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Cotopaxi National Park

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Full-Day Hike and Bike Cotopaxi National Park from Quito
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My number one recommendation is to be prepared, or else you won't enjoy this hike. Our tour (Carpedm tours) had hats, gloves and jackets on the bus (in case you wanted more layers) but I'm sure if all the tours have that. I wore: thick...More

Thank Kathryn C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Test your physical ability and head over to Cotopaxi national park on a day trip from Quito! (This is the second-most visited Nat'l park in all of Ecuador, only after Galapagos) Currently, the park is free for entry, including for foreigners, but you'll need your...More

Thank Alma R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of five took a guided "hike and bike" trip to Cotopaxi. This is a gorgeous hike, but you really need to be prepared for the weather extremes. First of all, the hike will take you up to 15,953 feet. If you aren't acclimated,...More

Thank Christine Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a private tour and our guide pointed out many of native flora and fauna. We had beautiful weather on the morning but clouds moved in after lunch. Get there early!

Thank ShawnG4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world! If you come to Ecuador you must visit this amazing National Park. Well organized entrance to witness the most perfect cone shape volcano covered on thick snow, as you come closer to the parking lot, the...More

Thank WLorena
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Well this was on my must do things when I go to Ecuador and I was able to make it to the Volcano. Upon arrival we spoke to the guy there he had mention that we needed to plan or call a day in advance...More

Thank 18alvinb
Reviewed August 16, 2017

First some advice on driving a car to the park: Coming from Quito, you'll be coming on highway 35 (the "Panamerica"). We took the exit at Machachi on the Avenida Amazonas since our destination was at the northern end of the park. Do NOT do...More

Thank Doug s
Reviewed July 30, 2017

I love to hike and love the wilderness but neither experience was available at Cotopaxi. As foreigners, we were required to get a guide at the entrance to the park. The cost was $40 US for approximately 3 hours. Doesn't sound bad however out of...More

Thank MarleneFord
Reviewed July 4, 2017

The volcano is an amazing sight! We spent 5 days staying near the park and a couple in the park in June of 2017. The weather is variable: it can be cold, wet and cloudy or it can be clear, warm and sunny or both...More

Thank PARobbert
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

We booked this day trip with our travel agents in the UK and it was brilliant. We were picked up from Quito on the morning of our trip and driven up to Cotopaxi (approx. 1.5hours). On arrival we had a quick stop at the entrance...More

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Anton T
September 13, 2017|
Response from Alma R | Reviewed this property |
Hola Anton, Es obligatorio hacer el check in con su vehiculo en la entrada, pero no es obligatorio usar un guia. Se puede hacer un recorrido por uno mismo. Hay mapas y tal por ahi que uno puede sacar foto y seguir y ya... More
andy w
July 30, 2017|
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Response from PARobbert | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember the entrance fee. As with all the parks and ecological reserves in Ecuador, they wanted your passport number. No guide was necessary for entry into the park. Maybe certain areas required it but we never... More
daniel k
July 24, 2017|
Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Quito, near Plaza San Blas. Carpe Diem Tours was on the next block and they came highly recommended so we booked through them. You need your passport to book. It was an all day trip from Carpe Diem including... More