2-Day Cotopaxi National Park And Quilotoa Lagoon: Biking And Hiking - Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Plaza Foch, QGW5+7WW, Mariscal 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

This mountain package tour will take you to some of the most amazing places in the Ecuadorian highlands. The Andes mountains are popular for its majestic landscapes, there is this fabulous set of volcanoes and call them the Volcano Avenue. Here you are going to see varied paramo landscapes, indigenous communities, and various flora and fauna species.

Highlights

  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip

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Itinerary

Day 1: COTOPAXI BIKING - VOLCANO AVENUE VIEW

Stop At: Avenida De Los Volcanes, Riobamba, Chimborazo Province
You will begin your trip with a spectacular view of the Andean landscape and of course La Avenida de Los Volcanes.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Province
Once you arrive at the National Park you can hike up to the refuge at 4,864 meters above sea level. After a safety briefing, you will commence your downhill descent on mountain bikes! The journey finishes at the beautiful lagoon at the base of Cotopaxi.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Accommodation included: Accommodation Hacienda Papagayo or similar

Day 2: QUILOTOA LAGOON

Stop At: Mercado Indigena, Saquisili, Cotopaxi Province
This full-day cultural tour begins with a visit to a local indigenous market, Saquisili (Thursdays) or the Pujili market (Sundays).
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi Province
The next activity of this day will be the trip to Laguna Quilotoa which is an astonishing emerald colored lagoon inside a large volcano crater (3,800m altitude). Before reaching the Crater main point youll pass through the ancient canyon of Zumbahua town, where you can see many indigenous towns and farmlands. Arriving inside the crater you are going to be able to appreciate the vast and gorgeous lagoon landscape. Later, you will visit a local indigenous home where youll have the unique opportunity to interact with the inhabitants. After lunch, you will hike down to the lagoons shore and will be bringing back to Quito.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions

1x Breakfast

2x Lunch

Accommodation included: 1 night

Accommodation 1 night in a double room with private bathroom (based on number of travelers).

Transportation from and to Quitos meeting point (Plaza foch)

Cotopaxi biking tour, mountain bike & helmet

24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish

Entry/Admission - Cotopaxi National Park

Exclusions

Mules at Quilotoa for the way back to the top of the crater (optional $ 8).

Contribution to the community.

Optional tips for the guide.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Important things to bring: warm, windproof and waterproof clothing, appropriate shoes or boots, water, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.

Keep in mind that climate at 4000 meters can change suddenly from sunny to cold with stormy winds and wet snow.

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Children rates only applies if the child stays in the same room.

In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information:

Room type (twin, matrimonial) or triple (in case of a group with 3 or more guests)

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

Near public transportation

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

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

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availability, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

It is mandatory that you will have current travel insurance including health insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Accommodation is based on number of travelers, if you are traveling with a group, you will be sharing rooms (single rooms require an extra fee).

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

  • 07-Jan-2022

    We had a great tour in December 2021 booked with Rebecca Adventure Travel. Although we were unlucky with the weather on the first day (Cotopaxi) we had an amazing overnight stay in hysteria Papagayo near Quito and an amazing day at the Quilotoa crater lake. All transportation and meals were as described and the communication before and during booking was excellent. Highly recommended!

  • 09-Sep-2021

    En julio del 2019 tuve un viaje con un amigo de indonesia a Ecuador. Como es de costumbre mi amigo alquilo los servicios de esta empresa y la verdad al principio todo estuvo genial, pero pasaron ciertas cosas que hicieron perder la puntuación de esta empresa. Primero llego un guia con el nombre de christian, con barba entre cortada con un ingles super limitado el cual nos dijo que demorariamos unas horas en llegar hasta el punto, tambien nos comento que un ecuatoriano estaba liderando el giro de Italia, despues de una explicación de 10 minutos, este guia se durmio todo el camino, al llegar a dicho lugar yo dije bueno nos explicara el camino y empezamos a descender hasta esa hermosa laguna, cuando ne doy cuenta que quien estaba alli ayudando a la gente era el driver y el guia se quedo a ver el giro de Italia, yo como profesional en turismo quede totalmente sorprendido. Yo me puse a traducir para los pasajeros que hablan ingles y el driver que no recuerdo su nombre termino guiandonos. Al terminar el tour volvimos a la cima, y se aparece este tipo flaco medio alto, todo feliz ganamos el giro de Italia. Como si a mi o al grupo nos importara dicho evento. Comimos en un restaurante cerca y probamos el canelazo. Al volver, dicho guia encima no llego con nosotros hasta el final si no se bajo en camino mi amiga por cortesía le alcanzo 20 dolares y en ingles le dijo, se mas profesional la proxima vez. Ahora para que no digan que no fue la agencia, o que me estoy equivocando. Tengo fotos, de lo que estoy hablando. Para la proxima tengan mucho cuidado con vuestro staff de guias.

