Cotopaxi at 5897m is Ecuador's highest active volcano and the second highest peak in the country, only surpassed by Chimborazo. It is located in the Eastern Cordillera, some 60 km south of Quito. This perfect ice-covered volcanic cone requires proper ice climbing gear, adequate acclimatization to high altitude, good physical condition and stamina. Most of the time the ascent is not technically difficult but sometimes because of adverse snow and weather, conditions can become more challenging.


The park is located about 50km south of Quito. The journey takes about one and a half hours. Trips and tours are available from Quito, as well as from Ambato and Latacunga. The park is accessible by car or on foot, but there is no public transportation inside the area. There are two entrances, one south of Machachi and another north of Latacunga on the Panamerican Highway.

A trip to Cotopaxi nacional park should not be missed. Attracting mountaineer and casual day hikers, this beautiful peak has something to offer for everyone.

Daily Tours:

Leaving Quito at 8:00am with a bilingual guide, we take you south on the majestic Pan_American Highway to the entrance of Cotopaxi Nacional Park _Upon entering the nacional park we will do an acclimatization hike around laguana of Limpiopungo for approximate two hours and visit a museum exhibiting local flora and fauna After lunch , we hike for an hour more to the refuge center ( 4.800m) From there we continue onto to the glaciers for half an hour before returning to Quito by 7:00pm


  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Box lunch
  • Not Ïnclude
  • Park entrance free ( $10)

Climbing Tours 2 or 3 Days

Summiting this magestic peak can be done in two days with a night`s stays in the refuge center or in three days with an additional night of camping and a day of trekking on Mt Rumiñahui.


  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Park entrance fee
  • Technical clinbing equipment
  • Meals
  • Stay in refuge / camping equipment
  • Short glacier instruction course at the refuge center

Exploring Ecuador`s Volcanoes

Ecuador's Andean region offers numerous options for trekking or climbing. Here are some examples of the addionional peaks worth checking out…

  • Mt Chimborazo 6.310m ( 20,703ft )
  • Iliniza Norte 5.016m ( 16,457ft )
  • Iliniza Sur 5.266m ( 17,277ft )
  • Mt Corazon 4.788m ( 15,197ft )
  • Mt Sangay 5.230m ( 17,159ft )
  • Mt Antizana 4.630m ( 15,197ft )