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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.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
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“wild horses” (20 reviews)
“day trip” (31 reviews)
“base camp” (8 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed yesterday

We hiked around the lagoon which took approx 2 hours. The landscape is windswept and wild. Much of the vegetation is low to the ground likely due to the cold winds blowing. Dress warmly when you come, but do come! The scenery is stunning.

Thank Janice W
Reviewed yesterday

We rented a car, highly recommend doing this, skip the tour bus! It was an adventure for sure, we took the South Entrance, took our time and enjoyed the scenic drive around the volcano and hours later ended at the base parking lot. WOW! Bring...More

Thank SimonFoodie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly, this place is freezing cold, dress appropriately, I suggest booking with a tour operator, I tour guide is provided at the entrance to the park, walk with your passport, it is stamped with a Cotopaxi stamp free of charge, go early so you will...More

Thank Nyron2015
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We stayed near the National Park for two days but we didn't succeed in doing the walk up to the refuge because the park closed for a volcanic eruption evacuation exercise. Also it was rather wet in early October - probably not the best time...More

Thank gr33nsp1der
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We hiked up to the base camp on the Cotopaxi Volcano (at approximately 16,000 feet) and the views were worth it! We were there in October 2017, and first thing in the morning we had beautiful views of the volcano. By the time we were...More

1  Thank carol h
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We booked a tour to Cotopaxi from our hotel because we understood that it is hard to reach on our own. This was false, there are many taxis which can take you from the entrance up for around 20$. After you need to book a...More

1  Thank Olarescu R
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the Cotopaxi NP on a tour with Terra del Volcan when staying at El Porvenir Hacienda. We visited the park by 4x4 seeing a lake on the flanks of the volcano. We saw wild horses roam across fields of lahar and visited Inca...More

Thank Polo_and_Marco
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We traveled from Quito to Cotopaxi by bus. We got on a bus at Quitumbe station going to Latacunga and asked the bus driver to let us off at the entrance to the park. Once there, we found a guide who drove us around for...More

2  Thank Rachel H
Reviewed 13 September 2017

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 30 August 2017

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
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Anton T
13 September 2017|
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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
30 July 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
24 July 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