Ecuador Selected to Host Adventure Racing World Championship in 2014

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Ecuador is chosen to be the Host for the Adventure Racing World Championship in 2014, the race headquarters being Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. Quito tour operator Gulliver Expeditions therefore offers assistance for the racing teams, concerning guidance or acclimatization in the highlands, as they are specialized in the racing’s disciplines like trekking, mountain biking or climbing in Ecuador.

Acclimatization at Cotopaxi Volcano

The Adventure Racings lead through the harshest and roughest landscapes the earth has to offer.

It has been announced at the Huairasinchi Adventure Race 2013 in Ecuador. The host of the next Adventure Racing (AR) World Championship is going to be Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador’s capital, will serve as the race headquarters, where the world’s best adventure racing athletes will meet and prepare for an epic multi-disciplinary adventure race. Craig Bycroft, director of the AR Word Series, ARWS, said: “Ecuador will provide a unique and diverse landscape for a true expedition world championship.”

Epic Race of Endurance and Skills

The AR World Series is one of the world’s toughest and most demanding races. Since 2001, the best endurance athletes come together at AR’s premier Qualifier events around the Globe, like the Huairasinchi race in Ecuador, and they have to bring up all their skills and push themselves beyond their limits to race non stop for up to ten days. Allowed at the starting point are about 20 up to an unlimited number of teams, the top two teams at each of these races gain a highly coveted position on the start line on the AR World Championship. At the moment, there are races in 14 different countries over 5 continents. Each year, a Qualifier event is chosen to host the world championship, as this year, it has been the Huairasinchi event in Ecuador.

The Adventure Racings lead through the harshest and roughest landscapes the earth has to offer. The highest mountains, the wildest water, the hottest deserts, the deepest forests, everything will be dished up to challenge the adventurers. The gender mixed teams will be confronted with a big range of disciplines. Those are mountain biking, climbing, ropes, navigation, kayaking, to name just a few. The racetracks are kept secret and are revealed only just before the start.

Ecuador – Home to Adventure

As Ecuador, located at the equator, has three main geographic regions, the Pacific Coast, the Andes and the Amazon, it offers a great variety of trekking, biking or climbing routes. Ecuador’s coastline presents long golden beaches, astonishing wildlife diversity and a narrow, winding road along the seaside and through tropical forests. The Andes are scattered with majestic volcanoes, whose seven of the highest ones of Ecuador are above 5,000m (16,404 ft). Volcano Cotopaxi, second highest volcano (5,897m) is the centrepiece of Ecuador’s most popular national park, “Parque Nacional Cotopaxi”, and brings a great number of opportunities in outdoor activities like climbing or mountain biking. Going down to an altitude of 200m is the amazing Amazonas with the biggest wildlife diversity on earth. All this diversity jammed in such a small space is the remarkable characteristic of Ecuador. Having combined all of the climate-zones you get a fascinating mixture and some staggering challenges for the adventurous expedition racings.

Santiago Lopez, race director of the Huairasinchi race, states: “We know that we will be able to host a race like none seen before.” Also the very diverse climatic zones will bring another hint of dramatics into the daring races.

Quito as the starting point will offer the racers the best in culture, gastronomy, comfort and adventure. It is Ecuador’s second largest city and, located in the highlands of Ecuador on 2850m. Surrounded by active volcanoes, Quito is the centre for adventurous tours in hiking, biking or others.

Seeking the adventure

Quito Tourism and Ecuador’s tour operator Gulliver Expeditions are preparing to receive the international racing teams and supply them with necessities like 4x4 vehicles or bike mechanics. As Gulliver Expeditions is an expert in climbing in Ecuador, support will also be offered in acclimatization programs (including glacier course in the Andes), mountaineering trainings, special nutrition and guide racing teams and crews through the most daring mountain biking routes. Any assistance possible for tours or hotels in Quito, will also be offered for film crews and media workers.

For travellers seeking the thrill and adventures in Ecuador, Quito is the best place to start tours from. Tour operators like Gulliver Expeditions offer a wide range of different tours in Ecuador. For those longing for wild nature and ancient cultures, many extreme outdoor activities like mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and climbing the Andes and volcanoes can be organised. Travellers, who rather like to enjoy Ecuador’s wildlife, may also book cruises to the Galapagos Islands.

In and around Quito, many hostels, hotels and private accommodations can be found. Highly recommendable is for example the Colonial Hacienda PapaGayo, located near the volcano Cotopaxi, ideal for acclimatization in the highlands.

About Gulliver Expeditions

Gulliver Expeditions, Quito based tour operator and agency, specializes in adventure travel Ecuador, including climbing and hiking tours in the Avenue of the Volcanoes and the highlands. They also offer cultural sightseeing, biking tours, horseback riding, jungle trips and once-in-a-lifetime cruises to the Galapagos Islands, as well as tailor-made itineraries for trips across the whole country.

Every one of Gulliver's Ecuador tours intergrates high-quality, personalized service, competitive prices, high standards in safety procedures as well as professional, qualified guides.

For more information contact Gulliver on http://www.gulliver.com.ec or mail to info(at)gulliver(dot)com(dot)ec.

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