Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador

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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
Meet your guide at Plaza Foch in the La Mariscal area of Quito in time for a 6.45am departure. Set out on the around 2-hour 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 around 4.30pm.

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r
, Aug 2018

Great tour with a great company! The tour guides were excellent and provided tour members with great information on the region and the volcano. The hike up was not easy, but doable. Bring a warm hat, coat and gloves!!

D
, Jun 2018

If you are a tourist, wait at least 5 days of being In Quito before you remotely consider doing this tour. I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and thought this would be definately be a piece of cake. I was only in Quito less than 48hours and got extreme mountain sickness. After making it to the Refugee I tried to hike to the glacier. After passing the first bit of snow/ ice on the ground and seeing the glacier I had to turn back because I felt I was getting mountain sickness even though I had been drinking water the whole way up. I threw up a few times and was extremely sick for the remainder of the day. My guide helped me get back to the bus. I did not get to do the bike part of the tour I felt so awful I could not lift my head off the seat infront of me on the bus let alone get off the bus. Everyone else who arrived just a few days ago felt just as bad as I did. I was given Coca Tea to help break up the headache but I really did not feel any good til the next day and was dehydrated. I highly warn anybody who considers doing this tour please wait at least 4-5 days after arriving in Quito to do this tour. Dont push it you will not enjoy it. The views on the mountain are worth the wait. The tour operators should also post a warning in the Important info area warning tourists that are just arriving about having time to acclimatize to a high elevation country.

If you actually dont get sick the breakfast/ lunch is good and the views are amazing. There are wild horses on the mountain.

M
, Apr 2018

Very well organised tour . The agency made sure they contacted us in advance to agree meeting place . Our guide was incredibly informative and fun . The hike itself was really demanding , this certainly shouldn’t be promoted as suitable for abilities .Overall fantastic day out !

S
, Jan 2018

I spent 3 weeks in Ecuador and this trip was definitely a highlight. We were extremely fortunate to have a clear and sunny day. It was cool I went on Dec. 23rd so the initial hike up was cold and windy but after a bit the wind died down. One thing I suggest bringing is a face gaiter/buff/balaclava for dirt and itty bitty rocks blowing around. The views were awesome. The glacier hike ends just above 16,000 feet so be forewarned, make sure to drinks lots of water in the few days before you go and get a good night sleep the night before to avoid altitude problems. There is a basic hot breakfast and lunch before and after the hike. Bring your own snacks and water as there is a stop for you to buy before you get to the park but pickings will be slim. I used almost both of the bottles of water I brought that day. The mountain biking down is optional so you can stay on the bus, it was fun and I didn't go too fast because of the hills and soft dirt on the turns but I had a really good time. If you bike, wear a buff/balaclava for sure! Sunglasses and sunblock are a must!

S
, Oct 2017

The trip could be so much more professionally run making it better and safer. The guide seemed to be more interested in flirting with the girls on the trip rather than ensuring the safety of the whole group going up the mountain. The bikes were also poorly maintained making the decent dangerous.

C
, Oct 2017

Fantastic. Great Value, amazing views and the bikes were really good. The trip included breakfast and lunch - both were really tasty. Misses out on 5 stars as felt we went up to altitude very quickly and they didn't have any oxygen for altitude sickness on the bus which we felt was an oversight.

D
, May 2017

Guide highly knowledgeable, bike ride great climb to refuge well worth it. Breakfast and lunch were just an added surprise for how good they were. Almost like an added bonus. Looking at booking another tour thru you guys.

C
, Apr 2017

what an adventure! The breakfast and lunch provided were quite tasty, authentic, and filling. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy, but that is to be expected in March during the rainy season and the volcano was clouded when we drove by for other activities. So we cant fault the company or the tour for that.

BRING WARM CLOTHES!!! the volcano is very high up and can get quite windy. Bring a waterproof jacket/pants and plenty of layers, especially If you plan to hike to the destination at near the top. its better to have something and not need it.

You can get your passport or piece of paper stamped at the destination near the top of the volcano, and they serve hot chocolate/tea and other small treats. I got a buff for 10, and there are shirts for 15 and other souvenirs like gloves, hats, socks etc for various prices.

This is definitely a physically demanding hike, with the high altitude comes low levels of oxygen, I recommend waiting a day or two after arriving in Ecuador to acclimate to the higher altitude. Take it slow and you should get to the top in time took us just over an hour. The climb is well worth it and getting down is much much easier.

The biking was very very fun and was 99 brakes and 1 pedaling. It can be a little tricky, but we did it fairly easily after not having biked for years.

j
, Feb 2017

It was an amazing trip! The walk up was tough but it was well worth it. The mountain bike trip down was fantastic!


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