Ecuador Mountain Biking: Avenue of Volcanos, Part One - Quito and Baby Volcanos

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Mar 13, 2016
by Lee Lau  
 
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Why Ecuador - An Introduction .... and your Ecuadorian word for the day - "Chukirawa"; an orange flower in the Ecuadorian Páramo/highlands

Ecuador is a small country with vast geographic diversity. There are many areas to explore. From furthest west in the Pacific there are the Galapagos islands; then the Pacific coast lowlands on Ecuador’s western coast; followed by the dramatic rise to the cordillera of the Andean spines (2500m "valleys" and 6000m Avenue of the Volcanoes in the central highlands; then easternmost descending to the sparsely populated headwaters of the Amazon accompanied by the equatorial sweltering heat of the lowlands.

On this trip, we focused on rides along the Avenue of the Volcanoes extending from regions close to the capital of Quito to the southern colonial architecture town of Cuenca. We didn’t get a chance to sample rides or hikes on all the 31 volcanoes over 3800m within 100km of Quito but did get a good idea of the diversity of riding possibilities in Ecuador.



The volcano s surrounding Quito in Ecuador are even more spectacular with all the dust amp ash in the sunset lit sky following Cotopaxi s recent eruption. Quito is 2800m. This volcano is Corazon is at 4790m. Don t be too concerned about running up stairs at this elevation
The volcano's surrounding Quito in Ecuador are even more spectacular with all the dust and ash in the sunset lit sky following Cotopaxi's recent eruption. As an update, Cotopaxi National Park is already open, with limited accessibility to the actual Volcano. Quito is 2800m. This volcano is Corazon and is 4790m vertical. Don't be too concerned about running up stairs at this elevation

Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
Overview map of Ecuador and what we rode

Because there isn’t much information in English-speaking media about Ecuadorian bike trails we elected to go with a local. Our guide for our trip was Mateo Cuesta of Ride Ecuador. Mateo is a young Ecuadorian who engages with the communities where he rides. He has spent some time in the US providing him with English fluency as well as some knowledge of gringo needs, ie an understanding of what North American/European mountain bikers want from a mountain biking vacation. Mateo has an intimate knowledge of the Ecuadorian trails and created a ten-day riding experience that will give you a good taste of the Ecuadorian trails while gradually acclimatizing you to riding at elevation. This means you won’t be thrown headfirst onto trails at 4500m+ where oxygen is at a premium.

From a pure logistics point of view, many Ecuadorian rides seem to be point to point where you need both local knowledge and multiple vehicles to get from place to place. Our experience is that having local knowledge and support is invaluable. Simply put there isn't a bus infrastructure to take you and your bike back to your starting point. You will also better manage your time navigating areas that are not really mapped. You also won’t have to drive (check out the last section of this video). You’ll also find places to stay and eat after the rides to experience local Ecuadorian cuisine (and no it's not just grasshopper, guinea pig and jungle slug).



Volcán Ilalo - in the heart of Quito

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Our first day found us joining Mateo and Cuervo for a ride. Jose 'Cuervo' Jijon‘s place has a house with a big yard on which he built dirt jumps for use by the local community. Campo Bici hosts kids camps, jump clinics and events to encourage youth mountain biking. Cuervo lives just below Ilalo.

The extinct Volcano Ilalo at 3194m divides the Tumbaco/Cumbaya Valley from the Los Chillos valley and was a strategic spot for the native Inga (not misspelled) people. They mined obsidian and had agricultural plots here from hundreds of years ago. It was also a 360-degree observation viewpoint. Now it is a pretty busy local spot used by hikers, bikers, and dirt bikers. We accessed from the Tumbaco valley via steeeep dirt roads and rode down the Angamarca trails.

This turned out to be a nice relatively gentle way for us to acclimatize to elevation. Quito itself is about 2800m. For us sea-dwellers this meant that even going up stairs left us breathless. Fortunately, Mateo has a 4x4; required for the steep access roads. Roads constantly change so that is where local knowledge is of vast importance and even then a recently deactivated road left us doing some backtracking. We started by getting to 2980m via vehicle then hiking to the peak at 3170m. Hiking up to Ilalo itself was an exercise in patience and deep-breathing.

Trails themselves aren't too terribly technical but be warned that if there's the slightest hint of moisture (as there was in some shady spots) that the soil becomes frictionless; govern your speed accordingly! Of course, the 360-degree views are magnificent which means another distraction from the fast downhills.



Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
Campo Bici is another possibility for a place to stay and ride some jumps

Close to Quito the extinct Volcano Ilalo at 3194m divides the Tumbaco Cumbaya Valley from the Los Chillos valley and was a strategic spot for the native Inga not misspelled people. They mined obsidian and had agricultural plots here from hundreds of years ago. It was also a 360 degree observation viewpoint. Now it is a pretty busy local spot used by hikers bikers and dirtbikers. We accessed from the Tumbaco valley via steeeep dirt roads and rode down the Angamarca trails.
Riding towards Ilalo after climbing to 3170m argh

Close to Quito the extinct Volcano Ilalo at 3194m divides the Tumbaco Cumbaya Valley from the Los Chillos valley and was a strategic spot for the native Inga not misspelled people. They mined obsidian and had agricultural plots here from hundreds of years ago. It was also a 360 degree observation viewpoint. Now it is a pretty busy local spot used by hikers bikers and dirtbikers. We accessed from the Tumbaco valley via steeeep dirt roads and rode down the Angamarca trails.
View of Quito proper from Ilalo

Close to Quito the extinct Volcano Ilalo at 3194m divides the Tumbaco Cumbaya Valley from the Los Chillos valley and was a strategic spot for the native Inga not misspelled people. They mined obsidian and had agricultural plots here from hundreds of years ago. It was also a 360 degree observation viewpoint. Now it is a pretty busy local spot used by hikers bikers and dirtbikers. We accessed from the Tumbaco valley via steeeep dirt roads and rode down the Angamarca trails.
Starting the descent of the Angamarca trails

Close to Quito the extinct Volcano Ilalo at 3194m divides the Tumbaco Cumbaya Valley from the Los Chillos valley and was a strategic spot for the native Inga not misspelled people. They mined obsidian and had agricultural plots here from hundreds of years ago. It was also a 360 degree observation viewpoint. Now it is a pretty busy local spot used by hikers bikers and dirtbikers. We accessed from the Tumbaco valley via steeeep dirt roads and rode down the Angamarca trails.
Mateo on the Angamarca

Close to Quito the extinct Volcano Ilalo at 3194m divides the Tumbaco Cumbaya Valley from the Los Chillos valley and was a strategic spot for the native Inga not misspelled people. They mined obsidian and had agricultural plots here from hundreds of years ago. It was also a 360 degree observation viewpoint. Now it is a pretty busy local spot used by hikers bikers and dirtbikers. We accessed from the Tumbaco valley via steeeep dirt roads and rode down the Angamarca trails.
Sharon on the lower Angamarca dropping off Ilalo to a suburb of Quito



Our trailforks ridelog for Ilalo is here




Lumbisi - a farmers commune

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Our next spot was a quick hit on a series of trails legitimized by Mateo's friends, Manuel Cobo and Diego Hernandez through years of advocacy in the Lumbisi commune. All three are currently involved in managing the trail projects at Lumbisi. It’s one of the rare Quito-area purpose built bike tracks with a variety of small and big hits. There are a combination of six different trails in the area and they are used mostly by locals. It’s a fun mainly downhill rip, although many also do pedal the road to access the trails. One of the trails in here even appears on Trailforks!

We were being chased by afternoon thundershowers so just had the chance to sample the one track getting our lap in just before the afternoon rains and thundershowers. The little taste shows that there is a bright future for the fledgling Ecuadorian mountain biking scene



Dropping in on some tropical jungle tech single track in the Lumbisi commune at Quito Ecuador. Finished up the ride just ahead of afternoon thunderstorms
Mateo on the first hit

Dropping in on some tropical jungle tech single track in the Lumbisi commune at Quito Ecuador. Finished up the ride just ahead of afternoon thunderstorms
Some nice steep tech

Dropping in on some tropical jungle tech single track in the Lumbisi commune at Quito Ecuador. Finished up the ride just ahead of afternoon thunderstorms
Lumbisi culunco rutty tech

Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
An overview map of Ilalo and Lumbisi



Our trailforks ridelog for Lumbisi is here



Volcán Pululahua - extinct but no less gorgeous

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On our second day, we got the opportunity to see some more volcanos, experience some of Ecuador’s diversity and check out Quito’s remarkable traffic! We rode a series of trails starting from the extinct (for the last 2000 years) Volcan Pululahua north-west of Quito. We then continued on the Pondoňa, La Luna and Infiernillo trails ending up in the cloud forests of Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. This trail is an amazing experience. Truly a destination trail in and of itself with tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest, ecosystems and trail nature.

