This time we went riding to Santa Rita bike park which is located near Quito in a natural reserve. This bike park is the one that has more techy stuff and more downhill-oriented trails, certainly if you are looking for a place with fast and playful trails this is it. But also, it has a big variety of tracks and a pump track focused on the beginner to the wannabe pro rider.
Berms with a beauty of a view.
Santa Rita bike park is in the area of Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge, which is located in the extinct volcano Pasochoa and near the biggest active volcano Cotopaxi. So, there is as well the opportunity of having an epic ride from the base of the volcano or only ride the good trails which is also a no brainer.
Shralp for ages.
Then in the low section of the bike park, there is a tropical forest which is a microclimate where there are harder technical sections and bigger jumps of the bike park.
Besides the trails, the bike park also has an old farmhouse, camping areas, and also glamping where you can stay and keep shredding from days. We decided to stay in the camping area which was a good experience because we had an amazing starry night and a sunrise with Cotopaxi volcano as our guest.
In the end, if you are interested in riding at a rad location you should visit this place because it is "the place", if not the most downhill oriented bike park in Quito and the region. Also because of its gorgeous views the place never fails to deliver, the uniqueness of the place due to its guides and personnel and quality of the bike park trying to push the level in the region.
Photography: Mauro Cepeda