This 8 day program is designed to help you acclimatize in high altitude doing endurance activities such as hiking, mountain biking and mountain climbing in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”.
You will be provided with the best equipment, guides and food to help you reach the perfect condition for competing in the heights of the Ecuadorean Andes, and also preventing you from suffering of the negative effects of high altitude such as altitude illness.
Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi.
This day you will recieve a mechanic and bicycle maintenance training.
A sumptuous breakfast will be served bright and early in preparation for your first climb. After that we will depart by car to the base of Pasochoa. We start climbing to reach the first summit. After a short break we keep going untill we reach the last summit. A packed lunch will be served there to keep our energy up. Having returned to PapaGayo you will be rewarded with a delicious power dinner (carbs – proteins – vitamins – minerals – fats).
A tasty breakfast of your choice will be served bright and early in preparation for your day! Then we will depart by bike up to the town of Panzaleo where we will begin our ascension to Rumiñahui South improving you breathing. On the way we will stop for an energy-boosting lunch. With our energy levels up we will reach the highpass and go on towards Cotopaxi to reach the meeting point at the Lagoon. From there we will return to PapaGayo, where you will be rewarded with a delicious power dinner (carbs – proteins – vitamins – minerals – fats).
A energy-boosting breakfast will be served bright and early in preparation for your extreme day! We will depart hiking from Papagayo to the base of Corazon Volcano. From there we will begin our ascent hiking fast to make our muscles strive! On the way to the summit we will stop for a tasty lunch that helps us mantain our energy levels high. Having reached the summit we will return to PapaGayo where you will be rewarded with a delicious power dinner (carbs – proteins – vitamins – minerals – fats).
After a delicious breakfast we leave the Hostería for the Cotopaxi National Park. Having arrived there we begin biking uphill on the road to the parking lot (4.500m; 14763ft). There we will change for warm clothes and begin the hike up to the Jose Rivas refuge (4.810m, 15780ft). After a short break we will then hike to the glaciers (5.000m, 16404 ft), walk on the snow and return to the parking lot for power lunch. Having restored our enery for the rest of the day we will grab the bikes, check the equipment and begin the ascent after a short briefing. Upon returning to PapaGayo you will be rewarded with a delcious power dinner (carbs – proteins – vitamins – minerals – fats).
This day is for hydratng and resting. In the morning you will recieve some more tips for your bike maintenance while in the afternoon you will recive altitude racing tips and you can participate in a yoga class.
A sumptuous breakfast of your choice will be served bright and early in preparation for the RACE! After filling up your energy levels you will be transfered from Papagayo to the race starting point at Cotopaxi National Park.
If desired you can stay at the Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi after the race (not included).
Please note: In case of problems or difficulties during the days of trekking, we can provide help through cars, bikes or horses.
Necessary Equipment (not included):
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.