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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Due to COVID-19 precaution measures visit to Cotopaxi National Park is limited until further notice. But it is possible that it will be fully open on 15th September 2020.

Ecuador approved resumption of commercial flight operations. All travelers arriving in Ecuador should provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country. As long as the traveler does not present symptoms of COVID, the traveler does not need to perform mandatory preventive quarantine and they may freely move within the continental territory of Ecuador.

If you are interested in climbing Cotopaxi in 2020-2021, send us a request and we will keep you informed about the situation.


Cotopaxi Volcano

Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, located in the Latacunga canton of Cotopaxi Province, about 50 km (31 mi) south of Quito, and 33 km (21 mi) northeast of the city of Latacunga, Ecuador, in South America. It is the second highest summit in Ecuador, reaching a height of 5,897 m (19,347 ft). It is one of the world's highest volcanoes.
Basic Info
Altitude
Location: South America, Ecuador
Known for: The highest stratovolcano in the World
Activity type: hiking, climbing, skiing
5897 m
3 397 m
Summit(s): North Summit (5897)
Prominence: 2 500 m
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Discover Cotopaxi

An active stratovolcano

The highest active volcano in the World, Cotopaxi, located on the Eastern mountain range of the Republic of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi volcano stands out as one of the most feared in the world, not only for its fierceness when burning, but also for the frequency of its eruptions, and especially owing to the number of people who are annually affected by this volcano. This natural colossus impresses with its high altitude of approximately 5,897 meters above sea level. They say its crater rises above a blanket of clouds, as if to caress the sky.

An active stratovolcano

The highest active volcano in the World, Cotopaxi, located on the Eastern mountain range of the Republic of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi volcano stands out as one of the most feared in the world, not only for its fierceness when burning, but also for the frequency of its eruptions, and especially owing to the number of people who are annually affected by this volcano. This natural colossus impresses with its high altitude of approximately 5,897 meters above sea level. They say its crater rises above a blanket of clouds, as if to caress the sky.


Unique bold nature

No matter where you are, in the Cotopaxi National Park, where you look you will have an exceptional view that will awaken in you a feeling of absolute freedom, while you live with species of flora and fauna of the area such as: cougars, wolves moors, white-tailed deer, alpacas and llamas.
Unique bold nature

No matter where you are, in the Cotopaxi National Park, where you look you will have an exceptional view that will awaken in you a feeling of absolute freedom, while you live with species of flora and fauna of the area such as: cougars, wolves moors, white-tailed deer, alpacas and llamas.

Legendary volcano

Legend has it that the fierceness of the Cotopaxi volcano comes from an intense love triangle between Andeans. A long time ago, there lived around this place a fearsome and handsome warrior called Cotopaxi, who disputed the love of the beautiful Tungurahua with another warrior named Chimborazo. Cotopaxi in the Kichwa language means "Throat of Fire". That was the essence of this fearsome warrior who had to share the love of his beloved with Chimborazo. For years, both warriors fought in a real bloody war, but the winner of the battle was Chimborazo, who married the beautiful Tungurahua. The imposing warrior declared himself King of heights and wore white robes up to the end of his days. Soon his wife gave birth to an heir and they named him Guagua Pichincha. Legend has it that when Guagua Pichincha cries, Mama Tungurahua and the defeated Cotopaxi shudder and answer back with a major eruption. True or not, this story has passed over from one generation to another amongst the inhabitants of the slopes of the Cotopaxi volcano.

Legendary volcano

Legend has it that the fierceness of the Cotopaxi volcano comes from an intense love triangle between Andeans. A long time ago, there lived around this place a fearsome and handsome warrior called Cotopaxi, who disputed the love of the beautiful Tungurahua with another warrior named Chimborazo. Cotopaxi in the Kichwa language means "Throat of Fire". That was the essence of this fearsome warrior who had to share the love of his beloved with Chimborazo. For years, both warriors fought in a real bloody war, but the winner of the battle was Chimborazo, who married the beautiful Tungurahua. The imposing warrior declared himself King of heights and wore white robes up to the end of his days. Soon his wife gave birth to an heir and they named him Guagua Pichincha. Legend has it that when Guagua Pichincha cries, Mama Tungurahua and the defeated Cotopaxi shudder and answer back with a major eruption. True or not, this story has passed over from one generation to another amongst the inhabitants of the slopes of the Cotopaxi volcano.


Perfect for friends

Making new memories is a perfect way for reconnecting with your closest friends or bonding with new acquaintances. This journey to the highest volcano in the World is definitely an amazing playground for testing your skills with the like-minded people and having things to walk down memory lane indulging in nostalgia for years later.
Perfect for friends

Making new memories is a perfect way for reconnecting with your closest friends or bonding with new acquaintances. This journey to the highest volcano in the World is definitely an amazing playground for testing your skills with the like-minded people and having things to walk down memory lane indulging in nostalgia for years later.

Challenging and pushing boundaries

Although this is not technically the most complicated ascent, you will still face some difficulties due to Cotopaxi's height and the need to use some technical equipment. This climb will come as a good test of your skills, but will turn out to be an unforgettable experience, which you will remember and talk about for a very long time.

Challenging and pushing boundaries

Although this is not technically the most complicated ascent, you will still face some difficulties due to Cotopaxi's height and the need to use some technical equipment. This climb will come as a good test of your skills, but will turn out to be an unforgettable experience, which you will remember and talk about for a very long time.


Discover yourself and feel freedom

Climbing Cotopaxi and other neighboring peaks will become not only a test for your skills, but also a great opportunity to get in touch with you inner self. Being surrounded by a hauntingly beautiful nature and climbing to the top of the highest volcano in the world will help you take a breath from the hustle and bustle of the city life and feel freedom.
Discover yourself and feel freedom

Climbing Cotopaxi and other neighboring peaks will become not only a test for your skills, but also a great opportunity to get in touch with you inner self. Being surrounded by a hauntingly beautiful nature and climbing to the top of the highest volcano in the world will help you take a breath from the hustle and bustle of the city life and feel freedom.

Routes to сlimb Cotopaxi

"Southeast Route" is the original route to the Cotopaxi summit that was climbed 1872 by Wilhelm Reiss and Angel Escobar. Till the early 70s of the last century it was the only route to the top. But since the construction of the hut "Jose Rivas Refuge" on the north side of the volcano, most climbers began to climb Cotopaxi via "Normal Route". In recent years, the safety of the northern routes has become decreased due to the threat of ice falls and climbers began to use the original route again. Infrastructure on the south of the volcano is not as well developed as its northern slopes. The roads are worse and no any shelters there. To reach the base camp "El Morurco" you have to spend one or two days hiking from the South Entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park.

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