Home to one of the highest and most active volcanoes in the world, it is this which draws the majority of visitors to Cotopaxi National Park. Many opt to do the Cotopaxi volcano hike, either as part of a group tour or independently from Latacunga. Most trips will take you up to the glacier, however, with a specialised mountain guide, it is possible to reach the summit.
As well as the volcano, Laguna Limpiopungo is another popular attraction within the park. This lake provides a wonderful location for wildlife viewing and there is the chance of spotting hummingbirds, wild rabbits and nesting Andean gulls.
High season is from January through to May, however, the latter two months can be quite rainy. No matter what time of the year you plan to visit, always make sure to come prepared for all weather conditions.
- Landmass: 333.9km²
- Entrance fee: Free
- Best time to visit: January-March
How to get to Cotopaxi National Park
Located just a short trip from Ecuador’s capital Quito, Cotopaxi National Park is the ideal destination for a day trip. Hike and bike day trips to Cotopaxi Volcano can be arranged from Quito or you can hop on a bus to Latacunga and then transfer to another bus to reach the park.
Cotopaxi National Park Protection
Cotopaxi National Park protects the second tallest summit in Ecuador as well as one of the highest volcanoes in the world. The park was created to make certain that civilization did not encroach the mountain and take away from the exquisite landscape the mountain affords visitors who come to explore the area.
Along with the Galapagos Islands, Cotopaxi is one of the best natural attractions of the country. Keeping the landscape serene for future generations was a priority to the citizens and government of Ecuador.