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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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What you can expect during your visit
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
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Overview

Escape the city for the wild landscapes of the Cotopaxi National Park on this full-day adventure from Quito. Drive along the spectacular Route of the Volcanoes, hike up part of the Cotopaxi Volcano, then enjoy a thrilling descent by mountain bike. Tour includes breakfast and lunch.
  • Full-day Cotopaxi hiking and biking tour from Quito
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the Route of the Volcanoes
  • Hike through the wild landscapes of the Cotopaxi National Park
  • Zip down the mountainside by bike, from a height of 15,780 feet (4,810 meters)
  • Moderate level tour suitable for participants of reasonable fitness
  • Great-value tour includes breakfast, lunch, and round-trip transport
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Transportation from and to Quito’s meeting point.
Meals as described in itinerary (1x breakfast 1x lunch)
Mountain bike & helmet
24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish
Hotel pick up and drop-off
Extra drinks and food
Tips for guide
Personal health & travel insurance
Personal expenses
Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Plaza Foch, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at Plaza Foch in the La Mariscal area of Quito. Set out on the scenic journey, winding into the Andes and passing along the dramatic ‘Avenida de los Volcanes’ (Route of the Volcanoes). Along the way, stop for breakfast at a local restaurant and enjoy views of the Limpiopungo lagoon.

On arrival in the Cotopaxi National Park, jump out to begin your hike, climbing up to a refuge at 15,780 feet (4,810 meters) on the Cotopaxi Volcano snowline. It’s a challenging hike, but you’ll be rewarded with incredible views over the mountains and glaciers below. Depending on weather conditions, perhaps continue hiking up to 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) before getting ready for the second part of your adventure.

After being paired with a suitable mountain bike and listening to the safety briefing, set off on an exhilarating downhill bike ride, zipping down the mountainside on one of two trails – suitable for either less-experienced or advanced mountain bikers.

Back at the starting point, your driver will be waiting to take you to a local restaurant, where you can re-fuel with a hearty lunch before driving back to the city.

Your tour ends back in Plaza Foch.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cotopaxi National Park
You will have breakfast at a local restaurant. Then, you will start the hike from the parking lot at around 4,500 meters to the mountain refuge at around 4,800 meters.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cotopaxi National Park
At 11:30, you will begin biking descent. The bike ride is about one hour and brings you into the beautiful paramo landscape. Then, you will enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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)
  • For all guests:
  • Passport numbers
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Food restrictions
  • Medical restrictions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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)
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rebecca Adventure Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Shared Day Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I highly warn anybody who considers doing this tour please wait at least 4-5 days after arriving in Quito to do this tour." See review

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Definitely do it
martingruberny
, 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.
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Great tour with a great company!
, 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!!
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If you are a tourist, wait at least...
Diana V
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2018
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your feedback! At a height of about 4600 meters, everyone is always exhausted during the walk. Extreme cases, as you have suffered, from altitude sickness is rare. We are so sorry that you were not able to enjoy the beautiful landscapes for the full 100%, but we will definitely bring your concerns to the attention just in case it happens again with a guest in the future. Thank you again for traveling with us and we hope you enjoyed your overall time in Quito!
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Very well organised tour . The...
Miroslava B
, 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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I spent 3 weeks in Ecuador and this...
Stephanie H
, Jan 2018
I spent 3 weeks in Ecuador and this trip was definitely a highlight. We were extremely fortunate to have a clear and sunny day. It was cool I went on Dec. 23rd so the initial hike up was cold and windy but after a bit the wind died down. One thing I suggest bringing is a face gaiter/buff/balaclava for dirt and itty bitty rocks blowing around. The views were awesome. The glacier hike ends just above 16,000 feet so be forewarned, make sure to drinks lots of water in the few days before you go and get a good night sleep the night before to avoid altitude problems. There is a basic hot breakfast and lunch before and after the hike. Bring your own snacks and water as there is a stop for you to buy before you get to the park but pickings will be slim. I used almost both of the bottles of water I brought that day. The mountain biking down is optional so you can stay on the bus, it was fun and I didn't go too fast because of the hills and soft dirt on the turns but I had a really good time. If you bike, wear a buff/balaclava for sure! Sunglasses and sunblock are a must!
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The trip could be so much more...
Sebastian Y
, Oct 2017
The trip could be so much more professionally run making it better and safer. The guide seemed to be more interested in flirting with the girls on the trip rather than ensuring the safety of the whole group going up the mountain. The bikes were also poorly maintained making the decent dangerous.
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Fantastic. Great Value, amazing...
Claire P
, Oct 2017
Fantastic. Great Value, amazing views and the bikes were really good. The trip included breakfast and lunch - both were really tasty. Misses out on 5 stars as felt we went up to altitude very quickly and they didn't have any oxygen for altitude sickness on the bus which we felt was an oversight.
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Guide highly knowledgeable, bike...
David G
, May 2017
Guide highly knowledgeable, bike ride great climb to refuge well worth it. Breakfast and lunch were just an added surprise for how good they were. Almost like an added bonus. Looking at booking another tour thru you guys.
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what an adventure! The breakfast and...
Claudia C
, Apr 2017
what an adventure! The breakfast and lunch provided were quite tasty, authentic, and filling. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy, but that is to be expected in March during the rainy season and the volcano was clouded when we drove by for other activities. So we cant fault the company or the tour for that. BRING WARM CLOTHES!!! the volcano is very high up and can get quite windy. Bring a waterproof jacket/pants and plenty of layers, especially If you plan to hike to the destination at near the top. its better to have something and not need it. You can get your passport or piece of paper stamped at the destination near the top of the volcano, and they serve hot chocolate/tea and other small treats. I got a buff for 10, and there are shirts for 15 and other souvenirs like gloves, hats, socks etc for various prices. This is definitely a physically demanding hike, with the high altitude comes low levels of oxygen, I recommend waiting a day or two after arriving in Ecuador to acclimate to the higher altitude. Take it slow and you should get to the top in time took us just over an hour. The climb is well worth it and getting down is much much easier. The biking was very very fun and was 99 brakes and 1 pedaling. It can be a little tricky, but we did it fairly easily after not having biked for years.
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It was an amazing trip! The walk up...
janis_man
, Oct 2016
It was an amazing trip! The walk up was tough but it was well worth it. The mountain bike trip down was fantastic!
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