  • 11-Apr-2019

    I traveled to Ecuador this past month and enjoyed 3 separate tours through Rebecca Travel Adventures - not listed here as the tours were booked separately. The group communicated with me regularly to ensure everything was up to date - timely, and I was going where I needed to be going. They arranged for drivers for me to and from the different locations, (not tour buses!!), and arranged guides for each hike. I took in Quilotoa, El Altar, and Cotopaxi!! All must see. It was me and my guide the entire time. They took the time to make sure my trip was planned to my exact specifications. I would highly recommend them to help you in planning your trip!

  • 09-Feb-2019

    Fantastic trip to Cotopaxi. Our guide, Santiago, was very accommodating, stopping the van at just the right spot to take advantage of clearing skies for photos. Also, the overnight at Hosteria Papagayo was a delightful surprise, with a cozy cottage and Raul lighting a fire in the stove for us. Highly recommend, especially the Cotopaxi portion of the tour.

  • 22-Sep-2018

    We really enjoyed the Cotopaxi tour. The meeting place was disorganized since the restaurant we were supposed to meet at wasn't open at the assigned time and the guide wasn't there on time either... but once everything got going the first day was a great tour. The park and mountain are amazing and well worth seeing. The climbing was very strenuous but rewarding (total climb was 1800 ft, but at an altitude of 16,000 ft that's substantial). I'm an avid mountain biker and still I'd say the bike part of the tour was not really worthwhile and is really only safe for people with mountain bike experience. Several people crashed but nobody was injured. It was on a loose washboard gravel road which is pretty easy to wipe out on. The overnight lodging at Papagayo was excellent, I'd like to stay there again. The second day of the tour again the logistics were not thought through. The tour vehicle that picked us up was nice but there was no place for luggage. We ended up tying it the roof wrapped in garbage bags in case of rain, and luckily it didn't rain, but this could have been a big problem. The organized should remember that people going on a two day tour will have luggage and there needs to be somewhere inside the vehicle to put it. The second day of the tour to Quilotoa was also great once it got going. In my opinion not as impressive as Cotopaxi. Also there are many hours of driving involved but the scenery is very interesting.

  • 17-Mar-2018

    Highly recommended. Packed with right amount of activities - hiking to the refuge and biking down on the grumpy roads, a lot of fun!

  • 17-Mar-2018

    Highly recommended. Packed with right amount of activities - hiking to the refuge and biking down on the grumpy roads, a lot of fun!

  • 28-Nov-2016

    Our trip was great. Cotopaxi was amazing, even though it hailed on us while we rode the bikes down! But how many people can say they rode a mountain bike down an active volcano?! Definitely bring extra clothes as we were filthy at the end of both days! Our stay at Hostería Papagayo was very nice. It is a 200 year old house that has been restored, complete with jacuzzi and small cabanas on the property. The restaurant was decent and we had a nice bottle of malbec for only 24!
    Quilotoa was phenomenal, and on the way we stopped at a great mercado in Pujili. At Quilotoa we walked down to the water about 30 minutes and rented a kayak 3 per person to go out on the water. On the way up most of our group walked it NOT an easy walk back up! but you can rent a horse to take you up for 10 each. A fantastic weekend.

  • 28-Nov-2016

    Our trip was great. Cotopaxi was amazing, even though it hailed on us while we rode the bikes down! But how many people can say they rode a mountain bike down an active volcano?! Definitely bring extra clothes as we were filthy at the end of both days! Our stay at Hostería Papagayo was very nice. It is a 200 year old house that has been restored, complete with jacuzzi and small cabanas on the property. The restaurant was decent and we had a nice bottle of malbec for only 24!
    Quilotoa was phenomenal, and on the way we stopped at a great mercado in Pujili. At Quilotoa we walked down to the water about 30 minutes and rented a kayak 3 per person to go out on the water. On the way up most of our group walked it NOT an easy walk back up! but you can rent a horse to take you up for 10 each. A fantastic weekend.