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Cotopaxi Day Trip

from Quito

Pick up at several hotels located in the 3 main areas of the city of Quito: 

  • La Carolina Park, Plaza Foch, Plaza Grande
    Pickups are between 07h00 a 08h00 am
  • End of the tour between 7 pm approximately, depending on the traffic on the roads.
 

The Cotopaxi volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. It is located in the area called ¨Avenida de los Volcanes¨, on our one-day tour you will be able to see this almost perfect snow-capped cone of 5,897 meters above sea level, the second highest volcano from Ecuador.

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Full Day Trip to Cotopaxi

Pickups

  • We will make the pick-ups at several hotels located in the 3 main areas of Quito.
  • If you want to be picked up from another point further away, we can do it with an additional payment, you have to write to us and we will coordinate your boarding.
  • Pick ups are always reconfirmed until the night before the tour departure, if one day before the departure of the tour, if you have yet to receive the confirmation, you can write to WhatsApp at 0983359-796.

Machachi town stop

  • We begin our journey south along the Pan-American highway, we will make the first stop in Machachi where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast (Breakfast not included), there are several options that you can buy, as well as snacks and drinks for the road, since lunch it will be late in the afternoon.
  • At this stop you can also use the bathrooms and the ATM. It is preferable to carry cash to make the payment in restaurants and craft shops since most do not accept payment by credit card.

Cotopaxi National Park

  • We continue our trip to the Cotopaxi National Park, along the way you will be able to observe landscapes of the Andean paramo, upon arrival at the park the guide will register and we will be ready to enjoy this incredible place.

Limpiopungo lagoon

  • The first stop is in the Limpiopungo lagoon, it is located at 3,800 meters above sea level and covers approximately 200 hectares. Around the lagoon there are a large number of reed plants, as well as native medicinal plants. You can also see Andean gulls flying around the lagoon, ducks, curiquingues and other birds.

Mariscal Sucre Interpretation Center

  • We will visit the Mariscal Sucre Interpretation Center located at 4,810 masl, it has several exhibition rooms, a souvenir shop and a cafeteria. Here you will find an exhibition of photographs and information about the Cotopaxi volcano.

Volcano parking

  • We will go up to the parking lot at 4,500 masl to begin our walk to the José Rivas refuge. In the parking lot it is very common to see moorland foxes and Curiquingues.

Trek to José Rivas Refuge 4.864 masl

  • At this stop our adventure begins walking in the second highest volcano in Ecuador, the walk up and down can last between two hours and two and a half hours depending on your physical condition and weather conditions, remember that the most important thing is to enjoy the path and beautiful scenery.
  • Finally we will arrive at the José Rivas Refuge, where you will be able to enjoy an incredible view and depending on the season you will be able to observe the snow up close. The refuge has bathrooms, coffee shop services, we recommend you to have a coca tea so you don’t suffer from the altitude, you will also have food options, remember to bring cash since they do not accept other forms of payment.
  • In this place you can also stamp your passport with the official Cotopaxi stamp so that you always remember that you made this hike to the second highest volcano in Ecuador.

Stop for lunch (late lunch)

  • Finally we will make a stop for lunch (Lunch not included) at a farm near Cotopaxi, with various options from tourist menus to typical dishes, we recommend you try the rich potato locro for the cold.

Return to Quito

  • Return to Quito for disembarkation in the same boarding places.
  • Note: The order of the visits may vary according to weather conditions.

It includes

  • Private touristic transportation
  • Pickups and drop off from some hotels in Quito
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Entrance to the National Park
  • Visit to Mariscal Sucre Interpretation Center
  • Guided walk at Limpiopungo lake
  • Hike to the first refuge José Rivas at 15.744 ft

Not included

  • Food
  • Tips
  • Others

Recommendations

  • Wear warm clothes, walking shoes, face mask, glasses, water, cap, gloves, scarf.
  • If you wish to have a stamp in your passport when visiting Cotopaxi, bring the original passport, otherwise bring a copy or photo of the passport.

