Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi National Park
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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virginiaLB
Elliniko, Greece22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I don’t recommend visiting the park during Covid- I don’t know what it’s like prior to covid. The rules are inconsistent and the Park Rangers make it very difficult for tourist. The first problem, they would not let us into the park with our own taxi, even though we had a letter from our lodge saying we were staying in the park. We had to change to one of their drivers and were charged an unreasonable amount for the ride. Second problem, we were in a car arranged with our lodge to explore the park when a ranger stopped us again. He would not let our driver take us anywhere, he forced us to turn around even though two tourist were already in the car during a pandemic where tourism is dead in this country. Our lodge knew nothing of this nor did we read anything about this online. The ranger also informed us we could not even hike around on our own through the endless marked trails, even though there was a bike race of 20+ bikers entering the park in their own cars and biking. The bottom line is the park is running a monopoly and making it very difficult for tourist to enjoy on their own and nothing is listed online with the rules. It is an inconsistent mess. The lodge is amazing, and it’s no fault of theres.
Written November 20, 2020
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Astrid W
Bogota, Colombia134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
What a beautiful and quiet place. It’s about 1.5 hours away from Quito. You hace to pay and register at the entrance and you need to drive for a while before reaching a lake and even longer before getting to the Refugio which is the highest spot they’ll let you get in when the volcano is active. It can be cold, so wear a jacket and some more. The views are awesome, nature is great here, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the volcano quite clearly.
Written January 1, 2023
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boots1967
Lexington, KY45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We hired a driver/tour guide to take us between Quito and Banos and he arranged for a Naturalist so that my husband could walk to the refuge (I sustained a knee injury in Banos and had to stay in the car, unfortunately). You can't enter the park without a naturalist. The area driving into the park is beautiful - mountains, flowers, interesting terrain. We saw two foxes and a hawk. The photos from my husband's walk were phenomenal and some of the best from our vacation. We were lucky and got to see the top of Cotopaxi the day we were there.
Written July 31, 2021
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Samburux
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had a challenging yet exhilarating hike up Cotopaxi volcano. Our guide Giovanny Tapia from Happy Gringo was fabulous as was our local Indigenous guide who I know by his Spanish name - Segundo. Segundo guided my husband and two teenagers up the windy path, while Giovanny kept a slower pace with me. The views were second to none. We all reached our goal to get to the refuge- hiking from the parking lot at about 4,600 meters to the refuge at about 4,865 meters. My oldest son and husband went on with Segundo to the glacier at about 5,000 meters while my younger son and I descended with Giovanny. This was an amazing experience! Thank you Giovanny and Seguno!
Written January 3, 2024
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Patricio L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The place is very beautiful, and the Cotopaxi looks incredible. It was a great experience to go. The only bad thing is that you need to walk to get to the top, and that leaves you exhausted.
If you want to go to Cotopaxi I recommend you go with warm clothes and with boots because the ground is slippery.
Written March 29, 2023
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FarAway798605
Mumbai, India21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Nice but overrated. It is a long way from Quito and when we reached Cotopaxi was clothed in clouds and we could see little. The clouds did part and the mountain is indeed a marvellous sight. We met a local whowas amazingly knowledgeable about the herbs and plants. If you can manage the time and permits I presume the trek up the volcano will be wellworth the effort. However beware, food and refreshments are limited.
Written August 13, 2020
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Eric Z
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Cotopaxi National Park is an impressive natural wonder located in Ecuador.
Cotopaxi National Park is one of the highest volcanoes in the world.
The park is home to a wide range of ecosystems including high altitude grasslands, forests and wildlife such as Andean condors and llamas.
My recommendations for visiting the park would be to drink plenty of water and take it easy as the weather in the park can be unpredictable with heavy rains, hail and strong winds. I recommend wearing waterproof clothing.
In short, Cotopaxi National Park is a beautiful and unique destination that offers visitors an unforgettable experience.
Written March 29, 2023
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kzoojarjar
Kalamazoo, MI24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Don't go with a dog. We were told that we could not come in because we brought our dog. They was a shady person renting dog cages so small that the dogs could not move. There were three other cars with dogs that had the same problem. Why have a huge national park and not let dogs in? I tried to tie my dog up on a tree ( I brought its bed and had lots of water and food, but was told that my dog was going to hurt the tree. No real attempt to help. No empathy for the fact I just drove over an hour from my house to get there. As normal in Ecuador there was really bad customer service.
Written December 27, 2021
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CJC
Asheville, NC131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
After a quick lunch beside the ranger station, we received our directions and suggestions from the ranger at the main gate. Our plan was to hike up to the refuge, but after about 10 minutes, decided not to continue due to the steepness of the road and the poor visibility. We drove back downtown the interpretation center, then continued to the lake. We had a very nice hike there, going in about 45 minutes. The clouds mostly blew away and we were able to see the peak. We also got lucky and saw a wolf along the trail. We also saw beautiful wild horses roaming on the fields. We enjoyed our 1/2 + day visit to Cotopaxi, but we enjoyed Quilotoa a bit more.
Written March 5, 2020
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xcheck28
Sandusky, MI418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Nice national park. Not a “nice” hike from the parking lot to the base camp lol. Glad I did it though. Cool laguna and hiking trail in the park also, but not much else.
Written July 7, 2023
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