The Best Mancations: Ride the World’s Highest Active Volcano

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Cotopaxi Volcano

Cotopaxi Volcano reflecting in Santo Domingo Laguna     Photo: H&I Adventures Mountain Biking Worldwide

They call this 10-day South American adventure “Taming the Dragon.” After acclimatizing on lower-altitude rides like “Little Hell,” a singletrack descent into the mouth of Pululahua volcano, guests will (partially) ascend 19,347-foot Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano. They’ll also fly down it on singletrack, which increases the fun and crash potential, making for an all-around explosive itinerary. Guests stay at a traditional, working hacienda that has been in the same family for centuries. One buzzkill: The trip doesn’t leave until December, but it’s worth the wait.

$2,500 per person.

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