Cotopaxi National Park is home to Ecuador’s most captivatingly photogenic volcano. Towering at 5897 meters the giant Cotopaxi peak boasts a perfectly symmetrical snow-capped cone, and picturesque surrounding parkland.
Travel through the amazing landscape of the Avenue of the Volcanoes towards Cotopaxi Volcano.
Hike on the second highest peak in Ecuador and one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
Enjoy a stunning scenery, crisp mountain air at Cotopaxi National Park at a short drive from Quito.
Step into the Paramo biodiversity at Limpiopungo Lagoon, climb up to the glaciers (depends on weather conditions).
Enjoy an optional horseback ride or biking adventure on the ladders of Cotopaxi Volcano.
Your vehicle leaves the hostel about 8.15am, returning by about 1.30-2pm. We have a quick tour of the national park as we drive all the way up to the parking area at approx 4,600m. From the parking area we trek up to the refuge at 4,800m to enjoy a hot drink and snacks before heading up to the glacier at over 5,ooom/17,000 ft (conditions permitting). We then trek back down to the parking area and drive down to approx 4,000m. For those who chose to do the mountain biking* – jump on! The first section is moderately steep before the trail levels out. Most of the ride is more “coasting” rather than steep hardcore downhill. We then load the bikes back on to the vehicle before heading back to the hostel for a late lunch. $38 pp *plus $5 – $10 extra if you wish to do the biking.
Not staying at The Secret garden Cotopaxi? No problem, contact us and we can pick you up from anywhere you want ( with extra transport cost)
Permits to enter protected areas
Extra food and drinks.