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Ecuador 8day Tour
Ecuador 8day Tour

Ecuador MTB Holiday in the Land of Giants – 8 days

Join us in Ecuador for 8-days of endless mountain biking on this Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday of a lifetime.

Ecuador MTB Holiday in the Land of Giants – 8 days

Join us in Ecuador for 8-days of endless mountain biking on this Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday of a lifetime.
Price from: 1895 USD pp

Mountain bike the world’s best singletrack on this 8-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 8-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. If you are looking for a longer trip that crosses the country of Ecuador check out our 12 day Ecuador MTB Adventure.

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!

Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday Highlights

Some highlights to look forward to on your Ecuador mountain bike adventure:​
Descend on your Mountain bike from the top of the Andes at 16,000 ft and pass through 10 different ecosystems.
Bisect the Equator and ride on the Southern and Northern Hemispheres on your MTB Holiday.
Experience the grandeur of the world’s tallest active volcanoes.
Explore the age-old trail network of the Jungles of Ecuador that were once the lifeblood of an ancient and bustling agriculture system.
Start an epic 4,000 m/13,000 ft descent from a Volcano.

Day by Day

Day 1: Welcome to Quito! Your Ecuadorian mountain biking vacation will begin as we pick you up at the airport and help you with your gear and mountain bike. Quito is located at 2840 m/ 9350 ft above sea level. We will take it easy today and have an orientation meeting in the evening.

Included: Airport pickup, lodging in hotel or Airbnb style accommodations

Not Included: Meals

Day 2: Today we will have an acclimatizing ride in the Parque Metropoliano, a cool little park in Quito city. You will ride directly from the hotel with your local mtb guide to enjoy the park trails. After lunch you will be free to explore Quito or  you can  go for a few laps on the telerferico, a gondola that takes you up and over Quito. This is a gnarly DH ride that can be really fun for those that enjoy downhill laps and uphills by cable car!

Your guide will take your bike bags and transfer them to our final destination in Cuenca.

In the evening stay in Quito.

Included: Local MTB guide, breakfast, lunch, shared hotel room

Not included: Dinner, shuttle car

Day 3Cotopaxi Bike Park: Today, after breakfast, we will begin our journey and head south of Quito where we will visit the Cotopaxi bike park. This gigantic park, located through a scenic drive in the middle of a pine forest, has tons of trails for all levels. You will have the chance to do as many laps as you want and try out some different lines and sample some of Ecuador’s dirt.

This bike park has delicious food! We will have lunch there and ride some more!

Day 3: Santa Rita Bike Park

Depending on the time of year and the size of the group we may hit the Santa Rita Bike park instead and add on a bonus day of riding on day 7 at the Coto Bike Park.

Included: Transport, guide, entrance into bike park, hotel, breakfast, lunch.

Not included: Dinner

Cotopaxi volcano.

After a well-deserved rest and a delicious Andean breakfast, our transport will take us very close to the refuge at the skirt of snow near the Cotopaxi volcano. Here we will embark on an epic adventure of 2000m/6561 ft of descent. Our shuttle vehicle will be waiting for us after each ride. Today will give us some of our first freeride lines in deep steep scree. Let go of that front brake!

Once we have finished for the day we will head out on a 2-3 hour drive to Baños where we will sleep for the night.

Included: Transport, guide, lodging, breakfast, lunch.

Not included: Dinner

After three-days of riding we will take a much-needed day off to relax our muscles and calm ourselves in the therapeutic, hot waters of Baños. We will also be gaining lots of red blood cells for tomorrow’s big ride at the Chimborazo volcano!

Today please take the time to do maintenance on your bike, wash laundry and sleep in.

If everyone is up for it we will take you to a special place for a small hike to some incredible waterfalls.

If you would like to do a bit of biking on this rest day, we can help you locate a truck-taxi to take you up to a nearby trail through a forest. This day will be unguided.

Additional options are visiting a famous treehouse with an enormous swing which swings out while overlooking a volcano!

Included:  Lodging, breakfast

Not included: Dinner, lunch

Day 6: We will leave early today and head to Bolivar.

As we drive though Ambato you may get to see the mightly Tungurahua  volcano. The views of this volcano are absolutely stunning!

Today we will do our highest and most iconic trail on our Ecuador mountain bike adventure, the Chimborazo mountain. The Chimborazo mountain is the closest point to the sun from the earth’s core – worldwide!!! (Don’t forget your sunscreen!)

