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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“wild horses” (21 reviews)
“day trip” (32 reviews)
“active volcano” (14 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Ecuador
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"wild horses"
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"day trip"
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"active volcano"
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"base camp"
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"hot chocolate"
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"hiking boots"
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

Thank Martin M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Andrea M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I did this exact thing the week of July 1 and we loved it! We caught the bus to Latacunga from Quito and told them to let us off at the park. There is a bridge there that goes over the Panamerican...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

We booked this tour through our hotel. They used expediciones centro del mundo We went on a Wednesday. Our guide was oscar. He was great. We paid 45 each and that included breakfast and lunch. We stopped at a lake and took pictures of Cotopaxi...More

Thank TravelingFool88005
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Took the bus to the upper parking lot on Cotopaxi then hiked to the base cap for climbers. 16,000' will take it tole if you are not prepared for it. Awesome rugged terrain. Then a hike around the lake with lunch at the hacienda in...More

Thank Dennis Z
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

A must see if ever in Quito. Luis was a gentleman, informative, accommodating and provided us with a Day we will not soon forget. Go Suviators!!

Thank dnags7
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Parque Cotopaxi is a whole adventure where you can go as far as you want. It can be a picnic, a hike, a photo tour, bicycle tour or you con climb the highest active volcano in the world. We went hiking with our grand children,...More

Thank Gustavo V
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

We climbed just part way up Cotopaxi to the lodge at just about 16,000 feet. On the way up the clouds came in along with snow and thunder. Quite an exciting climb and a little hard on the breathing. The snow was more like crystals...More

1  Thank Soletmer
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Our final two days in Ecuador were planned in Quito, we hired a guide to visit Cotopaxi National Park. Dennis picked us up at our apartment in Quito and gave us informative information about Quito on the way out of the city, also stopping for...More

Thank Ben J
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Our main reason to start our South America trip in Ecuador was this place, my father climbed the Cotopaxi a few years ago and I wanted to do the same. We actually prepared ourselves 3 days in advance, climbing mountains close by like the Iliniza...More

2  Thank nic11denver
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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
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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
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daniel k
25 July 2017|
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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
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