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Cotopaxi Volcano Biking, 1 Day

Contact us for Cotopaxi Volcano Biking, 1 Day
Days: 1
Effort: Moderate

Activities: Mountain Biking and Sightseeing

Cotopaxi Volcano Biking, 1 Day

The Cotopaxi National Park is high altitude nature and wildlife refuge established around the highest active volcano in the world. It offers one of Ecuador´s best mountain biking experiences as it crosses through a unique paramo ecosystem under stunning volcano scenery. A support vehicle, a naturalist guide and high-quality mountain biking equipment are included in this incredible volcano experience.

Trip Highlights


  •  Ride through stunning scenery alongside the highest active volcano in the world.
  • Search for wildlife in an endemic highland paramo ecosystem.
  • Learn about the Inca presence in Ecuador as you explore the Pucara ruins.
  • Support vehicle, high-quality mountain bikes and safety equipment.


We begin our journey driving south from Quito through the famed “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” If the skies are clear, we will be able to see the peaks of several volcanoes from the road. Once we arrive in Cotopaxi National Park, we start out with a short hike around Limpiopungo Glacier Lake. This mountain lake is home to a wealth of
highland waterfowl, and we observe the local gulls, ducks, and falcons while learning about the park’s highland paramo ecosystem. We then begin an amazing ride through the park. Our path will take us from the base of Volcan Rumiñahi, where Limpiopungo is located, across the high plain and around to the south side of Cotopaxi, then on to the Pucara Inca ruins. The ride is mostly downhill with some flats and a few short, easy climbs. As we ride across the high plain paramo, we keep an eye out for native highland wildlife and take in
incredible views of Cotopaxi’s massive, glaciated cone looming above us. Our ride ends at the Pucara Inca ruins near the park’s south entrance. Here we explore the ruins and learn more about the western hemisphere’s most powerful ancient civilization and their history in Ecuador. We sit down to a scenic and delicious picnic lunch in Pucara before returning to Quito in the afternoon.

INCLUDED: Private transportation, professional biking guide, quality mountain bikes (Shimano Deore 27 speed, front suspension, disc brakes), gloves, helmets, lunch and snacks.

NOT INCLUDED: Tips and Personal Expenses.

TRAVEL TIME: 2 hours each way

RIDING TIME: 3 hours

SEASON: All year

ALTITUDE: 3900 m to 3600 m


SUGGESTED: Layered clothing, rain shell, sun block