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Biking the terrain near the base of Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi Mountain Biking

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The foothills surrounding Cotopaxi National Park provide a thrilling ride for experienced and advanced bikers. Stay at classic haciendas each night and spend your days pedaling. Visit Santa Rita Ecological Reserve and hike to the Condor Machai waterfall. Take the El Tambo trail past Inca ruins and Andean Lakes. Round out your trip with a thrilling downhill track on the slopes of Cotopaxi itself.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Quito / Pedregal and Santa Rita Ecological Reserve
Day 2 : East Route and El Tambo Trail
Day 3 : The Road of the Lahars
Day 4 : Cotopaxi Downhill / Quito


  • Ride the eleven mile El Tambo bike trail past Inca sites and Andean lakes
  • Ride to Santa Rita Ecological Reserve and hike the Condor Machai waterfall
  • Spend each night in a classic hacienda on the slopes of Cotopaxi

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Trip Type

  • Independent

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Trip Snapshots

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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 East Route and El Tambo Trail

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 The Road of the Lahars

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Cotopaxi Downhill / Quito

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
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.

Hacienda El Porvenir

Hacienda El Tambo

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Based on a Traditional Hacienda Room.

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


  • 9 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental - Standard mountain bike: Bull King Cobra model 2012
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed


  • Meals not Included
  • International Flights
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Specialty Bike Frame - You can also hire an Ibis Mojo carbon frame, full suspension 140 mm, hydraulic disc brakes
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
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