Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour

Quito, Ecuador

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Overview

Escape the city for the wild landscapes of the Cotopaxi National Park on this full-day adventure from Quito. Drive along the spectacular Route of the Volcanoes, hike up part of the Cotopaxi Volcano, then enjoy a thrilling descent by mountain bike. Tour includes breakfast and lunch.
  • Full-day Cotopaxi hiking and biking tour from Quito
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the Route of the Volcanoes
  • Hike through the wild landscapes of the Cotopaxi National Park
  • Zip down the mountainside by bike, from a height of 15,780 feet (4,810 meters)
  • Moderate level tour suitable for participants of reasonable fitness
  • Great-value tour includes breakfast, lunch, and round-trip transport

Transportation from and to Quito’s meeting point.
Meals as described in itinerary (1x breakfast 1x lunch)
Mountain bike & helmet
24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish
Hotel pick up and drop-off
Extra drinks and food
Tips for guide
Personal health & travel insurance
Personal expenses

Departure Point

1: Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador
2: Plaza Foch, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at Plaza Foch in the La Mariscal area of Quito. Set out on the scenic journey, winding into the Andes and passing along the dramatic ‘Avenida de los Volcanes’ (Route of the Volcanoes). Along the way, stop for breakfast at a local restaurant and enjoy views of the Limpiopungo lagoon.

On arrival in the Cotopaxi National Park, jump out to begin your hike, climbing up to a refuge at 15,780 feet (4,810 meters) on the Cotopaxi Volcano snowline. It’s a challenging hike, but you’ll be rewarded with incredible views over the mountains and glaciers below. Depending on weather conditions, perhaps continue hiking up to 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) before getting ready for the second part of your adventure.

After being paired with a suitable mountain bike and listening to the safety briefing, set off on an exhilarating downhill bike ride, zipping down the mountainside on one of two trails – suitable for either less-experienced or advanced mountain bikers.

Back at the starting point, your driver will be waiting to take you to a local restaurant, where you can re-fuel with a hearty lunch before driving back to the city.

Your tour ends back in Plaza Foch.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cotopaxi National Park
You will have breakfast at a local restaurant. Then, you will start the hike from the parking lot at around 4,500 meters to the mountain refuge at around 4,800 meters.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cotopaxi National Park
At 11:30, you will begin biking descent. The bike ride is about one hour and brings you into the beautiful paramo landscape. Then, you will enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Important things to bring: warm and waterproof clothing, rain jacket, gloves, a big bottle of water, sun block SPF 50-100, a cap or hut, a scarf or buff, sunglasses and passport.
  • Keep in mind that climate at 4000 meters can change suddenly from sunny to cold with stormy winds and wet snow.
  • It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have
  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unpredictable circumstances
  • In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information:
  • Arrival and departure information of international flights
  • Whatsapp phone number (in case you use Whatsapp and would like us to contact you that during your stay via Whatsapp)
  • For all guests:
  • Passport numbers
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Food restrictions
  • Medical restrictions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please take into consideration that lunch will be served at around 03:00 PM, so it is recommended to bring some extra food.
  • Please note: 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: Please bring with you the following items: warm clothing (including a change of clothes) gloves, scarf, hat, sunglasses, long socks, cotton pants and waterproof jacket. Water. Hiking shoes/boots. Camera. Snacks. Sun cream
  • In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information: Meeting point In La Mariscal or In the Historical centre (old town)
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.
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