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Ecuador

Mountain biking holiday in Ecuador: deserts, forests, and volcanoes!

Ecuador is a mountain biker’s paradise and you’ll find a feast for the senses at every turn of the pedal: from the immense grandeur of the Andes, to the depths of a tropical cloud forest, and from the colours and aromas of Otavolo market, to the slopes of the world’s highest active volcano – Cotopaxi.

On this mountain biking holiday in Ecuador you’ll ride on natural trails in the highlands that pre-date the Incas; swoop down the slopes of Cotopaxi; and enjoy flowing singletrack across Andean deserts on this South American mountain bike tour of a lifetime.

This ten-day guided mountain biking holiday in Ecuador offers you some of the most exhilarating mountain biking in South America. You’ll stay in family-run hotels, and in a traditional working hacienda looking out onto Cotopaxi. In one of the areas we visit you will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to a local reforestation project.

We’ll start our mountain biking holiday in Ecuador in Quito, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site with its fabulous blend of Spanish colonial, and Inca architecture. In Quito we’re at a height of 2,800m above sea level, and over the course of the ten days we’ll achieve heights of up to 4,600m, climbing gradually to ensure that your body becomes accustomed to the altitude.

With 46 different eco-systems, 14 active volcanoes, four world heritage sites, the highest concentration of rivers per square mile in the world, and one of the world’s richest bio-diversities, you can be sure of a totally unforgettable mountain biking holiday in Ecuador.

Our mountain biking holiday in Ecuador is for intermediate/advanced mountain bikers with level 4 fitness, and to find out what this means read the explanation of our skill and fitness levels.

Meet Jorge, your mountain bike guide in Ecuador!

Want to know more about our mountain biking vacation in Ecuador? Ask us a question, and read more about why you should choose H&I Adventures for your next mountain biking adventure.

Tour dates 2014

  • 14 – 23 June 2014
  • 10 – 20 November 2014

Ecuador tour diary, by Jorge Pérez, local guide

Our Ecuadorian mountain bike adventure tour starts in Quito, in the heart of the Andes at 2,800m above sea level. Waiting for a new group to arrive is, in itself, part of the tour for me because it gives me the chance to pause and re-discover the beauty of Quito, which was declared by UNESCO as the first World Heritage Site. After a short time people- watching, our new clients arrive, laden with bikes and baggage, and ready to hit the trails!

First thing’s first, though, and we enjoy some local cuisine before building bikes and picking up last-minute biking kit for the week ahead. It would be a real shame not to take in some of the culture of Quito before we get into the saddle, so we spend an hour or so enjoying the sights and sounds of the old town. Then it’s time to turn the pedals and get used to the altitude, so we go for a ride in el Parque Metropolitano, right here in the city, which stretches travel-weary legs and whets the group’s appetite for more.

The following day we take an uplift to the top of some
 of the most amazing downhill trails around Quito. We’re surrounded by volcanoes and at every turn there’s a great view – which can sometimes catch you out when you’re whooping down singletrack descents! Everyone arrives safely at the bottom, grinning from ear-to-ear and comparing favourite sections, so I guess they enjoyed it.

After another superb lunch we travel north to the Ibarra area, stopping en-route to explore Otavalo Market, one of the most famous and colourful indigenous markets in Ecuador. In the evening we chill out with some beers at El Chota Valley, enjoying the warm dry weather and recounting tales from the trails.

We spend the next two days riding the incredible singletrack, challenging climbs, and mouth-watering descents in and around El Chota Valley and through Andean desert. We ride from the Paramo (highlands) at 3,600m, on ancient Inca trails that take us all the way down to Ibarra city at 2,000m above sea level.

After enjoying the night life of Ibarra we turn in to get some rest before our next ride, into the mouth of a volcano and cloud forest. This ride is known as ‘Infernillo’ or ‘Little Hell,’ but for us mountain bikers it’s just heaven. We start with a tantalisingly good singletrack trail into the mouth of Pululuhua volcano at 2,800m, then down from the Andes into the cloud forest – an amazing change in scenery that has to be experienced to be believed.

