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Volcán Cotopaxi is an impressive sight with its almost symmetrical cone and glacier covered top. With an altitude of 5897m it is the second highest mountain in Ecuador (only Chimborazo is higher). Volcán Cotopaxi is not the highest, but one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Today you can only see some steam in the crater if you are standing on the top, but Cotopaxi has had some big eruptions. The most violent ones was in 1744, 1768 and 1870.
For me it was absolutely a highlight to climb to the top of Volcán Cotopaxi, and I would very much like to do it again. It is not a technical difficult climb, but it is very important to be well adapted to high altitude.
Cotopaxi National Park covers an area of 33 400 hectares. Besides climbing the volcano many visitors come here for hiking, camping and cycling. There are day tours organised from nearby cities like Quito and Latacunga and they usually take you Laguna Limpiopungo, to the refugio at 4800m, and maybe to the edge of the glacier.
I have visited several places in Provincia de Cotopaxi, but on this page I have only got tips about the visit to Volcán Cotopaxi. For the other places in Provincia de Cotopaxi that I have visited I have made separate pages:
Isinliví - 7 tip, 61 photos
Sigchos - 2 tips, 24 photos
Chugchilán - 7 tips, 101 photos
Quilotoa - 7 tips, 122 photos
Tigua - 6 tip, 73 photos
Zumbahua - 3 tips, 58 photos
Latacunga - 15 tips, 60 photos
The parking area is situated at an altitude of 4500m and the refugio at 4800m, so if you are not acclimatised to high... more travel advice
My guide Fausto had walked first during the ascent, but during the descent I was in the front. It was very easy to go... more travel advice
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