We had a spectacular day with Julio Verne walking and cycling around the Chimborazo volcano. The walk up the snow filled slopes of the volcano to the second refugio and lake was stunning, we were so lucky with the weather and had the most spectacular views ever. Coming down was mostly on our backsides (unintentionally!) but was hilarious. After a nice hearty soup it was time to cycle down which was even more spectacular but was over too quickly as was only 8km. Fortunately the tour we were on was the Hidden Valleys tour so we continued for a further 40km through more stunning scenery and local villages. Not being a frequent cyclist I was unsure when Julio Verne tried to persuade us to do the longer tour but so glad we did and was pretty easy and mostly downhill. The bikes and equipment were good and we had a lot of fun with our excellent guide Dimitri (thank-you so much!). The only error was that we underdid it on the sunblock - with the altitude, proximity to the equator and sun on full show that day, we got burnt to a crisp and didn't realise until that evening and suffered for a few days. Small price to pay for an amazing day!
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