Updated March 3rd, 2020.
Visit the awe-inspiring Cotopaxi Volcano on a group tour from Quito!
The transport will pick you up at either Magic Bean restaurant (Mariscal Foch/Juan León Mera) or Plaza San Blas (Old Town – Caldas E1-83 y Pichincha) at around 7.00-7.15am. Once everyone is onboard the transport, there will be a breakfast stop at the Chaupi community. (Dietary requirements can be catered to, please inform the operator if necessary).
Once you arrive at the Cotopaxi National Park parking area (located at 4600 m) you will begin the hike. Please allow yourself at least 2-3 days in Quito to acclimatise before taking on this trek. We recommend you bring drinking water for the hike and progress at your own pace. After around an hour and a quarter of hiking, you will arrive at the refuge, located around 4,800 m. Here there will be the option for you to stamp your passport and purchase hot drinks before continuing the hike.
The final part of the trek will take you up to the Cotopaxi glacier at around 5,000 m. There will be some time here for photos (after all, who doesn’t want a photo of them touching a glacier?!) before you head back down to the parking area of the National Park.
This is where you will begin your bike ride! The cycling part of the day is optional so you can also get back on the minibus and follow the cyclists down if you would rather not ride yourself. High-quality equipment for the cycling is provided inclusive of the tour price. After you have finished cycling down the volcano, the group will meet by the Limpiopungo viewpoint for the final few photos of the almighty volcano.
The tour finishes with a lunch stop at the Chaupi community, where you will have the opportunity to replenish your energy! The minibus will return you to Quito around 6 pm.
Please note: No special fitness level is required to do this trip, however, you should allow yourself time to acclimatise to the high altitude.