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Ride Middle Earth Ecuador

....an adventure at the heart of the world

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Ecuador

  Join us on a unique 10 day downhill ride across one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world! Our experience and knowledgeable guides eat, sleep and breathe mountain biking, and are extremely passionate about the growth and development of the sport. This tour will take you from the high elevation Andes mountain range, to a ride on active volcanoes, and descend the ancient trails of the Incas. The trails have incredible variety, a perfect balance of fast flowing downhill, as well as, steep and technical rocky terrain. Our guides and a truck will be with you all day to take you to all the iconic rides of the region, as well as show you around the towns. Not only will you experience the world class riding but you will also experience the rich culture of Ecuador.

Please note that this experience is not recommended for beginner riders. Intermediate/advanced level experience mountain bikers only. Some of the trail have very steep, technical, rocky terrain. Experience in downhill mountain biking is essential.

Full suspension bikes with a minimum of 150mm travel is necessary. Although full downhill bikes will work great, Enduro bikes are ideal as there are short uphill sections peppered throughout the tour. Please make sure for the enjoyment of everyone involved that your bike is in tip top shape, with new or a backup set of brake pads. Aggressive downhill tires such as the Maxxis Minion are recommended and going tubeless will be an asset.

 

Trip Itinerary

  This amazing ten day mountain biking adventure will take you through environments and experiences that will last a lifetime! Listed below is an outline of what to expect on your trip. You will be picked up in Quito the day before the 10 day adventure and transport will be provided to Ambato which will be our home base for most of the trip. Each day you will be picked up from your accommodations in the morning, and after a day of unbelievable riding you will be returned in the evening to have dinner and explore at your own pace.

DAY 1- START OF THE ADVENTURE - Ambato, Tungurahua

You will be welcomed to the city of Ambato! We will meet in the city of Quito and transport to Ambato. Then we will get you settled into the accommodations, grab some food and get some rest before some serious riding.

DAY 2 - GETTING GEARED UP - Ambato, Tungurahua

Today after breakfast we will check the bikes and following a short city tour we will do some lower elevation flow trails to get warmed up and assess everybody's skill level.

DAY 3 - Mt. Pilisurco - Ambato, Tungurahua

Now we are getting a taste of some high Andes downhill. Starting at 4000m we drop out of the truck and descend back down into the city. Breathtaking wide open panoramic views and steep, fast, technical downhill with each section having its own distinct character.

DAY 4 - THE LAST INCA - Sigchos, Cotopaxi

One of the most spectacular and exciting descents in Ecuador! Fast and flowing single track down ancient paths of the Incas which have been used for thousands of years. History, breathtaking views and DH all rolled into one! We ride straight into our accommodations for this night

DAY 5 - KACHI YAKU - Apahua, Cotopaxi

An excellent mix of of terrain on this day. We have some wide open flow at the top that turns into technical rock gardens cutting through the forest.

DAY 6 - REST DAY - Baños, Tungurahuah.

Here we will spend the day hanging out in the beautiful tourist city of Baños. We will take the time to rest, make sure the bikes are all tiptop, and then enjoy yourself in one of the jewels of Ecuador.

DAY 7 - HIELEROS AND MAMA RUMI - Chimborazo

This day will be a big day. A total of 24 km of trail. We will start at the base of the Iconic Volcano Mt. Chimborazo at 4800m and descend through terrain that would be what I can only describe as what riding on Mars would be like, to steep single track through alpine pine forests, to wide open grasslands. Then we will go to one of the premier downhill trails of South America, the Mami Rumi! Here this fast windy run will take you through the rainforest down to the coast region.

DAY 8 - VOLCAN COTOPAXI - Latacunga, Cotopaxi

A breathtaking tour of the trails of the majestic Cotopaxi volcano.

DAY 9 - TLQ - Quito, Pichincha

Here we will find the second highest gondola in the world for mountain biking, and in this amazing place we will have a day full of adventure.

DAY 10 -  REST - Quito, Pichincha

Rest day, to assemble your luggage and get to know the capital of Ecuador, Quito.

Please Note:

  Mountain biking in Ecuador is subject to factors, such as, weather changes, group riding abilities and trail damage to name a few. Our guides will be continually assessing these factors and will be make adjustments as required in order to give you the best experience possible. 


Before booking please have a look at the FAQs and a list of what to bring on your trip.