Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday in the land of Giants

Join us in Ecuador for 7-day of endless mountain biking on this Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday of a lifetime.

Ecuador mtb holiday

Mountain bike the world’s best singletrack on this 7-day Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday 

Are you an adventurer that has the desire to feel like you are in the land of giants? Mountain biking down volcanic lahars at 14,000 vertical feet, bounding into lush tropical descents that seem to go on forever? Have you always wanted to immerse yourself into a new and exciting culture from the saddle of your mountain Bike? Then this Ecuador Mountain Bike holiday is for you! 

This 7-day Ecuador mountain bike holiday will focus on incredible descents through a huge range of mountain bike trail diversity combined with a cultural immersion that will allow guests to discover the culture of the Andes. On this mountain bike trip, you’ll encounter rock gardens, steeper sections, flowy sections, freeriding, drops, jumps, and almost any kind of obstacle you can imagine, and is perfect fit for intermediate to expert riders.

So if you drool over big enduro rides through exotic and new terrain, you’re ready to come take on a Haku Ecuador Mountain Bike holiday! 

Tour Dates

Dates for our 7-day Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday:

What you can expect

Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday Highlights

Some highlights to look forward to on your Ecuador mountain bike adventure:​

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Ecuador MTB Holiday Full Trip Details

  • ITINERARY
  • INFORMATION
  • REVIEWS
  • FAQ
  • ADD-ONS

You will be picked up by our Haku team at the Quito airport, and we’ll take you to your charming accommodations in NoNo where we’ll help you build your bike and get everything ready to rip in the morning. Welcome to the historical city of Quito, which lies in Northern Andes in the vast Valley of Los Chillos. Today is a great opportunity to explore the local neighborhoods, plazas, and markets of the city while you acclimate to the elevation of the Andes Mountains. Quito sits just over 9,000ft high and is a busy international hotspot nestled in a large valley, full of incredible culture, food, people, and architecture.

At night we’ll have a team dinner so that we can give you an orientation and get to know you. We’ll go over the itinerary, logistics, and any questions or concerns.

* Trails on Itinerary may be ridden once or twice per day depending on group speed and delays.

We leave from NoNo at 8:00am and make our way across the equator (yes, that one!) into the northern hemisphere to go ride the infamous Infiernillo. This trail is an MTB dream come true: it descends 5,000ft and snakes its way down through the stunning Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, which holds one of the largest varieties of plants and trees in the entire world. We’ll start at a 13,000ft in a volcano-formed crater before dropping through windy steep forest with some awesome flowy and technical sections; after that, we’ll ride into the moab rock and sand section that is full of natural features and mini-shoots called the Campo de Luna.

The last 2,000ft of the trail consist of these green tunnel-looking trails with vegetation drooping from above — these are canals that have been dug down from literally thousands of years of foot traffic! After that, we’ll stop at a local restaurant for a classic Ecuadorian lunch.

  • Distance: 14.4 km /  9 miles 
  • Max Elevation:  4100m/13,500 ft
  • Ascent 125 m / 350 ft 
  • Descent 1060 m / 3,500 ft 
  • Lodging: Hacienda at NoNo
  • Food included: B, L, Snacks

This morning the guest will have until 11:00 to enjoy the Hacienda and explore, sleep, do yoga, and say goodbye to their new friends in NoNo. At 11, we head into the city center of Quito where the you will have 3-4 hours to explore the city. Your guide will then pick you up at 4 o’clock to drive two hours to Santa Rita Reserve nestled in the subtropical forests of the Cotopaxi National Forest.

  • Lodging: Casa La Campina
  • Food included: B, snacks

Every region of the world has its own holy-grail mountain bike ride, and the CotoPaxi downhill might be said to be Ecuador’s. It boasts iconic views and a massive descent that’ll take the breath away from even the most experienced riders.