Our drive will take us to the Chimborazo volcano and having us start at over 4270m/ 14,000 ft. This unique trail is more than 20 kilometers long with a massive descent of 1550 m/5000 ft to the Cochas valley in Guaranda. While we do a serious amount of descent we will also be climbing while at high elevation. Those red blood cells from yesterday will come in handy today!

Chimborazo happens to be the majestic mountain seen on the coat of arms of Ecuador.

We will end the night in Bolivar at a gorgeous, rustic farmhouse. These guys are part of the local biking community! With extra luxuries like a pizza oven and fresh milk you will wish this was home.

Not included: Dinner

Day 7: Today we will need to decide which route to ride. Our decision is generally based on weather, season and trail closures.

Mama Rumi and Contrabando (a fairly new trail) will take you first through the clouds on a beautiful shuttle ride to a starting point that looks out above the jungle. Either of these two trails will take us on a long descent through the cloud forest for some real jungle riding and down into the heat of the valley floor. Because these trails are in the cloud forest they are often closed during the rainy season or until they have been maintained. Season and trail closures will decide if we can ride either of these two trails.

The Mama Rumi trail is 2000 m/6500 ft of descent over 12 km/ 7.5 mi

The Contrabando trail is 2100m/ 7000 ft of descent over 13 km/ 8 mi

La Caseria is a super fun ride beginning at the Chimborazo volcano. It starts with a traverse over the wild land of the volcano with views of vicuñas and sometimes a fox or two. We will begin to freeride on the sandy dunes that then take us to a super fluid and fast MTB trail though the Ecuadorian Andes.

La Caseria Trail Stats: 1000 m/ 3300 ft of downhill over 9.6 km/ 6 miles

We can ride this one twice!

Included: Transport, guide, lodging, breakfast and lunch

Not included: Dinner

Day 8: Today you will return to Quito for your departure.

You should say goodbye to your local MTB guide and prepare for the drive to Quito.

We recommend a late flight after 6 pm so that you have time to pack up your bike and get to the airport. You can also choose to fly out tomorrow. Let us know so we can help you book a hotel for the night!

NOTE: For those adding on the Galapagos with a time restraint, today can be a flight to the Galapagos. Day 6 would be Chimborazo and day 7 would be Cotopaxi Bike Park and return to Quito.

Included: Breakfast, transport to Quito where you will pack your bag and then to the airport.

Not Included: Lunch, hotel, guide

General Information

What’s included in your 8 day MTB vacation in Ecuador

  • 5 Days of epic singletrack mountain biking
  • Shuttle vehicles for 4 of the 5 ride days and transportation in between cities
  • A profesional driver and all of his expenses (hotels, meals, etc.)
  • Airport pick up and drop off on the days specified in the itinerary
  • Professional, bilingual MTB guides on every ride day and all of his expenses
  • 7 nights of lodging between Quito, Baños, and Bolivar
  • 24-hour attention and support
  • Breakfast and lunch on ride days
  • One farewell dinner
  • Signature “Haku Expeditions” bike jersey

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Airport pickup or drop off on days outside of the itinerary (60-70 USD to set this up)
  • Dinners (other than the farewell dinner)
  • Lunch on non-ride days
  • Trip insurance
  • Bike gear and safety gear
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Bike rental
  • Anything not listed in the “included” list

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.

Each person is required to have a specific travel/trip insurance outside of your credit card or regular medical insurance.

You should get comprehensive coverage with trip interruption/cancellation and with personal liability. Mention all activities that you will be involved in such as mountain biking, hiking at high altitude and whatever other activities you may have planned.

We do not provide refunds.  If you should get hurt or sick not only will travel insurance cover your medical expenses it will also cover the lost portion of the trip. Make sure you have trip interruption or trip cancellation included! South America is famous for people striking and shutting down all activities. If you miss your Machu Picchu trip, Galapagos or any other side trip,  or even your flight due to strikes the insurance will cover the loss or additional costs that are incurred.

Check out our blog on travel insurance and why it is a must for any South America Vacation!

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.

For this Ecuador 8-day mtb trip you will want to fly in and out of Quito.

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 $100-150 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.

Reviews

single track cleint haku
Mind Blowing MTB Trip

"So glad we found Bill and Nicole, this was by far one of the coolest and most fun DH rides we have done so far, Close second is heli biking in Canada.

Everything was as described, Great shuttle transportation had ample room for people and gear, fresh water on board.

