Cotopaxi

Full Day Tour

Along the range of the Andean Mountains we can find the Cotopaxi National Park filled with an exceptional variety of flora and fauna species; also, it is home to the active volcano Cotopaxi (5,897 meters above sea level). The Limpiopungo lagoon is located at the foot of the volcano and here one could enjoy the view of the Andean Paramo and take incredible shots of the lagoon and the volcano.

Karina C
Karina C
2023-05-19
Verified
Tour a Quilotoa! Realizamos el tour a Quilotoa con Best Trip Ecuador y fue una excelente decisión. El lugar es hermoso, el recorrido lleno de paisajes bellos y una visita grata a la casa de don Julian, sin embargo lo mejor de este tour fue nuestra guía IRENE que con su carisma y personalidad demuestra pasión y amor por su país y por su trabajo. Irene te explica cada detalle con paciencia y dedicación, recomiendo 100% este tour.
Jonah S
Jonah S
2023-05-10
Verified
Great Trip to Cotopaxi The trip was amazing!! I loved how engaging Veronica was and how we got many opportunities to stop, take pictures and hang out as a group!
John
John
2023-05-03
Verified
Fantastic value! Challenging hike, but the satisfaction was worth the effort. Jessy was an amazing, knowledgeable, and very patient guide. I was fortunate to be with a great group of people, and we had a wonderful day.
Nickole
Nickole
2023-05-03
Verified
Just do it! It's AMAZING! Best day ever on my trip! Jessica was out guide for 9 people on the tour and she rocked! She gave lots of details and history about Quito, Cotopaxi and the volcanoes around the area. Silvio was our driver. Kudos to his fabulous driving skills. Hiking up Cotopaxi was by far the hardest thing I have done. With hiking pokes, altitude, rain and much wind i had to stop multiple times to catch my breath and Jessica was amazing on motivating me to do it. It was a beautiful day with great views. Plus we saw over 200 wild horses, wild deer, birds native to the area and a native fox met all of us at the parking lot. Topped off with a great lunch and for me a chance to see an alpaca and Llama. I highly recommend this tour with Quito Bus Tours.
Andrew R
Andrew R
2023-04-28
Verified
Great guide, amazing views. Very nice and friendly tour guide. The hike was challenging but he was helpful and patient with me. I definitely recommend this day tour for some great views.
Dhiren R
Dhiren R
2023-04-26
Verified
Adrian was a legend,highly recommended!! Fantastic experience with Adrian,great guy so knowledgeable and friendly highly recommended and the tour was very well organised
Iris P
Iris P
2023-04-26
Verified
Stunning experience at Cotopaxi! Had an amazing day with Adrian as our guide.We firstly visited the cotopaxi museum and after an interesting tour we continued our trip to the vulcano. Adrian perfectly led us to the Jose Rivas Refuge and looked after everyone in the group. After reaching the top we had a hot choco and continued to descend. The views were stunning! The trip was closed by a visit to Laguna Limpiopungo and a late lunch at a nearby hacienda. Would totally recommend this trip!
Liliana R
Liliana R
2023-04-26
Verified
Amazing Day Tour with Adrian This was a wonderful day adventure. The tour started in Quito. We have been picked up at our Hostel. They arrived at time and we didn‘t had to wait any minute.Adrian, our guide, was very knowledgeable and caring.His explanations and well-chosen stops helped everyone prepare for the hike. We stopped at the interpretation center and Adrian gave a guided tour there.Adrian led the hike on Cotopaxi and made sure every group member had measured their physical preparation and was safe in the weather and environment.He was caring about everyone during the around 1 hour hike and made breaks when we needed.The lunch stop was a cute small restaurant with tasty food!Highly recommend our tour guide Adrian (he speaks flawless English and Spanish).
Caio C
Caio C
2023-04-10
Verified
Breathtaking, challenging, and great company! What an amazing experience. Very well scheduled tour with an amazing Crew! It got to a point that it didn't even matter that the weather was not on our side, because anywhere you look, will take your breath away (the altitude helps). Tour guide Jessica was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, offering us a great informative experience!
rosaura
rosaura
2023-03-20
Verified
Una experiencia inolvidable Desde el inicio Verónica y el conductor, fueron muy cálidos, en el trayecto Verónica nos fue explicando todo con muchos detalles y en ambos idiomas (español e inglés) al llegar al Parque Nacional Cotopaxi la experiencia fue alucinante, el camino demanda su sacrificio y me encantó que cuando por algunas circunstancias nos quedabamos atrás ella siempre nos esperaba y nos daba ánimos igualmente nos daba tips para hacerlo más llevadero!! También cuando necesitábamos algunas fotos siempre estaba dispuesta ❤️❤️❤️Recomendado al 100% Gracias Verónica y Carlos por mostrarnos su país de una manera tan maravillosa!

What you will do

  • Direct pick-up from your hostel or hotel in Quito to begin the trip to Cotopaxi (exact time will depend on which neighborhood you are located in)
    Pickups between 07h00 a 07h45
    End of the tour between 18h00 y 18h30
  • Very close to Quito is the second highest volcano in Ecuador, the Cotopaxi has 5,897 meters above sea level and is active. On our one-day tour you can visit this protected area and climb to the first refuge at 4,864 meters above sea level.
  • We will leave Quito early and take the Pan-American highway to the South, we will make a small stop to buy something to eat (food not included), to use the bathrooms and use the cash machine if required.
  • Then we enter the Cotopaxi National Park, where we register and we can access the protected area.
  • The first stop is at the Limpiopungo lagoon, from this point we can observe the different species of birds, native plants of the area and the volcanoes near the park.
  • Then we will visit the Mariscal Sucre Interpretation Center, where there is an exhibition of photographs and information about the Cotopaxi volcano.
  • Finally we will go up to the parking lot to start our walk to the José Rivas refuge located at 4,864 meters above sea level. The walk can take between an hour and an hour and a half, the most important thing is to enjoy the road and the beautiful landscape.
  • On our way back to Quito we will make a stop for lunch at a farm near Cotopaxi. We recommend you try the delicious potato locro for the cold. (Lunch not included)
  • Return to Quito, direct drop-off at your hotel/hostel in Quito.

