Biking Tours Ecuador
Biking Banos, Biking Banos Ecuador, Bikes for rent in Banos. Some riders just need more, this is why one of the most popular adventures we have is mountain biking. As adventures get longer and trails more remote, many riders see increased value in reliability and downhill control, this is why we clean and maintain our bikes every day by specialized professional biking members. The bigger tires, plush suspension and powerful brakes of our mountain bikes are an insurance policy against accidents and mishaps and can be just plain fun to ride. With geometry suited to steep terrain and small drop-offs our bikes inspire confidence and reliability.
We offer different professional levels of bikes and sizes. All the bikes are made in aluminum frame and have front suspension with front travel with 80 or 100 millimeters. All components are Shimano and all saddles and tires are meant for off road. All our bikes have double wall rims. Apart from our standard quality bikes we can also provide semi–professional, double suspension, lighter frames longer front travel, disk brakes and shifters of Shimano LX.
One of the most popular trips in Baños is biking to the waterfalls. This tour lasts more than half a day and you can rent the best mountain bikes with us and enjoy the bizarre nature between the Sangay and the LLanganates National Park.
Waterfall Route in Baños Ecuador
Leaving Baños you will bike mostly downhill for 17 kilometers south of Banos. After 20 minutes you’ll arrive at Agoyan, the first waterfall, where you can stop to rest and take pictures. The next stop is Manto de la Novia where you can stop and cross over the impressive Pastaza River in a cable car.
The views of the waterfall from above the river are unbeatable. After 17 km you will arrive in the town of Río Verde (Green River) where you can take a break to enjoy the next waterfall, Pailón del Diablo. You can hike down through cloud forest for about half an hour to enjoy the view on this impressive waterfall. Then you can continue to Machay, the final waterfall in the case you will have more time, where you will have the opportunity to hike down to the waterfall as well and cool off in its powerful and refreshing water. After you are done swimming and taking in the impressive Machay, you can head back to Río Verde to where you can take a truck for heading back to Baños.
Approximate length of tour: 4-5 hours
Not included: Entrance to waterfalls, cable cars, Zip Lining, guide, transport to bring the bikes to Banos
Cotopaxi National Park tour is an exciting day tour that begins with spectacular views of the unique Andean landscape in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Inside the National Park we hike up to the refuge which is situated at 4,810m (15780 feet) on the Cotopaxi snowline. Depending on conditions we will then hike up to 5,000m (16,404 feet) where it can be possible to see the glacier. Lunch is served with spectacular views to the valley below and onto the surrounding volcanoes, followed by a safety briefing to commence our descent on mountain bikes! There are two sections to the mountain biking, the first of which we recommend to experienced riders. The journey finishes at the beautiful lagoon at the base of Cotopaxi.
(Note: All times are approximate, EXCEPT starting time).
|06:45||Leave from Quito or Baños|
|09:00||Enter Cotopaxi National Park (entrance fee: $2).|
|09:30||Visit the museum and get information on the area, volcanos, animals, etc.|
|10:45||Arrive at the parking lot at 4,500m (14763 feet), and begin hiking up to “Jose Rivas” refuge.|
|11:30||Reach refuge at 4,810m (15780 feet). Rest, enjoy the view…|
|12:00||Hike to the glaciers (decision of the guide depending on weather conditions) at 5,000m (16404 feet) and after that return to the parking lot. Drive to departure point.|
|14:00||Check equipment and bikes as well as short briefing – begin descent on mountain bike.|
|14:45||Arrive at Laguna Limpiopungo via bike. After short rest depart from the Cotopaxi National Park.|
|15:30||Lunch at Restaurant Paja Blanca.|
|17:30||Arrive at Hosteria PapaGayo for chocolate cake and hot coffee / tea (you have the option to spend the night in Hosteria PapaGayo, for more information please ask us…).|
|19:00||Return to Quito or Baños.|
This tour goes to a height of 4,810m (15,780 feet), it is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude.
We recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000m (9842 feet). Cotopaxi has its own micro-climate and the weather in the area is unpredictable, so please be prepared with warm clothes. The tour will take place in any weather.
We will leave Baños and take a private van to Riobamba, driving 3 hours until we arrive at the Hermanos Carriel refuge at 4,800 meters.
From there we will hike for 30 to 40 minutes until we get to the second refuge, EDWARD WHIMPER, at 5,000 meters. Walking just a little further we will arrive at the THILMAN Glacier.
After exploring the glacier we will hike back down to the Hermanos Carriel refuge and begin the descent on bicycle through the CHIMBORAZO NATURE RESERVE, until we reach the village of SAN JUAN and/or RIOBAMBA. Then our private car will take us back to Baños.