Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Province

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.
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  • We enjoyed a day trip tour to this park. Unfortunately it was cloudy so we couldn't see the top of the mountain but it was still enjoyable. We had a nice walk around the lagoon and saw many...  more »
  • If you want to go to Cotopaxi by car I have some recommendations. Always use the South Entrance and never the North entrance. The North Entrance is a very long and bumpy dirt road. Unless you have....  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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