Cotopaxi National Reserve Bike and Hike Day-Trip
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Magic Bean, La Mariscal, Mariscal Foch E5-20, Quito 170143, Ecuador
Meet at 6:45am with the guide and the group at the designated meeting point.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
At 7am we leave Quito by car driving south for approx. 1.5-hour through the Pan-American highway aka. Avenue of the Volcanoes. We'll then reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park and the get ready to enjoy a fresh Andean-style breakfast.
Drive through pine forest and soon reach the Interpretation Center Mariscal and get to know the volcano and its unique fauna and flora.
Afterwards, and depending on the physical abilities of the group, drive towards Limpiopungo Lake located at 3.800 m or Rinconada camping zone, to enjoy a hike around this stunning environment to observe birds and the magnificent view of Cotopaxi Volcano
Get your helmets, gloves on and begin your bike adventure. Bike on dirt roads through volcanic ash and a tundra landscape for about 7 kilometers until the North gate of the Park and continue along the Paramo landscape until reaching the main entrance of the park. 10 km. approx. - ride on paved road). Cross the main gate and bike along a short pine forest single trek to reach the main road.
A stop between activities will give us time to enjoy a well-deserved lunch to regain strength.
Say goodbye to the volcano and get in the van again to drive back.
We'll be reaching Quito at around 4pm.
Duration: 7 hours
- Bilingual professional guide
- Transport to/from Quito - Cotopaxi National Park
- Basic Biking Equipment (Bikes, Helmets)
- Bike Trip
- Hiking Trip
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (meeting point is Magic Bean Restaurant - See notes)
- Additional food and drinks.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather or events beyond our control (force mejeure) no refunds are applicable.
- Important: we recommend you to bring warm clothes (layers), eaterproof jacket, gloves, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes, extra pair of socks, extra pants, sunglasses, sun cream and walking stick, water bottle
- The tour is not private. Travelers will share services with a group. Maximum people per tour 12
- NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of this tour and the given that Cotopaxi is an active volcano, this itinerary may vary.
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
The tour guide was terrible. He had very little information about where we were going, the volcano, history of the area. He asked us for questions instead of providing information of the area first. Also for the bike part no one made sure the equipment was fitted properly or that everyone knew how to work the gears of the bike properly. My daughter had an issue with her back wheel and brake and when she told the tour guide he said it was fine. Her back wheel shook side to side when braking and as you brake almost the whole way down the volcano this was very dangerous. We had to stop our ride and ask the person in the bus following us for a different bike. He didn't want to give her a new bike and wanted us to just ride the rest of the way on the bus. I finally got him to switch her bike out for a different one and we continued biking down. Through all of this the tour guide was not available as he was at the front of the group and had not noticed that we had stopped. I also think that the information they give you about this tour is lacking. They should be very clear about the clothing and equipment that may be needed for the hike up to base camp, especially gloves, hat and glasses or goggles. We encountered hail and sleet and the hike would have been very painful if we did not have the proper equipment. Finally the bike ride should be categorized as mountain biking as the dirt road is deeply rutted! The best part of the tour was the place we had breakfast and lunch. The food was delicious and they were very accommodating of different food preferences. I would not recommend this tour for the above reasons.