Cotopaxi National Park

Departure: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (shared tour) / every day (private tour)

The Cotopaxi volcano, an almost perfect ice cone that emerges 5897 meters of altitude is something unique in the planet and one of Ecuador’s iconic attractions. The Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in Ecuador and the second tallest mountain in the country. It’s last eruption took place in August, 2015. The paramo that surrounds the area is habited by rabbits, skunks, deer and Andean weasels known as chucuris, sparrowhawks, black-chested buzzard-eagles, condors, Andean foxes and paramo wolves amongst others. This day combines an active hike and mountain bike ride with spectacular views inside the Cotopaxi National Park.

From Quito you head South to the Cotopaxi National Park. On the way, you will make a stop at a basic local restaurant for breakfast. Once inside the park, your guide will tell you about the flora and fauna that can be found here. After parking at 4500m, you hike up to the Jose Rivas Refuge that is located at 4864m. Here you are going to have a little rest so you can regain some energy with a hot chocolate or coffee. If you bring your original passport, you can let it stamped with a Cotopaxi stamp inside the refuge. You will head back to the parking place as a group. Afterwards you either go downhill mountain biking towards the Limpiopunga Lake, or you can choose to descend in the bus. Depending the day, lunch will be served in a restaurant or as a box lunch in the bus. After the tour you head back to Quito where you will arrive at the end of the afternoon.

As the weather of Cotopaxi is unpredictable, we recommend to bring warm and waterproof clothing with you. It is recommendable to be acclimatized at 2500 meters for at least 2 days before doing tour.


  • Breakfast – excluded in private tour
  • (Box) lunch
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport
  • Mountain bike & helmet – excluded in private tour
  • Permit Cotopaxi National Park

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Warm clothing
  • Gloves & hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Water & snacks

Shared tour
USD $55 p.p.

Private tour

Passengers Price per person Total price
1 $210,00 $210,00
2 $115,00 $230,00
3 $90,00 $270,00
4 $90,00 $360,00
5 $80,00 $400,00
6 $75,00 $450,00

Contact us for special group prices (more than 6 passengers).