Northeast of Quito, the northern highlands of Ecuador contain the most beautiful countryside of South America. Also known as the Lake District, the region contains Lake San Pablo along with majestic snow-clad volcanoes over 19,000 feet shrouded by cloud-forests. The roads in this area are mainly unpaved and unmaintained.
To really enjoy the northern highlands of Ecuador, try this nine- day inn-to-inn crank through the high foothills of the 19,000 Cayambe volcano and the cloud forests of the Intag Reserve. Five of the days are spent at altitudes of 10,000 . The highlights include a two hour switchback descent from the cool grasslands into the steamy cloud forest. Try mountain bike rides along the La Chimba River or cross the passes on the flanks of Cayambe (19,000) or between the peaks of Imabura and Cerro Cusin.
Overall, Northern Highlands is the 2nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 3 mountain biking rides in Ecuador.