The Andean landscape in Ecuador will be even more spectacular exploring it by bike! Don’t think about it, come with us and we will provide you the best equipment that you will require to get to Cotopaxi National Park. Besides enjoying the highest active volcano at 5,897 meter (19,347 feet), we will get to Limpiopungo Lagoon to admire the reason why Cotopaxi means Moon’s throne. Inside the national park we hike up to the refuge which is situated at 4,810meters (15,780 feet) on the Cotopaxi snowline. This is mainly a hiking tour trip combined with an optional part of downhill biking. Please also note that this is a shared tour (other travelers in the group) and budget tour (basic mountainbikes and basic food).
Please Note: All times are approximate, except for the starting time.
6:45am: Leaving from Quito
9:00am: Enter Cotopaxi National Park
9:30am: Explanations of the area, volcanoes, animals, etc.
10:45am: Arrive at the parking lot at 4,500m (14,763ft), and begin hike up to “Jose Rivas” refuge
11:30am: Reach refuge at 4,810m (15,780 ft). Rest, enjoy the view
12:00pm: Hike to the glaciers (decision of the guide depending on the weather) 5,000m (16,404 ft) and return to the parking lot. Drive to departure point
2:00pm: Equipment and bikes check and short briefing. Begin decent on mountain bike.
2:35pm: Arrive at Laguna Limpiopungo via bike.
5:00pm: Return to Quito
This tour goes to a height of 4,810m (15,780 ft). It is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000m (9,842 ft). Cotopaxi has its own micro-climate and the weather in the area is very unpredictable, so please be prepared with warm clothes. The tour will leave in any weather.
The tour is operated by a parent operator that reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.