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Cotopaxi Volcano
The Cotopaxi Volcano, one of South America’s most famous peaks and Ecuador’s most active volcano, is perhaps the most recognizable landmark along Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes. On a clear day, you can see the snow-capped cone all the way from Quito, but a closer exploration requires a trip to Cotopaxi National Park.
 
The Basics
Cotopaxi, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, summits at 19,347 feet (5,897 meters), making it one of the world’s highest active volcanoes and one of the most popular climbing sites in South America.
 
While summiting the peak is a major draw, it’s also possible to enjoy the park and its volcano views on a less strenuous day trip from Quito. These tours might include a visit to the Cotopaxi Glacier, a short hike through Limpiopungo Valley, or even the chance to cycle down the volcano on a mountain bike.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cotopaxi Volcano is a must-visit for adventure travelers, outdoors enthusiasts, and photographers.
  • Dress in layers, as the temperature can vary widely within the national park.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Be sure to bring sun protection, water, and snacks; there are no shops or other major services within the park.
 
How to Get There
No public buses run to the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park, so the best way to get there is to drive or join a guided tour. Some buses do drop passengers off along the highway about a 30-minute drive from the national park parking area.
 
When to Get There
The best time to visit the volcano is during the dry season, from mid-July to early October. The peak looks its best in the light of the early morning or late evening, so consider staying overnight in the area.
 
Climbing Cotopaxi
Alexander von Humboldt was the first European to attempt to climb Cotopaxi in 1802, though he didn’t make it all the way to the top. Today, climbers come from around the world to reach the summit. The hike is only appropriate for serious hikers with experience trekking at high altitudes. If you’re planning to climb, spend a few days in Quito acclimatizing to the altitude first and consider enlisting the help of a climbing guide.
Address: Cotopaxi, Ecuador
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Horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park

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Cotopaxi full day tour from Quito with breakfast and lunch

Swap the city for Cotopaxi National Park, home to the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, on a full-day tour from Quito. Designed for nature lovers short on time, this excursion covers the Limpiopungo Lagoon, home to 24 species of bird; the Agua Longo Gully and Stone Valley; and the Centro de Interpretación Mariscal Sucre, an educational information center. Lunch is included.
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Private Cotopaxi National Park Tour from Quito

The Cotopaxi National Park is a popular day trip destination from Quito and visiting on a private tour means you can explore at your own pace. This full-day tour is tailor-made for you, so you can enjoy spectacular views of Cotopaxi Volcano, hike around Limpiopungo Lake, or tuck into a typical Ecuadorian lunch at a mountain lodge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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We pick you up in the comfort of your hotel, in this tour you will discover the Cotopaxi Volcano as main attraction, in the park sometimes is mandatory a local guide (40 usd extra cost).Here there is also a museum Mariscal Sucre where and a short hike we you can learn about fauna and flora species of this ecosystem.In the National Park you can hike to the refuge José Rivas 4.864 masl. ( 15.958 feet ) Here inside the refuge you can have a snack or hot chocolate ( 2 usd approx.) to recover energies. Remember our guide will be with you in all the moment, this trekking takes 1 hour to 1 hour and a half.After the visit to the refuge, you will visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon under the Rumiñahui volcano, here you will find a flat path around the lagoon where you can observe some birds, and other volcanos like Sincholawa.It is recommendable that you bring with you some snacks, it is a full day inside the park.
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Experience the best of the Andean landscape on a 2-day group tour. The extensive itinerary is a guaranteed hit with enthusiastic hikers. Start with a guided trek through Cotopaxi National Park, with additional hikes at Laguna de Limpiopungo and the volcano. Soak in the summer camp atmosphere with a restful night in a shared dormitory at a cozy hacienda. Day two continues with Laguna Quilotoa, Mirador Shalala, and more.
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Visit Cotopaxi National Park on this all-day guided tour from Quito. Known for the snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano and impressive Limpiopungo Lake, the protected forested area is home to several arboreal species, including pine, cypress, spruce, and ash trees. The tour includes stops at the interpretation center and the lake, and a hike up the 19,347-foot-high (5,897-meter) volcano. The park is also dedicated to protecting llama and other animals such as bears, wolves, puma, and deer.
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