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 Latacunga trip maker to visit Cotopaxi National Park on your trip to Latacunga, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Firstly, this place is freezing cold, dress appropriately, I suggest booking with a tour operator, I tour guide is provided at the entrance to the park, walk with your passport, it is stamped with a C...  more »
  • Let my comments and recommendations to visit this icon of the Ecuador:-you must Access and visit with a guide who offers you transport, escort and guide in the volcano. They do not allow you to enter without a certified guide. -The height of the shelter round the 4,800 mts can get to step slowly and with much mental toughness (everything is on motivation have) - you can reach it begins where the glacier which is 5,000 meters if you have mental strength and breathe properly visit him It is an unforgettable experience (I visited it 2 times) and I will return to do so if you interest with taste you pass data from my guide
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  • It is a place that you should go, but have their care, (more than 4500 meters) height affects the lack of oc xigeno, ideal and sir in the morning by climate
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  • An amazing landscape is the backdrop of the centre piece of the park, cotapaxi vulcano can be climbed to nearly 5000 metres with a guide. At this altitude the air is quite thin so not for the faint hearted. The rifugiò supplies typical Andean sustenance once you arrive.
  • Beautiful volcano. It is recommended to go with SUV car
  • Awesome place with breathtaking views 360!°, plenty of wildlife and adventures.
  • Pretty cool park. Worth supporting
  • So beautiful and protected. It was peaceful and quiet...

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Where to stay in Latacunga

Latacunga's historic center offers the best choice of accommodations, with the chance to stay in a characterful area conveniently close to the main urban attractions and amenities. Accommodation types include hotels set in colonial-era buildings, as well as hostels for budget-conscious vacationers. Farther from the town center you can explore a few boutique hotels and simple guesthouses along residential streets, while the area close to the airport has business-style hotels with basic rooms, ideal for those wishing to drop their bags and head off to explore the region's many natural landmarks.
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