One of our big stories this issue is Trevor Clark’s incredible riding adventure in Nepal with Highlands and Isands Adventures. Well, the guys at H&I Adventures have just added yet another exotic location to their list of destinations. So if you’re thinking about going on a slightly different riding trip this year, give Ecuador a few moments of your time.
“Taming the dragon: mountain biking in Ecuador
Where in the world can you ride through cloud forest, Andean desert, banana plantations, and on the slopes of volcanoes, all in one week? Ecuador, that’s where. And it’s also where mountain bike holiday experts H&I Adventures have just launched their newest mountain biking tour.
On this incredible, ten-day, guided mountain bike trip you’ll experience some epic mountain bike trails, including the 1,300m descent at Mamarumi, one of the most amazing downhill trails in Ecuador that weaves through the thick cover of rain forests and banana plantations, and was once the clandestine trading route of liquor smugglers.
You’ll also tackle the slopes of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, and attempt to tame this dragon whose flanks are covered with petrified lava, volcanic ash, boulders and sand.
Off the bike, there’s the chance to experience some of the colourful culture for which Ecuador is famous, with a visit to Otavolo market, horse riding at a traditional working hacienda (ranch), and time to explore Quito, the world’s first UNESCO Heritage Site.
The first of these South American mountain bike adventures rolls out from 1st to 11th December and costs from £1,550 per person (ex. flights), which includes all guiding, ground transport, accommodation, most meals, and entrance fees to national parks. For more information visit H&I Adventures’ website or contact them on email@example.com.”