Ecuador's New Bike and Raft 13 Day Circuit
More than 500 hundred years ago, the Spanish conquerors were searching for the cinnamon country, a town made out of gold. They crossed the Quito valleys and headed up through the Papallacta pass, the gateway to the jungle, and discovered the real treasure..... The Amazon jungle. Now we follow in their steps, but on state of the art bikes and rafts!
Day 1: Bike Otavalo 35km/ Indian market
Leave Quito after breakfast and start the biking route at 3300mts. The trip crosses Indian trails, includes a visit to San Pablo Lake Peguche's waterfall and ends in Otavalo Market. Overnight Otavalo
Day 2: Bike Mitad Del Mundo / Nono Tandayapa / 55km
Leave Otavalo and head to the Equator line then bike through cloud forest to a place close to Mindo. Stay in Mindo
Day 3: Bike Valle Hermoso / 50 km
Leave in the morning by bus to Los Bancos. Bike down from 1700mts to 500mts through tropical rainforest; with such a fast decent you can easily feel the change in climate and see the difference in flora. Leave in the evening for the town of Machachi. Overnight
Day 5: Bike Quilotoa / Saquisili market
Leave for Saquisili market for a visit and then start the bike tour around the Quilotoa mountain passing through many indigenous communities. Stay in Baños.
Day 6: Baños / rest day
Options: visit the viewing point onto volcano Tungurahua or the waterfalls River people's staff will pick you up on the 7th day in the morning. Stay in Baños
Day 7: Raft and practice kayaking on the Anzu River class II + III
A beautiful introduction to the upper Amazon basin, this river is gentle in places for getting some kayaking practice, but also with a few more exciting spots to help prepare for the white water to come. Overnight hotel.
Visit lagoons and waterfalls in the primary rainforest and then raft 5 km and up to the cabins. In the afternoon, we will take a hike through the jungle. The river Jatunyacu means big water in the native language Quichua, and certainly big waves and full on action is what you will get on this 25km run, that flows from the mystical national park Los Llanganates overnight jungle cabins.
Day 9: Raft out the remaining 20km /The adventure never stops!
Hike by river and box lunch. More roller coaster action and a jungle canyon hike to finish! Overnight Tena / hotel
Day 10: Raft the spectacular Hondachi - Hollin Jungle gorge class IV / 40 km
Running off the volcano Gran Sumaco the Hondachi Hollin is one of South Americas newly discovered spectacular river trips with a great chance of seeing monkeys, papagayos and wild deer combined with classic pool drop class IV and pristine jungle scenery. Riverside Camping/ Cavern Hike.
Day 11: Raft the remaining 20 km on the Hollin River
Stay in Baeza
Run a canyon section of the world famous Quijos, used for the world rafting competition and then relax in the hot springs and contemplate the previous days of adventure. Overnight Quito.
Day 13: Back in Quito
Take a ride on the new cable car overlooking the surrounding volcanoes and then bike back down the mountainside. Just when you thought it had ended!
Transportation for 13 days, Meals and lodging, Bike and raft equipment, Entrance fee for the national parks, Guides.
Please note: Another option for the rafting itinerary is to visit a wildlife reserve and go for a waterfall hike and/or other jungle hikes instead of a day's rafting.