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.

Tom
Tom
2022-02-08
Great diverse adventures in a short period of time. Cotopaxi was an amazing experience. But truth be told, the whole adventure and connecting with Carlos (guide) and the rest of the group in our little tour was the best part, the beauty of traveling and meeting fellow travelers and adventurers. I wish the trip was even longer and we could spend more time exploring different parts of Ecuador, there is just so much to see and do. Tour was well organized, rooms and accommodations were clean, the rides were great and the sights was good and a good variety of different options were available which made it fun. I would definitely recommend.
Ilze P
Ilze P
2022-01-31
Cotopaxi day trip with gide Daniel It was a cloudy and rainy, but Daniel made my trip really enjoyable. He has a deep knowledge about mountain climbing, hiking, flora and fauna, birds, history, indigenous cultures! Very interesting conversations! Daniel is very intelligent, helpful and fun to soend a day with! Highly recommend! Thank You, Daniel!🙏👍🤗🌈🥾✌🏼
katiekroger
katiekroger
2021-12-16
Fun Excursion to Cotopaxi Visiting Cotopaxi and hiking to the base camp was awesome! The park is beautiful:) Jacqui was a great tour guide, sharing lots of interesting facts about Ecuador, telling the traditional stories about the volcanos, and sheltering at the base camp together after weathering the more the normal rain/wind/snow! Also thank you to Carlos, our driver, I had fun off-roading the dirt trails in the park. If you want to do a more personal tour then I definitely recommend this!
Luke S
Luke S
2021-12-12
Simply amazing experience What a great tour, would highly recommend this to anyone that visits Quito. Thanks Carlos & Mauricio for a memory we will never forget. One tip which might be useful: bring gloves, it can get extremely cold up there so come prepared!
Ivanna Romero
Ivanna Romero
2021-10-24
Tour a Quilotoa y Cotopaxi Los tours de Best Trip Ecuador son ideales para quienes deseen despreocuparse de la planificación de la visita a ambos atractivos. Irene y Carlos fueron unos guías excepcionales e hicieron que la experiencia al Quilotoa fuera memorable. Por otro lado, la guianza de Erika al Cotopaxi fue excelente. Quedo muy satisfecha con el servicio brindado, me gustó que me recogieran personalmente de mi Hostal, me sentí muy segura y acompañada todo el tiempo en este viaje que hice sola.
Clara B
Clara B
2021-10-21
un lapso de tiempo magico Hola, solamente un mensaje porque queremos decir muchísimas gracias a Irene y a Jacqueline, nuestras guidas que han sido mágicas con nosotros. A veces es difícil de ser turistas porque no sabemos si lo que estamos haciendo esta bien o no. Gracias a ellas, hemos podido descubrir cosas y también preguntarlas sobre todo. Ha sido muy interesante en todas las conversaciones que hemos tenido. Además, sus intervenciones en el bus y sus energías positivas solamente puede darte una sonrisa. Sin olvidar nuestro conductor: Mauricio, que ha sido parte de los dos viajes. La laguna y el volcán eran increíbles como todo el día. Poder entrar en vuestra cultura así es un privilegio y nunca seremos suficientes reconocidos por esto. Así que, solamente un muchísimas gracias a vuestros tres; merecéis mucho positivo en todo. Clara&Alex
Manuel
Manuel
2021-10-19
Cotopaxi Excelente viaje, excelente grupo. Excelente Guia. Jacky y Mauricio, los mejores. Cotopaxi es un volcan increible.
Matthias
Matthias
2021-10-19
My second Vulkan Trip at Ecuador..wonderful The hole tripp wos very very nice, the tourmanager did a great job and she is a very frindly person!!!
Erika Hernandez
Erika Hernandez
2021-10-17
Amazing Climbing Cotopaxi was definitely one of the most amazing experiences i had in Ecuador. Highly recomeneded!
Ecuadortravels
Ecuadortravels
2021-10-17
Trip to Cotopaxi Volcano Jackie was super friendly and gave an informative tour. She was happy to answer any questions we had.

