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FAQs


What kinds of trips are available?

PEDAL offers a variety of different trips all over Ecuador; from the beaches to high sierra the tropical rainforests.  These adventures range in difficulty/distance and duration.  Check out our exciting adventures here. 

Who participates in PEDAL?

PEDAL programming is open to anyone seeking a challenging adventure, and eager to learn about the culture, geography, and environmental practices of Ecuadorians. Given the physically demanding nature of our trips, participants are usually in good physical condition, though accommodations are available for those unable to bicycle long distances.

 

What if I don’t speak Spanish?

This is OK! It is not required that you speak Spanish in order to participate in PEDAL programming as our instructors and support staff can all help you… We also believe that participating in PEDAL programming is a great way to improve your Spanish, whether you are just beginning, or are nearly fluent.

 

Can I earn college credit?

To be determined..we are working on the following: 

Yes! Through a partnership with Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, USA, you can earn 3 undergraduate college credits for your participation in PEDAL activities. Our programming involves reflective journaling, blog posting, participating in PEDAL activities, and a capstone experience after the trip to apply what you have learned in your own community.

 

What happens after Ecuador?

PEDAL participants earning college credit through our programming will be tasked with a Capstone project focused on action in local communities. It is an opportunity for participants to apply what they have learned through PEDAL programming, and make a difference towards cultural consciousness, ecological integrity, or environmental sustainability. These capstone projects vary in form and function from student to student.

 

How much does it cost?

Cost of PEDAL programming varies depending on the trip length and location. Please see our pricing guide here for details on the cost of each specific trip. Participants earning college credit through PEDAL programming will be required to pay an additional educational fee.

 

Will someone help me get there?

Yes! We can arrange shuttle transportation from the moment you land in Ecuador to the moment you take off, so you can spend less time coordinating travel and more time enjoying the land and people of Ecuador. Fly into Quito and leave the rest up to us.

 

Questions about safety.  



What precautions does PEDAL take to keep their adventures safe?    

Our safety plan is all about prevention.  Here are just a few steps that we take to keep our volunteers safe:
1)      We will always have at least 2 guides on every trip.  
2)    Before we leave, we have a basic safety training for all of the riders.
3)    We have a support vehicle on all of our trips that will be with the cyclists every step of the way.
4)    Our guides are trained in First Aid.  On every trip, our main guide is a Wilderness EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).  
5)    We have 3 First Aid kits.  Every guide carries a first aid kit.

6)    We have developed a detailed Emergency Plan and are prepared for the worst situation.

7)    We have a satellite GPS tracker on every trip.  Whatever emergency that may arise; we have an automatic contact in Quito that is well informed of our emergency plan.
8)    All of our students are required to carry travel insurance.  

What do I need to bring?

Here is our list of equipment for a general adventure.  Depending on the trip you are on, the equipment list may vary.


Clothing:
1 pair non-cotton shorts for biking (Spandex)
1 non-cotton t-shirt for biking (Jersey)
2 pairs of socks
2 pairs of underwear
2 bras (women)
1 work pant (must be willing to trash, old jeans or work pants)
1 work t-shirt
1 light long-sleeve t-shirt
1 light pair of long pants

Hygiene:
Toothbrush
Toothpaste (small)
travel shampoo and soap (*biological)
Sunblock (extremely important)
Bug Repellent
Any prescription drugs w/ label
Camp Towel

Shoes:
Bike shoes if you have them (please let us know in advance)
Tennis shoes

Other Important Equipment:
Sleeping Bag (If you don\\\\\\\'t have one, they are available to rent for $10)
Extra Batteries

Documents:
A copy of your passport (please don\\\\\\\'t bring original passport)
Extra money for snacks and some meals

In Your Cycling Backpack
Rain jacket
Rain pant (optional)
2 Water bottles!!!
Head lamp
Bike gloves (if you have them)
Camera
Snacks
Necessary Prescription medicine


How many bags can I bring?  What size?  


You can bring 1 bag that will be put in the transport.  This bag cannot weigh more than 25lbs.  You will also need a backpack to wear while you are riding.  In your backpack, you will carry necessary items such as your rain jacket, sunblock and snacks.  

Why?


The reason is because we only have a little space in the transport/van.   The other reason is that they do not want to carry a lot of stuff on their backs… It will hurt after a few hours!

Medical Questions:  
Do I need to take Malaria Pills or Yellow Fever?

Please speak to your doctor.  We are not qualified to answer these questions.


Questions about Volunteer Work:

What type of projects are we going to be doing?  Volunteer work?

All of  our projects are centered around the environment and sustainability.  You will be working in reforestation, organic agriculture, teaching/learning about environmentally sustainable practices, and maintenance of reserves.  


Why am I paying to volunteer?

You are helping out a community in need.  Although you are helping labor wise, you are also helping  finance the projects that you will be doing with the communities.  These reserves and communities have very little money, and need to finance materials, your food, your housing and management costs.  The small contribution that you are making is allowing these communities to be financially sustainable.  

What are the accommodations like?  Where will I be sleeping?


Your accommodations are very modest.  Sometimes you will be in a clean comfortable hostel and other times you will be sleeping in well maintained tent.  Sometimes you will bath in a hot shower and other times a clean stream or river.

What is the food like?


Delicious!  ONLY MONKEYS.  And Snakes.  No, just messin with you!  The food is great.  We will offer a delicious spread for lunches on the road… Sandwiches, fruit, snacks, vegetables and chocolate.  You will be eating local cuisine from the communities that is often grown in their organic gardens.  We can accommodate any allergies or restrictions.

Water?


Yes, we will offer you clean water.  No worries!



Biking Questions:

How hard is the ride?  What happens if I can’t do it?  

The rides are an intermediate level.  They are somewhat technical and physically demanding.  They are meant to be a challenge.   However, we do have a support vehicle and you can take as much time as you need.  Let go of your ego and don’t beat yourself up if you need a small break.  No one is judging!