Explore Cotopaxi National Park
Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands
You approach through the aptly-named Avenue of the Volcanoes, journeying in the shadows cast by a parade of volcanic peaks. As the air thins and the altitude climbs, you reach Cotopaxi – one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
Easily accessible as a daytrip from Quito, you can choose from guided hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding to enjoy the park’s natural beauty. Follow trails peppered with pre-Colombian ruins, then trek beside the tranquil waters of Lake Limpiopungo. Look out for wild horses, llamas, Andean condor among the plentiful wildlife which the call the park home. You may even be lucky enough to spot the rare spectacled bear or elusive puma.
Cotopaxi’s perfectly conical volcano stands at 5,897 metres and is Ecuador’s second highest mountain. Translated as ‘Neck of the Moon’ in the local Quechua language, it’s the centrepiece of the national park. If you’re a serious trekker, the challenge of the ascent to the top can be done as part of a specialist guided camping trek.