet which can be more fatiguing than riding at sea level. Hiking is generally mild to moderate on mixed surfaces including, paved paths, rock, mud and roots, sand and dirt, through grassland, forest, lava flows and beaches. Ecuador is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 3+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Hiking
  • Indigenous Market
  • Inca Ruins
  • Boat tours
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Volcano and Lava Tube tour
  • Spa Treatments
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife tours
  • Thermal Springs

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Planning For Your Trip

Packing

In addition to standard packing list items, we recommend that you bring the following with you on your trip: Quick dry clothing, Fleece top, 1 pair hiking pants/track pants, 2 swimming suits, Sport sandals, Hiking shoes, Day backpack 20L. (with rain cover), Water bottle 1L or hydration pack 1L, Watch or alarm clock, Waterproof binoculars (if possible), Flashlight, Waterproof camera (if possible), Money belt, Snorkel gear and fins (Included for activities, but many people prefer to bring their own), First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, anti-histamine, sea/motion sickness medication, activated charcoal, Imodium, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.) Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Quito, Ecuador

Quito is a fascinating and historic city perched at 9350 feet above sea level and lying just south of the physical equator line. This location makes this capital city both the highest and the closest to the equator. The city is saturated in history and has the largest, least-altered, and best-preserved historic center in the Americas. It's widely known as the first city named a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Kraków, Poland. Surrounded by volcanoes, steep verdant mountainous terrain and a pleasing mix of contemporary and historic colonial architecture the location is completely unique. Arrange hotels through Trek Travel for Special pricing. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel.

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Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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