The singletrack is fairly technical featuring a fair amount of the typical trenched trails (culuncos) caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years and tropical rainstorms. The natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section is especially entertaining. It closes with the immaculate, sometimes bougainvillea lined singletrack of the Infernillio; kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Due to a landslide lower on the trail, there was a new reroute that was tight and rocky.

We’ve ridden in many places in the world and it’s rare to find actual narrow singletrack which we get accustomed to riding in western North America. Today’s ride featured a good chunk of that true singletrack in a tropical rainforest setting. Unique does not begin to describe it. I would note that it would be tough to do this ride yourself without arranging for a pickup at the end as you end up more than a vertical km and a long distance from where you started so make sure you either have a local with you or arrange some transportation well beforehand. There are also many twists and turns in the trail system particularly on the crater floor and connecting to the La Luna sections; it would have been difficult to route-find without Mateo and Manuel shepherding us.

Of note - the Mitad del Mundo tourist destination is close to our trailhead. It's touristy but still worthwhile and we partook of the experience. Not often you get to circle the Equator.



From the extinct for 2000 years old Volc n Pululahua - Pondo a - La Luna - Infiernillo. We ended up at Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. Tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest ecosystems and trail nature on the length of this trail. Lots of the typical trenched trails culuncos caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years then tropical rainstorms. Then the natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section. But then followed by immaculate sometimes bougainvillaed lined singletrack on the Infernillio kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Such an amazing trail. Truly a destination trail in and of itself
Mateo and Manuel in Pululahua's crater

From the extinct for 2000 years old Volc n Pululahua - Pondo a - La Luna - Infiernillo. We ended up at Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. Tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest ecosystems and trail nature on the length of this trail. Lots of the typical trenched trails culuncos caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years then tropical rainstorms. Then the natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section. But then followed by immaculate sometimes bougainvillaed lined singletrack on the Infernillio kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Such an amazing trail. Truly a destination trail in and of itself
The locals farm the crater bottom in the old way

From the extinct for 2000 years old Volc n Pululahua - Pondo a - La Luna - Infiernillo. We ended up at Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. Tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest ecosystems and trail nature on the length of this trail. Lots of the typical trenched trails culuncos caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years then tropical rainstorms. Then the natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section. But then followed by immaculate sometimes bougainvillaed lined singletrack on the Infernillio kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Such an amazing trail. Truly a destination trail in and of itself
Pedal catching terrain on the Pondoňa trail

From the extinct for 2000 years old Volc n Pululahua - Pondo a - La Luna - Infiernillo. We ended up at Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. Tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest ecosystems and trail nature on the length of this trail. Lots of the typical trenched trails culuncos caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years then tropical rainstorms. Then the natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section. But then followed by immaculate sometimes bougainvillaed lined singletrack on the Infernillio kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Such an amazing trail. Truly a destination trail in and of itself
Volcanic natural pumptrack of the La Luna trails

From the extinct for 2000 years old Volc n Pululahua - Pondo a - La Luna - Infiernillo. We ended up at Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. Tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest ecosystems and trail nature on the length of this trail. Lots of the typical trenched trails culuncos caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years then tropical rainstorms. Then the natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section. But then followed by immaculate sometimes bougainvillaed lined singletrack on the Infernillio kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Such an amazing trail. Truly a destination trail in and of itself
Wonderful tropical singletrack on the Infiernillo

From the extinct for 2000 years old Volc n Pululahua - Pondo a - La Luna - Infiernillo. We ended up at Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. Tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest ecosystems and trail nature on the length of this trail. Lots of the typical trenched trails culuncos caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years then tropical rainstorms. Then the natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section. But then followed by immaculate sometimes bougainvillaed lined singletrack on the Infernillio kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Such an amazing trail. Truly a destination trail in and of itself
Bougainvillea-strewn section of the Infiernillo. I kid you not - thought this was almost part of a movie set

From the extinct for 2000 years old Volc n Pululahua - Pondo a - La Luna - Infiernillo. We ended up at Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. Tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest ecosystems and trail nature on the length of this trail. Lots of the typical trenched trails culuncos caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years then tropical rainstorms. Then the natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section. But then followed by immaculate sometimes bougainvillaed lined singletrack on the Infernillio kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Such an amazing trail. Truly a destination trail in and of itself
Tight tech turned switchbacks to end off an amazing ride