At the end of our ride we head to an incredible Andean Hacienda, close to Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world.

On Cotopaxi we spend the day shuttling up to 4,800m and descending on superb trails to 3,900m, enjoying the variety of different descents that this fantastic snow- capped volcano has to offer. This steep terrain is made up of volcanic ash, sand, large boulders, and petrified lava, which make for very interesting mountain biking!

The following day it’s definitely time to give the legs 
a bit of a rest, so we spend the day experiencing the life of the ‘Chagras’, Andean cowboys, and do some horse riding to the slopes of Ruminuhui volcano. Before returning to our hacienda we take time to plant some native trees and give something back to Pachamama.

Our penultimate day on the bike is a beautiful cross- country route that takes us between ancient Pucaras, look-out points used by the Incas to spot approaching danger. At the end of our high altitude adventure we’re delighted to take advantage of the natural hot springs at Papallacta – bliss!

On our final day we enjoy a fantastic trail, full of switchbacks, that weaves through Andean forest, then out into the open and along trails linking traditional working haciendas. We transfer back to Quito in the afternoon to pack our bikes, buy gifts for the family, then have our final celebratory dinner before waving farewell to Ecuador the next morning. Hasta luego amigos!

Mountain Biking Holiday in Ecuador Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival and acclimatisation

On the first day of your mountain biking holiday in Ecuador your H&I Adventures guide will meet you at Quito airport and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on time of arrival, you may have time to explore some of the town and have a group dinner.

Overnight in Quito

Day 2 – Parque Metropolitano, Quito

We start our adventure in Ecuador with some great morning riding around Quito, to get us acclimatised to the altitude.

In the afternoon we’ll explore the old colonial part of Quito, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit local craft markets.

Overnight in Quito

Distance cycled: 15km (app. 3 hours)

Day 3 – Infernillo

Infernillo, “Little Hell,” starts with a fantastic singletrack descent into the mouth of the Pululahua volcano. Pululahua spits us out on to el Pondoña trail, then on to the moon trail.

We descend from 2,800m, high in the Andes, through spectacular cloud forest down to 1,500m.

On the way back we will visit the middle of the world monument, where we can put one foot in each hemisphere.

We will transfer (app. two hours) to the Ibarra area, where we will spend the night.

Distance cycled: 26km (app. 4 hours)

Day 4 – Chota 2500

For the next two days we’ll be riding in the valley of the Chota River in the Imbabura region of northern Ecuador. The people of the Chota valley are of African descent, having been brought to Ecuador as slaves for the sugar plantations during the Colonial period.

Today we’ll do the Chota 2500 from Ibarra to el Chota. We’ll descend from 2,600m to 1,600m, through incredible Andean desert ecosystems filled with cacti (don’t forget spare tubes!). This ride will take us approximately four to five hours, mostly downhill.

Overnight in Ibarra

Distance cycled: 19km (app. 5 hours)

Day 5 – Chota 5000

Our second ride in the El Chota area starts with a one and a half hour climb, for which you’ll be rewarded with a three-hour descent; something characteristic of our mountain biking holiday in Ecuador!

After a delicious Ecuadorian lunch we’ll drive to our accommodation for the next two nights at Hacienda El Porvenir, in the shadow of the world’s largest active volcano, Cotopaxi.

On the way to our hacienda we’ll stop at the world-famous Otavolo market, one of the most important indigenous markets in the Andes selling some of the most sought-after Ecuadorian artisan crafts.

Overnight Hacienda El Porvenir

Distance cycled: 14km (app. 4 hours)

Day 6 – Day of the Chagras

Today is our day off the bikes and our chance to experience the life of the Chagras, Andean cowboys, with a ride on horseback to the slopes of Ruminahui.

In the afternoon we’ll get to plant some native trees and give something back to Pachamama for everything she’s given us on this amazing adventure!

