“MTB Chocolate and Hummingbirds Route”: The forest stretches over the slopes of the Pichincha volcano, at altitudes from 4,700m to 1,400m (15,500 to 4,600 ft) and covers diverse ecosystems ranging from the clouded, treeless plateau or “páramo” through subtropical forest to the Amazon tropical rain forest. The Valley of Mindo is part of the protected 48,000-acre (19,200 hectares) Mindo-Nambillo Reserve. Enjoy a tour through these wonderfully varied landscapes.
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We’ll descend from a wonderful cloud forest through the enormous Tandayapa canyon. The tour itself starts at Nono where we will challenge your suspension as we encounter a cobblestone road. After that, enjoy 25km of downhill biking to give you enough strength for the next 10km ascent at Bellavista. There will always be a support vehicle behind you in case you feel the need to take a break. After working hard to reach the final slope you’ll have the last descent arriving at the Calacali Road where we continue on for another 1.5km until we reach Mindo at around 14h30. Then we will enjoy a wonderful lunch before exploring the town. At 18h30 we will have dinner. Afterwards you can enjoy a drink at a local bar and settle in for the night. The total length of this tour is 67 km.
At 07h00 we will have a satisfying breakfast. Afterwards is a good opportunitiy for birdwatching, as the birds are very active in the morning. At around 10h00 we will leave for a canopy tour above the wonderful cloud forest and have a tasty lunch around 12h30. After lunch we will visit the picturesque waterfalls and leave for a transfer back to Quito, where we will arrive at around 17h30 at Plaza Foch.
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.