With its rugged, Andean highlands and low-slung tropical forests, Ecuador is a biking paradise. Riders begin a 10-day journey in Quito and eventually pedal their way up an arduous, 15,000-foot ascent to the hardened lava trails of Cotopaxi, an active volcano. Rookies need not apply. This trip is called “Taming the Dragon” for a reason.
What to do: H&I Adventures runs the excursion at $2,907 per person (with an extra $850 for the bike), which includes transportation, a professional guide, and several nights’ lodging at multiple spots across villages and camps in the Ecuadorian countryside. The company advises participants to arrive in fit form and ride at least once a week with training in rocky, rooty, and singletrack terrains.
Where to fly: Quito
Evenings: Hacienda El Porvenir in El Chota
Fitness level: High