Visit the National Park of Cotopaxi where one of the worlds highest active volcanoes exist with a local guide and learn all about why this area is one of Ecuador’s most visited national parks!
Located about 2 hours from the UNESCO Site of Quito is the National Park of Cotopaxi. The national park is host to one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and on this trip you will get a chance to experience it with a local naturalist guide!
Pick up at hotel in Quito: 7:00am
Your Cotopaxi Day Tour begins with a drive that will take you along “Volcano Avenue” (Avenida de Volcanes), which has 12 volcanoes along its path. If the weather is good and the volcanoes are highly visible, the driver can stop for photos. Upon arrival at the National Park, the driver will give you some time to stop in the cafe and get coffee, tea, or hot chocolate (optional, not included in the price). From there, you will switch vehicles to a 4×4 and meet your local naturalist guide who will accompany you during your time in the National Park!
During the 40 minute drive in the park, your guide will point out the flora and fauna of the park and you will have many amazing views.
After the drive in the park, you will have a hike of about 1 hour (depending on how fast the group moves) up to the Refugio José Riveras. At the refugio, you will have a chance to take a break and either continue up the volcano another 30 minutes to the glaciers, or go back down.
On the way down, you will stop at the Laguna del Limpiopungo, where you will have a chance to take photos and see some of the area’s birds and wild horses.
As you leave the park, you have the option of stopping at one of the restaurants (Ecuadorian or international food, not included in the price).
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.