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Biking Cotopaxi
A day out on the bikes
  • From $1,025 USD
    4 Days
  • When To Go

    Jan - Apr, Sep - Dec
    May - Aug
  • Passions

    Hacienda, Biking, Land
  • Activity Level

  • Trip Type

Experience the exhilarating thrill of biking Cotopaxi National Park on this 4-day active Ecuador trip. Designed for experienced and advanced bikers, this challenging and beautiful itinerary takes its bikers through Santa Rita Ecological Reserve, El Tambo Trail, The Road of the Lahars, and down Cotopaxi Volcano, itself.

Day 1

Quito / Pedregal and Santa Rita Ecological Reserve

Leave Quito around 7:30 AM and transfer to Hacienda El Porvenir. Leave your luggage at the hacienda and get your bike! The first 2.5 miles take place on gravel and dirt roads all the way to the north entrance of Cotopaxi National Park, and from there, a beautiful downhill ride takes you to Santa Rita. Enjoy the mountain biking trails which take you to the heart of the Reserve for lunch. In the afternoon, hike to the Condor Machai waterfall. Transfer by vehicle or bike back to Hacienda El Porvenir just in time for dinner, and settle in to your room to rest up after your first day of biking adventure. Riding Time: approximately 4.5 hours full loop.

Day 2

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

East Route and El Tambo Trail

In the morning, enjoy breakfast before crossing the eastern road of Cotopaxi National Park. Visit several sites along the way, such as Inca ruins, fresh water springs, and Andean lakes. Arrive at El Tambo, an eleven (11) mile trail which is open exclusively to bikers. This trail offers some of the best views of the area. Enjoy a boxed lunch and continue to explore the area before arriving at El Tambo Hacienda House. Enjoy a drink while sitting next to a crackling fireplace, then attend a delicious BBQ dinner.

Day 3

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Road of the Lahars

Enjoy breakfast before leaving El Tambo and transfer out for the day's ride. The first 12.5 miles of your ride feature a slight incline and several short climbing portions. Reach El Encanonado, where there is a downhill section. Enjoy a boxed lunch, then journey to the higher road of El Canal, which is a flat road following a water canal. Pass by Limpiopungo Lake and bike to Hacienda El Porvenir. Catch some drinks at El Porvenir before enjoying dinner at the hacienda. Riding time: Approximately 7 hours

Day 4

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Cotopaxi Downhill / Quito

Enjoy breakfast at the hacienda before leaving by vehicle for Cotopaxi National Park. Reach the parking lot on Cotopaxi Volcano and begin your descent down the volcano into the valley. The route depends on the technical level of the riders: You can bike downhill several different times through different routes, or you can stay on the same trail. Enjoy a packed lunch at Limpiopungo Gate and, in the afternoon, return by bike or take a vehicle back to Hacienda El Porvenir. Return your bicycle, and transfer back to Quito.

Tour Cost
Total Cost (USD)


Based on a Traditional Hacienda Room. For aDouble Suite add $75/person.

*A minimum of two travelers is required for this trip.


  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Lodge
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Standard mountain bike: Bull King Cobra model 2012


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $40 Meals not Included
  • $55 Airport Departure Tax
  • $10 Park Entrance Fee
  • $360 Specialty Bike Frame
    • You can also hire an Ibis Mojo carbon frame, full suspension 140 mm, hydraulic disc brakes