The Cotopaxi volcano, one of South America’s most-famous volcanos, is perhaps the most important point along the Avenue of the Volcanos, located just 30 miles (48.2 km) outside of Quito. On a clear day, Cotopaxi is visible from Quito. But to get a closer look, consider taking the trip to the Cotopaxi National Park, where you can admire the spectacular views of the volcano up close.
Forming part of the chain of volcanoes known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, Cotopaxi is one of Ecuador's most-active volcanoes, with 86 known eruptions. It is the second-highest summit in the country and is among the world’s highest active volcanoes, reaching a height of 19,347 feet (5,897 meters) and creating the ideal environment for one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world.