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Level: Expert
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +772/ -943 ft
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Lligua Loop

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#2 of 13 mountain bike trails in Ecuador
#7,579 in the world

This is another scenic route in the heart of the Ecuadorean Andes. It's a basic "out & back" 50%
dirt/gravel and 50% asphalt. You start at the center of Baños and head westerly along the Pastaza river
following undulating gravel roads. While we were there they were "paving" sections of the gravel road with
cobblestones .. yup, that's right ... cobblestones. We came across an Ecuadorean road crew consisting of 5
(4 men 1 women) setting cobblestones in the roadbed with hammer and chisel. Similarly to El Triunfo this
isn't a technical trail but a scenic trail. It's no cake walk either; the geography here is pretty tough and at
the point where we crossed the river and headed back to Baños we had to walk up out of the riverbed. The
scenery makes it all worthwhile though as you can see by the pix .... and don't forget to check out the GPX

First added by steeldtailer on Jan 5, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
This is what you would call a "tourist route", and is guided by the Andean Bicycle Touring Company. The only way I know of getting there is by flying into Quito (capitol of Ecuador), taking a taxi to the bus terminal and then paying $3.50 for a 4 hour bus ride to Baños. Once there, stay at a place called Posada del Arte and they will sort everything out for you. Check out the website here: http://www.posadadelarte.com/

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