Chile Mountain Biking tours - bicycle travel from Atacama to Patagonia in Chile, ride some of the best trails in the Andes

Ecuador Tours - Galapagos Islands travel and Amazon cruises:

Tours and travel to Ecuador and other South America countries, custom itineraries for groups and individuals, responsible tourism and soft adventures for all ages

Galapagos Islands Cruises and tours, yachts, expedition ships, hotels and dive resorts:

Tours and travel to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador with an Ecotourism company, we are experts in leading expeditions to the Galapagos Islands with naturalist guides.

South America - Central American - Travel Directory

South and Central America travel directory and index of tours, hotels, cruises, transportation, vacation planners, trip guides, tour operators for organizing your travels to Latin America.

Galapagos Islands tour and cruises travel planner:

Galapagos Islands travel planner, description of the islands, tourist activities and sites, hotels, cruises and tours around the Enchanted Isles.

Voyagers

Amazon river cruises in Ecuador on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer:

Amazon riverboat eco tours to visit indigenous communities and tribes, birdwatching and adventure in company of naturalist guides..

Ecuador travel transportation and tour guides :

Find Ecuador vans for charter and guides for hire, custom tours for groups individuals, Color Bus Line is a supplier for many international wholesalers.

Galapagos Journey Fleet

Galapagos travel & luxury cruises:

We operate the brand new (July 2006) M/C Anahi Catamaran, this boat replaces one of the older boats of our Galapagos fleet, we have 20 years experience offering unique wilderness trips, our guides are certified by the Galapagos National Park and offer passionate onsight and classroom style lectures. The M/C Anahi will offer a new level of comfort and service in the Islands with our pampered adventures.

Ecuador Mainland Hotel, Lodges & Hacienda Listing and Reservation Center

Ecuador's major cities hotel directory and booking site. From five star international brands to local hacienda lodges, there is an option for every taste. By personally inspecting each hotel and having close ties with them, here you will find the best deals for your nights in mainland Ecuador.

Online Travel Guide for Ecuador Travel

Your complete guide to the country of the four worlds. Our consultants will happily assist you from accommodations to tours, transfers to meals, and everything in between to assure you have a memorable Ecuador travel experience!

Galapagos Travel Advisor

Complete Comprehensive Galapagos Islands Travel Adviser

Find all you need to plan the perfect Galapagos Islands getaway. Here you will find a list of must see attractions, accommodations in the archipelago's main islands, cruise tours and other alternatives. This travel advisor is an invaluable tool for anyone visiting the Enchanted Islands.

Cruise & Hotel Based Galapagos Island Tour Directory

The Galapagos Islands are pretty much in any travel lover's bucket list. They appeal to nature enthusiasts, geologist fans, bird watchers, divers and pretty much any other adventurer looking for something out of the ordinary. Here you will find tours and options that can fulfill any of these people's highest expectations.

Galapagos Islands Hotel Index and Booking Site

Traditionally, the Galapagos Islands have been explored onboard cruises. Today though, it is possible to enjoy the Island's many treasures by staying in one of the many accommodations present in the archipelago's main three main islands. One of these rooms, bungalows, suites or cabins will be the perfect complement to a day filled with exploration.

Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Mountain Biking

Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Mountain Biking

Ecuador offers some of the best downhill rides in South America. The cyclist can enjoy endless back roads and trails to explore. The Incas, who were legendary road builders, and their living descendants, have been carving scenic paths for centuries. Today, in many areas mountain bikes are used by indigenous people and campesinos as a major form of transportation - hey, they know what's up.

For most people, the extreme cycling environment of the Andes is best enjoyed going downhill.

The Andes create a playground of huge vertical descents and gut-wrenching climbs at altitudes where the snow line and the equator meet. Descents of 10,000 ft (3,000 m) in a single day can be obtained in several areas of the country. The world-class descent directly down the slopes of Cotopaxi Volcano, the technical descent down Pichincha Volcano, and trips that take riders from the heights of the Andes to the Amazon Basin are all highly recommended.

Riding in the Galapagos Islands
Mountain biking is also possible in the Galapagos Islands you can find bikes for rent on Santa Cruz Island in the town of Puerto Ayora. Trails may be limited but it is a great means of transportation as roads are mainly unused and the highlands have some attractive paths. Don´t be fooled just because you are on an island, there are many hills and unleveled terrain that can be used to your advantage.

Self Supported Rides
Biker-friendly buses and pickup truck taxis, plus readily available lodging and food in most rural areas, make cross country self-supported bicycle travel in Ecuador extremely appealing

For the experienced mountain biker or long-distance adventurer who can handle intense altitudes and climbs, a thousand adventures await.

Careful planning is key. Maps of varying scales can be found at the Instituto Geografico Militar (IGM) behind the Casa de Cultura. Don't bet your life on directions given by locals, as they'll send you off on a wild goose-chase rather than admit that they don't know which way to go.

The lesser-traveled back roads make the best routes. Avoid the Inter-American highway, and most other paved roads in Ecuador, as you will encounter reckless truck and bus drivers that are not used to seeing bicycles on the road. Most parts of Quito are extremely biker unfriendly, and should be avoided like the plague. Traditional cobblestone roads will rattle your bones loose. Also, it's better to go in the dry season, as rains can get frigid in the Andes.

The South American Explorer's Club will be happy to give you loads of useful information to help you plan your biking adventures in Ecuador.

Bike rental is available in Quito and Baños , but quality varies widely, so check your bike carefully before heading out.

High quality, strong bikes are recommended. Shocks are a good idea for the extended descents. Strong aluminum rims are essential as the high speed descents on potted terrain will otherwise bend your wheels.

Packing up your bike up at home and bringing it with you on the plane is a simple alternative. Bring a strong lock and always leave your bike locked in a secure location.

Pack wisely and bring plenty of spare parts, including extra tubes and a tire, don't forget a first-aid kit as you'll probably be pedaling in remote areas.