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Mountain Biking Cotapaxi Volcano

Listed under Mountain Biking in Quito, Ecuador.

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Mountain biking Cotopaxi Volcano was easily the most scenic, exciting bike ride of my life. And one of my favorite day trips, ever.

Unlike other bike tours, the Biking Dutchman’s was more focused on the bike riding, and did not include the (strenuous) 300-meter walk up to the base camp used for summit attempts (aka the refuge). In other words, we’d be driven up to the parking lot at 4,500 meters, and almost immediately beginning our descent.

So I paid a $10 deposit on the $45 tour (which included lunch, but not the $2 park entrance fee paid on arrival).

At first, I was riding the brake’s pretty hard, however as I began to trust the bike more and more, I loosened up and did better maintaining a constant speed.

The road was very rutted, and keeping to the inner or outer edges often helped reduce the bumps.

Traffic continued to go up the road in the opposite direction, but it was slow enough that you always saw them coming, and could adjust your position and speed accordingly.

The main downhill portion runs 8 kilometers from the parking lot to relatively flat terrain, and it’s over pretty quick, even if you’re stopping to take pictures along the way.

More about Dave's trip up Cotapaxi.

Written by  David Lee.

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