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Reviewed 3 days ago

Like many sights in the mountains everywhere, we barely got a glimpse of it. By all means give it a try, but don't get your hopes up too high beforehand. Rather than walk to the refuge, we opted for the hike (no elevation change) around...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robert S
Reviewed 5 days ago

I summited Cotopaxi in December 2018 but it wasn't without a intense few days. The practice climbs to Ruku Pinchincha and Illiniza Norte were good but the fresh powder snow on Cotopaxi made going up that much more difficult. I remember crawling a some points...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank WorldCitizenLuther
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved it! It was absolutely breathtaking driving through the park and see the lakes that were scattered through the park. I would also give a warning to people that aren't in shape or used to exerting themselves. One of the girls I went with...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank japnian4life .
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have climbed Cotopaxi and it is a wonderful climb. It is technically speaking a rather easy climb, however, with 5897m of altitude this volcano is not a playground for want to be mountaineers or hikers! As per regulations in Ecuador you are required a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marian M
Reviewed 16 December 2018

Exhaustive is the correct word. I mean, we hike a lot back home in Munich, but this altitude and the hike in the snow itself is different, very different. With 4 days before we hiked to several other spots around Quito to get used to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ontourwithO
Reviewed 12 December 2018

It was cold, it was snowing, we weren't quite adapted to the hight and I was slightly ill.... But it was worth it. We hiked only 200m from the bus parking to the refugio Jose Rivas. Having a local guide (which is compulsory) everything is...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank barbara_uNovaGorica
Reviewed 22 November 2018 via mobile

Even though Cotopaxi volcano was shrouded in rain and snow when I was there, the volcano is still a must climb when anywhere near Quito. It is a great area to see!!!! First thing to mention: please do NOT expect to land in Quito on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tigerman777
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

The volcano is one of the best places I d ever been in the world, please if you want to climb contact a local guide ask about the experience, and what to do before and after

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LocoPonce
Reviewed 9 November 2018

We climbed the volcano from the parking up to Refuge Jose Rivas 4864m together with a local guide. This experience is a real must do and the views are stunning. We can highly recommand this hike. It's worth all efforts !

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Karine V
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

If you forget to wear dress to cold..DON T WORRY you can buy when you register in the Park ..look the pictures ..you can take pictures with a Llama..and there buy clothes. Remember to contact a good guide like a Xaxier 098 406 37 86...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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29 October 2018|
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Response from Pablo G | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response (I hope you did not go without proper gear). If you are willing to climb up to the second station (half-way). Just a medium-heavy jacket will do. If you want to make it to the top, you will have... More
26 April 2017|
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Response from sergeorban1971 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are guides waiting 1 mile before the entrance, and I am pretty sure they can take your bag.
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7 April 2016|
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Response from ajeffsu | Reviewed this property |
Please call Rodrigo Donoso at the Posada la estacion mountain lodge. he is one of the best guides for cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcano.... his phone number is +593999694867