 

Recent travelers reviews

Ronaldo Júnior
Ronaldo Júnior
2024-01-11
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Best guide ever!! Ernesto is one of the greatest guides I ever had! Lot of information during all the tour, always with a smile in the face and offering to take pictures! Gave us enought time to do everything, stopping in all the points we asked and pointed animals during all the way! 100% honest, knows everything about cotopaxi and loves climbing mountains and volcanos! Excellent restaurant for breakfast with good prices. Gave us a gift at the end of the tour, totally recommend him!!
Inspire14091247062
Inspire14091247062
2024-01-05
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COTOPAXI CON DANIELA Que experiencia más Asombrosa. El Parque Nacional COTOPAXI. Con guía (Daniela) fue mágica. Espiritual. De reconocimiento y respeto a una maravilla natural. A un Pueblo diverso y sus Cosmovisiones. El Chocolate con pimienta dulce y el te de hoja de coca. Previnieron el "Soroche" y estubieron de...li..cio...sos. Daniela nuestra guía hace su labor con mucho amor... Contagia su buena vibra... Si tienen niños ella es la guía indicada 🤓🥰
Mark B
Mark B
2023-12-30
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A Great Experience We toured Mindo, the equator and Cotapaxi with this organization. They were to flight. Always on time. Always prepared. Very considerate (they even brought my son’s hat back and left it at the front desk). I highly recommend them!
Jaime C
Jaime C
2023-12-19
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Una bonita experiencia, lo recomiendo fue una experiencia inolvidable, Dani fue una excelente guía la atención el trato muy amable. volvería a ir
Richard H
Richard H
2023-12-04
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Great day with amazing views It was a fantastic day with excellent views, we were lucky to have sunny weather which isn't always the case - prepare for anything! Adrian was a fantastic guide, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and a great help on the hike itself. I've done lots of hiking before but this was the first one at altitude, you definitely notice the difference! The best advice is to take your time with the hike, great advice that Adrian provided. I'd definitely recommend this tour if you have free time in Quito.
Laura N
Laura N
2023-11-22
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Lo pasamos genial! Tuvimos mucha suerte de tener a Mauro y Mauricio como nuestros guías!!! Lo pasamos realmente bien y tuvimos tiempo suficiente para subir al refugio de Cotopaxi y también se aseguraron de que fuéramos juntos!!! Había muy buena vibe! Nos gustó también mucho el sitio donde comimos y poder darle de comer a las Alpacas :) muy recomendado!!!!
Christina
Christina
2023-09-26
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i would strongly recommend this day tour! our guide was amazing!! i learned so much the entire day. i would strongly recommend this day tour!!
Edgar P
Edgar P
2023-09-20
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Un viaje muy especial al Cotopaxi El tour fue muy completo e interesante, la ruta hacia el cotopaxi ofrece muchas vistas espectaculares y se consiguen excelentes fotos. La subida al cotopaxi es algo pesada pero nuestra guía Dany nos dió tips para que no fuera tan difícil y todo el tiempo nos esperaba si nos quedabamos atras, también nos contó mucha información sobre el Cotopaxi y los demás volcanes, además nos contó varias leyendas muy interesantes. Un tour muy recomendado sobre todo con Dany.
Sally M
Sally M
2023-08-26
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Beautiful day Enjoyable day. Tour guide arrived in time to pick us up and made sure we had everything we needed during the day. The walk into the crater was beautiful but if you're older, you'll need to take your time and watch your footing. Hiking sticks helped. Unless you are in peak condition, be sure to reserve a horse for the ride up. Even the 20 something's were breathing hard and resting a lot. I would definitely recommend this tour. Great company and very organized.
Elainn
Elainn
2023-08-18
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Una aventura El tour estuvo muy bien, con tiempo para adaptarse a la altura y demás. Lamentablemente el clima no ayudó ya que había mucho viento. Eso hizo que la subida al refugio fuera un poco más complicada. Igual, este hecho acrecentó el sentido de aventura (aunque no obtuve las mejores fotos del volcán). Al descenso nos encontramos con dos zorros. A la hora del almuerzo fuimos a un sitio donde uno podía alimentar a las llamas y a los patos. Muy completo todo.