|Mountain-Bike -Nono - Tandayapa|
Drive westwards from Quito towards the coast, over the Andes using the old road Quito-Mindo until 3100 m of altitude. At this point, we switch to our mountain bikes and start the descent towards the cloud forest located on the West slope of volcano Pichincha until we reach the cross roads to Tandayapa (2000 m of altitude) This is a 40 Km bike ride on a dead road, void of traffic. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch before we continue biking until reaching the small birding paradise of Tandayapa. Watch the vegetation change from paramo (highland) to cloud forest to low mountain forest as you whiz down the mountain. Keep one eye on the road and the other peeled on the sky: there's a good chance to see parrots, hummingbirds, toucans and caciques. On our way back to Quito we stop for a 40-minute-hike among verdant forest. We intern ourselves in the cloud forest to visit a waterfall. We return to our 4-wheel drive jeep and continue on the Calacalí-La Independiencia road towards Quito. This is a very scenic loop enjoying the views. The landscape is diverse with patchwork fields of lush vegetation and the high sierra plains. We stop for a visit to the rim of crater Pululahua. Before we reach Quito, we pass the equator monument Mitad del Mundo
Included: Box lunch, 21-speed mountain bikes, all transportation with private transportation, all protections (helmet, hand gloves, elbow and knee pads) and experienced English speaking guide, entrance fees.
Departure time: 08h00 in the morning. We'll ride approximately 50 kilometres on bike (5 - 6 hours) and 4 hours on jeep. Clients can choose to do more biking, if desired!