Overnight in Hacienda El Porvenir

Day 7 – El Tambo trail

Today’s ride will cover 40 km with an average altitude of 3800m, but it’s definitely worth the effort!

We’ll bike along the eastern side of Cotopaxi National Park, taking in Inca ruins, fresh water springs and Andean lakes along the way, until we reach El Tambo trail.

This is an 18km trail exclusively for mountain bikers and boasting some of the best views in the area. We’ll take a break at a particularly panoramic spot and enjoy our packed lunch.

Our destination for today is our next fabulous accommodation, El Tambo Hacienda, where we will be welcomed with a hot shower and drink next to a crackling fire place, followed by a delicious dinner or BBQ.

Overnight at Hacienda El Tambo.

Distance cycled: 40km (app 5 – 6 hours)

Day 8 – The road of the lahars

We’ll rise early and enjoy another delicious hacienda breakfast before starting on our route back to civilisation.

The first 20km tends towards the uphill and you’ll dig in for some short climbing sections. Once we reach El Encañonado, the trail flows downhill and you can roll your bike easily without too much physical effort!

At the end of this descent we’ll take a break for lunch, then start with another climb to El Canal trail, which is a flat route following irrigation channels. The views up here are superb, and as we pedal back to Hacienda El Porvenir we’ll pass by the beautiful Limpiopungo Lake.

After enjoying a refreshing hot shower at our home-from-home we’ll have a few drinks and another fabulous dinner, before hitting the hay feeling thoroughly satisfied.

Riding time: app. 7 hours

Day 9 - Taming the dragon: Cotopaxi downhill

We’ll ride three awesome downhill trails today on the slopes of Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano. The terrain is very steep and consists of volcanic ash, petrified lava, big boulders and sand.

The trails descend from 4,600m to 3,900m and you’ll feel the benefit of the previous days’ acclimatization mountain biking in Ecuador.

Overnight Hacienda El Porvenir

Day 10 - Transfer to airport and departure

We’ll transfer you back to Quito airport, where we will say farewell to new friends and to Ecuador.

Mountain Biking Vacation in Ecuador Price

£1,710 / $2,907 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two people sharing a room)

A single supplement of £450 / $765 USD will be payable should a single room be requested.

H&I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe.

Price includes:

  • Breakfast and lunch each day and dinner on the final night
  • Nine nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers on the first and last scheduled days of the trip
  • The services of an experienced, bi-lingual (English/ Spanish) mountain bike guide for the duration of the trip
  • Entrance fees to historical/cultural sites and national parks
  • Back-up vehicles for the duration of the trip
  • All group safety equipment

Price excludes:

  • Flights to and from Ecuador
  • All dinners except final night
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Bike hire – bike rental costs are: £450/$765 for an Ibis Mojo Carbon full suspension bike for the duration of the trip
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Any other items not listed as included

Arrival and departure details

Your mountain biking holiday in Ecuador will start and end at Quito airport. Your guide and/or driver will meet you in the arrivals area of Quito airport and he/she will be holding an H&I Adventures sign.

Travelling to Ecuador

Quito airport is well-served by major airlines from all over the world. If you’re flying from the UK or Europe KLM have a direct flight from Amsterdam to Quito, which is very handy! For up-to-date timetables and booking visit: www.ba.com; www.aa.com; www.iberia.com; www.continental.com.

If you would like help booking your flights, our partners Flight Centre will work with you directly, with our support, to plan your travel itinerary and book your flights. We will advise Flight Centre of your chosen itinerary and from there, they will use their expertise to find you the most suitable flights at competitive prices.

You must book your bike on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport. Here are some handy hints and tips on travelling by air with your bike.

Preparing yourself and your bike for the trip

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your mountain bike tour in Ecuador, so that you have everything you need!

Our mountain biking holiday in Ecuador is for intermediate/advanced mountain bikers with level 4 fitness, and to find out what this means read the explanation of our skill and fitness levels.

The ideal bike for your Ecuador mountain bike adventure is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 150mm of travel front and rear.

