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Explore the rugged surroundings and stunning scenery of Cotopaxi National Park and Cotopaxi Volcano during this 8-hour day trip. Enjoy a short hike into the Limpiopungo Valley before driving ever-higher into this sky-high region, stopping at the 15,800-foot (4830-meter) Padre Rivas Refuge. If you’re feeling up for it, you’ll continue to the 16,500-foot (5,050-meter) Cotopaxi Glacier. This Cotopaxi day trip also includes national park fees, a guide, bottled water, round-trip hotel transport and an optional trip upgrade with lunch.


  • Explore Cotopaxi Volcano on an excursion from Quito
  • Take a short hike amidst the beautiful Limpiopungo Valley
  • Climb ever-higher into the sky to visit the 15,800-foot (4,830-meter) Padre Rivas Refuge
  • Cap off your day with a visit to the 16,500-foot (5,050-meter) Cotopaxi Glacier
  • Optional lunch upgrade

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What You Can Expect

Cotopaxi Volcano Excursion from Quito

Cotopaxi Glazier 5000 meters

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Raul was our tour guide and he was was GREAT! He gave us information about Quito on our drive there and back. He was very knowledgeable about the National Park and the Volcano. We were able to drive to the upper parking area. Unfortunately the weather was not real clear but the views were still fabulous. It started to snow/sleet while we were at the upper parking area so we decided against the walk to base camp. But we took time to walk around the lake and see the wildlife there. Raul stopped anywhere we wanted to take pictures and suggested some that we did not think of. We purchased the lunch option and so glad we did. We stopped at a local restaurant and had one of the best if not the best meal of our vacation. It was definitely worth the money we spent. It also gave us time to talk to Raul about Ecuador. At the end of the tour Raul stopped at a Super Market and went in with us to help us purchase chocolate and coffee. Raul was a great driver and tour guide and he made this experience one we will always remember.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The hike to the mountain across Cotopaxi was a great experience. Though Cotopaxi was covered by clouds, we could have a glimpse of the peak off and on. It was a sight to behold.

Richard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Good day trip from Quito cold and windy though. Nice variety of things to see.

Andreea V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great trip to Cotopaxi with Daniel. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he shows us, great English . Cotopaxi park is partially closed , due to possible eruptions. Nevertheless , we went as close as possible and had a great view of the snow capped volcano.

Rishita A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Diego was awesome! Very enthusiastic to show us around :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Cannot miss this if you visit Quito. The area around Cotopaxi is something to be experienced. We had an excellent guide who took us to the important points and relayed a lot of relevant information regarding our excursion. Be prepared to spend the number of hours listed on the description.

Souvik S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent trip, well organized

Shu Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We did Cotopaxi Glacier hike just two days before the August 14, 2015 eruption. It was a beautiful sunny day in Quito, we stopped at a look-out point, a great place to get an overview of the city. On the way, our tour guide gave us a brief introduction about the history of Quito and the volcanoes in Ecuador. It was cloudy in Cotopaxi. I assume this is a normal day in Cotopaxi due to the high altitude. Occasionally the wind blows the clouds away and we could enjoy a few moment of blue sky. This was a very difficult hike for me due to the high altitude although I had hiking experiences in Canadian Rockies. Slowly I made it to the glacier and I felt great.

Blaine T

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

We had a very enjoyable trip to the Cotopaxi Volcano.Our guide Daniel was very informative and accomadating as the weather was very rainy.Really enjoyed seeing the countryside and traveling on the cobblestone roads.

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