Cyclers who love to combine biking with naturalist experiences, ancient traditions and indigenous encounters should head towards Ecuador and embark on a biking adventure like no other. From discovering Otavalo and its surroundings to the wonderful Galapagos Islands, bikers will experience delightful rides during their tour. Scenic views, picturesque villages, serene beaches, wildlife encounters and other adventures are awaiting for those who will dare to try a mesmerizing Ecuador and Galapagos Islands biking tour.
What Does The Ecuador And Galapagos Islands Biking Tours Include?
Ecuador is home to tour operators that offer short or long biking tours for tourists and locals. However, we highly recommend week long biking tours or 10 days biking tours because they will open the gate to more adventures and discoveries.
A guided biking tour is perfect for those who do not want to miss the opportunity to discover all the wonderful features of Ecuador and Galapagos Islands. Also, when the bike tour operators take care of your accommodations, meals, transport and itinerary, you know for sure that all you have to do is relax and enjoy your vacation without worrying.
What Places Can Be Included In The Ecuador And Galapagos Islands Biking Tours?
Most Ecuador and Galapagos Islands biking tours begin at Tababela Airport and include an introduction to the traditions of Otavola and its historical Hacienda Pinsaqui. Since tourists need to get used to the high altitude of the city, the first day isn’t that demanding. However, tourists will get a chance to enjoy dinner while admiring the wonderful landscapes of the surrounding mountains.
A visit to Cuichoa Natural Reserve and a visit to Cuicocha Crater Lake is a must for those who come to Ecuador and a biking tour shouldn’t exclude this wonderful opportunity to discover the ecosystem that provides shelter to unique flora.
The picturesque villages surrounding the town of Otavalo are also a must for cyclers especially since they offer the chance of discovering the famous markets known for the handmade products made by the indigenous residents.
A long biking tour has to include some dirt roads and lake views and Imbabura is perfect for such things. Lake San Pablo offers amazing views and the entire region of Imbabura is the perfect introduction to Ecuador’s agriculture.
San Cristobal Island
Hiking and exploring the unique dry forest of Cristobal Island while enjoying the spectacular views of the coastline and walking along trails of lava rock is another perfect day for a tourist who embarked in an Ecuador and Galapagos Islands biking tour.
Those who want to take a break from biking and explore other fun activities, such as kayaking and snorkeling can do it on San Cristobal Island, while birders can admire numerous sea bird species that live on the island.
Isabela Island is a great place for mountain biking and history discoveries. The white sand beaches and mysterious lagoons will provide the best views for relaxation. Tourists can also enjoy a boat ride to small islets of Tintoreras where they can see the Galapagos penguins.
Those who enjoy water activities as much as biking should get on a boat trip to visit Tortuga Island for some snorkeling and beach activities. Tortuga Island is also home to a sea bird sanctuary that deserves a visit.
Santa Cruz Islands
Santa Cruz Islands is a place where, besides biking at El Chato Reserve and hiking along Galapagos tortoise, tourists can also kayak around the turquoise waters of Divine Bay.
The Ecuador and Galapagos Islands biking tours can include many other wonderful adventures and even a visit to Charles Darwin Research Station. These types of biking tours are not only fun but also full of learning opportunities and wonderful water and beach adventures.