Starting at almost 15,000 feet of elevation, you’ll freeride down 2,000 feet of volcanic ash into a moonlike landscape filled with enough natural features to satisfy the most creative of riders. Then you’ll begin a pedal traverse of 400 feet over a panoramic landscape that lies in between the Rumiñahui, the Pasachoa, and the Sigchololla volcanoes. This traverse cuts through volcanic rock slabs that were once a lava river during the second eruption period of the CotoPaxi volcano. These channels lead you to native sub-tropical forests where you will descend on loamy singletrack into a sea of lush vegetation all the way to the Santa Rita Reserve.

  • Distance: 28 km /  17 miles 
  • Max Elevation:  4600m / 15,500 ft
  • Ascent 220 m / 700 ft 
  • Descent 1800 m / 5,000 ft 
  • Lodging: Hacienda CotoPaxi
  • Food included: B, L, Snacks

This morning, feel free to relax before we head out to go to our final destination, the magical providence of Bolivar. We’ll have a grill-out when we get there to enjoy some of the finest views that Ecuador has to offer and talk about the incredible trails that we’re going to hit over the next couple of days.

  • Lodging: Bella Vista Ranch
  • Food Included: B, Snacks

Hopefully you slept well, because today’s going to be epic! The shuttle drive will be picking you up today at 9 am. from your hotel to then head up 9,900 ft to the start of the legendary Mami Rumi trail.

This much-coveted MTB trail drops 7,000ft down through the cloud forests of Ecuador and into the humid sub-tropic jungles. This trail is a centuries-old foot road — it was part of the trail system that farmers used to transport their harvest from the coasts up the mountains. It has amazing natural features that flow through some techy rock gardens, but before you know it, you’re in the humid and lush jungles of Balzapampa, where you’ll experience a riding geography like nothing you have experienced before.

  • Distance: 13 km /  8 miles 
  • Max Elevation:  3200m / 10,500 ft
  • Ascent 50 m / 150 ft 
  • Descent 2200 m / 7,200 ft 
  • Lodging: Hacienda at NoNo
  • Food included: B, L, Snacks

Today we will ride the trail that originally got our Haku Team hooked on Ecuador. The Yunga trail is an ancient transportation trail that connected the mountain towns in the Andes with the banana and citrus plantations that lie in the tropical regions below. This trail starts off with some of the most incredible single-track flow combined with world class views of the cloud forests that this area is so famously known for.  We will then begin to creep into the humidity and mist of the cloud forests and ride through (yes, ride inside the cloud) for 200 meters that will transport us into a different world filled with leaves twice the size of person, banana trees, and jungle like canopies.

The second half of this trail is a slower and more technical creep through the Banana plantations that dominate the region where we ride. All in all this trail is a mountain bikers dream come true and it holds a very special place in our hearts. We will end the day with possibly the most impressive and jaw dropping sunset ride that any one has seen from the saddle of a mountain bike. 

  • Distance: 14.4 km /  9 miles 
  • Max Elevation:  3200m / 10,500 ft
  • Ascent 250 m / 800 ft 
  • Descent 1850 m / 6,069 ft 
  • Lodging: Pedegral Ranch
  • Food included: B, L, Snacks

This is your day! It’ll be up to you how you want to spend the last day of your trip. Whether you want to ride a trail again or want the guides to take you somewhere new. 

  • Distance: Up to the guests!
  • Accomodation: (N/A) 
  • Food included: B, L , Farewell Dinner.

What’s included in your trip price:

  • 8 Days of epic singletrack mountain biking
  • Shuttle vehicles and drivers for 8 ride days
  • Airport shuttle and transportation in between cities
  • Professional, bilingual guides on every ride day
  • 10 nights of lodging between Quito, Baños, and Bolivar
  • 24-hour attention and support 
  • Breakfast and lunch on ride days
  • Full tool set to maintain bikes while on the trip
  • Signature “DaLe Llama” bike jersey or socks

 

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Dinners (other than the farewell dinner) and lunch on non-ride days 
  • Trip insurance 
  • Bike gear and safety gear 
  • Guide tips (10%-20% of trip price pp)
  • Bike rental
  • Anything not listed in the “included” list


Bikers who are traveling alone will be placed in their own room and be charged an extra $350, unless there is another biker who is also traveling alone and both parties are okay with sharing a room. 

