*** Though there has been recent volcanic activity in Cotopaxi National Park, this tour is now open and running. The volcano is currently active, but the National Park Service has declared it safe for specific access in the park. Itineraries have been adjusted slightly but continue to offer amazing views, hiking and biking at the volcano. Updated as of January 2, 2017 ***

The Andean landscape in Ecuador will be even more spectacular when exploring it by bike! Don’t think about it, come with us and we will provide you with the best equipment required to get to Cotopaxi National Park. Besides enjoying the highest active volcano at 5,897 meters (19,347 feet), we will also experience Limpiopungo Lagoon and learn the reason why Cotopaxi means Moon’s Throne. This is mainly a hiking tour trip combined with an OPTIONAL downhill biking portion. Please contact us for additional information!

 

Note: All times are approximate, EXCEPT starting time

Schedule Itinerary
07:00

07:15

Leave from Magic Bean restaurant (Mariscal Foch and Juan León Mera) or

Leave from Jumandi café (Caldas E1-83 y Rios, in the Plaza San Blas)

08:00 Breakfast at Chaupi community
09:00 Transfer to Cotopaxi National Park.
09:45 Arrive at the parking lot at 4600 m and start of the hike
11:00 Arrive at Refuge at 4800 m. Hot drinks optional (not included)
12:00 Start of mountain-biking downhill
13:00 Arrive at Limpiopungo lake viewpoint
14:00 Lunch at Chaupi community
17:00 Arrive at Quito

This tour goes to a height of 4,800m (15,748 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.* We also have a pick-up point in the old town, please provide us with your details about accommodation and we can arrange a meeting point in either La Mariscal or the Old Town.

* The tour is operated by a partner operator that reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

Shared tour: professional and bilingual guide, breakfast, lunch, bike (optional) transportation from/to Quito

Private tour: professional and bilingual guide, private transportation from Hotel – Cotopaxi – Hotel

Tips for guide

Note: Private tour does not include lunch and biking

Important: For the use of bicycles, you will be kindly asked to sign a document that you accept responsibility of the good use of the bicycle and you will be asked to let an identity document that will be given back after the tour. Thank you for your comprehension.

Necessary equipment:

– Warm clothing (including a change of clothes) – Gloves, Scarf, Hat – Sunglasses
– Water – Hiking shoes/boots – Camera
– Snacks – Long socks – Sun cream
– Cotton pants – Waterproof jacket

Shared tour: 55 p.p. (Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays guaranteed departure)

Private tour:  1 pax $230 – 2 pax $115 – 3 pax $85 p.p. (any day)

Full day transportation: Not available. Registered Guide required in the National Park

*It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

*If you book a day tour with us, get 20% discount at our Hostel in Old Town QuitoHump Day Hostel

We put a lot of effort in organizing the tour; therefore cancellations require 48 hours notice in advance by which we would give you a 50% refund. Cancellations will not be refunded with a shorter time notice.

Please note tips for our guides are not included in the price. If you enjoyed your trip, a tip of around 10% would be greatly appreciated. Tour is operated by third party company.