Pululahua Geobotanical Mountain Biking Tour, daily, private
If you have a zest for life, this exciting yet moderate route takes us to the heart of the extinct crater of the Pululahua. Crossing the Equator Line off the beaten track following the Guayllabamba Canyon going past dense cloud forest and sugar cane plantations.
This exciting route takes us into the heart of the Pululahua extinct crater. Descend on small dirt roads through the dense Cloud Forest on off-roads down into the marvelous scenery of the valley inside the crater.
Depart from Quito as you head north, crossing the Equator Line (Latitude 0º) near the town of Calacali. After a safety briefing start the descent via a dirt road into the cloud forest. Mystical vegetation and interesting bird life are the main attractions. Follow the Guayllabamba Canyon at the impressive gorge carved by the Guayllabamba river on its way to the coast. Along the way, visit a traditional sugar cane Hacienda where a local drink called "Puntas" is distilled. At this point you have descended approximately 1,300 feet (400 meters. On the way, stop for a picnic lunch. Return to Quito in the afternoon.
- Private transportation and vehicle support from Quito
- Bilingual MTB guide.
- Lunch and refreshments.
- KHS TREK mountain bikes with front suspension (RST), 21 speed shimano components.
- Helmets and gloves.
- Pululahua Reserve entrance fee $7, per person
- Travel Time: 2-3 hours round trip
- Riding Time: 3-4 hours depending on physical condition
- Season: Year-round
- Level: Moderate to Challenging
- Altitude: 8,528 t0 7,216 feet above sea level (2,600 to 2,200 meters)
- Average Temperature: Day 54-79° F/12-26 ºC
||Rates per Person (US$)
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||16 - 25
Adventure tours at Ecuador
If you have a zest for life, a yen for adventure, a taste for the unseen and an eye for color and beauty, Ecuador will instantly enchant you. Because of its location on the Equator and the Andes mountain ranges, Ecuador has no real seasons and it receives the most amount of sunlight in the planet. Ecuador's unique climate allows for year-round operation of outdoor adventure programs.
Ecuador's largest ecotourism operator, Metropolitan Touring, offers Active Travel Adventures to explore "off the beaten path" of Ecuador's many natural wonders. Under the expert supervision of experienced guides you visit remote and unspoiled places. Our policy is conservation of nature, as well as of the traditional cultures. Our programs are respectful of the environment, its inhabitants, their traditions and way of life. We wish to provide our guests with out-of-the-ordinary experiences, with an understanding of the region and an unforgettable vacation.
Trek and Hike through National Parks and Reserves, large Haciendas and Indian communities. Treks descend from the Highlands to the sub-tropical Cloud Forest, along amazing gorge trails and the awe-inspiring Avenue of the Volcanoes. Camp will be set up each night with freshly prepared meals and deluxe camping equipment. Few experiences compare with biking along secondary roads of the serene Andes Highlands. By Bike, enjoy a close contact with nature and genuine interactions with the local people.
Overnights are spent at historical Haciendas, cozy inns or camping in tents under the magical skies of the Southern Hemisphere. The impressive flanks of the Andean range are the origin of spectacular rivers and canyons that empty into the Amazon Basin and Coastal regions. Adventurous spirits will enjoy Rafting and Kayaking with the opportunity to paddle the crater-lake of Cuicocha and exceptional tropical white water. Programs are available with various degrees of difficulty to suit every skill level.