Doug
Vancouver, Canada
I wouldn’t hesitate to take another trip with Nicole and Bill

My Girlfriend and I took a 10 day bike trip to Ecuador with Nicole and Bill from Haku Adventures in November of 2021. This was a trip of a lifetime! Our group was a total of 6 with 3+ professional guides every day. Trip catered to the rider types in our group and was very well organized. We stayed in some very unique farm houses and hostels throughout the trip. Over the 10 days, we got a lift day in Quito, 2 bike park days at Santa Rita and Cotopaxi, 2 long volcano rides on Cotopaxi and Chimborozo and some of the best downhills in Ecuador. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another trip with Nicole and Bill and am already trying to figure out how I can get more time off work and get down to visit them in Peru. If you are looking for a professional put together bike trip with super fun descending and super good times, I would recommend Haku!

Matt Jones
Colorado, USA

Is This Ecuador Mountain Bike Holiday For You?

Ecuador mtb holiday

Our 8-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 8-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
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Giving back

1% For Charity

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

Ecuador MTB - Land of Giants

• Apr 15 to
Apr 22, 2024
• May 2 to
May 9, 2024
• Jun 13 to
Jun 20, 2024
• Jul 7 to
Jul 14, 2024
• Sep 12 to
Sep 19, 2024
May 30 to
June 6, 2023
August 17 to
August 24, 2023
September 10 to
September 17, 2023
(4 spaces left)
October 16 to
October 23, 2023
Custom dates available for groups. Email us.
- Custom dates available for groups. Email us.

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Price Breakdown

What’s included in your 8 day MTB vacation in Ecuador

  • 5 Days of epic singletrack mountain biking
  • Shuttle vehicles for 4 of the 5 ride days and transportation in between cities
  • A profesional driver and all of his expenses (hotels, meals, etc.)
  • Airport pick up and drop off on the days specified in the itinerary
  • Professional, bilingual MTB guides on every ride day and all of his expenses
  • 7 nights of lodging between Quito, Baños, and Bolivar
  • 24-hour attention and support
  • Breakfast and lunch on ride days
  • One farewell dinner
  • Signature “Haku Expeditions” bike jersey

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Airport pickup or drop off on days outside of the itinerary (60-70 USD to set this up)
  • Dinners (other than the farewell dinner)
  • Lunch on non-ride days
  • Trip insurance
  • Bike gear and safety gear
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Bike rental
  • Anything not listed in the “included” list
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• Sep 12 to
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Backcountry Mountain Road & Cross Country

Our Cross Country MTB tours take you from one spectacular destination to the next. On these, you’ll cycle literally across whichever country you’re visiting. For instance, check out our Andes to the Amazon tour, where you travel from Cusco to the Peruvian Amazon. 

Our current XC vacations are made up of long-distance rides on backcountry roads. If you are looking for XC singletrack, get in touch with us, and we’ll set up a one-of-a-kind MTB tour suited to your needs.

How we define XC: Anywhere from old logging or fire roads to rolling singletrack, Cross Country trails are generally long distances with both ascents and descents. While trails may be somewhat technical with rock gardens and tight switchbacks, they generally do not have intense steep rock gardens like those you might find in DH or Enduro racing.

An XC bike is often lighter with a slacker head tube angle for better climbing ability and tends to not have a dropper post although the trend is changing. Usually it will be a hardtail or a full suspension bike with a smaller amount of suspension — 100-130mm.  

Most XC riders do not wear pads such as elbow or knee pads and wear a half-shell helmet.

Expeditions

Our MTB expeditions are multi-day trips that involve camping, hiking and/or local home stays in the mountains with cooks and porters. At the moment Haku Expeditions offers one complete mountain expedition and also two packages that combine an MTB vacation with a smaller expedition nestled in it.

The front travel for DH bikes is usually somewhere around 200mm with the rear measuring slightly less. Because they generally aren’t pedalled uphill, these bikes are rugged and heavy and usually have less gears. DH riders wear full-face helmets, goggles, and body armor.

Downhill Riding

At the moment we do not offer a 100% DH trip. Contact us and we can make a custom trip for you! Below, you’ll find our Enduro MTB tours listed that are mostly all downhill and can be done either with a DH bike or an Enduro bike.

How we define DH: DH riding – or Downhill riding — is regarded as an intense, extreme kind of cycling, made for advanced riders who love to navigate roots and rocks and huge drops with furious downhill speed. It requires a stellar sense of balance and technique and a bike with slacker geometry. 

The front travel for DH bikes is usually somewhere around 200mm with the rear measuring slightly less. Because they generally aren’t pedalled uphill, these bikes are rugged and heavy and usually have less gears. DH riders wear full-face helmets, goggles, and body armor.

