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  • Address: Cotopaxi
  • Admission: Entrance fee: US$10, Camping fee: US$5 - US$10


Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi National Park (also known as Cotopaxi Volcano National Park) lies 53 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Quito and is the second most visited (and second biggest) National Park in Ecuador.

Cotopaxi National Park's main attraction is its still active volcano, which stands at a towering 19,000 feet (5,900 meters) above sea level, dwarfing the surrounding valleys, rivers and lagoons.

Referred to by the Incas as the 'Neck of the Moon,' the volcano has had over a dozen recorded eruptions, making it the most volatile volcano in South America. That doesn't deter the many climbers who attempt to climb it each year, however. It last exploded in 1877.

Practical Info

The Cotopaxi National Park is 53 km (31 mi) southeast of Quito. Most people visit the area on a tour, which often includes a gentle hike and lunch at a hacienda and can work out cheaper than arranging to get there under your own steam. You will be required to pay a small fee on entering the National Park.

Only experienced climbers should attempt the more challenging hikes, especially the volcano.

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9-Night Galapagos Tour from Quito: San Cristobal, Isabela, Florena and Santa Cruz Island

Come face to face with a dizzying array of wildlife on this nine-night tour to the Galapagos Islands, including San Cristobal, Isabela, Floreana and Santa ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $3,334.99

National Park of Cotopaxi Day Trip from Quito

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Get the best of all worlds and combine history, nature and shopping on a full day guided tour from Quito. You'll ride on a train and witness spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

7-Day Private Tour: Quito, Cotopaxi and Surroundings

Enjoy a 7-day private tour in which you will explore Quito and visit its surroundings including Otavalo, the Middle of the World Monument, Quilotoa Lagoon, ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $832.00

2-Day Andes Tour from Quito with Avenue of the Volcanoes Train Ride

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Experience the incredible landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes on this 2-day guided coach tour through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, south of Quito. The mountain ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $412.99

Cotopaxi Volcano Excursion from Quito

Enjoy a day trip to Cotopaxi Volcano located in Cotopaxi National Park. Departing from Quito, you will admire the beautiful Andes mountain range and enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.50

Antisana and Quilotoa Overnight Tour from Quito

Enjoy an overnight tour to visit Antisana and Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito. Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and admire the Ecuadorian highlands. Head to ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $304.00

Cotopaxi Horseback Riding Tour from Quito

Enjoy a day tour from Quito in which you will get to go horseback riding in the Andes. You will drive to a ranch located one hour south of Quito and surrounded ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00

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