Day 1: Cotopaxi

The day after our trip up to Pinchincha, a group of 11 of us from the July CFHI Quito program started a 2-day mountain biking trip with The Biking Dutchman.  For our first day, we drove 2 hours to near the snow line on the volcano Cotopaxi which is the second highest in Ecuador.  From this point we descended around 4000 ft. on our bikes.  This part was both sketchy and beautiful.

To finish off our day we then drove 2 hours to the top of Quilotoa, another volcano, where in the caldera there is a lake that is nearly 1000 ft. deep.  For the night, we stayed in a hostel that nearly overlooked the lake.  This was a very cold night, and all the blankets along with the wood stoves in each room were greatly appreciated.

Driving up

Driving up

At the top of Cotopaxi

At the top of Cotopaxi

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Riding down

Riding down

Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi

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