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 to 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 it is important that you are 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 especially designed for women the Jett 29”.
As one of the highest active snow-capped volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi’s (5,897m) symmetric cone rises up 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 4,810m on the Cotopaxi snowline.
Depending on conditions we will then hike up to 5,000m 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 the 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 the height of 3,800m. 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 of 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 sheeps and llamas.
Pick up: 06h45, Restaurant Q Plaza Foch
The Nono – Mindo trail is very popular for both bird lovers and for 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 25km of downhill biking to give you enough strength for the next 10km 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 on for another 1.5km 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 of 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.
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.