Cotopaxi Hiking & Biking Volcano 1 Day

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104 reviews   (4.92)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: Quito, Quito

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Trek one of the highest active volcanoes in the world with 5897 m!

Cotopaxi National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Cotopaxi) is a protected area in Ecuador situated in the Cotopaxi, Napo and Pichincha Provinces, roughly 50 km south of Quito.  

Walking in the National Park, you will notice pumice, ash, stone and other volcanic debris amid the tiny páramos plants. On a day trip to the Cotopaxi National Park it is possible to drive as high as 4500m, then trek up a sandy scree slope to reach the snout of the glacier at 5000m.

Prepare to hike, bike and smile.  Trekking for all ages but biking must be experienced or confident with downhill biking. We have in been in operation for over 10 years.  TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Certificate of Excellence.  We are the preferred partners for G Adventures as well.

What's Included




Mountain Bike with Helmut, Kneepads, Elbowpads * This is an optional activity of approximately 30 minutes. Should be experienced / confident rider.


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What's Not Included

Additional Snacks / Beverages


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Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 1 - 75

Additional Info

  • Face masks
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitize
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Sunscreen
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Face masks
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitize
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Sunscreen
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Carpedm Adventure will be the meeting point to start the the tour,
• 7.30 am Meet at meeting point for breakfast, CarpeDM Office (Antepara and Los Ríos, Old Town sector)
• 07:45 Transfer to the Cotopaxi National Park
• 09:30 Enter Cotopaxi National Park
• 10:00 The guide will give explanation of the area, volcanoes, vegetation, animals etc.
• 10:30 4600m car park, begin hike up to the refuge
• 12:30 Reach refuge at 4.864m. return to parking lot
• 13:00 Equipment Check – Begin Bike ride back to the Limpiapungo lake
• 14:00 Arrive at Limpiapungo lake.
• 15:00 Eat lunch
• 16:00 Return to Quito

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cotopaxi National Park
Due to its perfectly symmetrical cone, covered in a thick blanket of snow and ice, the Cotopaxi is one of the tourist highlights in Ecuador and it’s most visited and climbed volcano. The Cotopaxi National Park is situated in a beautiful paramo plateau, where wild horses graze on the extensive plains at the foot of the volcano or gather to drink at the lovely Limpiopungo lagoon, which reflects the white peaks of nearby Volcan Rumiñahui and makes a great spot for watching waterfowl and other birds.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Laguna de Limpiopungo
Limpiopungo Lagoon is a beautiful lake formed by water from the glaciers. Located in Cotopaxi, Ecuador. Limpiopungo is like a mirror that reflects the Cotopaxi

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


A great adventure
656mersedehs, 25-12-2022
Our hike was amazing and our guide Alejandro was very knowledgeable, caring and helpful and made sure that everyone was safe and comfortable. It was a great experience.
Great experience and Must-do in Quito
volker594, 19-12-2022
An extraordinary day and certainly a "must-do" when you are in Quito.
Walking up was a great experience - the views to the Cotopaxi as well down are fantastic as we had very good weather.
The tour was very well organised and structured by CarpeDM starting with the punctual pick up at the pick-up point, clear announcement of the plan for the day, clear instructions on safety and behaviour rules related to the altitude and lunch at a clean and well maintained restaurant. Everything very well managed by Alejandro, who is also very knowledgeable on the volcanos of Ecuador and the Quito area.
Alejandro was also taking very well care about all group members.
The optional bike-ride down to the Laguna was also nice. We liked it too - however more experienced mountain bikers might have got higher expectations to the quality of the bikes and the challenge to the ride. But for us it was fine as it was just 7 km going down.
Abby U, 21-10-2022
Excellent tour!! The volcano was beautiful. I got a bit altitude sick, but still got to experience the mountain biking which was exhilarating! Alejandro was fun and considerate and made did everyone was having fun.
Fun adventure day out from Quito
daisysP2250PW, 19-10-2022
We booked a last minute tour for the 1-day Cotapaxi volcano tour and the tour company were so helpful getting this arranged for us at such short notice. The tour involved transportation to the volcano national park, a hike up to base camp (then optional up to 5000m), a bike ride down to a lagoon and then a 2-course lunch. Our guide, Alejandro, was very knowledgable and had fluent English. He was very enthusiastic and informative. I would recommend this to anyone who has a day in Quito and wants a bit of an adventure!
Breath taking view!
travelingbandacoot, 22-12-2022
My family did the Cotopaxi Mountain tour with our tour company and it was an outstanding experience! The mountain was gorgeous and our guide Alejandro was exceptional. From start to finish we were taken care of! I especially liked the way everyone was allowed to climb at their own pace, being our group was at varying skill levels. If you wish to see this mountain I highly recommend this tour group and Alejandro!

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