Enduro/All Mountain

Our Enduro/All-Mountain MTB tours are by far our most popular trips to date. While some of them focus more on descent like Ecuador and Peru, others include plenty of pedaling such as those in Colombia and Nepal.  

How we define Enduro/All Mountain: Enduro mountain biking, also known as All-Mountain biking, emphasizes technical ability. If you’re looking for a more adventurous ride, this is the kind of ride for you; usually, an Enduro/All-Mountain trail will involve adrenaline-pumping downhill mountain biking along with sustained climbs.

Enduro riders need bikes that can take burly drops and rugged technical obstacles efficiently while still being light enough to climb with; they almost always use full-suspension bikes with wide tires and longer rear and front suspension travel. Dropper post is a necessity and standard. The front suspension can be anywhere from 140mm to 170mm. Full-face enduro helmets and body amour are a must for Enduro racing.

How do you help?

1 – The Haku Christmas Drive, which includes yearly clothing giveaways, shoe drives, and a public hot chocolate panettone lunch.

2 – School supply giveaway for children of the High Andes.

3 – Bringing bread and fruit to kids living at elevations where none is available.

4 – Facilitating connections between local organic farmers and local restaurants.

5 – Affordable MTB classes for locals taught by professional coaches

6 – Sustained commitment to hiring out locals to work as drivers, office workers, etc., allowing a great amount of flexibility for family commitments, and paying them fair, livable wages.

7 – Donating 1% of all profits to help educate children in a technical field such as carpentry.

8 – Helping young adults begin a small business working in their technical field or purchasing products from them to help them get started after high school.

 

General Fitness Ratings

1 – Getting your heart rate up isn’t really your thing, and you rarely (if ever) exercise. Your idea of a perfect vacation is total relaxation: sitting on a beach, sipping a mojito, and just generally vegging out. 

2 – You don’t necessarily work out regularly but you aren’t averse to the idea of doing something active. Although you don’t exercise that often, you don’t necessarily consider yourself out of shape.

3 – You exercise one to two times a week but do not have a normal schedule that keeps you biking or doing other activities weekly. You don’t go to the gym or train for any specific sports but you lead a relatively active lifestyle by biking, hiking, skiing, or whatever it may be. For biking: climbs and long descents give you some trouble and you tend to get tired after about 2-3 hours on the bike.

4 – You exercise 3-4 times a week and enjoy physical activities such as biking, hiking, skiing. You are active. For biking: you enjoy climbs that are are moderately long and being on a bike for 3-5 hours in one day doesn’t get you too tired or fatigued. 

5You exercise at least 4 times a week and are an avid athlete that is consistently in good shape. You’re more or less game for any kind of adventure. For biking: you’re comfortable with being on your bike for 5-7 hours a day. 

6 – You live and die for exercise, sweat, and suffering. You only want to climb higher, go farther, and prove how much of an animal you are. Steep climbs, long descents and big days are something you are looking to do more of and you can’t wait for your next adventure. 

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Biking Skill Levels

Beginner:
You’ve been riding a mountain bike for a couple of years or less and you’re most comfortable on smooth single-track and wider, forgiving doubletrack. You like rides with scenic views; you like both ascending and descending on well-maintained, safe trails. You’re looking for an active but relaxing mountain bike vacation; you’re not into jumps, drops, super steep trails, rock gardens, roots or taking big risks on your bike.

Intermediate:
You’ve got two plus years of experience mountain biking on single-track trails under your belt; you’ve gotten pretty confident behind the handlebars and are beginning to expand your mountain bike abilities. You like riding most types of terrain, and you’re comfortable both climbing and descending on single-track trails with smaller technical features such as rocky sections, small drops, and small steep sections. You aren’t trying to walk on most of the trail and are looking to take small risks with things like speed, jumps, rock gardens, and stair sets to improve your skills as a mountain biker.

Intermediate Tech:
You’ve got three plus years of riding on singletrack trails of all sorts with features such as rock gardens, steep sections, rolls and 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. 

Advanced:
Ten plus years of experience riding single-track, freerides and biking of all sorts. You live for steeps,  jumps, rock gardens, techy trails, long descents, big ascents and discovering new terrain. Mountain biking is one of your passions and you are ready and confident to do what you love in a new and challenging place.
You can handle anything we throw at you — jumps, rock gardens, steps, technical descents, tough ascents, etc. Biking is a central part of your life. For you, the bigger the challenge, the more excited you get.

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