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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cotopaxi the volcano itself and the national park named after it are a must. Enjoy a hike if not a climb (when allowed) to the summit it is a moderate climb for the experienced ones. By all means take a local guide with you. If...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great trip. We use a company called Quito Tours which has a small office right in front of QuiCentro shopping mall on the Parque Carolina. The tour was fantastic and the site is gorgeous. Drink some Coca Tea before you go up hiking as the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fontecir
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is beautiful but the road is terrible, if you want to go better go with a bigger car, there are nice places to visit The lagoon, the refugio surrounding and the views for the volcán Cotopaxi are awesome

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LocoPonce
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing scenery, amazing landscapes, wild horses, vast landscapes dominated by the volcano.... A real must see and a highlight of a trip in Ecuador

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Karine V
Reviewed 6 November 2018

On our way back to Quito was asked our cab driver if we could stop here and we absolutely loved it. We stopped at the main entrance and we paid the fee and our guide who would drive us to the various points of interest...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Three years ago my son Miguel wished go Cotopaxi..Finally we decided. I suggest to contact a Guide. Ovwrside is your First time. I contact Fernando and sent to XAVIER..HE IS A GREAT GUIDE. Vey puntual..so so nice on the way..and I am really Thankfullness to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank CRV y MIGUEL C
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Under a sky full of stars, I've never been that close, I had the time of my life. Even if we left at 11pm to get to the mountain to start our hike at 1am, this was totally worth it. With tons of breaks our...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mighummels
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Wed climbed up to the "Refugio". Not for the faint-hearted. Pretty much a straight up scramble, to the lodge where people stay on their climb to the summit. Was very cold and windy the day we did it - but still very neat once you...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank scuba-chuck
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We entered the park with a private car trough the south entrance on the Panamericana. The entrance was free, we just needed to register with our passports. It was not necessary to hire a guide as you can read here in some posts. The dirt...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Martin M
Reviewed 22 July 2018

The thing with cotopaxi is that it's always going to be hit and miss. In any give time ot the year there is a good chance that you won't see much as it will be covered. That said it's still a great tour and you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank shatiel
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Anton T
14 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
31 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