ANDES TO AMAZON
- guide-driver with knowledge of bike mechanics and jungle guide
- transportation / support vehicle when you ride the bike
- accommodation in jungle lodge
- meals (day 1 picnic lunch and dinner, day 2 breakfast and lunch) and purified water
- mountain bike with helmet, knee and elbow protectors, gloves, balaclava and goggles
- entrance permit Sangay National Park
- equipment for rainforest (rain poncho, rubber boots, life jackets)
Day 1 Departure from Riobamba by car at 8.00, and drive southeast passing several indigenous villages with spectacular views. After about 1,5 hour arrive at the Atillo Lakes, some of Ecuador’s most beautiful paramo lakes, at 3540 m./ 11.614 ft. above sea level. This is the starting point of the spectacular 47-km. downhill ride on a very quiet road traversing the Sangay National Park. You will cycle from the paramo through cloud forest to the tropical rainforest. On the way you will pass picturesque waterfalls and enjoy the abundant vegetation with orchids, ferns and mosses. After the first 23 kilometers we cross a tunnel of 700 m. which is part of our great adventure. At the other side of the tunnel you can feel the warm breeze of the Amazon jungle. We continue descending until we arrive at the village of 9 de Octubre, at 1650 m./ 5414 ft. At this point you can decide - if you have enough energy - to continue biking 4 km. uphill to an observation tower, at 1875 m./ 6152 ft. If the weather is good, from here you have a splendid view of the Sangay Volcano (one of the most active volcanoes in the world), and the Amazon jungle with the Upano and Abanico rivers.
If you have booked the 1-day tour from here we return by car to Riobamba. If you have booked the 2-day tour, we continue by car to a small lodge in the rainforest, where we will spend the night.
Day 2 After breakfast we start a 5-hour hike in the Amazon rainforest. On the way our naturalist guide will show you a variety of plants used by the indigenous people of the Amazon: medicinal, hallucinogenic, poisonous plants, timber trees, fruits of the forest, etc. After a couple of hours hiking we arrive at a beautiful waterfall, where you can take a refreshing swim. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch we embark a traditional dugout canoe and descend an Amazonian river for about one hour. In the afternoon return by car to Riobamba. Estimated arrival time at Riobamba 19.00