This tour takes you to the edge of Cotopaxi´s Glacier with a descent to the peaceful Limpiopungo Lagoon; to continue your journey you will pedal around the impressive Quilotoa Lagoon with the snow-covered mountain peaks and later arrive at Mindo Cloud Forest where you will descend from a wonderful cloud forest through the enormous canyon. We provide the transportation and expertise necessary for each activity.
As this tour goes to a height of 4,810 m (15,780 ft) you must be prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend acclimatizing at least two days before.
You have the choice between a Rockhopper Comp 29”, Rockhopper Pro Evo 29”, and the specially designed for women Jett 29”.
As one of the highest active snow-capped volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi’s (5,897 m/19,347 ft) symmetric cone rises from a vast plain that is home to llamas, condors, and herds of wild horses. Cotopaxi National Park tour is an exciting day that begins with spectacular views of the unique Andean landscape in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Inside the national park, we hike up to the refuge, which is situated at 4,810 m (15,780 ft) on the Cotopaxi snowline.
Depending on conditions we will then hike up to 5,000 m (16,404 ft) where it can be possible to see the glacier.
We will then have a short safety briefing before our descent on mountain bikes! There are two sections to mountain biking, the first of which we recommend to experienced riders. The journey finishes at the beautiful lagoon at the base of Cotopaxi.
The Quilotoa Lagoon is an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater at a height of 3,800 m (12,467 ft). This tour displays a beautiful view of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands. You start with an exciting drive around the lagoon, continue with the visit to the Shalala community and be back for lunch in Quilotoa. After that, you will start your descent to the Chugchilan on amazing indigenous community roads with sheep and llamas.
Pick up: 06h45, Restaurant Q Plaza Foch
The Nono – Mindo trail is very popular for both bird lovers and adventurous types since it combines both of these in one program. We’ll descend from a wonderful cloud forest through the enormous Tandayapa canyon. The tour itself starts at Nono where we will challenge your suspension as we encounter a cobblestone road. After that, enjoy 25 km (15 miles) of downhill biking to give you enough strength for the next 10 km (6 miles) ascent at Bellavista. There will always be a support vehicle behind you, in case you feel the need to take a break. After working hard to reach the final slope you’ll have the last descent arriving at the Calacali Road where we continue for another 1,5 km (0,9 miles) until we reach Mindo.
Important: For the use of bicycles, you will be kindly asked in PapaGayo to sign a document that you accept responsibility for the good use of the bicycle and asked to let an identity document that will be given back after the tour. Thanks for your understanding.
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