Itinerary (Daytrip from Quito)
We leave Quito in the morning. After one and a half hour drive on the Pan-American Highway, we reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive through pine forest and soon reach the park museum.
After visiting the museum, we enjoy a warm cup of ginger tee before continuing the ascent in our 4 wheel drive vehicle. We soon reach the highest point of the tour at 500m/1640ft. The view from here is stunning and on a clear day we are able to see 8 volcanoes.
Then, we put on helmets, gloves and protection pads and the bike adventure around the world’s highest active volcanoes begins. The first 8 kilometers will take us down 700m on dirt roads through volcanic ash and páramo landscape.
When at 3800m, you will actually have to do some pedaling heading down another 8 kilometers between volcanic rocks and horses. We stop for lunch by an Inca Ruin at 3700m. With some luck we might see a condor or caracara.
After lunch, we put the bikes on the jeep and head to the lake of Limpiopungo at 3800m, where we start the 16 km downhill ride through pine forest biking on dirt roads. After two extra kilometers on a beautiful single track the bike adventure is over for this time
Cotopaxi National Park
Descend the slopes of one the world’s highest volcanoes enjoying magnificent views of snow-capped volcanoes as you pedal through a lunar landscape full of lakes, Inca ruins, and giant boulders spewed from the volcano long ago. With some luck, you might spot a condor!
Small indigenous villages where most of the inhabitants live of their livestock -sheep, llamas and other animals that have adapted to the Andean mountains.
Meet / Depart
Hotel of your choice, Quito, Ecuador.
- English Speaking Guide
- Fully equipped 4x4 vehicle
- Mountain bikes with v-brakes and front suspension
- All protective gear (helmet, knee & elbow pads)
- Lunch and purified water
- Personal expenses
- Park entrance fee ($10)
- Anything not specified
What to Bring
Passport, comfortable walking shoes/tennis shoes, warm clothing, windbreaker, rain ponchos in winter months, hat or cap, plastic water bottle, sun-block, sunglasses, waterproof small backpack, camera with high and low speed film, cash or travellers checks. Bathing suit.Highlights
We reserve the right to modify the itinerary - due to weather conditions, etc. - in the best interest of our clients.