Haku Expeditions requires each of its guests to purchase travel insurance in order to protect themselves from any unexpected cancelations, accidents on the trail, or any other acts of God. Guests must choose a mountain biking specific plan as well. For the best coverage we offer WorldNomad, but we accept other insurance policies too.

Due to high elevation, the weather in Ecuador is very fickle and hard to predict. Most trips will see rain, sun, heat, and wind; therefore, we suggest that people bring clothes for cold and warm weather. Most ride days will start at colder, windy mountain tops and end in warmer, more humid areas. Riders should always carry a rain jacket and a warm layer.

Ecuador’s currency is the American dollar but is still very economical — a beer costs about $1. It is mainly a cash-based society so it is recommended that you bring cash in smaller bills such as 20s and 10’s since change can be hard to come by. ATMs are abundant in most towns and are secure to use, but they usually also have surcharges depending on the bank. Most credit cards can be used in large cities and large stores.

For our Ecuador trips we recommend guests purchase a tri-city flight from home airport → Quito and Guayaquil → home airport, or just round trip trips from your home airport to Quito. Our team will take care of all transportation to and from the airport. 

We recommend that our guests use trusted airlines (Delta, AirCanada, ect) and do not use an economy airliner due to the fact that you will be traveling with very important and expensive gear. American Airlines, Delta, and United charge $100 usd to check a bike, and many other trusted airlines have similar prices as well.

Ecuador separates itself from other mountain biking destinations by offering riders with an endless amount of trail diversity within a very small geographical area. In fact, it’s the only place in the world where you can pass through 14 ecosystems in one ride!  The trails are raw, long, scenic, flowy, and technical. Clients will mountain bike on active volcanoes and through sub-tropical jungles which were once the agricultural centers of the pre-Incan civilizations. Some trails even go through places where the local people graze their llamas in the same way their ancestors did over 2,000 years ago. The trails will transport you back in time as you and your friends ride through the history and meet the local people.


You will encounter obstacles that can be found on most black and double black trails, such as steeper sections, rock gardens, natural jumps, drops, and roots. Most of the trails are intermediate to advanced with sections that are easily walkable if the rider does not feel comfortable.

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Clients need to assure that they are in good physical condition, and should be biking or doing some sort of physical activity to train for their 10-Day Ecuador mountain bike trip. 

Clients will also need to acclimate themselves to the altitude; working out and training before your trip and if you live at sea-level it is recommended that you come a day or two before your trip starts. 

You will also need to assure that your bike is tuned and 100% ready for 10 days of epic mountain biking; new brake pads, bled brakes, new tires. 

Ecuador’s currency is the American dollar but is still very economical — a beer costs about $1. It is mainly a cash-based society so it is recommended that you bring cash in smaller bills such as 20s and 10’s since change can be hard to come by. ATMs are abundant in most towns and are secure to use, but they usually also have surcharges depending on the bank. Most credit cards can be used in large cities and large stores.

Our Ecuador mtb tours generally have anywhere from 4 to 8 riders. Our Ecuador trip will never have more than 10 people max. We have a guide for every 5 riders.

Generally 25-60. We expect you to be able to handle intermediate to advanced mountain bike trails. If you’re under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This is an enduro-style mountain bike vacation with some pedaling but lots of all-mountain style downhill (here, we don’t mean hardcore DH riding, with crazy jumps and drops and such — just fast downhill riding, traversing, etc.).

An average day consists of 4-5 hours on the trail, 6,000-10,000 ft (2,000-3,000m) of vertical descent over 10 miles (7k). Some days are shorter than others depending on how tired the group and other days are full 6-8 hour days of riding. 

On each ride you should have a Camelbak with water, snacks, rain jacket and whatever bike tools you need for the trail. Since we sleep in a hotel each night, we do not need to carry any additional gear with us.

