• Multi Destination Journey
  • Active Adventure
  • 4 days; 3 nights
  • 2 to 8 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Quito
Feel adrenaline on this volcanic mountain biking adventure. We will be riding through the mountains of Ecuador and crossing páramos, volcanoes, and waterfalls in the heart of the Andes. Highly-trained guides will lead you on your adventure and pamper you in traditional guesthouses after long days of riding. You will be treated with legendary Cotopaxi hospitality. Engage with local communities and push your limits in one of the most inspiring places in the world.

At a Glance

Creature comforts

basic


Physical activity

significant


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Mountains

Practicalities

  • For ages 18+
  • Limited english

Activities

  • Mountaineering
  • Digital detox

Your Local Expert

Tierra del Volcan Ecuador

We support sustainable development, caring for the protection and management of the environment. This development also includes social and educational projects in the surrounding communities. At Tierra del Volcán we uphold a philosophy of the utmost standards, where the protection of nature is present in every one of our products and services. We are a creative and enthusiastic group committed to Ecuador, the world, and the beauty of nature, who wish to share our knowledge and experience of this natural place with our travelers. We hope you will join us in embracing the natural adventures that await you. Some of our credentials are: "Best adventure picks" by Men's Journal; "Exceptional Travel Experiences" by Afar Magazine, "Best company to organize climbing Cotopaxi" by BBC travel; "Best of Travel 2015" by Outside Magazine, "52 places you should visit on 2017" by New York Times; "5 Outdoor Heavens that aren't the Galapagos "by Vogue and more.read more

The Journey

Day 1

Trails and roads at El Pedregal Valley and Santa Rita Ecological Reserve

You will leave Quito early in the morning (7:30am) and head towards Hacienda El Porvenir. At the hacienda, you will leave your luggage and get your bike. You will be biking on gravel and dirt roads for 4 km until you reach the northern entrance to Cotopaxi National Park. From there, a beautiful downhill will take you to Santa Rita. Mountain biking trails that will take you to the heart of the reserve where you will enjoy a packed lunch. In total, the loop will take approximately four and a half hours. In the afternoon, you will hike to the Condor Machai waterfall. After, either hop in a vehicle or bike back to Hacienda El Porvenir. You will stay overnight at Hacienda El Porvenir.read more

Day 2

East Route and El Tambo trail

Wake up and eat breakfast at the hacienda. Today’s ride will cover 42 km (26.09 miles) with an average altitude of 3800 m/12.464 ft. It is a worthwhile effort. You will cross the eastern road of Cotopaxi National Park, visiting some sites on the way including Inca Ruins, fresh water springs, and Andean lakes. You will then follow a beautiful 18 km exclusive trail to El Tambo where you will eat a boxed lunch. At your arrival to El Tambo Hacienda house, you will be welcomed with a drink next to a crackling fireplace and a hot shower. A delicious dinner will be served. You will sleep overnight at Hacienda El Tambo.read more

Day 3

The road of the lahars and return to civilization

Start your day with breakfast at the hacienda. Then, you will leave early from the El Tambo house and begin your return to Hacienda El Porvenir. The first 20 km have a slight uphill inclination and short climbing portions. Once you reach El Encañonado, the road flows downhill and the bike can roll without much physical effort. You will eat a boxed lunch. Soon, you will reach the higher road of El Canal which is a flat road following a water canal. The views are superb. You will pass by Limpiopungo Lake and finish at Hacienda El Porvenir where you will sleep overnight. The bike takes approximately 7 hours.read more

Day 4

Cotopaxi Downhill

Start your day with breakfast at the hacienda. You will leave on a vehicle to Cotopaxi National Park. The parking lot is situated at 14.400 ft. From there, you start your descent of 3200 ft to the valley. The routes depend on the technical level of the riders. You can go downhill several times through different routes or the same one. A packed lunch will be served at Limpiopungo gate. In the afternoon, you will return on your bike or in a vehicle to Hacienda El Porvenir and then back to Quito.read more

Included

  • Lodging

    Accommodation (based on double occupancy, there's an extra fee for single supplement)

  • Meals

    Described meals (breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, dinner at El Tambo) / One soft drink per meal

  • Transportation

    Safety backup transport Transport from and to Quito

  • Equipment

    Bike (Bull) and bike protections (helmet, knee and elbow protection) Water

  • Entrance fee to Santa Rita Ecological Reserve and El Tambo Conservation Area

  • Entrance to APU Mountain SPA wet area

Not Included

  • Dinner at El Porvenir

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Tips

  • Taxes

Private Departures

Private departures, for just you and your friends or family

Flexible dates

  • 2 travelers$1019 per person
  • 3 travelers$1019 per person
  • 4 travelers$889 per person
  • 5 travelers$889 per person
  • 6 travelers$889 per person
  • 7 travelers$889 per person
  • 8 travelers$889 per person
Pricing depends on group size and host availability

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