Ecuador + Galápagos Bike + Adventure Tour

From the Andes to Wild Equatorial Islands

9 days / 8 nights Level: 2Price From: $6,895Collection: +AdventureNon-Rider Options

Tour Highlights

  • Shop the markets of Otavalo and take home traditional textiles woven by indigenous residents
  • Bike through unique Andean Dry Forests, where remarkable biodiversity dates back millions of years
  • Kayak one of the most beautiful routes in the entire archipelago for a chance at a close encounter with sea lions
  • Visit El Chato reserve on Santa Cruz Island, home to the famous Galápagos tortoises

Eat

Potatoes, pork, chicken, and beef from the Ecuadorian highlands; shrimp ceviche, bolones (green plantains), fish soups, and arroz marinero (seafood rice)

Drink

Refreshing cerveza and unusual Equatorial Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Ecuador!

    Our guides will meet you at the airport in Quito, ready to head north into the Andes and surrounding ancient volcanoes. For the rest of the day, you are encouraged to relax while your body acclimates to the altitude. This evening, enjoy an intimate first dinner in the splendor of the mountain surroundings.

    Meals: Dinner
    Destinations: Otavalo
    Accommodations: Hacienda Zuleta or Hacienda Cusin

  • Day 2

    Andean Dry Forest

    After breakfast, we’ll hop in the van for a short transfer northwest to Pablo Arenas, a tiny Andean town in the Imbabura province and the starting point for our ride through remarkable Andean Dry Forest. These living museums are home to an incredible diversity of flora—including the sacred quishuar tree and the ancient dye plant chilca. Some plants and trees are as old as 10 million years! After lunch at a local hosteria, it’s a lovely descent all the way to Salinas de Ibarra, known for its salt production dating back to the 15th century. Tonight, we dine at the hacienda.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pablo Arenas, Salinas de Ibarra
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 970 meters
    Accommodations: Hacienda Zuleta or Hacienda Cusin

  • Day 3

    Zuleta Valley

    This morning we may visit the village of Ilumán, a community known its population of spiritual shaman, to learn about their ancestral healing practices and traditions, or perhaps visit the Condor Preservation Project to see how Ecuadorians are protecting this unusual giant bird. Afterwards, we return to our bikes and ride through lush hills of Ugsha, on the Camuendo Peguche, and around the San Pablo del Lago on country roads. After cycling below the slopes of the Imbabura Volcano, we reach the peaceful village of Peguche with its spectacular waterfall. Lunch is in the village of Otavalo, where we’ll see the market brimming with colorful textiles hand-woven by indigenous residents. Transfer back to Quito and get ready for tomorrow’s departure to the islands of the Galápagos.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Ilumán, San Pablo del Lago, Ugsha, Peguche, Otavalo
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 635 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Quito Polo Club

  • Day 4

    Creatures and Features of Santa Cruz Island

    Today we depart for the Galápagos Islands. Board a morning flight to Baltra, an airport originally constructed during World War II to protect the Panama Canal. We’ll transfer to the next-door island of Santa Cruz and make our way to Los Gemelos, the twin volcanic craters near the island’s center. The sinkholes are surrounded by scalesia trees endemic to the Galápagos, and we’ll keep our eyes open for the elusive short-eared owls frequently found in this forest. Before lunch, we’ll bike to the highlands to visit El Chato Reserve, the natural habitat of the Galápagos tortoise, then finish the day’s ride to the island hub of Puerto Ayora. After a full day of discovery on Isla Santa Cruz, sit down to a well-deserved dinner at our hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Santa Cruz Island, El Chato, Puerto Ayora
    Accomplished: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 350 meters
    Accommodations: Angermeyer Waterfront Hotel

  • Day 5

    Kayak Divine Bay

    This morning, we’ll explore Punta Estrada and Divine Bay by kayak. In the turquoise waters surrounded by walls of lava channels, look just beneath the surface for gentle white-tipped sharks and eagle rays—or paddle close to the cliffs and sea coves for an up-close glimpse of fearless blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, herons, and marine iguanas. After lunch, a short hike through dry forest is filled with fascinating plants and birdlife. We’ll reach Tortuga Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galápagos, and spend the afternoon sunning on soft, white sand or swimming in the pristine water. Return to our hotel this evening for a final dinner on Santa Cruz Island.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Divine Bay, Tortuga Bay
    Accomplished: 5 miles / 8 km kayaking; 3 miles / 5 km hiking
    Accommodations: Angermeyer Waterfront Hotel

  • Day 6

    Coastal Exploration of Isabela and Tintoreras

    Board a speedboat for an inter-island transfer from Santa Cruz to Isla Isabela. Upon our arrival, we’ll walk through a wonderland of mangroves and manzanillo trees to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, learn how the Galápagos Park has invested years of research into these lumbering giants and how they have succeeded at steadily growing the tortoise population. Continue trekking around the marshy lakes where vibrant flamingos preen and play, then hop on another boat for a brief ride to Tintoreras. These small, wildlife-dense islets are home to the Galápagos penguin—the only kind of its species to live north of the equator. Tonight, sample island fare during a seaside dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Isabela Island, Tintoreras
    Accomplished: 3 miles / 5 km hiking
    Accommodations: Iguana Crossing

  • Day 7

    Volcano Discovery Hike in the Isabela Highlands

    From Puerto Villamil, we’ll drive into the highlands to see a world of recent geological history. Once the road ends, follow the dirt trails on foot to the rim of the Sierra Negra Volcano, which last erupted in October 2005. The rim encloses a huge lava-filled crater and peers over the Perry Isthmus Volcano and beyond. For the adventurous, the hike continues up to Volcano Chico where the earth exhales hot sulfurous gases from fumaroles and lava formations mimic a lunar landscape. Ride downhill to Campo Duro, passing coffee plantations and orange trees, then return to Puerto Villamil to relax at our beachfront hotel. Tonight, your guides are happy to recommend a restaurant for dinner on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Puerto Villamil, Sierra Negra Volcano, Campo Duro
    Accomplished: 6 miles / 10 km, elevation gain: 0 meters; 6 miles / 9 km hiking
    Accommodations: Iguana Crossing

  • Day 8

    Tortuga Island

    The island life awaits: a scenic boat ride brings us to the small horseshoe-shaped Tortuga Island, marked by secret swimming spots. Snorkel in Loberia Grande alongside sea lions and meet Galápagos green turtles face-to-face. Thousands of seabirds nest along the island’s cliffs, bringing the landscape to life. Return to Isabela for lunch in town. This afternoon, we’ll hop on our bikes and cruise the white sandy beaches, mangrove forests, and brackish lagoons. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner and toast to our adventures and discoveries!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Tortuga Island, Loberia Grande
    Accomplished: Snorkeling
    Longer Option: 8 miles / 13 km, elevation gain: 63 meters
    Accommodations: Iguana Crossing

  • Day 9

    Adios Galápagos!

    Enjoy one final, peaceful breakfast by the sea before saying goodbye to the Galápagos. We’ll transfer to Baltra for our early flight back to Quito, where our tour comes to an end.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Quito, Ecuador Pick-Up Location: Tababela Airport Pick-Up Time: Until 5:00 pm
Departure Details

Airport City: Quito, Ecuador Drop-Off Location: Baltra Airport Drop-Off Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Travelers Take Note

The Galápagos Islands are governed by conservation and preservation laws to ensure they remain wild and beautiful. For this reason, the island visits in this itinerary are subject to change. Additionally, inter-island flight times may be subject to scheduling changes and may also impact the itinerary as outlined.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 6 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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