Explore the 33,393 hectares (82,516 acres) of Cotopaxi National Park, centered on an eponymous volcano and sheltering Andean wolves, llamas, deer, pumas, and a vast array of birds. Hike through the humid mountain forest at low elevations and the snowy reaches of the hills surrounding the volcano, which saw its last significant eruption in 1904. Periods of heightened seismic activity--such as in late 2015--can result in restricted access to the park, so be sure to check with local authorities before planning your trip. Use our Machachi trip maker to visit Cotopaxi National Park on your trip to Machachi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Tours To Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi Volcano, Refuge Padre Rivas & Glazier Hike Full-Day from Quito BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $112
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Cotopaxi National Park Reviews
After a quick lunch beside the ranger station, we received our directions and suggestions from the ranger at the main gate. Our plan was to hike up to the refuge, but after about 10 minutes, decided.... more »
You can see it from a distance but driving up to it on switchbacks is the way to go. Once you get to the parking lot at over 12,000 ft., you have the option to walk higher to the rifugio which is a... more »
We biked around the park on 7/2. Weather was cooperative well.....! We had a wonderful experience there. You must be here to enjoy!
Didnt make it to the top but this was an amazing experience. Living in Ecuador for so long and not doing this sooner was my biggest mistake.
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