Cotapaxi 1 Day Tour
Cotopaxi National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Cotopaxi) is a protected area in Ecuador situated in the Cotopaxi, Napo and Pichincha Provinces, roughly 50 km south of Quito.
Due to its perfectly symmetrical cone, covered in a thick blanket of snow and ice, the Cotopaxi is one of the tourist highlights in Ecuador and it’s most visited and climbed volcano. The Cotopaxi National Park is situated in a beautiful paramo plateau, where wild horses graze on the extensive plains at the foot of the volcano or gather to drink at the lovely Limpiopungo lagoon, which reflects the white peaks of nearby Volcan Rumiñahui and makes a great spot for watching waterfowl and other birds.
Walking in the National Park, you will notice pumice, ash, stone and other volcanic debris amid the tiny páramos plants. On a day trip to the Cotopaxi National Park it is possible to drive as high as 4500m, then trek up a sandy scree slope to reach the snout of the glacier at 5000m.
Prepare to hike, bike and smile. Trekking for all ages but biking must be experienced or confident with downhill biking.
06:30 Meet at meeting point for breakfast, at the Office .
07:00 Transfer to the Cotopaxi National Park.
09:30 Enter Cotopaxi National Park.
10:00 The guide will give explanation of the area, volcanoes, vegetation, animals etc.
10:30 4600m car park, begin hike up to the refuge.
12:30 Reach refuge at 4.864m. return to parking lot.
13:00 Equipment Check – Begin Bike ride back to the Limpiapungo lake.
14:00 Arrive at Limpiapungo lake.
15:00 Eat lunch.
15:30 Return to Quito.
Mountain Bike with Helmet, Kneepads, Elbowpads * This is an optional activity of approximately 30 minutes. Should be experienced / confident rider.
|Additional Snacks / Beverages.
Program lenght: 10 Hours.
What to bring:
Gloves, scarf, hat.
Hiking boots or trekking shoes.
Extra snacks and water.
Terms & Conditions
Any tour must be requested with at least 48 hours in advance, in order to coordinate properly the services, after this time you should contact direct to Ecuador Travel Online contact numbers information provided on this website. If you cancel at least 10 days in advance of the tour departure, it won’t incur in any cancellation fee. If you cancel between 5 and 9 days in advance of the tour departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 4 days of the tour departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.