Hiking at the Cotopaxi National Park is an incredibly beautiful and rewarding experience and a popular destination for visitors looking to hike, climb and trek, or enjoy stunning panoramas from down below. Cotopaxi’s ecosystem is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including a unique combination of pine vegetation and wolves, pumas, bears, rabbits, condors, wild horses, and foxes.
Volcano Cotopaxi is considered as one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. It has a beautiful cone-shape form and is one of the huge snowcapped mountains in the Ecuadorian highland. From Quito we head south on the Pan-American Highway until we reach the Cotopaxi National Park. Here we turn off towards the east, passing lake Limpiopungo and continuing towards the valley of the Pita River, where we start this pleasant round walk, constantly dominated by the majestic Cotopaxi. We cross moorland and lava fields and pass close to Rumiñahui volcano.
Day 1.- Quito – Cotopaxi National Park
Day 1:Quito – Cotopaxi National Park
Early departure from Quito by motorcar on the Pan-American Highway to the south, to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 88,920 acres, around the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, which rises 5897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level. The evergreen landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands is one of the main attractions, along valleys and mountains covered by multicolored fields.
After an hour and a half, the entrance to the park is reached and then it’s up a dirt road for approximately one hour. Upon arrival to the park there is an introductory briefing about the habitat of the Andean paramo or moorlands and its flora and fauna in the small Interpretation Center. Continue on to Limpiopungo Lagoon to observe a variety of birds and occasionally wild horses. On clear days, the Cotopaxi Volcano provides a magnificent backdrop. A short walk around the lagoon allows the observation of the Andean flora. afterwards, we travel to the parking lot at 4500 m and start hiking to the Cotopaxi refuge. Rested, we continue to the glaciers at 5000m. Lunch is at a restaurant in the area before returning to Quito in the afternoon.
Services included in the prices:
Private transportation to the whole tour
Cotopaxi national Park fee, and permit registration
Lunch in Andes Alpes Cafe
Personal mountain gear (warm cloths, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.
Extra drinks in the Hut
Insurance of any kind
Other non-specified expenses
Comfortable clothing (long sleeves)
Comfortable shoes (easy to dry or rubber boots)
Extra dry clothes
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