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)

Tom
Tom
2022-02-08
Great diverse adventures in a short period of time. Cotopaxi was an amazing experience. But truth be told, the whole adventure and connecting with Carlos (guide) and the rest of the group in our little tour was the best part, the beauty of traveling and meeting fellow travelers and adventurers. I wish the trip was even longer and we could spend more time exploring different parts of Ecuador, there is just so much to see and do. Tour was well organized, rooms and accommodations were clean, the rides were great and the sights was good and a good variety of different options were available which made it fun. I would definitely recommend.
Ilze P
Ilze P
2022-01-31
Cotopaxi day trip with gide Daniel It was a cloudy and rainy, but Daniel made my trip really enjoyable. He has a deep knowledge about mountain climbing, hiking, flora and fauna, birds, history, indigenous cultures! Very interesting conversations! Daniel is very intelligent, helpful and fun to soend a day with! Highly recommend! Thank You, Daniel!🙏👍🤗🌈🥾✌🏼
katiekroger
katiekroger
2021-12-16
Fun Excursion to Cotopaxi Visiting Cotopaxi and hiking to the base camp was awesome! The park is beautiful:) Jacqui was a great tour guide, sharing lots of interesting facts about Ecuador, telling the traditional stories about the volcanos, and sheltering at the base camp together after weathering the more the normal rain/wind/snow! Also thank you to Carlos, our driver, I had fun off-roading the dirt trails in the park. If you want to do a more personal tour then I definitely recommend this!
Luke S
Luke S
2021-12-12
Simply amazing experience What a great tour, would highly recommend this to anyone that visits Quito. Thanks Carlos & Mauricio for a memory we will never forget. One tip which might be useful: bring gloves, it can get extremely cold up there so come prepared!
Ivanna Romero
Ivanna Romero
2021-10-24
Tour a Quilotoa y Cotopaxi Los tours de Best Trip Ecuador son ideales para quienes deseen despreocuparse de la planificación de la visita a ambos atractivos. Irene y Carlos fueron unos guías excepcionales e hicieron que la experiencia al Quilotoa fuera memorable. Por otro lado, la guianza de Erika al Cotopaxi fue excelente. Quedo muy satisfecha con el servicio brindado, me gustó que me recogieran personalmente de mi Hostal, me sentí muy segura y acompañada todo el tiempo en este viaje que hice sola.
Clara B
Clara B
2021-10-21
un lapso de tiempo magico Hola, solamente un mensaje porque queremos decir muchísimas gracias a Irene y a Jacqueline, nuestras guidas que han sido mágicas con nosotros. A veces es difícil de ser turistas porque no sabemos si lo que estamos haciendo esta bien o no. Gracias a ellas, hemos podido descubrir cosas y también preguntarlas sobre todo. Ha sido muy interesante en todas las conversaciones que hemos tenido. Además, sus intervenciones en el bus y sus energías positivas solamente puede darte una sonrisa. Sin olvidar nuestro conductor: Mauricio, que ha sido parte de los dos viajes. La laguna y el volcán eran increíbles como todo el día. Poder entrar en vuestra cultura así es un privilegio y nunca seremos suficientes reconocidos por esto. Así que, solamente un muchísimas gracias a vuestros tres; merecéis mucho positivo en todo. Clara&Alex
Manuel
Manuel
2021-10-19
Cotopaxi Excelente viaje, excelente grupo. Excelente Guia. Jacky y Mauricio, los mejores. Cotopaxi es un volcan increible.
Matthias
Matthias
2021-10-19
My second Vulkan Trip at Ecuador..wonderful The hole tripp wos very very nice, the tourmanager did a great job and she is a very frindly person!!!
Erika Hernandez
Erika Hernandez
2021-10-17
Amazing Climbing Cotopaxi was definitely one of the most amazing experiences i had in Ecuador. Highly recomeneded!
Ecuadortravels
Ecuadortravels
2021-10-17
Trip to Cotopaxi Volcano Jackie was super friendly and gave an informative tour. She was happy to answer any questions we had.

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