Cotopaxi National Park, Machachi

Volcano · National Park
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 Machachi trip maker to visit Cotopaxi National Park on your trip to Machachi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Cotopaxi volcano is a beautiful place on the equator where you can share with your family and admire the beauty of nature, you can perform various activities such as camping, walking, sharing and....  more »
  • We hired a driver/tour guide to take us between Quito and Banos and he arranged for a Naturalist so that my husband could walk to the refuge (I sustained a knee injury in Banos and had to stay in the....  more »
  • We went for a 2 hour horseback ride in the park. My wife is a very experienced rider while I am a relative neophyte, but we both enjoyed it. The further we travelled from the lodge the more...  more »
  • We biked around the park on 7/2. Weather was cooperative well.....! We had a wonderful experience there. You must be here to enjoy!
  • Didnt make it to the top but this was an amazing experience. Living in Ecuador for so long and not doing this sooner was my biggest mistake.
  • Highest I have ever been 🌋 awesome hike to top
  • This is a spectacular place for sure if you like the volcanos it is so nice you need to go, and there is a nice place to stay the name in THE SECRET GARDEN
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