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Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Multisport Bike Tour in the Equatorial Andes and Galápagos Islands

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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.

Dates:


Daily Itinerary

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Day
1
Day
1

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Termas Papallacta
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Termas Papallacta
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Hacienda San Agustin de Callo
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Hacienda La Cienega
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Activity:

Flight to Galapagos Islands, giant tortoise reserve visit, volcano walk and other activities

Description:

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
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

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

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
7
Day
7

Today's Activity:

Exploring Los Tuneles

Description:

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:

Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
8
Day
8

Today's Ride:

Travel day to Quito

Description:

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


Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the greater the rewards

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price is guaranteed.

2017


Dec
6th - 13th / 8 days / 7 nights
$6299 / Person, $1500 / Single Occupancy
Dec
16th - 23rd / 8 days / 7 nights
$6299 / Person, $1500 / Single Occupancy

2018


Mar
17th - 24th / 8 days / 7 nights
$6299 / Person, $1500 / Single Occupancy
Mar
27th -
Apr
3rd
/ 8 days / 7 nights
$6299 / Person, $1500 / Single Occupancy
Apr
6th - 13th / 8 days / 7 nights
$6299 / Person, $1500 / Single Occupancy
Apr
16th - 23rd / 8 days / 7 nights
$6299 / Person, $1500 / Single Occupancy

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at Termas Papallacta on an Ecuador bike tour

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.
Stay at Hacienda San Agustin on an Ecuador bike tour

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.
Stay at Angermeyer Waterfront Inn on an Ecuador bike tour

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.
Stay at Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel on an Ecuador bike tour

Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel

Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

This contemporary boutique hotel is aptly named for its location on the path of the Galápagos marine iguanas moving from the wetlands to the beach. Step outside of the only ecologically designed hotel on Isabella Island and witness the daily pilgrimage of these prehistoric reptiles found no place else on earth. Located at the very end of town just steps from the beach, Iguana Crossing is ideally situated for relaxation, stunning views and proximity to the nightlife of Puerto Villamil. Enjoy the supremely inviting terrace pool and jacuzzi, lounge at the rooftop bar boasting 360-degree views of volcanoes and turquoise ocean, indulge in an in-room or beachside massage, dine on the islands most innovative cuisine, or choose all of the above. Iguana Crossing is a perfect finale to a perfect Ecuador vacation.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Hiking
  • Off-Road Biking
  • Indigenous Market
  • Inca Ruins
  • Boat tours
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Volcano and Lava Tube tour
  • Thermal Springs
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. Ecuador Multisport introduces you to the history, emotions, culture, and the hospitality of Ecuador. Each hotel was hand-selected to offer the ultimate travel experience, from intimate comfort and beauty to delicious cuisine and access to the best of what's around. Start your journey surrounded by geothermal hot pools and lush mountain slopes in cozy rooms at the Termas de Papallacta Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Step back in history beneath towering Cotopaxi volcano as you dine in an imperial Inca palace and sleep in spacious and luxurious Spanish Colonial hacienda rooms. Wake to the sounds of Frigate birds and sea lions on the quiet side of lively Puerto Ayora Harbor at the Angermeyer Waterfront Hotel in the Galápagos. Spot marine Iguanas, giant tortoises and pink flamingos to the soundtrack of crashing waves on the elegant pool deck of the contemporary Iguana Crossing hotel on Isabella Island.
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 2 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Ecuador multisport trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. An exciting side of traveling to exotic destinations is sampling the local cuisine, and fortunately Ecuador is home to an amazing array of culinary specialties to delight both the adventurous and the modest palate. Vegetarians and carnivores alike will be thrilled dining in Ecuador as our hosts are very familiar with North American taste and have a vast array of fresh local ingredients for delicious cuisine. Breakfasts are European-style with egg dishes, fresh bread and cheese, yogurt, fresh tropical fruit juices, dark coffee, and are often offered as a buffet or made to order. Lunches are picnic, bistro or box depending on the activity of the day and often draw from a huge variety of tropical fruits and vegetables grown in the rich volcanic equatorial soil. Quinoa, local cheese, delicious bisquits called Bizcochos, and soups are common.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Bilingual local guides and local drivers
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek X-Caliber 9 Mountain Bike on the mainland and a Marlin 7 on the Galapagos Islands
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping your guides 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.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and 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.

  • 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.

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. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. 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

Two very unique climates exist in Ecuador. In the Andes the average temperature during the day is 66 °F (19 °C), and falls to an average of 50 °F (10 °C) at night. Highs can reach in to the upper 70's lows down to the low 40's, with little shift in temperature throughout the year and only two obvious seasons; dry and wet. Summer is the dry season and runs from June to September, while winter is from October to May and is known as the wet season. The rainiest months are February through April with June and July the driest and sunniest months. Regardless of the time of year, it is important to be prepared for rain and wet conditions in the Andes. The Galápagos Islands are warmer and more humid than the Andes. June to November tends to be cooler, drier and cloudier, with temperatures ranging from 70 to 80°F (21 to 27°C) December to May is warmer, more humid and sunnier with temperatures ranging from 80 to 90°F (27 to 32°C). Afternoon rain and thunderstorms can be common during this time of year.

