North-West Culture Revival – Guided Tour
The Northwestern part of Pichincha’s province in Ecuador is well known by nature lovers due to its richness in terms of biodiversity. It is located within a larger area, which stretches onto the eastern part of Colombia, as well as a small corner of Northern Peru, and also reaches the region of Darien in Panama. It is one of the 35 areas found worldwide that are considered to be neo-tropical and bio-geographical. This particular region is called Chocó, and the total extension of this area is about 187.000 square kilometers. Now you can ride over this area with us.
These clash into the western Andes and all the water is released into the western face of the slopes creating a new ecosystem that we call the Cloudforest, considered as one of the hottest spots for biodiversity on the planet. It also provides the ideal growing conditions for coffee and chocolate. Ecuador Bike Rental by Sleipner has the perfect route for you to be delighted with the taste of these two sweets from the gods. We’ll be visiting a few coffee farms and handmade chocolate production spots on the way.
One of the highlights in the area is the Nambillo waterfall. A natural spot that is reached within an hour and a half of moderately riding level. It possesses such a wide variety of flora and fauna which makes the walk through the trail more pleasant. There is a natural oasis with a waterfall of about 15 meters drop (50 feet) where visitors can freshen up before the journey back, or use it to engage in other activities such as canyoning.
On day two, the journey begins towards Otavalo, known as the “Intercultural capital of Ecuador”. Here it is possible to enjoy one of the most spectacular landscapes and travel off-road while admiring the countryside cruising on your motorcycle rentals. Imbabura, the province on which Otavalo is located, possesses a huge cultural as well as ethnic diversity, along with handcrafts skillfully created by the locals and a flourishing commercial sector. In this context, we can mention that here we can find the largest handicraft market in South America. The province is also the center of important local history. We can also mention the aspect of cultural diversity, thanks to the presence of indigenous musical influences and traditions upheld by the locals and their friendly attitude towards visitors.