7 Day Ecuador - Cycling And Haciendas


7 Day Ecuador - Cycling And Haciendas


7 Days / 6 Nights

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Enjoy the most spectacular cycling adventure in Ecuador! Bike through the Andean mountains and green, lush tropical rainforests and marvel at picturesque landscapes of active volcanos, craters, lakes, diverse wildlife and remote villages with indigenous cultures. This incredible 7 day tour allows you to discover your adventurous side and trek across the heart of Ecuador for an unforgettable adventure.

Special features of our 10 day Action-Packed Galapagos Adventure: 

Type of Tourism:  Nature, Biodiversity, Adventure

Places to Visit:  Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Papallacta, Pululahua.

Duration:  7 Days and 6 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation:  3 star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


Today is arrival day to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. This well preserved colonial city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano. You can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area if you arrive early. In the evening, the guide will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 6 pm. We will discuss the details and questions you may have about the tour. This first day is a good acclimatizati...

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    After breakfast, we will head south to The Avenue of Volcanos. Along the way, we can appreciate spectacular views of volcanos such as the Cayambe, Antisana, Pichincha, Ilinizas, Pasochoa, and Corazon. Once we enter the park, we will drive along the high alpine line where we will learn all about the flora and fauna of the Paramo ecosystem. We will cross a pine forest along the way and hopefully, we can spot a whitetail deer. We will begin this incredible bike ride starting at 4000 metres elevation. We will cycle along a dirt road wher...

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      After breakfast, we will drive to the western part of the Ecuadorian Andes, to the Guango Hummingbird Reserve. We will be able to appreciate more than 20 species of these stunning birds while enjoying a cup of Ecuadorian coffee. We will then head to the Papallacta resort, where we will spend the evening. In the afternoon we will go for a hike in the nearby cloud forest in search of orchids, bromeliads and a variety of other plant species, as well as the native birds such as tanagers, trogons, warblers, flycatchers and possible, even ...

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        Today we will head out in the Andes to the ecological reserve of Cayambe Coca. This remote reserve is barely touched by humans and in stunningly pristine surroundings. As we descend from 4000 metres to 2743 metres, we can enjoy the spectacular views over Andean plains appreciating colourful flowers and grassland, with occasional deer and rabbits. This park is home of the great Spectacled Bear the only bear species in South America. The local Andean people depend on agriculture, farming products such as potatoes, corn, broad beans and...

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          After breakfast, we will head to the biking trailhead. We can appreciate the stunning Imbabura Volcano and experience the great views of the San Pablo Lake and the small indigenous villages along the way. During the trip, we will stop off to visit a weaver’s workshop and learn how they make their tapestries. The afternoon is for you to explore the Otavalo Indigenous Market. Here you will find the best souvenirs for the best prices, and most importantly most of the products are made by local indigenous families. Authentic items ...

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            Today we will head south to the town of Tabacundo,  to see the rose shops. Most of the people in this town are economically dependent on the rose farms and are one of the top 5 largest exports of Ecuador. We will then continue to the dry valley of Guayllabamba and stop for a local fruit tasting to enjoy fruits like chirimoya. 

            We will begin our biking in the village of Yunguilla and we will follow a dirt road into the cloud forest to arrive at the Pululahua Crater. According to scientists, a massive eruption happene...

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              Today is the final day of this spectacular biking tour.  We will collect you from the hotel to head to the airport for your flight back home or to your next exciting destination!

                WHAT'S INCLUDED

                • Transportation: private and comfortable land transportation.
                • Accommodation based in double occupancy:  5* hotel in Quito, 1 night in Papallacta Resort, 3 nights in Colonial Haciendas.
                • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
                • Activities: Biking in Cotopaxi NP, Biking in Cayambe Coca ER, Biking to Otavalo, Biking into Pululahua Crater, Hiking in Papallacta, Soaking in volcanic hot springs.
                • Gear: Trek X caliber, 29 inches wheels, rock shock suspension, hydraulic brakes, Bontrager helmets.
                • Trip Leader: Certified expert English-speaking Adventure Trip Leader and local guides.

                WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                • My Own Room supplement - estimated budget USD $415.
                • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport.
                • Travel insurance (mandatory).
                • Required immunizations (mandatory).
                • Meals not described in the itinerary- estimated budget USD $120.
                • International flights.
                • Personal expenses.
                • Tips for guides and drivers - estimated budget USD $100.

                Trip Preparation & FAQS

                You can check our safety protocols in the following link: https://adventurejourneys.com/news-about-covid-19

                We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

                We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                The official currency in Ecuador is the United States dollar (USD). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation: "Women & Weaving - Sacha Warmi" project to support women from an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Andes and Pan Animalia

                a project to improve the quality of life of stray dogs in Galapagos Islands.

                Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +593 2 255 8805

                At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. For an example of our sustainable projects, visit: https://adventurejourneys.com/pan-animalia/

                All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +593 2 255 8805. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: info@valenciatravelcusco.com 

                This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your  program.

                The tap water in Ecuador is not always friendly on the stomach for those who haven't been in Latin America for a while. There is purified water in each of the accommodations which you can use to fill up each morning, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle or two. There will also be water in the transportation.

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