If you’re not comfortable with something, don’t ride it. Medical help is far away, so it’s crucial you stay within your ability level. Please make sure to move out of the way so the next rider can ride without stopping. Then, walk your bike while staying on the inside of the trail and your bike near the cliff side.

We have a great group of local guides. Check out our Team page to see who may be on your MTB tour.

Guests will stay in 4 different accommodations, Ranches, Haciendas and Hotels, all which have wifi, hot water, food options, and 24 hr support. All accommodations are safe, secure and clean. Guests will share a room with one-two other guests unless they pay an extra $350 usd.* 

Breakfast each morning, lunch on ride days (7 lunches) and a farewell dinner at a nice restaurant.

Your luggage will stay in the overnight accommodation while we ride and will transport with us from location to location. That being said we suggest guests pack somewhat light (40-60 liter bag).

You can usually get a tourist visa on arrival at the airport. Be sure to double check the rules for the country to which you’re traveling, though.

In short: we don’t know! We are at a base altitude of 11,000+ feet. When you’re that high up, the weather is constantly changing. We recommend that you don’t look at the forecast because, frankly, it’s always wrong. Our dry season is between mid-May and late September. The shoulder seasons are April and October, and the rainy season is between November and March with the heaviest rains in December and February. Basically, this is true year-round: if you’re in the sun, you’re hot; if you’re in the shade or the clouds are out, it’ll be chilly. 

Check out our packing list here.

The laws here are always changing. We have had no problems in the past with drones, although this is at your own risk. Furthermore, if you are jumping in with an already-formed group, we can’t promise that we’ll be able to stop to do drone footage for you as it can significantly cut in on riding time. If you are in a private group and the group doesn’t mind, then we are happy to stop to film.

Check out our advice on insurance and some helpful links here

Each person is required to have a specific travel/trip insurance outside of your credit card or regular medical insurance. If possible, you should get comprehensive coverage with trip interruption/cancelation and with personal liability. Mention all activities that you will be involved in such as mountain biking and whatever other activities you may have planned. Say you get hurt on the first day and miss the rest of the trip — this insurance will refund you the missed portion of the trip. It will also cover any added costs due to delay, sickness, strikes by the local people, etc.

Per our regulations, all of our mountain bike guides have at least basic first aid (composed of 16-hour classes which require an update every year), and many have supplemented that with in-depth multi-day training. 

But due to the fact that we will be in the backcountry for a lot of our rides, if you get hurt on the trail you will either need to hike out, get carried out, or wait for medical help. We do not have helicopter rescue. It is crucial that you ride at about 80% of your capacity and don’t overstep your abilities. Although our guides are there to help you, the success of your trip is dependent on you managing your own risk by taking preventative measures, listening to your guides’ advice, and riding well within your skill level.

If you would enjoy a room to yourself for the entire trip please purchase the single supplement at check out.

 

Price: $375

Fitness & skill level

Is This Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday For You?

Our 7-day Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday has a focus on enduro and downhill trails. We mainly conduct shuttle rides that have up to 7,500 ft of vertical descent and up to1,500 ft of uphill.

Mountain bike trails in Ecuador are raw, long, scenic, flowy, and technical. You will ride on active volcanoes and into sub-tropical jungles which were once agricultural centers of the pre-Incan civilizations. You will descend on footpaths that are still used by local peoples, grazing their llamas the same way their ancestors did over 2,000 years ago.

Our 7-Day Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday is ideal for you if:

  • You’ve got experience riding on singletrack trails of all sorts with features such as rock gardens, steep sections, rolls or small drops, roots, and small jumps. 
  • You are confident on the bike in most situations
  • You’re constantly looking to improve your riding skills and enjoy riding for extended periods of time climbing and descending in terrain of all sorts.
  • You are fit and can handle seven ride days

The ride in images

Ecuador Photo Gallery

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Haku Expeditions donates 1% of all profits to support local education programs.

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