To get the most out of your mountain bike holiday in Ecuador you should plan some training in advance of your tour, and it is essential that you ensure that your bike has been properly serviced before the trip. We will be riding at high altitudes on our mountain bike tour in Ecuador, and if you have never experienced mountain biking at altitude before you may be interested in some useful advice on how to cope with the effects of altitude.

Accommodation and food

One of the things that set our holidays apart from other mountain biking holidays in Ecuador is the quality of the accommodation we use. 
We understand that when you’ve had a big day in
 the saddle, you want a warm welcome, wash and a comfortable place to relax and unwind – because that’s exactly what we’re looking for too. This is why we only work with accommodation providers across Ecuador whose standards of service match our own high expectations.

During your time in Ecuador you will be staying in a wide variety of accommodation from a large hotel in Quito to traditional hill cottages (haciendas).

Our mountain bike guides in Ecuador

Our local mountain bike guides in Ecuador are professional and experts at guiding bikers on their local trails. They are qualified in first-aid, and have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these remote, wild parts of Ecuador.

Our mountain bike guides have years of experience in the saddle on the Ecuadorian trails and will enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will go the extra mile to make sure that everyone has an unforgettable experience of mountain biking in Ecuador.

Health and safety in Ecuador

  • No vaccinations are required for visiting Ecuador, but you should always consult your doctor before travelling to discuss any health risks
  • Ecuador is generally a very safe country in which 
to travel. It is, however, wise to keep an eye on 
valuables as you travel through towns and cities
  • You cannot drink water from the rivers on our tours, 
nor the tap water. Bottled water is widely available
  • Our guides are fully-trained first-aiders

Currency and foreign exchange

The official currency of Ecuador is US Dollars. Money can be exchanged at any of the banks and money exchange kiosks in major cities or tourist areas. ATMs are accessible in the larger cities in Ecuador.

Major credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa are accepted at large hotels, shops, and restaurants in larger cities and in some rural hotels. Keep in mind that the further from civilisation you go, the less likely you’ll be able to exchange or withdraw money from an ATM, so carry cash when you go into the wilderness. American Express Travellers Cheques are widely accepted at most major banks and money kiosks.

Tipping

It is not compulsory to tip your waiting staff or guides in Ecuador, however if you feel you have received good service and have enjoyed your trip you can tip at your discretion: 10% – 15% of the cost of your meal, or your holiday price, as appropriate.

Visas

You do not need a visa to visit Ecuador for up to 90 days, you just need a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return from Ecuador.

Holiday insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: if you have arranged your own holiday insurance, you must bring a copy of your policy with you on your mountain bike holiday with us.

Further information on Ecuador

  • Ecuador has 55 volcanoes, 14 of them active, including Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world
  • Ecuador contains the main tributaries that become the Amazon river and, as such, has the highest concentration of rivers per square mile in the world
  • Ecuador is part of the Tropical Andes hotspot, with intense biodiversity and an extremely high number of endemic species. It is among the top 17 countries in the world in terms of biodiversity
  • Ecuador holds 26 protected areas, which account for 18% of its surface area (46,190km2), not including the Galapagos Marine Reserve (70,000km2)
  • Ecuador has 46 different ecosystems (tropical dry forest, tropical rain forest, páramo and montane forest, among others)
  • Four world heritage sites (colonial center of Quito, colonial center of Cuenca, Sangay National Park, Galapagos National Park); two biosphere reserves (Yasuní National Park and Gran Sumaco Reserve)
  • Over 150 traditional festivals
  • Diversity of cuisine and local dishes

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Ecuador

Dec 11, 2012 by Simon Kellam

I can only reiterate what the previous comments have said about this trip. It's a must do trip for any budding mountain biker who's looking for adventure and challenging trails in an amazing country. It will be an experience you will not forget !


