Feel the adrenaline of this volcanic mountain bike adventure. We will be riding through the mountains of Ecuador, crossing páramos, volcanoes, and waterfalls in the heart of the Andes. You will be led on your adventure by highly-trained guides and pampered after a hard day of riding in traditional guesthouses, treated by legendary Cotopaxi hospitality. Engage with the local communities, push your limits, and connect to the present moment in one of the most inspiring places in the world. It's just you, the bike, the trail, and the volcano...
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.
We leave Quito early in the morning (07H30) and head towards Hacienda El Porvenir. At the hacienda we leave our luggage and get the bikes. The first four km we bike on gravel and dirt roads all the way to the northern entrance to Cotopaxi National Park, and from there a beautiful downhill will take us to Santa Rita. Here we will enjoy the mountain biking trails that will take us to the heart of the Reserve. Packed lunch at the Reserve, In the afternoon we can hike to the Condor Machai waterfall. Transfer on vehicle or biking back to Hacienda El Porvenir. Overnight stay at Hacienda El Porvenir. Riding Time: approximately four and a half hours for the full loop.
Hacienda Breakfast. 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. We will cross the eastern road of Cotopaxi National Park, visiting some sites on the way including Inca Ruins, fresh water springs and Andean lakes. We will then follow a beautiful 18 km exclusive trail to El Tambo. Box Lunch. At our arrival to El Tambo Hacienda house, we will be welcomed with a drink next to a crackling fireplace and a hot shower. A delicious dinner will be served. Overnight at Hacienda El Tambo.
Hacienda Breakfast. We leave early from the El Tambo house and begin our return to civilization. The first 20 km have a slight uphill inclination and short climbing portions. Once we reach El Encañonado, the road flows downhill and the bike can roll without much physical effort. Box Lunch. We reach the higher road of El Canal, which is a flat road following a water canal. The views are superb. We pass by Limpiopungo Lake and bike to Hacienda El Porvenir. Overnight stay at Hacienda El Porvenir. Riding time: Approx. 7 hours.
Hacienda Breakfast. We will leave on a vehicle to Cotopaxi National Park. We reach the parking lot at 14.400 ft. From there we start our descent of 3200 ft to the valley. The routes depend on the technical level of the riders. We can downhill several times through different routes, or the same one. Packed lunch will be served at Limpiopungo gate. In the afternoon we return on our bikes or in the transport to Hacienda El Porvenir and then back to Quito.
Accommodation (based on double occupancy, there's an extra fee for single supplement)
Described meals (breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, dinner at El Tambo) / One soft drink per meal
Safety backup transport Transport from and to Quito
Bike (Bull) and bike protections (helmet, knee and elbow protection) Water
Private departures, for just you and your friends or family