Due to the nature of this trip, we do not include bike upgrade options. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

We want you to be prepared and as comfortable as possible throughout each day of your vacation. See our Packing List for more details on what to pack for your trip.

In addition to standard packing list items, we recommend that you bring the following with you on your trip to Ecuador and Galapagos bike tour:

  • 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.)
  • Remember, it is very important to travel light!

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Tap water in Ecuador is not safe for consumption by travelers. Always drink bottled water as well as use purified water for brushing your teeth. Avoid getting water in your mouth when you shower or swim in rivers or lakes. Avoid ice made from tap water and do not drink from wet glasses at restaurants as it likely was washed in tap water. On our multisport tour, your guides will have purified water available throughout the trip.

Tourists including citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the EU, do not require visas. Upon entry, you will be issued a T-3 embarkation card valid for 90 days. Residents from a handful of African and Asian countries (including China) require visas.

All nationals entering as tourists need a passport that is valid for at least six months after arrival. You are legally required to have your passport on you at all times. Many people carry only a copy when they’re hanging around a town, though this is not an officially acceptable form of ID.

Tipping is customary for all services in Ecuador. Better restaurants add a 12% tax and a 10% service charge to the bill. If the service has been satisfactory, we recommend adding an additional 5% for the waiter. Some places do not include a tax or service charge. To tip your server, do so directly – do not leave the money on the table. Taxi drivers are not normally tipped, but you can leave them the small change from a metered ride. Once on your Trek Travel trip, all tips, aside from the Trek Travel guide gratuity, will be taken care of by the guide team.

US Dollars are the official currency and ATM machines are available at the airport and in Quito as well as in a few locations throughout our trip.

There are a number of great resources to help you prepare for travelling in Ecuador. Here are website links for more info on money, health, customs, and more:

  • www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador#survival-guide
  • www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/ecuador.html
  • www.life-in-ecuador.com/ecuador-health.html
  • www.cnn.com/2015/05/01/travel/ecuador-11-things

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

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.

Alameda Hotel Mercure | Quito, Ecuador

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.

Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (UIO) or Alameda Hotel Mercure | Quito, Ecuador

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.

Before & After: Quito, Ecuador

Quito is a fascinating and historic city perched at 9350' 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. Named for the Quitu people who originally developed a center of commerce, the area became the kingdom of Quito in 980 AD after the Quitu were conquered by the Caras. The city is saturated in history and has the largest, least-altered, and best-preserved historic center in the Americas. Túpac Incas conquered the city in 1462 making Quito part of the Inca Empire for 72 years until Spanish conquistadors overpowered the Incas and developed the city of San Francisco de Quito into a thriving and center of commerce and population. It's widely known as the first city named a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Kraków, Poland. Surrounded by volcanos, steep verdant mountainous terrain and a pleasing mix of contemporary and historic colonial architecture the location is completely unique. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel.

Alameda Mercure Hotel, Quito

The Alameda Mercure Hotel features all of the amenities for the perfect short getaway. Its central location, airport shuttle, restaurants and guest service make it a natural meeting choice for the start of our trip. As it is a larger hotel, you will not find the intimate and unique touches of some of the boutique hotels in the area, but you will find very comfortable contemporary rooms. The staff is very helpful and an on-site concierge can help you arrange any excursion around the historic city center.

Roca E4-122 and Amazonas Ave, Quito Pichincha EC 170526, Ecuador | www.mercurequito.com.ec | Arrange through Trek Travel for Special pricing

Anahi Boutique Hotel

The Anahi Hotel is the perfect hotel for those seeking intimate unique luxury. This small boutique hotel is located in the heart of Quito and close to the popular Plaza Foch with a wide range of restaurants and nightlfe, and is just a stone's throw from the fascinating Historic District. The hotel features a fantastic breakfast and restaurant as well as spa services. Every room is unique, with different styles influenced by the region, and feature both large tile and glass showers and supremely comfortable beds. The service at the Anahi is top-notch and can assist with any travel arrangements or excursions.

Tamayo N23-95 and Wilson, Quito, Ecuador | +593-2-250 1421 | www.anahihotelquito.com | Arrange through Trek Travel for Special pricing

Swissotel

This 5-star downtown hotel is centrally located near the old town and close to shopping, fascinating museums and architectural and cultural gems of the city. The comfortable guest rooms and executive apartments are air-conditioned, feature modern design, luxurious amenities and free wifi. Five restaurants offer a wide variety of international cuisine: Japanese, Swiss, Mediterranean and Ecuadorian, while a European-style breakfast buffet offers a wide range of choices to fuel your day. The Amrita spa is a special treat and offers revitalizing treatments, a fully equipped gym and a wellness area for relaxation and recovery. Concierge service is always available and can help coordinate your plans in English.

Av.12 de Octubre 1820 y Luis Cordero, P.O. Box, 1721565, Quito, Ecuador | 1 800 637 9477 | www.swissotel.com/hotels/quito | Arrange through Trek Travel for Special pricing


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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