BIKING & TREKKING THE ANDES 5D
In this 5-day program, we will take you to wonderful and not often visited places. Crossing the Cotopaxi National Park on bikes and the next day visiting the beautiful Quilotoa Lagoon; We will continue pedaling until Sigchos, where the bicycle tour ends. In the next 3 days, we will cross trails around the flanks of Chimborazo, watch, llamas, wolves, a variety of birds and, abundant vegetation typical of the Highlands. We will finish our trip by crossing the high desert of Chimborazo reaching 5.300mts, ending with a short visit to the Refuge. Short rest and return to Quito.
Day 01.- Quito – Cotopaxi National Park
We will depart after breakfast, drive on the Pan-American Highway towards Cotopaxi National Park. While crossing the volcanoes avenue, we will enjoy beautiful landscapes as well as some snow pick volcanoes such as Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas North and South, etc. After a short safety briefing, we will start cycling on dirt roads through volcanic ash and the Highlands landscape towards the Inca ruins at 3.700mts where we will stop for lunch. We will enjoy the beautiful scenery. Transfer to Latacunga, an overnight hotel.
Characteristics Day 01
Type: Andean Region
Distance: 35 Km
Downhill: 20 %
Max. Altitude: 4.600mt
Min. altitude: 3.500mt
Cycling time: 4 1/2 hrs. +-
Day 02.- Latacunga - Quilotoa
08:00 am transfer to Quilotoa Crater and a short visit to the Lagoon. Safety briefing, start riding on dirt roads passing through Andean communities enjoying wonderful views. Downhill to Zumbahua. Transfer to Riobamba, overnight hotel.
Type: Andean Region
Distance: 55 Km
Downhill: 30 %
Max. Altitude: 4.000mt
Min. altitude: 3.100mt
Cycling time: 5 1/2 hrs. +-
Day 3. Urbina - Carihuairazo.
We will start from Urbina paramo at 3,600mts altitude towards the Carihuairazo. A walk of approximately 5 hours. The route runs through paramo and trails up to 4,300 meters. Night at the Refuge of Mechahuasca.
Day 4. Mechahuasca - Chimborazo.
Departure from Urbina Highland at 4,300mts, making a long journey on the north face of Chimborazo, observing alpacas and the famous wild vicunas. A walk of approximately 7 hours. The route is paramo, Vicuñas del Chimbo1sand, and rock up to 4,800mts. Night at the Carrel refuge in Chimborazo volcano.
Day 5. Chimborazo –Agujas de Whimper.
We will start from the Carrel refuge in the snow-covered Chimborazo, at an altitude of 4,800 meters, towards the Agujas de Whimper, a rock formation. A walk of approximately 5 hours to 5,300mts. The route runs through sand, snow, and rock. Return to Quito.