Ecuador owes its diverse landscape and scenery to its location at the equator and the Andes Mountains. Not only has it led to great outdoor adventure, its accessible and expansive terrain makes it a popular destination for single-track mountain bikers who want an immersive experience in the heart of the culture.
Many locations can be found in the Quito area. These often do not require substantial travel, though appropriate preparations should be made beforehand to avoid transportation difficulties upon arrival.
There are a number of courses throughout the center of the country, including the Antenas del Pichincha and El Triunfo Loop. Some of the best biking trails can be found in Cotopaxi National Park.
The rainy season lasts from October to May while the dry season lasts from June through September. The equatorial location makes for warm temperatures, though rains can become frigid during the rainy season. Weather is also slightly more fickle in the mountains and a bit colder.
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The central location of Quito makes it the best place to fly into. It has direct flights to most major South American cities, as well as Miami and Atlanta.
It is possible to enjoy an Ecuadorian mountain biking trip all year round, though the dry season (June to September) will have more accommodating conditions.
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