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Cotopaxi National Park

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Address: Ecuador
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+593 99 493 3326
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Named for the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 meters), this...

Named for the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 meters), this national park is dedicated to protecting llama and other animals such as bears, wolves, puma and deer.

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Climbing Cotopaxi

I was part of a group from Carpe Diem Tours in Quito. We met at the business and traveled to Cotopaxi. Breakfast and lunch were included. We climbed from the parking area at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was part of a group from Carpe Diem Tours in Quito. We met at the business and traveled to Cotopaxi. Breakfast and lunch were included. We climbed from the parking area at Cotopaxi to the lodge about 400 meters above. It was not a difficult climb, and the views were spectacular! I would recommend anyone take a day trip... More 

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Would highly recommend this attraction. There are easier hikes around the laguna, an informational visitor center, and wild horses all over the park. HOWEVER, if you're looking for an extra challenge that is 100% worth it, I highly recommend doing the hour hike up to the refuge (about 16,000 ft above sea level). It's challenging for sure, but the landscape... More 

Thank Emily U
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The national park has a very nice hiking trail with INCREDIBLE views. You can get some amazing shots here!

Thank tori10ga
Christiansted, St. Croix
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

I did the standard day tour from Quito that included the hike/climb up Cotopaxi and the mountain bike down. Such a great experience. Gorgeous park.

Thank Chad W
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

Much to do but best to start at interpretation centre. Guides really essential to give context. Truly a different experience. Plan for a whole day visit. The walk up to the José Rivas Refuge is stunning and a must do. Dress warmly.

Thank Fred B
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Reviewed March 2, 2017

I was glad we had a driver and guide. Would be very hard to see the highlights without a guide. Roads are very rough and weather can be very cold.

Thank cklevine
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

If you are not used to altitude do not do the hike. It is an extraordinary park to see we hiked just above 16,000 elevation and it was wonderful!

Thank Cindy V
Webster, Wisconsin
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Reviewed February 25, 2017

Wild horses, ponds with birds and of course a snow covered volcano. Be prepared for a steep hike to the refuge at high altitude. Peak was clouded when we were there.

Thank Bobwis
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

Bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag because it does get chilly camping at that altitude! The park features 2 separate camping areas though in reality there is only one that is worth it as it is in among some wonderful pine trees which are also home to two Owls! There are a number of hikes available in the... More 

Thank gary g
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Reviewed February 11, 2017

This is a must visit in Ecuador. Surrounding Ecuador's second highest peak and an active volcano, the park offers many exciting hikes, bird watching, horse riding and camping options. The part is well maintained, has good roads most of the way and is free to enter. We enjoyed a good drive and two days of climbing and hiking

Thank Satyabrata

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