Take a weekend excursion to Cotopaxi! Only a short one- to two-hour trip from Quito, Cotopaxi National Park is one of the most impressive parks in Ecuador. It is a popular destination for those looking to hike, climb, horseback ride, and enjoy the stunning scenery.
The park also contains the famed Cotopaxi Volcano. This active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains has a height of 5,897 m and is one of the world’s highest volcanoes. It is also one of the few equatorial glaciers. Its eruptions have created numerous valleys formed by mudflows around the volcano, making it spectacular scenery. But don’t worry! Local authorities are well trained in safety precautions and will prevent hikes if it is unsafe to do so.
On your trip to Cotopaxi National Park, you can explore the Rumipamba waterfall and caves or take a trip to the Limpiopungo lagoon for views of the volcano. Visit local haciendas and well-preserved Inca sites, such as the
Pucará del Salitre Inca. You will also get a chance to experience Cotopaxi’s ecosystem that is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Wildlife you may come across includes pumas, bears, rabbits, condors, wild horses, and foxes.
A trip to Ecuador means visiting the Cotopaxi National Park to enjoy the stunning scenery and experiencing Cotopaxi Volcano is a must!