This tour is an exciting day that begins with spectacular views of the unique Andean landscape in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Inside the national park we go to the Tambopaxi hacienda, the only private property inside the park. From here we will ride for around three hours in beautiful “paramo” areas over 4000 mts. Because of this it is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000m.

Note: All times are approximate, EXCEPT starting time

Schedule Itinerary


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

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

08:00 Breakfast at Chaupi community
09:00 Enter to Cotopaxi National Park.
09:30 Explanations of the area, volcanoes, animals, etc.
10:30 Arrive at Tambopaxi, set settles, ride starts
13:30 Return to Tambopaxi.
14:00 Departure to Limpiopungo Lagoon
15:15 Arrive at Laguna Limpiopungo
15:30 Lunch
16:30 Depart to Quito
17:00 Return to Magic Bean restaurant (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, breakfast, lunch, 3 hours horse back 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

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

From 2 persons or more: $95 p.p.

Note: if you are a single traveller there is a $7 extra charge.


It is important that you will have a 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 Quito – Hump 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.

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