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Cotopaxi volcano

The world's most enchanting active volcano

•type:

•interest:

NATURAL

VOLCANO

•location:
COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK
•country:
ECUADOR
 

Cotopaxi volcano

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ABOUT - 

Cotopaxi volcano

The active volcano and Cotopaxi’s National Park is located 33 km to the northeast of Latacunga and 50 km to the South of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. It highs at 5.897 meters above sea. Its last big eruption was on June 26, 1877. It has attractions as Limpiopungo lagoon. It is very safe to visit, attending the authorities’ regulations about the mountain activity. In the indigenous language Cotopaxi means “Neck of the Moon” or “Throne of the Moon”.  It is surrounded by “Páramos” that reach 3.000 meters above sea and by other volcanos as Sincholagua (4.873 meters above sea), Quilindaña (4.876 meters above sea) and Rumiñahui (4.722 meters above sea).

 

The ecological reserve that surrounds the Cotopaxi volcano, made up of Boliche Recreation National Area and the National Park, is located on the border between the Ecuadorian provinces of Pichincha and Cotopaxi. The abrupt elevation of the mountain, on a relatively flat terrain, offers wonderful views. It is a very popular option for those who love hiking and mountaineering and for those who pursue beautiful landscapes without having to climb its slopes.

 

If you plan to make an ascension to the top, it is absolutely essential to have the appropriate safety equipment. Those who seek to surmount the volcano should ensure to contract the services of a professional guide. However, it is also possible to arrive by private car to the parking lot at the foot of the volcano from where is already possible to enjoy impressive views.

 

The ecosystem is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, a combination of pines with wolves, pumas, bears, rabbits, condors, wild horses and foxes. A recommendation to get to Cotopaxi is to do it in a private transportation from Quito or Latacunga. Another option is to go by train from Chimbacalle (Quito), to Boliche’s station. For those who choose the bus, they must take into consideration the walk to the Administrative Center and from there to the José Rivas refuge.

 

PRACTICAL - 

Cotopaxi volcano

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Cotopaxi National Park, province of Cotopaxi, Ecuador

  • Monday to sunday, from 07h00 to 18h00.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Quito city - 60km - 37millas

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Quito city´s airport - 60km - 37miles

PROFILE

• Interest:

NATURAL

• Kind:

SYLVAN

• Min. visit time hours:

5

PLACE

• Class:

5897

• Altitude meters:

VOLCANO

• Type:

19347

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

24

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramica sightseeing.

  • Guidad visits.

  • Independent visit.

  • Experiential journey.

SPORTS:

  • Walking.

  • Treking.

  • Camping.

  • Biking.

  • Horse riding.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

ADVENTURE:

  • Mountain climbing.

  • Rock climbing.

  • Espeleology.

  • Natural National Heritage.

  • National protected area.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • There is no entrance fee.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Warm clothes (Thermal clothing if possible)

  • A raincoat

  • Hiking shoes

  • A hat or a cap

  • Passport or Id

  • Wate

  • A camera

  • A video camera

  • Energy drinks

  • Candies

  • Light luggage

  • Before starting the visit it is suggested to drink a cup of coca tea (té de coca).

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Cotopaxi volcano

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