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Cotopaxi Day Tour

Within the Cotopaxi National Park is the active Cotopaxi volcano, an elevation of 5,897 meters above sea level located in the Cordillera de Los Andes and an exceptional variety of flora and fauna species.

Every day

Full day
07h00 - 20h00

Medium activity

Pickup
07h00

English and Spanish

What you'll do
Travel safely, in our tours we maintain all the safety protocols during the tour
In this tour we will visit:
  • Visit the Cotopaxi National Park
  • Limpiopungo Lagoon
  • Interpretation Center Mariscal Sucre
  • Hike to Refuge Jose Rivas at 4864 masl

Pick Ups

Pick-up and drop-off in the 3 main areas:
Carolina, Plaza Foch, Plaza Grande

Pick Ups

First stop

Stop at Machachi town
You can buy some snacks, use the restrooms and use the ATM
First stop

Second stop

Visit to Cotopaxi National Park

On the border of the province of Pichincha, there is the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological reserve that combines the landscape of the Andean moorland, volcanic soil and the lagoon that emerge from the snow-capped mountains.

Second stop

Third stop

Limpiopungo Lagoon

Enjoy the guided tour around this glacial lake at the foot of Cotopaxi. In the lagoon we can observe different species of birds and native plants.

Third stop

Fourth stop

Interpretation Center Mariscal Sucre

All information about the Cotopaxi National Park is available at the Interpretation Center, or better known as the Park Museum. The Center has showrooms, a souvenir shop and a coffee shop. It is located inside Mariscal Sucre Station (or Control Caspi entrance).

We recommend you to recharge your energies with a coca tea.

Fourth stop

Fifth stop

Hike up to the José Rivas Refuge (4864 masl) Center Mariscal Sucre

Since the 70s, this refuge has been a welcoming place for professional mountaineers and amateurs coming to visit the Cotopaxi Volcano. This place is located on the slopes of the volcano and an hour’s walk from the parking lot.

Fifth stop

Lunch break

Typical lunch

We will make a stop to enjoy the typical food of the area, we recommend the chicken soup, the locro and the roasted lamb. There are also vegetarian options. (Lunch not included)

Lunch break

End of the tour

Enjoy your comfortable return to Quito. Drop-off at your hotel is also included.

End of tour

End of the tour
Indications

The Cotopaxi day tour from Quito includes

  • Private Touristic Transport
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Bilingual Guide (Esp – Eng)
  • Guided hike inside the Cotopaxi National Park: Limpiopungo, José Rivas Refuge
  • Taxes and entrances fees
Not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Other details not specified
  • Tips
What to bring
  • Face mask
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Thermal coat or sweater
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Passport, to get your official stamp of the Interpretation Center/National Park
Location
Important information
Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi National Park is a natural paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Dominated by the majestic Cotopaxi volcano (5897 mts – 19347 ft), one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, the park offers breathtaking landscapes and thrilling adventures. Hiking trails lead through Andean forests, where you can spot unique wildlife. The park also features stunning lagoons, picturesque valleys, and impressive glaciers. Visitors can engage in mountain climbing, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Immerse yourself in the park’s beauty, learn about its rich cultural heritage, and experience the thrill of being in the heart of the Andes.

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Travelers reviews
cathguii_
cathguii_
2024-01-16
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Buena opcion El recorrido fue bueno, el guia muy amigable. Lo mas importante es que podiamos quedarnos en cualquier punto para visitarlo mas a fondo y despues tomabamos el siguiente bus para seguir con el recorrido. No es tan buena idea ir los domingo porque algunos lugares estan cerrados aunque no tiene nada que ver con el recorrido del bus lo pueden tomar en cuenta.
Eric W
Eric W
2024-01-15
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Quilatoa Tour with Irene This is an absolutely amazing tour, partially because of the great Quilatoa lagoon and hike, but also because of our outstanding tour guide, Irene, who is extremely knowledgeable and fills the time with very satisfying facts about food, indigenous practices, indigenous language, etc. The visit to the indigenous household was mind alteringly beautiful and life affirming. What an exceptional day! The hike is very steep to Quilatoa, on the way back, but there’s a horse option if you are not up for it.
Yoany Andres A
Yoany Andres A
2024-01-15
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Tour a Cotopaxi Excelente acompañamiento y Guia para El Cotopaxi, acompañados por Irene la cual nos hizo muy agradable el tour, la alimentación estuvo deliciosa. En definitiva una excelente opción para conocer los lugares emblemáticos de Quito
Torch H
Torch H
2024-01-14
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One of the best tours I’ve been on. This was such a great experience and a great way to start our Ecuador trip. We had Adrian and Ivan as our guide and driver. They were so great. Adrian really took care of us and made sure we got great pictures before crowds and took us to many gems. We saw a waterfall and got to experience the indigenous people of Ecuador and their way of life. I’m so glad I took this tour. They really care about their guest and you see their passion about sharing their culture with visitors. I highly recommend this tour and if you can, get Adrian and Ivan.
Jesús D
Jesús D
2024-01-13
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Amazing opportunity! Amazing opportunity to merge with nature, disconnect yourself form the daily routine and start a new year full of cardio 🤣😉. Special thanks to our guide Jessy and our driver Jhon 🫰🏻 wouldn't have been the same without you guys!
Xudong G
Xudong G
2024-01-12
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Reached the highest point ever in my life Our guide is really nice and explained a lot of the nature and culture here. The trip to Cotopaxi is challenging but definitely worth it.
Trent R
Trent R
2024-01-12
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Amazing time Amazing sites seen and amazing tour guide Joseph! I would love to come back in the future to do more tours with them! I would definitely recommend this trip!
mala k
mala k
2024-01-10
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Fun way to get acquainted with the city. It’s a fun way to acquaint with the city and has a live guide as opposed to a recording. The bus stops at all the important sightseeing stops with the option of picking the ones you want.
mala k
mala k
2024-01-10
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Fun filled day trip with multiple activities. Fantastic tour with a knowledgeable guide - it was a fun experience including visiting an indigenous family, an art gallery and a fun but tough hike down the crater. Weather was perfect and allowed an amazing view of the lake.
María Isabel P
María Isabel P
2024-01-10
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Guía excepcional Nuestra guía fue Irene, fue increíble la experiencia con ella, sabe mucho de la cultura, del pasado y amplía la Informacion cuando se le preguntaba. Lo recomendamos mucho, gracias Irene.
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