Volcano Multisport Adventure Trip Highlights

  • Zoom down Cotopaxi Volcano on mountain bike
  • Hike off-the-beaten path on Antisana Volcano and learn to ice-trek on the volcanoes glacier
  • Stay at a cozy hacienda situated on the vastness of Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Explore small towns and villages and the chagra culture characteristic of the region
  • Enjoy time to explore Quito’s historic Old Town

Itinerary Overview

For the active and adventurous looking to squeeze in some mainland Ecuador adventure pre- or post-Galapagos, or to simply use as part of a longer Ecuador trip, this is your ticket. Mountain biking and ice hiking help you be a part of volcano country and gets closer to the regions cultures and traditions.

Ecuador Multisport Adventure

DAY 1 Quito

After arriving internationally or from the Galapagos explore Quito’s historic old quarter.

DAY 2  Cotopaxi Mountain Biking

Mountain bike ride to Incan ruins Pucara de Salitre and atop Cotopaxi Volcano. Enjoy a traditional meal at a hacienda and get to know Ecuadorian cowboys and their lifestyle before zooming down the volcano by bike to Machachi village. Visit a saddle and leather shops before returning to the hacienda for the night.

*Optional horseback riding in the morning

DAY 3 Volcano Hiking

Start hiking at the base of off-the-beaten-path Antisani Volcano. After arriving to the tree line, continue to the edge of a glacier. After being fitted for crampons, ice axes, and being roped up, enjoy some introductory ice hiking atop the glacier. Return to Quito in time for evening international departing flights.

Is It For Me?

A more active approach to Ecuador’s countryside and ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ region, this Ecuador adventure tour is ideal as an active family trip, or for active couples travel. Can be used as a pre- or post-Galapagos adventure or as part of a more complete mainland Ecuador adventure trip.

Knowmad has vast knowledge and operations in Ecuador; this is a private trip and we are happy to modify excursions, accommodations, and the flow of the itinerary to perfectly suit your travel style and interests.

Have questions? Talk to an expert: 612-315-2894

Important Info

Ice Climbing


Listed prices are approximations. All Knowmad trips are custom and exact pricing is provided in your trip proposal.

  • From $1,100 per person / 2 travelers

TYPE Flexible Date Private Departures

MODERATE TO VIGOROUS TRIP Activities include biking, hiking, ice-walking, cultural opportunities, history, train shopping, wildlife viewing.

DEPARTURES Year round; can be set up to match your dates

LENGTH 3 days – 2 nights comfortable hacienda hotel

BEGIN / END Quito, Ecuador

Air Travel

International Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. You may arrange your international airfare independently, or we are happy to offer our feedback and assistance in helping you book it.

What's Next?

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Signing up is easy. Call us at 612-315-2894 or email [email protected] and reserve your spot. Or simply download our registration form, fill it out, and send it back to us along with your trip deposit. Please refer to registration form for terms & conditions.

Weather & When to Go to Ecuador

Weather in Ecuador

Prior to your departure, you are provided a detailed pre-trip information packet including a recommended pack list, information about the regions you’ll be visiting, suggested readings, up-to-date health information including any recommended vaccinations and more.


Our trips feature comfortable accommodations that complement their surroundings. We seek out intimacy and character, but never sacrifice cleanliness and security. We also find the best value for quality. In general, our physically moderate to vigorous trips feature hotels classified as 3+ to 4 stars, while less physically demanding trips feature 4+ to 5 star hotels.

As South American travel specialists, we’re experts and have inspected hundreds of properties. Knowmad is happy to suggest upgrades and alternative hotels based on your preferences to ensure your trip is perfect for you. Photos below are from this itinerary’s preferred accommodations. For more specifics, call or write to request more info.

Ecuador Luxury Hotels

Accommodations featured in this itinerary are the following:

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

Upon your arrival to the Quito airport you will be met by a Knowmad Adventures representative and transferred in to Quito where you will check in to the very charming boutique-style Café Cultura Hotel. Enjoy the afternoon exploring Quito’s old town (now a UNESCO World Heritage Monument collectively) and it’s incredible colonial architecture on your own (if you prefer a guided exploration with transport this can be arranged as well).

  • No meals – Café Cultura

Day 2 Cotopaxi Mountain Biking

Enjoy a filling breakfast at your hotel before being picked up by your guide. Heading out by van you’ll leave the city and climb into the Ecuadorian countryside and into the famed Avenida de los Volcanes, Ecuador’s volcano country. Enjoy a nice warm up ride to the Incan ruins Pucuara de Salitre. After exploring the ruins climb back on your bikes and ride on to Hacienda El Porvenir on the Cotopaxi Volcano. Enjoy a delicious traditional meal while meeting some chagras (Ecuadorian cowboys) and learning about their traditions.

After lunch it’s all downhill as you zip down the volcano to the town of Machachi where you’ll still see chagras on horseback in the town’s streets. Visit a saddle making and other shops in the town known for its leather craftsmen before heading back by van to the hacienda and its sweeping volcano vistas for the evening.

  • B, L – Hacienda El Porvenir

Day 3 Volcano Hiking

Departing Cotopaxi by van you will head to the much lesser known and visited Volcano Antisani. Antisani is home to abundant birdlife as well as a total sense of vast and remote. Hiking up a gentle but steady grade you will emerge at the tree line and continue on for another hour or so reach the edge of a glacier that spills down the volcano. Awaiting you will be an additional guide specialized in ice hiking and the necessary gear. You will be given an introduction to equipment, technique, and safety before gearing up with crampons, ice axes, and ropes. Your guide will lead you on an exciting and surreal walk atop the glacier; an exciting and unique way to be a part of the volcano and Ecuador’s diverse landscapes.

After the excursion you will be taken back to Quito in the afternoon. This itinerary works well as an extension to time in the Galapagos and aligns with evening international departing flights. It can also be shuffled to be a great adventure prior to the Galapagos.

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Extend Your Adventure


After a thorough exploration of mainland Ecuador, fly west to the Pacific for a Galapagos adventure cruise. 

Machu Picchu

This incredibly vast archaeological site – lost to the world until well into the twentieth century – is perched amidst Andean peaks and lush cloud forest making it as breathtaking as it is intriguing. Arrive by train or by a day’s hike on the Inca Trail. 

Let The Journey Begin

Let the Journey Begin - Knowmad Adventures

Planning a trip to South America might seem a little overwhelming at first. Knowmad offers door-to-door trip planning: first, we listen, and then we help you navigate the seasonal differences and itinerary options, resulting in a holistic, seamless, and custom-crafted experience, all at a guaranteed best value.

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