Av. Amazonas 1023 y Joaquin Pinto, Calle Cuenca N 7-37, Between Olmedo and Manabi, Isabel La Catolica No.24-641 y Salazar, , Versalles N17-199 Y Asuncion, Calle Mejia OE 6-34 Entre Benalcazar, Ramon Roca E 4-122, Av. Amazonas, San Ingnacio N27 50, Av. Gonzalez Suarez, Av. Rocafuerte oe-313 y Guayaquil, Historical Center. In front of Plaza de Santo Domingo, Calle Muros N 27-94, Gonzalez Suarez, Juan Leon Mera y Joaquin Pinto, Jeronimo Carrion 475 y Reina Victoria, Alemania E5 103, Av. La Republica, Quito, Quito, Ecuador, Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador
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Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
It is an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains. On a clear day, Cotopaxi is clearly visible on the skyline from Quito and is part of the chain of volcanoes around the Pacific plate known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. It has an almost symmetrical cone that rises from a highland plain of about 3,800 m
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Laguna de Limpiopungo, Latacunga Ecuador
Its clear but frigid waters are surrounded by small mountains and hills. It has a magnificent view of the picture in a frame of elevations such as Cotopaxi, the Sincholagua and Rumiñahui. Here you can see a great variety of birds, herds of llamas and some other species of mammals, especially rabbits and deer, among others.
Duration: 30 minutes
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
Not wheelchair accessible.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
This day trip started at 8 am in the historic district of Quito, where our tour guide greeted us at our hotel. The drive to the Volcano was educational as the tour guide provided plentiful of information about the area, the city, the history, the do's and dont's when climbing the Cotopaxi to the Refugio. We also had coca tea in a lodge at the entrance to the park to help us acclimate to the latitude. The climb can be more easy by following the switchback routes or straight up the mountain. The view from the refugio was breath-taking!
Because no one else booked this trip, I paid extra and effectively had a solo guide. I forget his name (sincere apologies), but he was absolutely amazing. The trip solo was well worth the extra cost. We hiked to the ice cap (furthest you can go without specialized equipment). The effort it took is not to be underestimated, but the reward is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever witnessed. And the sense of accomplishment cannot be described. Definitely book this and try and do it with someone who you know has the same physical abilities. Reaching the cabin is great, but continuing on to the second "peak" is where the real fun is. 100% recommend.
Anna Marie and Bolivar (our wonderful driver) picked us up at our hotel on time, then it was off to the mountain. We had stops at a viewpoint, the park entrance for some coca tea, and then to the end of the road at 15,000 feet. None of us felt like hiking the extra thousand feet to base camp, so we went down to the lagoon and hiked around it, which was wonderful. Our lovely guide Anna Marie was very knowledgeable about the plants and birds we saw. Finally we stopped for lunch in a charming restaurant in cowboy town. What a fun day!
Absolutely wonderful day with Ana Maria as a guide. She picked us up at our hotel for the two hour drive to Cotopaxi. Once there we stopped for cacao tea at the park entrance. While my husband and I were a bit concerned that the volcano was completely in the clouds, that proved to be unfounded. Turns out only one side was surrounded by clouds, the other was clear and the clouds were like a backlight to the actual summit. As the road winds around to the other side of the volcano, the summit came into full view and it was spectacular. We saw wild horses and bulls, stopped to take pictures of the wild flowers, then up the extremely bumpy road to the parking lot just below the Refuge. My husband climbs and hikes a lot so he made it up to the refuge and then kept going to the glacier, though more slowly than usual given the altitude. I'm not very athletic or in very good shape so only managed about 200 feet up the path, which is really more like a shifting vertical sand pile. You can really feel the pressure on the heart and lungs at 14000 feet and the two prior days on altitude sickness pills really didn't make a difference -- I could barely breathe and after 10 steps my heart was pounding out of my chest. Luckily I was in good company -- lots of people stopping every few feet and Ana Maria was wonderful, stayed with me the entire time. We got up to a prominent look out and rested for a while then began the slow descent back to the car while my husband went on ahead. Walking down a near vertical shifting sand pile can be a bit dangerous too, as it turns out, and we saw quite a few people fall down. The scariest was a man who was rushing a small child, maybe about 6 or 7, down the mountain as the child was clearly beginning to suffer altitude sickness -- that made the dangers a bit real for me. But honestly I doubt I was in any real danger since I had decided to turn back early rather than try to struggle through to the Refuge. Ana Maria and I had a good time talking in her car about Ecuadorian and American culture while we waited for my husband. On the way back to the city we stopped at an excellent restaurant for a late lunch of locro soup, pork and chocolate ice cream accompanied by a glass of soursop. The ride back into the city was interesting too as we cut through numerous neighborhoods and it made me appreciate the sheer size and depth of the city. We were both pretty tired by the end but would certainly recommend this tour and the guide, Ana Maria, to anyone who wants to visit Ecuador's favorite and spectacular volcano. Even people who aren't in very good shape like me will be well taken care of by the guide and those who are more in shape can easily follow the trails to the Refuge and the glacier beyond plus there are so many other hikers you can just follow them so don't really need a guide from the parking lot. In fact, I think the guide is more helpful for people who can't make it -- Ana Maria was very reassuring and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to talk.
No doubt that both the driver and the guide were immensely helpful to me and my wife They were both knowledgeable and willing to share their ideas, views, and suggestions regarding Ecuadorian cuisine, folklore, and way of thinking. Being my wife and I Costa Rican, having these gentlemen with us helped us comprehend more the local culture and their way of doing things in regards to anything linked to our hike in Cotopaxi and around the glacial lagoon at the foot of the mountain.
