Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Province

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Explore the 33,393 hectares (82,516 acres) of Cotopaxi National Park, centered on an eponymous volcano and sheltering Andean wolves, llamas, deer, pumas, and a vast array of birds. Hike through the humid mountain forest at low elevations and the snowy reaches of the hills surrounding the volcano, which saw its last significant eruption in 1904. Periods of heightened seismic activity--such as in late 2015--can result in restricted access to the park, so be sure to check with local authorities before planning your trip. Use our Tanicuchi trip maker to visit Cotopaxi National Park on your trip to Tanicuchi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Arrived, I inquired about the price of admission. the person I met told me about USD60 for two (!) that I refused. Then, I saw a sign announcing that l.entree is actually free. So I tried to access the Park, but the me in were denied access on the grounds (which is stated nowhere) I was driving a motorcycle. Only proposed alternatives: wait for a car to tourists and ask them to accompany them. Waiting 30 minutes, not seen one in low season (early March) or addressing guides (USD60)... it is a scandal. I never met such an attitude throughout my trip from 4 months to bike in South America. I fear somewhat is a corruption of a deal between guides and unscrupulous guards. I could not access the Park... Dismal experience
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  • We did a horseback riding + small hiking trip to the national park. We got to enjoy the beautiful highlands beneath the summit of the snow covered cotopaxi. We also got to visit the laguna and had som...  more »
  • On our car tour we roamed the Corazones also and wanted to see one of the symbols of the South American continent. The transport to the northern entrance is slightly bumpy, and takes a little more time. Here the most accommodations close to the Park, are very beautiful location our the 2 km, Hacienda Los Mortinos. Because one is already there early at dawn it is possible to see the volcano in its full glory, as is cover him for lunch, the clouds coming from the lowlands, most likely. At the entrance, you must register with the passport and from 8:00 to 15:00 you can go into it. The Park is relatively flat, except where the volcano which rises up. On the slopes in the Park, it is better you have a slightly higher scale vehicle, we had a Grand Vitara, this has come up to the parking lot of the Refugio ca. 4600 m. There to look a lot like lagoon, a few old Inca walls and much moon landscape, all very impressive. A day with own vehicle is sufficient to all watch. The passage from North to South is input in cozy 1.5 hrs. possible.
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  • It's beautiful. I recommend to go early in the morning. Afternoon climate does not climb the mountain.
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  • Site worth knowing to feel a very fresh air with wonderful landscapes. The camping is a unique experience
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  • Beautiful volcano. A wonderful natural that all Ecuadorians should visit. It is the highest active volcano in the world. Only!
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  • excellent all natural place well bad thing is the State of the road to get wings skirts this made pieces is recommended or very low high court but the experience of the place in the foothills is something unforgettable family hope repaired Highways 12-02-2018 Soria family fold
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