Quilotoa Loop Go Here, Do This

There’s something magical about bumping down dirt roads that are rarely driven. About passing neighborhoods where everyone comes out of their homes to stare in absolute disbelief that anyone – let alone gringos on dual sports – is passing by. About seeing firsthand the natural beauty, experiencing the quickly changing landscapes, meeting the people of these middle-of-nowhere pueblos. That’s Ecuador on bike.

Quilotoa Lake is a popular spot, but on moto the winding dirt road makes the trip feel otherworldly. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see the Lake from above; the clouds parting, giving a clear view of the emerald waters below. You might be tempted to just take a peek over the rim and move on, but the hike down – and even up – is worth the experience.

Quilotoa Loop - Mallory Paige

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