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Exhaustive is the correct word. I mean, we hike a lot back home in Munich, but this altitude and the hike in the snow itself is different, very different. With 4 days before we hiked to several other spots around Quito to get used to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ontourwithO
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was cold, it was snowing, we weren't quite adapted to the hight and I was slightly ill.... But it was worth it. We hiked only 200m from the bus parking to the refugio Jose Rivas. Having a local guide (which is compulsory) everything is...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank barbara_uNovaGorica
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even though Cotopaxi volcano was shrouded in rain and snow when I was there, the volcano is still a must climb when anywhere near Quito. It is a great area to see!!!! First thing to mention: please do NOT expect to land in Quito on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tigerman777
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The volcano is one of the best places I d ever been in the world, please if you want to climb contact a local guide ask about the experience, and what to do before and after

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LocoPonce
Reviewed November 9, 2018

We climbed the volcano from the parking up to Refuge Jose Rivas 4864m together with a local guide. This experience is a real must do and the views are stunning. We can highly recommand this hike. It's worth all efforts !

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Karine V
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

If you forget to wear dress to cold..DON T WORRY you can buy when you register in the Park ..look the pictures ..you can take pictures with a Llama..and there buy clothes. Remember to contact a good guide like a Xaxier 098 406 37 86...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank CRV y MIGUEL C
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

The views are breathtaking. But it is better to book tour ahead. The tourist company at the entrance of volcano is monopoly and they are pricey. They do not like groups of even 3 people. Good hiking shoes are advised.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bako777
Reviewed September 28, 2018

This volcano is 6 feet higher at the peak than Kilimanjaro but the climb is significantly tougher. After driving to the flanks of the volcano there is about a 1 hour climb to the Refugio, a lodge. They have bunks for an overnight stay and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Wyosoldier
Reviewed September 22, 2018

We climbed only to the station and that was quite enough, as you are at almost 16,000 ft (about 4800 meters). Guides are local, indigenous people and ours (Paulina) was wonderful, though I'm pretty sure she is part mountain goat. The views are spectacular and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank wander1
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Had an amazing time at Cotopaxi. Such an amazing place to appreciate nature. I have never imagined a snow capped volcano could exist. This place is magic!

Date of experience: June 2018
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October 28, 2018|
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Response from Pablo G | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response (I hope you did not go without proper gear). If you are willing to climb up to the second station (half-way). Just a medium-heavy jacket will do. If you want to make it to the top, you will have... More
April 26, 2017|
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Response from sergeorban1971 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are guides waiting 1 mile before the entrance, and I am pretty sure they can take your bag.
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Response from ajeffsu | Reviewed this property |
Please call Rodrigo Donoso at the Posada la estacion mountain lodge. he is one of the best guides for cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcano.... his phone number is +593999694867