- Rider Type | 2
- Average Daily Mileage | 20
- Terrain | Undulating
- Average Daily Elevation | 965 ft.
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. 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. 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. See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.