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Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Province

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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. Add Cotopaxi National Park to your Latacunga travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Latacunga holiday planner.
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  • There are several options to visit the volcano. You can go by the day from Quito, option a little tiring especially if accessed by the North entrance where the road is not very good. The other option is to spend a night, which I recommend since morning it is when the volcano is best seen. Admission is free, there is only a control of the Rangers arrive. Inside there are several walks to perform, including around the Laguna de Limpiapungo. Access to the first refuge is not in very good condition and if the car has no two-wheel drive is complicated to upload. In addition there is to look at the lack of oxygen (one is more than 4,000 metres).
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  • A nature-filled magical place where you can find horses, rabbits, birds, long silence and beautiful landscapes. Recommendation super warm and a bit of chop
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  • Visible from far away (from the South side of Quito), this monster in sleep is wonderful. We were there with a french friend living in Quito so I don't know how goes the rounds with the guides. This volcano, which is often in the clouds, we had a few minutes show its Summit. Pity we can not exceed the refuge and go higher. The ascent to the hut (barely 200 m in altitude) is easy, but be careful not to go too fast and for taking the time to acclimatize a few days in Quito (or elsewhere in altitude). Great memory.
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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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