Depart Geotours office by private transport and enjoy the 40
minute scenic drive through the Andes to La Suisa, located 2900
meters (9515 feet) in altitude, where we will hop on our bikes
for a lovely downhill ride to Manteles. Enjoy the fresh, clean air
as you observe the variety of crops that color the mountains
you pass on this gentle ride through the countryside.
Arrive at the farm, where you will sample delicious, freshly-
squeezed juice from the harvest. Our guide will lead you to
explore the different crops such as Ecuadorian tree tomatoes,
babaco, corn and potatoes. You may also wish to take the
opportunity to feed the guinea pigs with newly cultivated grass.
Learn how the land is farmed, what a typical day is like for the
farmers, and other interesting facts about the local
Having worked up an appetite we will be treated to a traditional
farmhouse lunch. Upon request lunch can be complete with
“Cuy” (an Ecuadorian specialty of roasted guinea pig). Special
dietary restrictions/intolerances can be accommodated with
After lunch we will bike through the remarkable Patate valley
for about 10 km, cross country, to reach a special scenic point.
From this lookout there will be an extraordinary panoramic view
of Tungurahua volcano with extensive vistas below.
To finish our journey we head back to Patate to sample the
famous and mouth-watering “arepas,” a traditional bread made
with pumpkin, cornmeal and sugar, a favorite of locals and
tourists alike. Arepas are best washed down with the locally
produced and delicious grape chica! Enjoy the relaxing ride in
our van back to Baños as you think about the fond memories
you will have from this trip. You can be proud of the 25
kilometers bike ride you have accomplished today!
Professional and experienced bilingual guides
What to bring
Hiking or training shoes