Ecuador

Dec 04, 2012 by holger

Amazing trip and perfect trails at the very beautifull country Ecuador. Unbelivable how different the trails are: form jungle trails to sandy trails at desert area, up to Highlands and downhills at the slope of Cotopaxi. Perfect bike trip with lots of culture and gorgeous landscape!!!!


ecuador

Dec 04, 2012 by stefan neuhauser

megarides...without too long uphills. you will be happy to ride volcanoes and in the jungle.


Ecuador

Dec 02, 2012 by Max Schumann

The Ecuador Trip was just brilliant. One of the best things a mountain biker can do, especially in November.
Trails as diverse as the landscape. And simply just perfect fun. Breathtaking, not only because of the height, but as well because of the amazing sceneries. I absolutely enjoyed every day out there.
The overnights in pretty, traditional Haciendas and good local food complete an excellent trip in the Andes.


5.0 5.0 4 4 I can only reiterate what the previous comments have said about this trip. It's a must do trip for any budding mountain biker who's looking for adventure and challenging trails in Ecuador

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for our mountain biking holiday in Ecuador

Q. How many people will be in the group?
A. We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally be between six and ten people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run a trip is four.

Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this trip?
A. Our mountain biking holiday in Ecuador caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you have a good level of physical fitness and good bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike tour no matter what your age.

Q. What style of mountain biking tour is it?
A.This mountain biking holiday in Ecuador is a guided mountain bike tour, ideal for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers. Riding here, amongst the world’s highest active volcanoes, you’ll experience a few tough climbs (largely because of the altitude) and steep, fast descents, as well as some lovely flowing singletrack through a huge diversity of landscapes and eco-systems. Altitude is a factor in this trip and we have some tips for riding at high altitudes and managing the effects of altitude.

Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?
A. The distances we cover each day range from 15km to 50km, in accordance with the altitude and height gain/ loss on each stage. We will gain height gradually over the course of the trip to ensure that your body becomes accustomed to the increased altitude. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?
A. No, you only need to carry a day pack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.

Q. What if I come across a section of trail that I can’t ride?
A. Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your Ecuador mountain bike adventure. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain bike holiday!

Q. Who will be guiding us?
A. Your mountain bike guides are local to this region of Ecuador and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of Ecuador. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. You can meet your mountain bike guides on our ‘Why H&I Adventures page?’.

Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?
A. On this mountain bike tour in the north of Ecuador you’ll spend five nights in traditional working haciendas (ranch) and you will also stay in 3- and 4-star local hotels and guest houses. At the haciendas you’ll have the chance to learn about the reforestation project going on in the area.

Q. What will the weather be like in Ecuador?
A. Ecuador has many different climates and micro-climates, and in the regions we’ll be visiting on our mountain bike tour temperatures can range from 6C/42F to 25C/77F. It’s likely that you’ll experience bright sunshine, as well as some rain and damp, overcast days, so you should bring plenty of layers and a waterproof jacket with you for riding.

Q. Which meals are included in the tour?
A. Nine breakfasts, seven lunches and four dinners are included in the price of the trip.

Q. What type of mountain bike is best for this trip?
A. A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 150mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike tour. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you’ll be doing lots of descending throughout the week. We can arrange hire of an Ibis Mojo Carbon bike in Ecuador, at a cost of £450/$765 for the week. If you wish to bring your own bike (recommended) we have some handy tips on how to travel with your bike.

Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?
A. You must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot, and you should bring a waterproof jacket. You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike tour in Ecuador.

Booking your mountain biking holiday in Ecuador

Booking your mountain biking holiday in Ecuador with us couldn’t be simpler:

  • Simply click the ‘Book now’ button, then select your preferred holiday dates
  • Follow the simple steps to complete your online booking and pay a 25% non-refundable deposit
  • The final balance for your mountain biking adventure is due 60 days in advance of the tour start date

You can add bike rental and travel insurance during the booking process also, then all you need to do is ride your bike and look forward to your fantastic mountain bike vacation with us!

Attention! Don’t forget to read our booking terms and conditions, BEFORE you complete the booking process!

You can also read our privacy policy to find out how we use and protect the personal information that you supply to us.

