Cotopaxi MTB Challenge is a 5 day program is designed to help you acclimatize in high altitude doing endurance activities such as hiking, 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 preventing you from suffering of the negative effects of high altitude such as altitude illness, HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema) and HACE (high altitude cerebral edema).
Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the Hostería PapaGayo. Having arrived there 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 till 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).
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 PapaGao 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 local operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience Unlimited Adventures like climbing to the closest point on earth to the sun in the Chimborazo Volcano or travel along the deepest landscapes in the Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.