From the extinct for 2000 years old Volc n Pululahua - Pondo a - La Luna - Infiernillo. We ended up at Niebli descending from 2815m to 1555m. Tons of biodiversity especially with the change in forest ecosystems and trail nature on the length of this trail. Lots of the typical trenched trails culuncos caused by the wear of human feet for hundreds of years then tropical rainstorms. Then the natural pumptrack and cheap air hits of the red-earthed La Luna section. But then followed by immaculate sometimes bougainvillaed lined singletrack on the Infernillio kilometers of legitimate singletrack descending through equatorial jungle. Such an amazing trail. Truly a destination trail in and of itself
To top it off we ended up in the coolness of the cloud forests in fog. Mateo made us huge sandwiches topped with insanely tasty aji sauce

Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
An overview map of Pulalahua



Our trailforks ridelog for Pululahua - Infiernillo is here



Chota Trails - Ibarra's desert


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When you go north of Quito you may well get a chance to experience the drier side of the country. After our previous day’s trip culminating in cloud-forest singletrack we drove to the regional capital of Ibarra just 60kms north of Quito. After overnighting in Ibarra, we rode the Chota Trails descending from 2550m to 1600m. This trail network is also fairly big having some eight different tracks and is another example of Ecuador’s diversity starting at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbabura forest then dropping down through desert that constantly changes. Mateo's driver dropped us off at the top of the trail and then picked us up at the bottom.

The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Another win for having a local to show you around!. Very bourgeoisie and an excellent way to end a ride.

In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. This minimization of travelling downtime seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close with so much diversity packed into a compact area that it was entirely possible for us to see a fair amount of the surrounding country without having to spend too much time being driven from town to town.



On day 3 of our Ecuador Mountain Biking trip we descended the Chota Trails from Ibarra at 2550m to 1600m It starts at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbaburra forest then drops down through desert that constantly changes. The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Very bourgeoise - excellent ride. In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. That seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close so much diversity packed into a compact area.
Dropping in

On day 3 of our Ecuador Mountain Biking trip we descended the Chota Trails from Ibarra at 2550m to 1600m It starts at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbaburra forest then drops down through desert that constantly changes. The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Very bourgeoise - excellent ride. In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. That seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close so much diversity packed into a compact area.
Descending through high desert

On day 3 of our Ecuador Mountain Biking trip we descended the Chota Trails from Ibarra at 2550m to 1600m It starts at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbaburra forest then drops down through desert that constantly changes. The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Very bourgeoise - excellent ride. In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. That seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close so much diversity packed into a compact area.
Navigating cacti

On day 3 of our Ecuador Mountain Biking trip we descended the Chota Trails from Ibarra at 2550m to 1600m It starts at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbaburra forest then drops down through desert that constantly changes. The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Very bourgeoise - excellent ride. In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. That seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close so much diversity packed into a compact area.
Surreal moon-like landscape

On day 3 of our Ecuador Mountain Biking trip we descended the Chota Trails from Ibarra at 2550m to 1600m It starts at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbaburra forest then drops down through desert that constantly changes. The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Very bourgeoise - excellent ride. In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. That seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close so much diversity packed into a compact area.
More cacti in the valley bottoms

On day 3 of our Ecuador Mountain Biking trip we descended the Chota Trails from Ibarra at 2550m to 1600m It starts at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbaburra forest then drops down through desert that constantly changes. The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Very bourgeoise - excellent ride. In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. That seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close so much diversity packed into a compact area.
Mateo riding an unintentional wheelie after getting some air for the camera

On day 3 of our Ecuador Mountain Biking trip we descended the Chota Trails from Ibarra at 2550m to 1600m It starts at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbaburra forest then drops down through desert that constantly changes. The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Very bourgeoise - excellent ride. In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. That seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close so much diversity packed into a compact area.
Last few drainages to navigate

On day 3 of our Ecuador Mountain Biking trip we descended the Chota Trails from Ibarra at 2550m to 1600m It starts at high Andean cordillera at Ibarra with its typical Imbaburra forest then drops down through desert that constantly changes. The lucky part is that just three days ago it had rained so the dirt and sand was about as tacky as it gets. The cacti were flowering and even usually sandy loose corners were in fine shape. We dropped down to the highway just N of Salinas where we had our lunch and a swim. Very bourgeoise - excellent ride. In less than a couple of hours we were back in Quito. That seems to be one of the lesser known draws of Ecuador. Everything is so close so much diversity packed into a compact area.
Viva Ecuador

Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
Map of our ride



Our trailforks ridelog for the Chota trails is here



Where to stay in the area
Quito suburbs

Our first two nights we stayed at the Hotel Casa de Hacienda La Jimenita. This property has been in the family for generations and recently converted to a hotel and bird sanctuary. Daniel and his family have done a great job welcoming people into their homes, in newly modernized rooms. The garden surrounding the property is a great space to walk around and has fine views of volcanoes (including Cotopaxi) from various viewing points. Jimenita is also close to the airport and is popular with those taking a transit from Quito to other destinations in Ecuador as you can be close to the airport without being caught in the often overwhelming traffic and hustle-bustle of Quito. The only downside is that if you want to partake of street life or check out surrounding areas you have to take cabs or car (which is cheap) as Jimenita is in a very quiet neighbourhood.



Comfortable place to stay at Casa Jimenita conveniently located close to the airport. Gorgeous gardens and rooms
Casa Jimenita's interior

Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
Jimenita's garden tropical flowers are eye-candy



Downtown Quito

Another possibility for those who want a bit more nightlife is Casa Hebling, a hostel in Quito. It's conveniently located within walking distance to the Old Town and the newer part of town and very near the Night scene of Quito. We were there on a Sunday so it was quiet for us but we have been told there can be parties nearby.

Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
Casa Helbing interior



Ibarra area

Quinta San Miguel proved to be a very nice place to stay near Ibarra. It is somewhat incongruously located close to a ring road around a lake that used to be a racetrack but no need to worry as the race track is decommissioned and the location is quiet. Rooms were spacious and the grounds are gorgeous with a splendid view down to the lake. Quinta San Miguel also has beautiful gardens and serves a huge breakfast on patios overlooking views of the lake and said gardens.



Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
The grounds of Quinta San Miguel

Ecuador Mountain Biking Avenue of Volcanos Part One - Quito amp Baby Volcanos
Desert flowers

More pictures, maps and details on Sharon and Lee's site are below:

Ilalo and Lumbisi
Pululahua and the Infiernillo
Chota trails


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25 Comments

  • + 10
 Great trails. Mateo is a great guy and guide, he can shred too.
  • + 7
 Honestly looks amazing, this is what bike packing trips are all about!
  • + 5
 So awesome! Thanks for sharing. Love the coverage of central and south american biking, such an epic journey!
  • + 6
 Great Job Sharon and Lee!!
  • + 7
 Looks like fun!
  • + 2
 Good times are pretty much guaranteed!
Please check us out at www.ridecuador.bike or head to my profile for more links to social media.
Come and ride Ecuador! Cheers!

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  • + 4
 Did you get a new camera? These are some of the best pics I've seen so far to accompany your adventure.
Great work!
  • + 3
 Fantastic. When I went I was definitely impressed at the way Ecuador seems to invest in facilities for bikers way more than most of Latin America.
  • + 3
 2 years ago, i went on a trip in ecuador and made contact with Mateo. it was an Awesome trip, good riding, well planned!!! And Ecuator is beautifull
  • + 4
 Wow! Another one for my bucket list.
  • + 3
 It really is a special place in a small package; we have amazing jungle, beautiful pacific coastline, and the famous Galápagos islands. Would love to show you around!

Check us out at www.ridecuador.bike or head to my profile for more links to social media.
Come and ride Ecuador! Cheers.
  • + 3
 I've done lots of climbing in Ecuador, its a beautiful place.
  • + 2
 Another great story Lee, for us timely as we are looking for this very experience during our trip there in a few weeks
  • + 3
 looks like mtb needs more development there !
  • + 3
 Great article you both ;-)
  • + 1
 Awesome write up, I'm about to move to Honduras for a year but cant find much MTB info. dose anybody have the low down?
  • + 1
 Where are you going in Honduras? I'm sure there's a lot of local MTBing, so take your bike with you.
  • + 1
 I'll be close to the town of Comayagua, I'm hoping it will look something like this article!
  • + 1
 @clint026: Look to Old town Outfitters of Guatemala. They have information about Honduras
  • + 1
 That sandwich was a little disappointing...
  • + 2
 You can't really tell from the pic, but there's a couple of layers of cheese and different types of ham underneath that mess!
Coupled with some ecuadorian made ají(hot sauce), chips, and beer of course!
  • + 2
 oh, good!
  • + 0
 Good to know that you Like Ecuador; you should go to Colombia too.
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