Cotopaxi Volcano hike to the Glacier and Mountain Biking

1 Day Tour

CotopaxiCotopaxi National Park tour is an exiting day which begins with spectacular views of the Andean landscape in the Avenue of the Volcanoes on your way to Cotopaxi volcano. Once inside the National Park your shuttle van will take you through more stunning scenary as you go up the mountains to the parking area. From the parking area you will hike up to the refuge (the lodge which is being built) which is located at an elevation of 4800 m / 15,748 ft. Cotopaxi refuge

You will have time to rest here at the refuge. Then you will continue with the 2nd part of the hike up the volcano. The 2nd part of the hike will take you up to where the glaciers begin to melt and turn to ice water running down the volcano. This happens at an altitude of 5000 m / 16,404 ft. This a great place for photos on the glacier the view looking down. From the parking location to the glacier takes about 2 hour of hiking. It is also about the going down the volcano to parking area for a round trip of approximately 4 hours.

Cotopaxi BicyclingOn the return trek down, you will continue down to the parking area. At this point you will have the opportunity to ride a mountain bike down the step road for miles finally reaching the Limpiopungo Lagoon. The shuttle van will meet you at the lagoon. The van will take you to the Chuquiragua Lodge for a well deserved lunch late lunch. Then you will take the shuttle van back to Quito.


*The weather of Cotopaxi is unpredictable so we recommend bringing warm clothing with you.


Itinerary:Chuquiragua Lodge

  • Pick up at 07:00 am in Quito .
  • Travel to Cotopaxi National Park – Arrival.
  • Visit to Interpretation Center “Mariscal Sucre” to learn about flora and fauna.
  • Arrival to parking lot and start hiking to Jose Rivas refuge (4800 m / 15,748 ft.).
  • Rest and continue hiking to the glacier's edge (5000 m / 16,404 ft.).
  • Hike back down to the refuge.
  • After a short rest, hike down to the parking area.
  • Short briefing regarding bicycling down hill.
  • Down hilling to Limpiopungo Lagoon.
  • Lunch at Chuquiragua Lodge (It is possible to stay at the Chuquiragua Lodge).
  • Return to Quito.
  • Entire trip will take between 7-12 hours


  • Transportation Quito – Cotopaxi - Quito
  • Breakfast
  • Bilingual Guide (English and Spanish)
  • Complete Lunch
  • Bicycles + helmet


  • Extras
  • Snacks, Water, other drinks
  • Tips
  • Cold Weather Clothing (possible rental)


  • Long Sleeve
  • Sweater or Sweatshirt
  • Water/Wind proof jacket
  • Inner pants / warm pants
  • Trekking pants
    • (Winter Coats and Cold Weather Pants are available as rentals.)
  • Trekking shoes / sports shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Small backpack
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Camera

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 * All days trips are from Quito. If you are located someplace else please let us know.