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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.
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  • 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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Activity Level: Challenging
Requires high-intensity physical efforts that push the limits of one's fitness. May include tours with multiple days in a row of strenuous physical activity or single requiring more than 7 hours of activity. Recommended for travelers maintaining a demanding fitness level.

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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

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

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

Welcome to Hacienda El Porvenir
Hacienda El Porvenir
Hacienda El Porvenir

Hacienda El Tambo

Take in the breathtaking views from Hacienda El Tambo
Wander the grounds at Hacienda El Tambo
The main common area at Haceinda El Tambo

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Based on a Traditional Hacienda Room.

*A minimum of two travelers is required for this trip.
  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental - Standard mountain bike: Bull King Cobra model 2012
  • Gratuities
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
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  • Departure Transfer
  • Airport Departure Tax


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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.


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