Day 1 Rumiñahui Volcano
Orr guide and transport will pick you form your hotel in Quito and drive to Hacienda El Porvenir. After a brief riding lesson, we head towards the slopes of the extinct volcano of Rumiñahui following exclusive paths, hearing local legends and tales. On the way we can see herds of wild bulls, Andean birds and wildlife, and feel the elation of the high Andean panoramas. We get close to the rocky peaks of Rumiñahui, from where 12 more volcanoes are visible on a clear day. We will also visit Chusigmachai, or the Owl Refuge, before riding back to the farm house. Dinner and overnight stay at Hacienda El Porvenir.
Day 2 Cotopaxi National Park- Hacienda El Tambo
We set off from Hacienda El Porvenir, riding towards Hacienda El Tambo, on the eastern mountain range. The ride takes 6 to 7 hours and covers roughly 43km. On the way, we visit the Pucará del Salitre, an ancient Inca fortress, feeling constantly shielded by the colossal Cotopaxi. The ride takes us through a pleasant variety of landscapes, passing by mountain rivers and small lakes. When we finally reach the farm house of El Tambo, we will be rewarded by a traditional dinner and can warm up before a real fire.
Day 3 Quilindaña Volcano
We ride over the foothills of Quilindaña, an old volcano that has been extinct for millions of years. The ride crosses the plains and slopes of this beautiful peak of 4,878m. (15,999 ft), where there are still pristine woods of native trees, like the pantza or polylepis (paper tree). We get off our horses for a while and wander through a magical world of enchanted woods, full of moss, lichen and high-altitude bromeliads. After strolling in the woods and hearing some local legends, we ride back to the farm house at Hacienda El Tambo, where a delicious dinner awaits us.
Day 4 Hacienda El Tambo – Hacienda El Porvenir
We ride out early in the morning, heading back to civilization. Following the course of the River Tambo towards the base of Cotopaxi, we take the high route used by the locals and ride towards Chirimachai. We cross the Curipugyo Canyon (“place of gold” in Quichua), where we can see clear evidence of past volcanic eruptions. On the way back to Hacienda El Porvenir, we once again cross Cotopaxi National Park, taking a spectacular, panoramic route. We reach Hacienda El Porvenir, dinner and overnight sllep at Hacienda El Porvenir.
Day 5 Pasochoa Volcano
We leave Hacienda El Porvenir on our horses towards Hacienda Santa Rita crossing El Pedregal Valley. In Santa Rita we ride off through native woods until we reach the páramo of Pasochoa. On the way, we can take in the magnificent scenery of the mountains and snow-capped peaks around us and spot local flora and fauna. Box lunch and short hike to Condor Machai waterfall. Transfer back to Quito.
Tour does not include
First class descends, riding through exclusive trails designed by mountain bikers and engineers, biking through gravel and dirt roads, make this bike trip a fantastic journey through the heart of the Andes. You will be escorted by mountain biking guides and pampered by our traditional hospitality during the the whole trip.
A programme designed for mountain lovers. This is the ideal approach for climbers wanting to scale snow-capped peaks but first acclimatize to the altitude.
Cotopaxi National Park is one of the most visited natural areas in Ecuador due to its amazing scenery, proximity to Quito and status as a national icon.
Reportaje acerca de la travesía a la cumbre del Cotopaxi
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