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

National Park of Cotopaxi Day Trip from Quito

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 scenery, see the active volcano Cotopaxi and the Limpiopungo Lagoon - all before returning back to Quito!


  • Day trip to the Cotopaxi National Park and Hacienda from Quito
  • Visit the active Cotopaxi volcano and the Limpiopungo lagoon
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Quito hotels
  • Visit a flower plantation and admire different types of roses (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

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What You Can Expect

National Park of Cotopaxi Day Trip from Quito

Cotopaxi scenery

Departing from Quito by bus, you'll travel to the Chimbacalle train station where you will board a train to Machachi. Take in beautiful scenery of Ecuador along the way. (Train operates Thursday to Sunday)

Arrive in Machachi and take a bus to the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park where you will first visit the Limpiopungo lagoon, from which, depending on the weather conditions, you can admire the environment and observe condor birds.

You'll have free time for lunch before stopping at the museum to learn about the diverse flora and fauna surrounding the park. End your tour with a short walk to admire the impressive active Cotopaxi volcano, which stands at a towering 19,000 feet (5,900 meters).

Return to Quito in the afternoon.

Note: On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on days in which the train does not operate, you will take a bus to the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park and then visit a flower plantation. Here, you'll admire the different types of roses grown and learn about the planting and growing process.

Please Note: Cotopaxi National Park is closed for sightseeing in prevention of new ash-fall from the volcano. Our operation visiting the area have been changed as follows in order to maintain a journey attractive to our passengers:

  1. Cotopaxi National Park and Hacienda tour: instead of visiting Cotopaxi National Park, we will go to Quilotoa Volcano, located a few kilometers further south. It has an impressive formation of a turquoise lagoon inside its crater, one of the most beautiful scenery you can find in Ecuador

As soon as the Cotopaxi National Park reopens access to visitors, our tours will go back as originally planned and we will implement these changes each time the volcano and ash emissions makes our visit not suitable for tourists.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

From the moment we were picked up to the moment we were dropped off, this was a magnificent trip. Well organized and led by the most enthusiastic of guides, Alfonso, we were also blessed with magnificent weather which allowed us to see Cotapaxi in all its splendor. The train ride was fun, the walk around the lake allowed for a full appreciation of the environment and the final stop at the hacienda put the icing on the cake. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide was excellent, with so much knowledge, very accommodating to everyone i.e. those who spoke Spanish and English, and just really nice. This was a great tour and I would certainly book again with this company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic walking tour of Cotopaxi with a wonderful train trip from t
He Quito railway station.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

What a perfect day to see so much- the weather was clear- the park and volcano is magnificent and our guide and driver were top notch! Lunch and tour at the Hacienda was so unique ( and delicious!). Our guide and Driver were so kind, knowledgeable and have a great sense of humor! Highly recommend - Ecuador is beautiful and so are it's lovely residents. Thank you for a unforgettable day! Donnalynn Roberts

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

A very fun day with an excellent guide! We especially enjoyed the hike on Cotopaxi, even if it was somewhat cloud covered at the time. We got luck later in the day and had a fabulous look at the entire volcano. Lunch at the hacienda was delicious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I love volcanos. Cotopaxi was covered by clouds when we arrived . As we left, the cloud line lifted and we could see the peak! WOW!!! The hacienda was amazing! You have to eat lunch there! You will be sorry if you don't! Now I want to come back and hike to the top! Thanks Juan David!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Best day of all. The National Park is beautiful, the Hacienda too, and the visit of the rose factory was also awsome. Great guide with great knowledge of everything.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Loved the trip up to Cotopaxi. It all started with a fun little train ride up into the highlands outside Quito and continued on a bus up to the base of the volcano. A National Park guide provided excellent information and commentary. Lunch at the hacienda was great with a huge menu to choose from and very friendly and helpful staff.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We drove thru some beautiful country in addition to the national park. I especially enjoyed the train ride from Quito to the park. Afterwards we had a nice, relaxing lunch with music from a local group at a beautiful hacienda.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

The weather was not cooperating, so we didn't see Cotopaxi, but later we were taken to very colorful village market and this was a highlight of the tour.
We had a great lunch lunch in hacienda. Driving in Ecuador seems very dangerous, but thanks good driver we survived and got back in one piece to the hotel.

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