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Climbing Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi National Park
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2 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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English, Espanol


Climbing Cotopaxi Volcano

Rising majestically against the backdrop of the Ecuadorian landscape, Cotopaxi stands as a testament to nature’s grandeur and human determination. As the second-highest active volcano in the world, this iconic peak beckons adventurers to embrace its challenges and revel in its breathtaking beauty.

Cotopaxi is more than a mountain; it’s an embodiment of Ecuador’s rugged soul. Its snow-capped peak pierces the sky at 5,897 meters (19,347 feet), an imposing yet inviting presence for climbers and nature enthusiasts alike. The volcano’s symmetrical cone, often adorned with a delicate wisp of cloud, has earned it the title of “The Queen of the Andes.”

Cotopaxi National Park, its realm, is a sanctuary for awe and exploration. Trekking through its pristine trails, you’ll encounter diverse ecosystems and witness the transition from verdant valleys to rocky landscapes to shimmering icefields. The park’s bio-diverse wonders, from unique high-altitude flora to elusive wildlife, create an enchanting narrative of survival in an extreme environment.

For those who heed the call of adventure, scaling Cotopaxi’s slopes is a pinnacle achievement. Guided by experts who possess an intimate understanding of the mountain’s nuances, climbers forge a connection with the land and the challenge it presents. The thrill of each step, the camaraderie of fellow climbers, and the triumph of reaching the summit shape an indelible memory.

Yet, Cotopaxi’s allure extends beyond its physical grandeur. It’s a symbol of Ecuador’s resilience and a reminder of our place in the natural world. It’s an invitation to explore the extraordinary, to step outside our comfort zones, and to embrace the raw, unfiltered beauty that the world has to offer.

Cotopaxi is a beacon of both introspection and exhilaration, drawing us to its slopes to discover the strength within ourselves and the wonder that lies beyond. It’s not just a mountain; it’s an embodiment of the human spirit’s yearning for connection, adventure, and the pursuit of greatness.

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  • We meet in our office at 10am where our guide will help us with all the gear and the necessary stuff for this adventure. Climbing Cotopaxi takes 2 days and a good physical condition is highly recommended; remmenber in Ecuador the mountains aren´t technical but they are tough due the altitude and the Mountain's shapes
  • After we have everything we need, we departure towards Cotopaxi Volcano which we reach in about 2:30hr. By car we reach 4.500mt where is the parking place and from where we do an easy hiking to the José Rivas Refuge .
  • Being in the refuge we look for a place for the night. After a light lunch we will go to the glaciers for learning some basic techniques, late evening we will have dinner and then resting till the midnight.
  • At midnight we wake up and get ready with our gear and stuff our guide will control we don't forget anything and we'll have something warm before we start our summit.
  • From this point it takes us 6hr aproximately to reach the top, after we enjoy the dawn we start to climb down, after we get the refuge we change our clothes and then return to Banos City or we drop you off as arranged.


Meeting the Group

We meet in our office or we pick you up under request, here we fill out the registration and we control we have everything we need.

Getting Cotopaxi

In about 2:30 we reach the parking place of the Cotopaxi National Park.

Hike to the Refuge

After we reach the parking place we take our stuff and do an easy hiking to the Jose Rivas Refuge. In the refure we will look for a place for the night, we have a light lunch and in the afternoon we go the glaciers for learning some basic ice techniques.


Late in the evening we will dinner and rest till the midnight, where we start our summit.


We wake up at midnight and get ready with our equipment, we have somthing warm, after a last check to our stuff and gear. In around 6hr we reach the top, enjoy the dawn and climbing down.


We climb down to the refuge where we will change our clothes, have breakfast and return to our city.


  • Private Transportation
  • Certified Guides
  • Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • HD Pic&Vid File
  • Any ot specified service or expense

Tour's Location

Cotopaxi National Park


What to bring ?
Warm Clothes
Sun Cream/sun glasses
Hiking Shoes
Bottle of water
Extra Sknacks (Recommended)
Good Vibe
Do we need experience ?
Cotopaxi summit is not technical but hard, good aclimatization is recommended.


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