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.
QUITO – NONO – MINDO
MINDO – NANEGALITO – MAGDALENA
After having breakfast and checking that our batteries are charged, we’ll continue our motorcycle tour to the town of Nanegalito for about 45 minutes, and begin our biggest adventure of the day in terms of riding difficulty, 4 hours on a dirt road. Our moto adventure tours in Ecuador will take you to incredible landscapes in the Andean region, one of these is the pass to the province of Imbabura, well known internationally for the lakes and the indigenous textile market that we find in the area. By the time to start feeling hungry, we will be arriving to the region of one of the most beautiful crater lakes you can find in Ecuador.
The Cuicocha Lagoon, a beautiful geological formation in the region, where we will have the opportunity to have lunch inside the national park with a magnificent view of this natural landscape. After lunch, we will take a boat ride inside this still active volcano, where we will learn a lot about local traditions and the formation of this lake, and finally, before leaving the park area, we will pass through the interpretation center. , where we will know the details of this Ecological Reserve
ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
This day is dedicated to learn about the Andean culture, specifically the Caranqui community. The Magdalena Community is a set of houses located on the slopes of the Imbabura Volcano, where they welcome guests to be part of their families and carry out traditional activities for an intercultural experience, we will accompany the residents to their daily activities, gastronomy classes (learn to cook typical dishes of the area), milking, herding, cycling, hiking and horseback riding in the nearby mountains and hidden treasures such as Mount Cubilche. At night, we will enjoy a traditional folk dance, performed by the young members of the community, all accompanied by local guides who will tell us stories, traditions and more about their culture.
MAGDALENA – CONDOR PARK – QUITO
We take our motorcycles back to Quito. As part of this trip, we will visit the “Parque Cóndor”, a bird rescue center. Here we learn about the different species of birds that exist in Ecuador and South America as well. Worth to mention that this refugee is partially founded with the purchase of your tour. We will be able to see up close the flagship of the Andes and Ecuador, the Condor. Then, in our way back to Quito, before finishing our trip we will visit the museum of the middle of the world so that we can get a glimpse of the different cultures in Ecuador and know its peculiarities.Looking forward to an adrenaline rush? There is no better place in the world for motorcycling than Ecuador. We will have lots of adrenaline flowing when we’ll make our way to the “Yahuarcocha endurance track”. It was first built as a tourist road but with the long-term idea for it to become a racing circuit (you might think of Mount Panorama). It was built around a volcanic lake, around the 1960s; the name of the track comes from a local indigenous language called Kichwa, spoken by the largest indigenous nationality of Ecuador, and it means “blood lake”. According to our indigenous ancestry, this place existed back in the days when the Incas, the largest South American civilization around the 15th century, and local indigenous resistance, fought each other for the right to these lands. Legend says the bodies of the ones dying were thrown into the lake, turning the water red lake for a while, thus it was named Yahuarcocha after this famous battle. Lunch will be served and it will be based on local cuisine, a unique experience different from anything you could try elsewhere in Ecuador. After you had enjoyed the beauties of the Northern part of Ecuador, its culture, and food, we’ll head back to Quito’s headquarters to finalize our tour. This doesn’t mean the end of the fun, as we will have 120 km of pure twisties to ride with good asphalt.