Day Trip Cotopaxi

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From $145.00

10 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: Quito, Quito

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Contemplate the highest active volcano in Ecuador. The snow-capped volcano tops out 19,337 feet above sea level. Cotopaxi National Park is the most-visited tourist attraction in Ecuador Mainland. Discover more than a mountain in this volcanic complex full of biological diversity. Get inspired by the Cotopaxi one of the best trips in Ecuador.

Take a walk on volcanic sand trails and feel the fresh air of the Andes Mountain Range. Feel the height sensation from the Jose Rivas volcanic refuge located at 15,748 feet. Fun and adventure wait for you at the almost perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone.

Visit and photography a mesotrophic lagoon which houses some native birds or migratory. Wildlife can be seen crossing from the entrance to the high spot of the Cotopaxi National Park.

Cotopaxi was also an important indigenous settlement where a Pukara was built. Pukara means an indigenous military fortress.

What's Included

Activities as per program

An English-speaking Certified Naturalist Guide/Chauffeur

Pick up from your centrally hotel in the Quito city

What's Not Included


Tips (customary)

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 0
  • CHILD: Age: 7 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 64
  • SENIOR: Age: 65 - 75

Additional Info

  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Start a day trip from the city or Quito airport. Cotopaxi Volcano is located on the south of the capital. After 2-hour drive, we get in the National Park. During the drive, we will observe the Andean ecosystem and volcanic sceneries. The climate we will find in the Cotopaxi National Park will depend on season. The average temperature in Cotopaxi will be low and windy, so that we recommend bringing warm clothing, walking shoes and a rain or wind jacket.

• Admission Ticket Free

Take a short break and try a hot coca tea, this ancient drink will help you to mitigate the altitude sickness during the walk. From the viewpoint, you can see two extinct volcanoes and farms.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cotopaxi National Park
Upon arrival at the Cotopaxi National Park, we will carry out the respective check-in at the main entrance. From here, we will drive directly until we reach out the parking lot that is located at 14,763 feet above sea level. Here, we prepare to start a one-hour walk until we get in the Jose Ribas refuge, which is located at 15,748 feet. If you are not used to the height, you may feel a little fatigued, which is normal, for this reason, the walk can be slow and according to your physical conditions.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Laguna de Limpiopungo
After the succulent lunch, we will visit the Limpopungo Lagoon, the lagoon is fed by the waters of the stone-faced volcano and around it several types of birds perch or inhabit such as Andean gulls, Andean coots, caracaras, Andean teals among others. This place is ideal for birding and taking perfect pictures.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


V9697HYabelc, 20-09-2022
I am from the coast and this was my first experience in a volcano. The walk to the refuge was excellent and the landscape spectacular. A great trip!!! I will never forget. I recommend you it. Enjoy nature.
Must do
799gonzalor, 10-01-2022
Eduardo is amazing and knowledgeable person, he know where to go and do as local, i had such a great day in Ecuador. Thank you Ed . I highly recommend this guy
Beautiful Landscape
karinaaX2748ZY, 25-12-2021
Hiking to the refuge was fan and marvelous to see the Glacier and mountains, great experience in one day... 100% recommended
Cotopaxi tour
Qianhan_X, 07-07-2021
Very good tour, definitely recommend. Edward is an excellent guide. Cotopaxi is beautiful, but could be quite windy, so be prepared.
Incredible day
valeriavH3917KD, 26-01-2021
This day was incredible to look many mountains from the highest part of the visit. The tour guide made the trip a lot of fun. I enjoyed every thing we did. 100% recommended.

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