From the 21st to the 28th of Apr 2013 my wife and me did a fantastic mountain bike round trip in Ecuador Mainland with the Biking Dutchman himself: the expert and even the inventor of mountain biking in Equador. We saw many, many interesting places in the Andes and the Orientes (jungle) and in the end we felt very satisfied that we had got a perfect survey over Ecuador after the 8-day mountainbike tour.
Jan, the Biking Dutchman, is a very funny guy, open to every kind of joke, easy going, flexible to change the itinerary, if requested by his guests (however, only possible for small groups like us) and very knowlegdedable about the the landscape, culture and possible activities. We enjoyed the time with him very much and at the end we had been very sad to say good-bye.
In detail we visited/biked: a shut down railway line close to Quito (running through a beautiful canyon), Otavalo and its indigenous market, Papallacta (the hot springs are really great), Mishoulli in the amazon basin (on our request and a surcharge we went deeper into the jungle and did not regret - the highlight was a guided tour by a Queshuan Indian), the pittoresk village Banos and finally the mountains Chimborazo and Cotopaxi with fantastic hikes close to 5000 meters of altitude and nice downhill rides.
The accommodations had been very well selected. Outstanding was Papallacta were we had access to hot pools only for hotel guests, which meant that we had the nice and well maintained pools more or less for us alone!
Not to forget the perfect and delicious home made lunches of Ana (Jan's wife). We had such a wonderful time. The price benefit relationship of the tour was excellent. If you want to see Ecuador in a varied and active way go for the Biking Dutchman!
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