Booking terms and conditions

Terms and conditions of booking a mountain bike holiday with H&I Adventures

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking available in the link below prior to booking your mountain bike vacation with H&I Adventures.

We strongly recommend that you also read all the details set out in the web page relating to your holiday prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary and style of the mountain biking holiday you are undertaking.

Read our terms and conditions of booking.

Your money secured

H&I Adventures is bonded by ABTOTThe Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for H&I Adventures Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provide for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with H&I Adventures Ltd.

Travel and activity insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads.com whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike tours. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them by visiting worldnomads.com and then we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: WorldNomads don’t cover for domestic travel, so for example, if you live in the UK and have booked on a holiday in Scotland, or you live in Canada and have booked our Yukon adventure, you cannot arrange an insurance policy with them.

You must bring a copy of your insurance policy with you on your holiday with us.

Adventure traveller's code of conduct

The following code of conduct is a guide to how we expect our customers to behave on our mountain biking holidays around the world. By observing them you will have a more enjoyable vacation and will gain the respect of the local people. We ask you to travel respectfully and pay attention to local rules and values.

Why do we have these guidelines?
During our mountain biking vacations we will be travelling through communities, homes and sensitive areas, and as a responsible tour operator we want our type of tourism to be sustainable and of reciprocal benefit to you and all of these communities. Over the years our guides and customers have made friends whilst travelling in these remote areas, and we don’t want any of these relationships to be compromised.

Respecting cultural differences
In the areas that we visit during our mountain bike holidays things may be done differently from where you live and work, which is why we love them, and why you are there. So when dealing with local people please accept their differences and respect their way of life. A traveller who is happy and converses with locals will have a much better experience and will leave a better impression than one who seeks fault.

Etiquette
There are a few general behaviour rules that apply throughout the world:

  • Shouting at a member of waiting staff is frowned upon, a gentle hand signal is all that is required
  • No smoking in any enclosed public places
  • It is impolite to enter a store or restaurant and not say hello in the local language
  • In most countries it is inappropriate to express anger in a raised voice. Becoming angry is embarrassing to the local people with whom you are dealing – they will not be embarrassed for themselves, but for you making a fool of yourself

Environmental responsibility
The world is beginning to realise the impact that our waste management is having on our environment. We have identified the recycling points situated along the routes that we take during our mountain bike holidays, so we ask you to keep any rubbish that you may have, so we can dispose of it into the correct bins when we return to civilisation. There are bins for plastic bottles, paper, glass, aluminium cans and general rubbish.

When our guides are on the hill they will be picking up any litter that they come across, but more importantly, they will encourage you to do the same.

Packed lunches: some of the day rides during our adventures take place in very remote areas, where there are no food stops or support vehicle stops, so we need to carry our lunches with us. We ask the providers of these lunches not to use layers of packaging and when they need to, they use recycled paper bags or reusable containers.

Drinking water: before our holidays commence we supply you with a kit list, asking you to bring your own water carrying device, like a bladder or bottle that you can fill up at a designated place each day. We actively discourage the use of throw-away bottles. In some countries water can be taken from the taps and rivers that we will pass on our daily mountain bike rides, and the guides will be on hand to advise you and dispense purification tablets should they be needed.

Food and accommodation
Food is an integral part of any country’s identity. During our mountain biking holidays we will take you to a selection of hand-picked local restaurants and cafés that offer traditional dishes, created from locally-sourced produce. In using a selection of one-man-band cafés to top quality expensive seafood restaurants, we believe that we are distributing the tourism wealth fairly around the areas we visit.

In order for you to get the full ‘experience’ we use small family-run guesthouses, or bed and breakfasts that employ local workers, as far as is possible. If we have to use larger hotels, we opt for non-chain, locally-owned establishments.

Being a responsible traveller doesn’t finish at the end of your holiday…
We hope that during your travels with us through some of the wildest and remotest parts of the world you will have learned something from our guides and your experience, that you can take back home with you to your daily life.

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Jorge Pérez

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