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Cotobikes is an exciting day tour 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. We will then have a short safety briefing before our descent on mountain bikes! The trail can be divided in two sections of which the first one is more difficult. Thus we recommend it to more experienced riders. The journey finishes at the beautiful lagoon at the base of Cotopaxi. This tour goes to a height of 4,810m, therefore it is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000m.
08:00 Breakfast in PapaGayo, pick up bikes and leave towards Cotopaxi
09:30 Enter Cotopaxi National Park
10:00 Explanations of the area, volcanoes, animals, etc
11:15 Arrival at 4,500m, and begin hike up to “Jose Rivas” refuge.
12:15 Reach refuge at 4,810m. Rest & enjoy the view
12:30 Return to parking lot, check equipment and bikes, short briefing and start of descent.
14:45 Arrival at Laguna Limpiopungo by bike. After short rest depart Cotopaxi National Park
15:30 Lunch at PapaGayo (Staying the night in Hosteria PapaGayo is optional)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: $50 per person
Availability: Daily, prior reservation (2 days in advance)