Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Cotopaxi National Park
Drive south from Quito along the famed “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” If the skies are clear, you will be able to see the peaks of several volcanoes from the road.
After arriving in Cotopaxi National Park, you will start out with a short hike around the beautiful Limpiopungo Glacier Lake. This mountain lake is home to a wealth of highland waterfowl, and the local gulls, ducks, and falcons are often seen patrolling the area as well. During the walk, your guide will teach you about the park’s highland paramo ecosystem.
The bike path leads from the base of Volcan Rumiñahi, where Limpiopungo is located, across the high plain and around to the south side of Cotopaxi, then on to the Pucara Inca ruins. The ride is mostly downhill with some flats and a few short, easy climbs. As you ride across the high plain paramo, keep an eye out for native highland wildlife and take in incredible views of Cotopaxi’s massive, glaciated cone looming above. The ride ends at the Pucara Inca ruins near the park’s south entrance where you can explore the ruins and learn more about the western hemisphere’s most powerful ancient civilization and their history in Ecuador.
With your guide you'll sit down to a scenic and delicious picnic lunch in Pucara before returning to Quito in the afternoon.