It includes

  • Private touristic transportation
  • Pickups and drop off from hotel in Quito
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance to the National Park
  • Guided walk at Limpiopungo lake
  • Hike to the first refuge with the guide

Not included

  • Food
  • Tips

What to bring

  • Coat
  • Cap
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Passport (to get the stamp at the José Rivas Refuge)
From $49
Shared tour

$49 / person

Small groups

$ 59  / person (3 PAX)
$ 75  / person (2 PAX)

Karina C
Karina C
2023-05-19
Verified
Tour a Quilotoa! Realizamos el tour a Quilotoa con Best Trip Ecuador y fue una excelente decisión. El lugar es hermoso, el recorrido lleno de paisajes bellos y una visita grata a la casa de don Julian, sin embargo lo mejor de este tour fue nuestra guía IRENE que con su carisma y personalidad demuestra pasión y amor por su país y por su trabajo. Irene te explica cada detalle con paciencia y dedicación, recomiendo 100% este tour.
Jonah S
Jonah S
2023-05-10
Verified
Great Trip to Cotopaxi The trip was amazing!! I loved how engaging Veronica was and how we got many opportunities to stop, take pictures and hang out as a group!
John
John
2023-05-03
Verified
Fantastic value! Challenging hike, but the satisfaction was worth the effort. Jessy was an amazing, knowledgeable, and very patient guide. I was fortunate to be with a great group of people, and we had a wonderful day.
Nickole
Nickole
2023-05-03
Verified
Just do it! It's AMAZING! Best day ever on my trip! Jessica was out guide for 9 people on the tour and she rocked! She gave lots of details and history about Quito, Cotopaxi and the volcanoes around the area. Silvio was our driver. Kudos to his fabulous driving skills. Hiking up Cotopaxi was by far the hardest thing I have done. With hiking pokes, altitude, rain and much wind i had to stop multiple times to catch my breath and Jessica was amazing on motivating me to do it. It was a beautiful day with great views. Plus we saw over 200 wild horses, wild deer, birds native to the area and a native fox met all of us at the parking lot. Topped off with a great lunch and for me a chance to see an alpaca and Llama. I highly recommend this tour with Quito Bus Tours.
Andrew R
Andrew R
2023-04-28
Verified
Great guide, amazing views. Very nice and friendly tour guide. The hike was challenging but he was helpful and patient with me. I definitely recommend this day tour for some great views.
Dhiren R
Dhiren R
2023-04-26
Verified
Adrian was a legend,highly recommended!! Fantastic experience with Adrian,great guy so knowledgeable and friendly highly recommended and the tour was very well organised
Iris P
Iris P
2023-04-26
Verified
Stunning experience at Cotopaxi! Had an amazing day with Adrian as our guide.We firstly visited the cotopaxi museum and after an interesting tour we continued our trip to the vulcano. Adrian perfectly led us to the Jose Rivas Refuge and looked after everyone in the group. After reaching the top we had a hot choco and continued to descend. The views were stunning! The trip was closed by a visit to Laguna Limpiopungo and a late lunch at a nearby hacienda. Would totally recommend this trip!
Liliana R
Liliana R
2023-04-26
Verified
Amazing Day Tour with Adrian This was a wonderful day adventure. The tour started in Quito. We have been picked up at our Hostel. They arrived at time and we didn‘t had to wait any minute.Adrian, our guide, was very knowledgeable and caring.His explanations and well-chosen stops helped everyone prepare for the hike. We stopped at the interpretation center and Adrian gave a guided tour there.Adrian led the hike on Cotopaxi and made sure every group member had measured their physical preparation and was safe in the weather and environment.He was caring about everyone during the around 1 hour hike and made breaks when we needed.The lunch stop was a cute small restaurant with tasty food!Highly recommend our tour guide Adrian (he speaks flawless English and Spanish).
Caio C
Caio C
2023-04-10
Verified
Breathtaking, challenging, and great company! What an amazing experience. Very well scheduled tour with an amazing Crew! It got to a point that it didn't even matter that the weather was not on our side, because anywhere you look, will take your breath away (the altitude helps). Tour guide Jessica was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, offering us a great informative experience!
rosaura
rosaura
2023-03-20
Verified
Una experiencia inolvidable Desde el inicio Verónica y el conductor, fueron muy cálidos, en el trayecto Verónica nos fue explicando todo con muchos detalles y en ambos idiomas (español e inglés) al llegar al Parque Nacional Cotopaxi la experiencia fue alucinante, el camino demanda su sacrificio y me encantó que cuando por algunas circunstancias nos quedabamos atrás ella siempre nos esperaba y nos daba ánimos igualmente nos daba tips para hacerlo más llevadero!! También cuando necesitábamos algunas fotos siempre estaba dispuesta ❤️❤️❤️Recomendado al 100% Gracias Verónica y Carlos por mostrarnos su país de una manera tan maravillosa!

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Full Day Tour