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Adventure Tours

CLIMBING TOURS

CHIMBORAZO ( 6310m)

Chimborazo is located 150 km southwest of Quito, is the highest mountain in the country and for many years was thought to be the highest in the world. It still retains the distinction of being the point on the earth's surface which is farthest from its center. This tour involves approximately 12 hours of climb and includes a glacier tranining session, dinner, and a night at the refuge (4800m). The climb is a real challenge and offers climbers the oportunity to break the magical 6,000m barrier

 

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COTOPAXI ( 5897m)

Cotopaxi is considered one of the world`s highest active volcanoes and is at 5897m (19,348ft), Ecuador`s second highest mountain. Its perfectly symmetrical cone, covered in a thick blanket of snow and ice, very close to Limpiopungo lagoon, Rumiñahui (4,712m). National Park it is possible to drive as high as 4,600m (15,092ft) up Cotopaxi then trek up a sandy scree slope to reach the snout of the glacier at 4,800m (15,748ft).

 

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CAYAMBRE ( 5790m)

Cayambe is a massive extinct volcano. The peak is Ecuador's third largest and the third highest in the Americas north of the Equator. It is also the highest point on the Equator line(4600m) on the south side. First climbed in 1880 by Whymper and the Carrel cousins. Although technically not very difficult is easier than Cotopaxi, from the last year Cayambe is an easier climbing than Cotopaxi with a straight forward path. Snow storms and high winds are more frequent on Cayambe than on many other peaks. It can be climbed year round, although January is said to be the best period.

 

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SOUTH ILLINIZAS ( 5263m)

South Illiniza is a steep, crevassed mountain and one of the more difficult climbs in Ecuador. It is not advisable for beginners, as some steep sections are approximately 70°. It is strongly recommended to wear a helmet as landslides are a hazard. Jean and Louis Carrel from Whymper's expedition logged the first ascent in 1880. Whymper himself never reached the summit, despite two attempts. However, for the experienced climber, this mountain is a challenge and what climbing is all about.

 

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NORTH ILLINIZAS (5116m)

The North Illiniza is a rocky mountain that is a truly fun climb with some heartstopping scrambles thrown in. It was first climbed by Nicolas Martinez and Villavicencio in 1912. The refuge "Nuevos Horizontes" is at 4650m and has about two dozen bunkbeds, a gas kitchen and water is collected from the stream outside. The average temperature at night is -15°C. This is the refuge used for both mountains..

 

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ANTIZANA (5704m)

This active volcano is the 4th highest peak in Ecuador. It is situated closer than any other glacier to the Amazon basin. Therefore it has richer flora and fauna than any other mountain in the Andes. The landscape is amazing with raw wilderness and several lagoons. The Andean Condor is well known in this area and you have a much better chance of seeing this legendary bird here than anywhere else in Ecuador.

Biking Programs

Cotopaxi Volcano National Park.

Trip Rating: Moderate Drive through páramo landscape to highest point. Enjoy stunning view of 8 different volcanoes. The bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano begins. Bike on dirt roads through volcanic ash and páramo landscape to Inca ruin at 3.700 m Packed lunch while keeping an eye towards the sky - you might see a condor! In the afternoon bike on dirt roads and single track down from Lake Limpiopungo through pine forest.
Altitudes: 4500-3200 m. (15000-10600 ft.)

 

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Quito-Papallacta-Amazon.

Trip Rating: Moderate This is an excellent way to see a cross section of Ecuador’s ecosystems in one day: the first part of the trip starts high up in the páramo – the Ecuadorian equivalent of the arctic tundra – and ends in low montane cloud forest at the edge of the Amazon basin. Once we reach our first destination, we throw our bikes on the jeep’s roof and drive back up the pass to the Papallacta hot springs for a soothing swim in the natural thermal pools. If the day is clear, views of Antisana Volcano will bedazzle. After lunch we drive over the Papallacta pass at 4200m and remount our iron horses for the two thousand meter (over 6000ft.) whiz downward to Tumbaco valley just outside of Quito.
Altitudes: 4200-2500 m. (13900-8300 ft.)

 

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Quito-Nono-Tandayapa.

Trip Rating: Easy Drive northwest until we reach the highest point on this trip (3.000 mts). At this point, we switch to our mountain bikes and start the descend. We'll pass the quaint village of Nono. Watch the vegetation change from páramo to cloud forest to low montane forest as you whiz down the mountain until reaching the small bearding paradise of Tandayapa. Keep one eye on the road and the other toward the sky: there's a good chance to see parrots, hummingbirds, toucans and caciques. Picnic lunch. Afterwards we will let you end the biking tour through desert like areas until we reach the Equatorial Line Monument. Drive back to Quito.
Altitudes: 3000-1800m (10000-6000 ft)

 

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Guagua Pichincha Volcano-Lloa.

Trip Rating: Challenging Even the jeep ride to where we start this biking journey is spectacular. Donning our gear near the top of still-active Guagua Pichincha Volcano we descend a steep and technical mountain side which is surely one of the premier downhills in the entire country. On a clear day we can see the sprawling metropolis of Quito, back-dropped by numerous snow-covered volcanoes. Look towards each of the other three compass points and you will be awed by great expanses of páramo, and, if lucky, a soaring condor. We trek to the edge of the crater to peer over the rim and into the heart of this active volcano after which we mount our bikes and race downward to Lloa on an abandoned dirt road. At Lloa we head west into the cloud forest where we enjoy a picnic boxed lunch. By late afternoon we return to Quito by jeep.
Altitudes: 4800-2000 m (16000-6700ft)

 

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OTAVALO 1 DAY.

Trip Rating: Moderate Single tracks, dirt and paved roads will lead you on your bike through striking landscape in the area of volcanos Imbabura and Cotacachi. As we approach Otavalo, you will notice an area rich with culture. Indigenous people in local dress come from all over the country to sell their handmade wares. Once we have had time to fill our bags with goods we drive to Cuicocha Lake. Lunch. After a refortifying lunch we bike on dirt roads through quaint Indian villages back to Otavalo. Return on jeep to Quito.

RAFTING AND KAYAKING TOURS

THE UPPER RIO NAPO (Class III)

Our most popular trip! The Upper Rio Napo is also known locally as the Rio Jatunyacu, which means "BIG WATER" in Quichua. " A great trip for both beginners and experts alike, it has the perfect combination of exciting rapids, calm pools, and fabulous jungle scenery to delight everybody. Being the headwaters of one of the two rivers that form the mighty Amazon River, this is a adventure that should not be passed up. No previous rafting experience is necessary.

 

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THE RIO MISAHUALLI (Class IV and IV+)

Rio Misahualli this is the most challenging rafting trip offered in Ecuador! Magical and unlike any other river, it is nestled in a deep and enchanted canyon surrounded with lush virgin jungles and sparkling waterfalls. This trip is so spectacular, it has earned the title "the Rio Misahualli Experience". The Experience also involves tackling a challenging gorge filled with numerous large class IV rapids, portaging the rafts around breathtaking Casanova Falls and subsequently running the single biggest rapid commercially rafted in all of Ecuador, called "the Land of the Giants". Considered one of South America's ultimate rafting trips!

 

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THE RIO BLANCO Y TOACHI (Class IV- IV+)

The ríos Toachi and Blanco are a fantastic introduction to the rivers of Ecuador. Flowing off the coastal side of the Andes they have some of the longest navigable sections of whitewater in the country. Combine this with the sights and sounds of the forest we pass through and you are guaranteed a day to remember. Once on the river you can expect both the action of thrilling whitewater and the tranquility of drifting silently through tropical rainforests.