Cotopaxi National Park, Machachi

Must see · 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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  • I don’t recommend visiting the park during Covid- I don’t know what it’s like prior to covid. The rules are inconsistent and the Park Rangers make it very difficult for tourist. The first problem...  more »
  • Nice but overrated. It is a long way from Quito and when we reached Cotopaxi was clothed in clouds and we could see little. The clouds did part and the mountain is indeed a marvellous sight. We met a....  more »
  • After a quick lunch beside the ranger station, we received our directions and suggestions from the ranger at the main gate. Our plan was to hike up to the refuge, but after about 10 minutes, decided....  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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