Cotopaxi National Reserve Hike Day Trip

Day Trips & Excursions in Ecuador

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Take an exciting hike into Cotopaxi Volcano National Park. Start the day driving through the Avenue of the Volcanoes deep into the spectacular and unique Andean Pármo. Once in the iconic National Park hike to the Limpiopungo Lake and afterwards take a hike to Cotopaxi First Refugee. The day-trip includes Lunch. A professional guide will accompany you.
At 8am approx. we leave Quito by car driving south for approx. 1.5-hour through the Pan-American highway aka. Avenue of the Volcanoes. We'll then reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park and the get ready to enjoy a fresh Andean-style breakfast. Drive through pine forest and soon reach the Interpretation Center Mariscal and get to know the volcano and its unique fauna and flora. Afterwards, and depending on the physical abilities of the group, drive towards Limpiopungo Lake located at 3.800 m or Rinconada camping zone, to enjoy a hike around this stunning environment to observe birds and the magnificent view of Cotopaxi Volcano Afterwards, get ready yo climb up to the first refugee of the Volcano. The climb has a moderate level for beginners but we do reccommend you acclimatize first before this day trip.  A stop between activities will give us time to enjoy a well-deserved lunch to regain strength.   Say goodbye to the volcano and get in the van again to drive back. We'll be reaching Quito at around 4pm. NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of this tour and the given that Cotopaxi is an active volcano, this itinerary may vary.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (hotels within the urban perimeter of Quito ONLY) 
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Transport to/from Quito - Cotopaxi National Park
  • Lunch
  • Hiking Trip

What’s not included

  • Additional food and drinks.
  • Gratuities (optional)
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