Cotopaxi Volcano: Hiking And Biking Small Group Full Day Tour - Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 9 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    1: Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador
    2: Plaza Foch, Quito 170143, Ecuador
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

From Quito, it is a two hour ride. You will stop on the way to enjoy a local breakfast. You will start the hike from the parking lot at around 4,500 meters to the mountain refuge at around 4,800 meters. In the refuge you might find the little bar open to serve you a hot chocolate or coffee and from there you will walk back to the parking lot. From there you will start the biking part of the tour. The bike ride is about one hour and brings you into the beautiful paramo landscape and when the conditions are good you can bike until the Limpiopungo lake.

Highlights

  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Vegetarian meal option available

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province

Leave from Plaza Foch in Quito at 07:00 (so please be there at 6:50) or from The Old Town location at 07:20 (so please be there at 7:10) for transport to Cotopaxi. Breakfast at a local restaurant

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Province

At 09:30 you will begin hiking ascent to the refuge, and at 11:30 you will begin biking descent. Then lunch at local restaurant.

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province

Back to Quito

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions

Transportation from and to Quitos meeting point.

Meals as described in itinerary (1x breakfast 1x lunch)

Gear: Mountain bike & helmet

24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish

Exclusions

Fees for museums or natural reserves.

Additional food or beverages.

Optional tips for guides and drivers.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

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)

Food restrictions

Medical restrictions

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)

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, dont eat street food, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Travelers must bring with them extra sanitary items to be used during the entire tour.Transportation: Passengers will be seated skipping a place to maintain the distance required.Medicine: Travelers should bring their medications from their countries.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 04-Apr-2021

    Espectacular excursión con nuestro guía Daniel. Adaptándose a lo que buscábamos y al tiempo y nuestro estado en cada momento . Ascenso al refugio y segunda fase hasta 5000m, con descenso en mountain bike con increíbles vistas. La mejor calidad precio y excelente conversación , explicaciones y almuerzo.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Amazing experience. Breath taking from start to finish. Highlight of my time in Ecuador. Transportation was on time. Meals were basic, but enjoyable. Guide was great and very thorough. Trip is not for the faint of heart.

  • 29-May-2019

    Amazing experience. Breath taking from start to finish. Highlight of my time in Ecuador. Transportation was on time. Meals were basic, but enjoyable. Guide was great and very thorough. Trip is not for the faint of heart.

  • 17-Jan-2019

    Please make it to Cotopaxi if you’re able. Making it up to the glacier was the highlight of the week. It really is amazing up there. The hike was a little tough but even if you’re in a serges shape it is doable. Our guide was great and very friendly. We did not get to bike down due to a sudden gale storm but with the weather would not have felt safe doing it anyways. The meals were adequate but nothing amazing. Get your own cocoa leaves or chocolate and water before hand. The shop in the park is airport prices.

  • 20-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!!

  • 17-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!!

  • 05-Jul-2018

    The daily tour from Quito to the Cotopaxi volcano is amazing, as far as the weather is okay. We had extreme luck with the weather so both activities were really fun. The only thing I have to say negatively about the tour is that when you book the tour in a hostel, you can pay 50 Dollars. But as far from the price difference everything was perfect. The guides are well educated too. So, to sum up, I can really recommend this tour.

  • 20-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.

  • 20-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.

  • 01-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 !

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