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ECUADOR ROAD CYCLING TOUR

FOLLOW THE ROUTES OF ECUADOR'S RICHARD CARAPAZ

  • A stunning road cycling trip in Ecuador’s Northern Andes. These routes have been used by many famous Ecuadorian cyclists, including Ricard Caparaz (winner of Giro d’Italia 2019 and Olympic gold medallist 2021)
  • 4 full days of spectacular road cycling action through a diversity of different landscapes, including snow-capped volcanoes, high altitude passes, Andean lakes, cloud forest, rolling agricultural hills and quintessential indigenous villages.
  • Follow the routes that Richard Carapaz used to train for races, and many other famous Ecuadorian cyclists still follow. We’ll even visit the now famous family home of Carapaz.
  • Non-cycling highlights include: Otavalo market – the best bargains and locally made handicrafts. Visit to a rose plantation – Ecuador is famed for it’s large and long-lasting roses. Experience local indigenous culture and traditions.
  • Overnight at charming guest houses and/or historic haciendas each night, for a guaranteed cosy stay.

ECUADOR ROAD CYCLING TOUR

PRICES PER PERSON 2022

  • Group Tours
  • $1095
  • Private tours
  • $1495

*Minimum 2 passengers, maximum 10 passengers per tour.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival to Quito at your own pace, evening briefing to meet your guide and the rest of the group as well as learn about what’s in store for the days of your expedition! (no meals included)
  • Day 2: Cayambe – Ibarra. On the road in Imbabura Province, home to many different indigenous groups who tend fields of wheat, barley, potatoes and corn. Gourmet lunch at Hacienda Zuleta, home of former president Galo Plazo Lasso, followed by more road cycling. (B/L)
  • Day 3: An unforgettable day following the road routes of Richard Carapaz from Tulcan in El Carchi province. We’ll hit some ambitious high-altitude routes and even have the chance to run into some of Ecuador’s famous riders. Another great highlight – a visit to the house of Richard Carapaz, champion of the Giro d’Italia 2019 and Olympic gold medallist! (B/L)
  • Day 4: Road cycling past fields and plantations from Ibarra to Otavalo. On route we’ll visit indigenous wood carving and weaving workshops, before finishing at Otavalo Market for souvenir shopping. (B/L)
  • Day 5: Dry Valleys - From the chill of the mountain breeze into the temperate cloud forest. We’ll descend into San Jose de Minas to visit a rose plantation, before a more demanding ride down to the river Pisque.  (B/L/D)
  • Day 6: Tour ends after breakfast at your Quito hotel.  (B)

Click below on the "Full Itinerary" button for a more detailed itinerary description, complete with meal and guide inclusions.

Full itinerary under construction, please ask about the full itinerary to our sales team

Tour Specifications

Inclusions

  • Experienced, Certified English-Speaking Guide
  • Private transportation
  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Water and snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Biking gear: use of road bikes aluminium frame with carbon forks, Shimano 105, certified helmets and gloves.
  • All entrance fees to reserves & museums

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single supplement $295
  • Discount for under 12 years old 20%
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Optional extra activities

Tour Dates

  • Group tours are scheduled to depart on Fridays throughout 2022 once the minimum of 2 passengers are booked.
  • Private tours can operate on any day.

About the itinerary

  • Average biking time: 3 – 4 hours per day 
  • Difficulty Level: challenging 
  • Average drive times: 2 – 3 hours per day 
  • Altitude: From 2000 meters (6200 ft.) to 3500 meters (12000 ft.) 
  • Biking guide is certified as a Wilderness First Aid Responder