The trip to Cotopaxi was a thrilling experience for both my wife and I who really want to thank you, Viator, for the challenging experience we had in Ecuador. Some of the best and most outstanding photographs we took were here in spite of the cold weather 2C, the windy atmosphere charged with tiny drops of rain, the altitude that affects your breathing. It is a trip for people who are willing to take themselves to other limits beyond our usual city-dwelling life.
Tour guide Francisco completely made this tour fantastic for us. His positive personality and knowledge of the area made this one of the best tours of our travels.
I had a great guide and the weather cleared so we could see most of the mountain.
Awesome experience but beware of the altitude.
tough climb but great views
Awesome excursion! Our guide, Carolina, was great...very knowledge about Ecuador, Quito, and the Andean volcanoes. The hike up the Cotopaxi isnt an easy one but I made to 15,953ft above sea levels do it was extremely satisfying! Lunch was very tasty as well!
Excellent tour. Great guide. We were able to customize out experience because we were not doing well at high altitude. Highly recommend.
Our guide, Francisco was great. He gave great advice to me and my brother for our first hike at high elevation. The hike was tough but totally worth it. It was beautiful, fresh air, and great scenery. One of the highlights of the trip! We opted for the private tour with lunch. Definitely worth the extra money for the small trip and really great lunch!
We had an amazing time on the Cotopaxi day trip from Quito. Our guide, Daniel, made the trip so fun and taught us so much about the park and Ecuador in general. He always put our safety first which was greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend this tour if you enjoy outdoor adventures!
This was an excellent tour and hike. We cannot say enough about our guide Suffice to say he was excellent. We highly recommend this excursion.
Our private tour To Cotopaxi with Rodrigo was awesome! We were picked up promptly and enjoyed an informative ride to Cotopaxi. The hike and views were amazing and well timed. He made sure we got to pick up souvenirs and chocolate along the way. The lunch spot he picked was beyond delicious! Must Go!
This was a magnificent experience from the start along the Avenue of the volcanoes. Our guide, Rigo, was so informative. The icing on the cake had to be Cotopaxi national park. We had a beautiful view of Cotopaxi from the valley with the wild horses. Then the drive up, close to Refugio was an adventure in itself. We hiked the last hour to Refugio which was a welcome rest spot at almost 16,000 ft. The views were awesome until the mist descended. Fortunately our guide was very familiar with these conditions and we headed back down to the sound of thunder. We were surprised to find the valley we had left bathed in sunshine, just 2 hours before, was now covered in hailstone making it an even more magical experience.
Great tour. Great guide team!
we signed up for the wrong tour but our guide was flexible and accommodated us. While the others hiked up Cotopaxi, we went with the driver to the lake.
Wow! First this tour was beautiful. The scenery and the guide were excellent. I unfortunately could not walk up to the summit due to respiratory issues but the guide made sure I was taken care of. My husband walked a bit of the way and then came back. I also loved the lunch spot, on a ranch, and it was delicious and peaceful!
Fantastic experience. I highly recommend Daniel and this tour. Very personal experience just my wife and me. Learned a lot about Ecuador life that you'd never get in a larger group. Daniel took us to Cotopaxi via back roads so we go to see local view. Like traveling with a friend.
Nadia was a very knowledgable tour guide and the tour was very interesting.
My husband and I went to Ecuador to celebrate our first year anniversary and one of the most exciting thing we did was to hike the Cotopaxi volcano on the day of our anniversary. Our tour guide was Alfonso Freire. He was the most amazing guide ever. He was on time, he is very professional, patient and has excellent customer service expertise. the trip to the Cotopaxi was extraordinary but Alfonso make our experience unforceful. Very please with Viator and Alfonso.
Miriam and Tom !!
Great experience. Nice to get out of busy Quito to see the countryside. Cotopaxi park is beautiful. Hike is a challenge with the altitude, but worth it. Our guide and driver were excellent.
We hiked on March 17, 2017 and this was definitely the highlight of our trip. It was cold and snowing which was perfect for us because we don't get snow back home in Florida. I booked a private tour for our family of four so that we could maintain our own pace as we hiked up the mountain. Our guide Daniel was great as he knows the mountain well. Please do not make this your first excursion of your trip if you are not used to high elevations. Give yourself 2-3 days to become acclimated to the elevations in Ecuador. You will hike to 15,953 feet where there is a refuge. Plan on spending a few dollars there sandwiches, snacks, hot chocolate, tea, etc. to support the locals. It makes the decent down much easier if you stop to rest and snack there.
Raul was our tour guide and he was was GREAT! He gave us information about Quito on our drive there and back. He was very knowledgeable about the National Park and the Volcano. We were able to drive to the upper parking area. Unfortunately the weather was not real clear but the views were still fabulous. It started to snow/sleet while we were at the upper parking area so we decided against the walk to base camp. But we took time to walk around the lake and see the wildlife there. Raul stopped anywhere we wanted to take pictures and suggested some that we did not think of. We purchased the lunch option and so glad we did. We stopped at a local restaurant and had one of the best if not the best meal of our vacation. It was definitely worth the money we spent. It also gave us time to talk to Raul about Ecuador. At the end of the tour Raul stopped at a Super Market and went in with us to help us purchase chocolate and coffee. Raul was a great driver and tour guide and he made this experience one we will always remember.