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Cotopaxi Full-Day from Quito including entrances

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From $85.00

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Cotopaxi Volcano is the centerpiece of Cotopaxi National Park. At more than 19,000 feet (nearly 6,000 meters), its snowy peak dominates the landscape of the park. During this full-day tour from Quito, travelers experience the volcano from many vantage points. Explore a lagoon favored by water birds, learn more about the area at an interpretive center, and hike up the flanks of Cotopaxi Volcano to a recently-renovated climbers' refuge to experience this active volcano up close.
  • Enjoy outdoor adventure close to the city
  • Hassle-free exploration of a popular national park
  • Gain insights with an English-speaking guide
  • Convenient private transportation including hotel pickup and drop-off
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What's Included

  • Tourist transport
  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • All entrances
  • Details not specified
  • Tips
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Quito Tour Bus / Bulevar Naciones Unidas
    Naciones Unidas Ave, Quito 170506, Ecuador

Pickup points

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Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

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What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Just be mindful that it can get cold/windy, so pack extra layers of clothing with you.
hike to José Ribas mountain refuge on 4868 m. Breathing on that height not easy but the amazing views are well worth the effort.
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Great experience at Cotopaxi
Ally_R, Feb 2023
Our guide and driver were both awesome! We enjoyed a very windy / snowy hike at Cotopaxi and our guide made sure we were comfortable and breathing(!) the whole way! Despite, the whole experience being out of our comfort zone, it did not feel that way. We had a great hike and a delicious lunch!
One day in Quito spent to the fullest!
Irina_Y, Feb 2023
Overall experience was fantastic! Pick up from the hotel on time! our guide Mauro(I’m sorry if I have the wrong name) was knowledgeable and friendly. We really liked him! But I was surprised how challenging it was of a hike at a higher altitude. I’m not experienced hiker or climber so I was very proud of myself for making it to the base camp! Launch stop was great too! Beautiful restaurant where we could take more pictures of the Cotopaxi volcano. Food was really good!
Amazing trip!
Audrey_W, Feb 2023
We had a great time and really enjoyed the company of our guide Alejandro. His English was fantastic and even though the weather was not the best we were able to do the hike and saw some incredible scenery!
Cotopaxi was very cold so...
SooJi_J, Jan 2023
Cotopaxi was very cold so dress appropriately. It was very foggy so couldn’t see much. Irene was a great tour guide and very funny. Lunch was quite late (around 330/4) so be prepared with snacks.
1 traveler found this review helpful
very good tour guides!...
KwunLan_W, Jan 2023
very good tour guides! super caring, responsible and easy-going. A lot better than I expected. Love their songs and dance, and the information they gave us.
Veronica_S, Jan 2023
Great tour. Everything went as planned. My daughter (18) and myself (63) made it up to the climbing base camp. So worth it. The guides stayed with us the whole time which was encouraging.
Endurance, adventure
Kristen_G, Dec 2022
Irene was excellent! A full day trip that will test your physical endurance but worth the spectacular views. If you're up for an adventure this is the trip to do while you're in Quito. Delicious lunch on the return trip that is very affordable. Please pack plenty of water, wear layers, have a good breakfast beforehand, and take advantage of each restroom available (scarce availability in the park itself). Thank you again for the memories!
Cotopaxi hike
Cindy_E, Nov 2022
Jacqui and Alex took great care of us- the hike was fabulous! I would sign up with them again! Jacqui was knowledgeable about the area and all of the other volcanoes and history of the area.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Guide and driver were...
Erin_G, Oct 2022
Guide and driver were great! Would recommend for anyone who is in good physical condition, and prepared with proper gear.
Wonderful tour
Brandon_L, Sep 2022
The tour picked us up at the selected location. You do have to pay for breakfast and dinner, but there are stops for those meals. The hike up Cotapaxi is very difficult and steep, but the views are worth it. Our guide, David, was terrific. This tour will take all day. We were picked up around 8 in the morning and returned around 8 at night.
Amazing experience
Diego_O, Aug 2022
Carlitos was a great tour guide, gave us lots of information about the sites and the country itself, very knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend taking this tour to all my friends and family.
Cultural Immersion via the outdoors!
Lindsey_N, Aug 2022
Irene provided the most educational and culturally rich experience to Cotopaxi. More than just a hike and stunning views. We learned about the geography, the indigenous people, the flora and fauna, Ecuadorian cuisine, she let me practice my terrible Spanish, and she provided amazing guidance for the ascent up the mountain. Truly wonderful!
A fun day.
Sian_J, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the whole experience including walking up Cotopaxi and eating Guinea Pig for lunch (our choice). Jennifer explained what was about to happen well and was very patient with us when we were late for the bus! She shared lots of interesting information about what we were seeing and the places we were visiting.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing Experience in Cotopaxi
Karly_H, Jul 2022
David was an amazing guide. We had blast exploring Cotopaxi and were so happy to explore so much. We highly recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect day at Cotopaxi!
Mariya_T, Jun 2022
We had a fantastic time with Erika and Jimmy - it was a fun and informative tour! We really enjoyed discovering Cotopaxi and learned so much about the country. Highly recommend! P.S. Erika was very kind to provide hiking tips to my friends who had not been exposed to high altitudes before. Thank you, Erika!
Perfect Day.
JeriAnn_D, Apr 2022
Irene our guide was delightful. Full of life and information. The communication before the tour was excellent and the pick up and drop off was exactly spot on.
Erica was a fantastic...
Greg_F, Mar 2022
Erica was a fantastic guide! I wouldn’t have made it to the top without her. This is definitely a challenging trek but the experience is great even if you don’t make it to the top.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Cotopaxi Trip
Kevin_A, Mar 2022
Great tour and guide! Really friendly and full of information. Beautiful landscapes! No fault to the tour, but my wife and I got altitude sickness with the walk to the top therefore I would just suggest others be well acclimated to the altitude before taking the tour. The guide was super patient and helpful which still made the trip pleasant even with the headache!
Physically challenging but an extremely fun tour!
Amy_Z, Feb 2022
Before the positive review, here is one negative side of the tour: on the website, it claimed that the maximum capacity for the tour was 10 people. However, we ended up having 14 people, which made the pick-up / drop-off experience extremely lengthy. Positive review: The tour was packed with different sites and surprises. We started off the day by touring the south Quito in the car, and we headed to the National Park. We didn't waste any time on touring in unnecessary sites/areas, and the guide was incredibly helpful and vibrant when explaining the geographic features of the volcanos. I was enchanted by her energies, and I believe that the other tourists did too. As we were climbing the Cotopaxi, I had a hard time adjusting to the altitude. The drive/photographer Charlie was extremely friendly and kind, and walked with me until we've reached the refuge. He also volunteered to take professional photos for everyone who was in the tour, which made the experience even more memorable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Cotopaxi tour with too many unrelated stops
Louise_P, Feb 2022
We can highly recommend going to Cotopaxi, however, a longer hike would have been nice and we had two stops on the way that was not mentioned and was unnecessary.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Hi Louise, we are glad you recomend Cotopaxi is a beautifull mountain. About your comment let me teel you that when you booked the tour you new the itinerary and also the timing for the hike and you decided to take the tour. Of course if you wanted to make a longer hike you needed to make an specialiced tour because you need special equipment and training. We are sorry that you make this bad comment because you are not rating the service also you exagerate and say too many stops and we make one stop before entering the National Park to buy snack and restrooms and inside the park you visit the lake, the small museum about the volcano and the you go to the hike, those stops are highlights inside the park.


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