Cotopaxi National Park 2019 Updated Information about visiting Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador, from how to get there, prices, itineraries and frequently asked questions.
The incredible Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the tallest volcanoes in the world, and is one of Ecuador’s most famous sights. A visit to Cotopaxi National Park to see the volcano is a must-do while traveling in Ecuador.
Cotopaxi National Park is located along the main southbound highway out of Quito, only about an hour’s drive from the city. All Ecuador Hop buses heading from Quito to Baños stop at a lookout point to view the Cotopaxi Volcano. If you’d like to take a full Cotopaxi tour with scenic hikes around the national park, read below for more info.
All Ecuador Hop buses traveling from Quito to Baños make a stop at a lookout point where you can see the Cotopaxi Volcano and take some photos. If you’d like to have some extra time to explore Cotopaxi National Park and go for some scenic hikes, then our Cotopaxi extra tour is a great option!
Hopsters who’ve bought a pass which travels from Quito to Baños (or Baños to Quito) can upgrade their pass with an extra tour to Cotopaxi for just $49. This tour will give you the chance to hop off and explore more of Cotopaxi National Park before continuing to the next destination on the following morning.
Included with this tour:
COTOPAXI TOUR DAILY ITINERARY
Take the chance to order breakfast at the Chuquiragua Lodge before beginning the tour. (not included with pass).
Enter Cotopaxi National Park and visit interpretation center.
Hike to the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake in the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
Visit the José Rivas Refuge, the main base camp for the volcano.
Hike to the surface of a glacier before continuing to a scenic lookout point for panoramic views of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
Return to the Chuquiragua Lodge for an afternoon lunch surrounded by gorgeous landscapes.
Free evening at the Chuquiragua Lodge. Use of spa facilities including jacuzzi and sauna is included with your tour. Massages are also available at an additional cost.
Cotopaxi National Park is full of scenic hikes where you can enjoy some of the most incredible landscapes in the world.
A Cotopaxi tour is a great way to discover the real Ecuador, see some breathtaking scenery and spend some time in one of South America’s most beautiful places. If you’d like to add this extra tour to your itinerary, simply speak to your Ecuador Hop guide to book your spot!
Hopsters traveling from Quito to Baños have the option to hop off at Cotopaxi and begin the tour of Cotopaxi National Park the same day. After the tour, you’ll stay at the Chuquiragua Lodge before continuing on towards Baños the next morning.
Hopsters traveling from Baños to Quito have the option to hop off at Cotopaxi in the evening, stay the night at the Chuquiragua Lodge and then take the tour the following day before continuing on towards Quito.
Overnight accommodation for this extra tour to Cotopaxi will be at the lovely Chuquiragua Lodge located in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano. The costs of overnight accommodation are not included in the price of the extra tour, and must be paid directly to the lodge upon arrival.
Use of spa facilities (jacuzzi and sauna) is included free with all bookings. Massages are also available at an additional cost.
For a day trip, the following items are a good idea to bring:
Warm clothes with many layers
A fleece and waterproof coat
Good quality hiking boots
Plenty of water
How do I book a tour?
You can book a Cotopaxi tour directly with your Ecuador Hop guide.
How often does Cotopaxi erupt?
Cotopaxi has erupted as recently as 2015 after laying dormant for more than a hundred years, so this volcano is unpredictable and can erupt at any time. It’s best to do a google search when you plan to go and verify that there has not been a recent eruption affecting the park.
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to spend the proper amount of time acclimatizing. Try to spend at least a day or two in Quito letting your body adjust before attempting any strenuous hikes.