This adventure to Cotopaxi National Park starts with a scenic drive of the unique Andean landscape in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. On the way, the guide will explain several interesting facts about the area. We drive to the Cotopaxi National Park, where we have a stop for a delicious breakfast. Inside the national park, we go to the Tambopaxi hacienda. This is the only private property inside the park. From here we will ride for around three hours in beautiful «paramo» areas over 4000 meters. With this altitude, it is important that you are prepared. We recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000m. After a three-hour horseback ride, the tour bus will pick you up again. We will head out of the national park and after lunch, we will drive back to Quito.

Shared tour: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays guaranteed departure

Note: All times are approximate, EXCEPT starting time. The tour is shared with the Cotopaxi Biking tour. Please keep in mind that you’ll have to wait for the bikers to join you after your riding!

Schedule Itinerary


Leave from Plaza Foch (Mariscal Foch and Reina Victoria)

Leave from Plaza San Blas (Caldas E1-83 y Pichincha)

08:00 Drive at theon the Pana-American highway
09:00 Enter to the Cotopaxi National Park.
09:30 Explanations of the area, volcanoes, animals, etc. Separation from the bikers group
10:30 Arrive at Tambopaxi, set settles, the ride starts
13:30 Return to Tambopaxi
14:00 Departure to Limpiopungo Lagoon
15:15 Arrive at Laguna Limpiopungo
15:30 Lunch at the same restaurant at the side of the Pana-American highway
16:30 Depart to Quito
17:30 Return to Quito

* 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.

This tour goes to a height of 4,000m (13,123 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.

Shared tour: professional and bilingual guide, lunch, 3 hours horseback riding, and transportation

Tips for guide

Necessary equipment:

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

From 2 persons or more: $95 p.p. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays guaranteed departure

1 person: $102

* Ask about the private tour option to one of our travel agents.

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

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 a third-party company.

*Cotopaxi Horseback Riding shared tour guaranteed departure is on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

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