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 (19,347 ft) of altitude is something unique on 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. Its 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 4500 meters (14,763 ft), you hike up to the Jose Rivas Refuge that is located at 4864 meters (15,958 ft). Here you have time to rest a little and 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. After lunch in a restaurant just outside the national park you will 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 (8,202 ft) for at least 2 days before doing this tour.

Included and excluded


  • Breakfast – excluded in private tour
  • Lunch
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport
  • Mountain bike and helmet – excluded in private tour
  • Permit Cotopaxi National Park

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
What to bring?

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Passport (only if you want to receive a stamp)
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Rain and windproof jacket
  • Warm clothing
  • Gloves and hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Water and snacks

Prices 2020

Shared tour
USD $55 p.p.

Private tour

Passengers Price per person Total price
1 $235 $235
2 $125 $250
3 $95 $285
4 $90 $360
5 $80 $400
6 $75 $450

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


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