Mountain Biking Cotopaxi - Volcano National Park, daily, private
Soar with the condors, bike with the pumas. This moderate to challenging adventure takes place at the foothill of the majestic snow-capped active volcano Cotopaxi. Cycling will start at the Limpiopungo lake exploring the park from north to south through highland plateaus.
Cotopaxi National Park is covered by a dense pine forest that is now home to deer and the endangered Andean Puma. The Andean Hillstar, a small hummingbird is one of the unique bird species that lives in this region along with the majestic Andean Condor, the largest flying bird in the world. Discover many other species that make this a rich fauna area. Besides the imposing Cotopaxi Volcano, the National Park is filled with serenely beautiful paramo, landscapes and lakes.
Depart from Quito to the Cotopaxi National Park up through Pedregal to the northern entrance. Explore the park from north to south crossing through Highland plateaus, beautiful Limpiopungo Lake and observing unique vegetation and fauna amidst stunning volcanic scenery. Start cycling on sandy, volcanic trails to the lower section to the foothills of the Rumiñahui Volcano. Transportation team will provide support throughout the day. Exit the park through the valley that leads to Lasso.
- Private transportation and vehicle support from Quito.
- Bilingual MTB guide.
- Lunch and refreshment.
- KHS TREK mountain bikes with front suspension (RST), 21 speed shimano components.
- Helmets and gloves
- Cotopaxi National Park entrance fee $10 High Season and $7 Low Season.
- Travel Time: 3 hours round trip
- Riding Time: 2-4 hours, depending on physical condition
- Season: Year-round
- Level: Moderate to Challenging
- Altitude: 9,840 to 12,120 feet above sea level (3,000 to 4,000 meters)
- Average Temperature: Day 46-68° F/8-20 ºC
Some specials Highlights
Located on the Andes mountains, in central Ecuador, Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world. Cotopaxi which means "neck of the moon", rises from a valley about 2,750 meters (9,000 feet) above sea level to a height of 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level. The width of its crater from west to east has been estimated at more than 500 meters (1,650 feet) and the width from north to south at about 700meters (2,300 feet). The perfectly formed snow-covered cone of Cotopaxi is 1,341 meters (4,400 feet.) high.
Surrounding Cotopaxi Volcano is the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 36,000 hectares (88,920 acres), especially attractive for nature lovers, with the treeless vegetation of the Andean moorlands or paramo. You may see herds of llamas and perhaps deer, rabbits, frogs and lizards. Bird life includes the Andean gull, ducks, several species of hummingbirds and with some luck, the condor.
The first recorded eruption of the volcano was in 1534, at the time of the Spanish conquest, frightening both conquered and conquistadors alike. The last major eruption was in 1877.
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Adventure tours at Ecuador
If you have a zest for life, a yen for adventure, a taste for the unseen and an eye for color and beauty, Ecuador will instantly enchant you. Because of its location on the Equator and the Andes mountain ranges, Ecuador has no real seasons and it receives the most amount of sunlight in the planet. Ecuador's unique climate allows for year-round operation of outdoor adventure programs.
Ecuador's largest ecotourism operator, Metropolitan Touring, offers Active Travel Adventures to explore "off the beaten path" of Ecuador's many natural wonders. Under the expert supervision of experienced guides you visit remote and unspoiled places. Our policy is conservation of nature, as well as of the traditional cultures. Our programs are respectful of the environment, its inhabitants, their traditions and way of life. We wish to provide our guests with out-of-the-ordinary experiences, with an understanding of the region and an unforgettable vacation.
Trek and Hike through National Parks and Reserves, large Haciendas and Indian communities. Treks descend from the Highlands to the sub-tropical Cloud Forest, along amazing gorge trails and the awe-inspiring Avenue of the Volcanoes. Camp will be set up each night with freshly prepared meals and deluxe camping equipment. Few experiences compare with biking along secondary roads of the serene Andes Highlands. By Bike, enjoy a close contact with nature and genuine interactions with the local people.
Overnights are spent at historical Haciendas, cozy inns or camping in tents under the magical skies of the Southern Hemisphere. The impressive flanks of the Andean range are the origin of spectacular rivers and canyons that empty into the Amazon Basin and Coastal regions. Adventurous spirits will enjoy Rafting and Kayaking with the opportunity to paddle the crater-lake of Cuicocha and exceptional tropical white water. Programs are available with various degrees of difficulty to suit every skill level.