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Hiking in the Cotopaxi Region

Cotopaxi is a stunning active stratovolcano in the Ecuadorian Andes that gives name to the Cotopaxi province. The whole region has great hiking options that are not to be missed! Explore-share.com helps you book your next Hiking trip in the Cotopaxi Region.

At 5,897 m.a.s.l, and just 50km’s away from Ecuador’s capital Quito, Cotopaxi is truly a stunner and a landmark in the region. The Cotopaxi province gets its name from this stunning volcano and although the breathtaking crater is well worth reaching, even if you don’t get to the summit, the whole area is an amazing region for hiking with unique valleys formed by lahars from the volcano’s eruptions and a lot more to discover. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip at Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips in Cotopaxi Region. The mountains are calling!

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There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Ecuador

The Cotopaxi is stunning visually both from afar and from the summit. It is also an accessible climb with a rewarding view from the crater top. Quilotoa lake is the other belle of the ball in the region and well worth visiting.


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Best time to visit

During the dry season, from June to September, although December and January are popular as well


Climate in the Cotopaxi province is warm and temperate year round, although temperatures drop at the higher altitudes of mountain summits where you may also encounter snow

How to get there

To get to the Cotopaxi province, you will need to fly in to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, which is just 45kms away. From there, you can take a bus or a car to Latacunga, which is the most important city in the province

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The Ecuadorian Andes are full of color and mystique. The Cotopaxi province is a favorite in the region as it is home to its namesake volcano, the second highest in the country, and also to Quilotoa volcano, which is famous for its stunning crater lake. Visiting Ecuador is an unforgettable experience, and hiking in this region will not only allow you to revel at its stunning landscapes but also to discover the beautiful local indigenous culture and Inca history. To get the most out of your trip, and to help arrange logistics, going with a certified mountain guide is a must. At Explore-Share.com you can find the perfect match for your mountaineering needs!


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