Cotopaxi Volcano Biking Adventure – 1 Day


Guest on a mountain bike adventure in Cotopaxi's National Park.

Don’t miss the biking adventure at this wonderful location.

Effort: Moderate to challenging. No experience necessary
Activities Mountain biking, wildlife observation, nature viewing
The Cotopaxi National Park is a 36,000 hectare nature and wildlife sanctuary established around the highest active volcano in the world. Our journey starts with a short walk around Limpiopungo Glacier Lake, followed by a scenic ride under the shadow of Cotopaxi’s imposing cone. We ride along the highland plateau in search of wildlife and explore the Pucara Inca ruins.

Trip highlights

  • Ride through stunning scenery alongside the highest active volcano in the world
  • Search for wildlife in an endemic highland paramo ecosystem
  • Learn about the Inca presence in Ecuador as you explore the Pucara ruins
  • Support vehicle, high-quality mountain bikes and safety equipment
he view of Cotopaxi volcano from the national park.

The impressive view of Cotopaxi volcano from the national park.


We begin our journey driving south from Quito through the famed “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” If the skies are clear, we will be able to see the peaks of several volcanoes from the road. Once we arrive in Cotopaxi National Park, we start out with a short hike around Limpiopungo Glacier Lake. This mountain lake is home to a wealth of highland waterfowl, and we observe the local gulls, ducks, and falcons while learning about the park’s highland paramo ecosystem. We then begin an amazing ride through the park. Our path will take us from the base of Volcan Rumiñahui, where Limpiopungo is located, across the high plain and around to the south side of Cotopaxi, then on to the Pucara Inca ruins. The ride is mostly downhill with some flats and a few short, easy climbs. As we ride across the high plain paramo, we keep an eye out for native highland wildlife and take in incredible views of Cotopaxi’s massive, glaciated cone looming above us. Our ride ends at the Pucara Inca ruins near the park’s south entrance. Here we explore the ruins and learn more about the western hemisphere’s most powerful ancient civilization and their history in Ecuador. We sit down to a scenic and delicious picnic lunch in Pucara before returning to Quito in the afternoon.


  • Private ground transportation
  • Bilingual adventure guide
  • Nutritious picnic lunch and snacks
  • High-quality mountain bikes
  • Protective equipment

Important Information

Travel time: Two hours each way
Riding time: Three hours
Season: Year-round
Altitude: 3,600 to 3,900 metres (11,800 to 12,800 feet)
Suggested items to pack: Rain shell, warm layered clothing, sunblock, cycling clothes