One of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi 5,897 m (19,347 ft) is located in the province of Cotopaxi, in Ecuador. Combining moderate technical difficulty with a high mountain experience, this peak is a great choice for those wishing to take their mountaineering skills a step up. To reach the summit, you’ll have to hike up Cotopaxi’s massive glaciers and tread carefully around its field of crevasses. A certified mountain guide is essential for an enriching and safe experience. Explore-Share.com only promotes mountain trips led by certified guides.
The majestic Cotopaxi is just 50 km (31 mi) away from Ecuador’s capital, Quito. This beautiful mountain, considered sacred in the local traditions, is also a great training ground for more demanding climbs. Most programs to the summit include glacier training before the final climb to the top. There are three main routes to the summit: the normal route, the “rompe corazones” (heart breaker), and the southwest route. They all have a Grade II/PD grading although they are not always all open to climb. Going with a certified guide is a must, and at Explore-Share.com you will find just the right one to take you to the top of this breathtaking volcano in the Andes.
Temperatures in Cotopaxi are mild year-round without much variation, but October, November, March, and April are quite rainy. Also, temperatures at the summit of the mountain do get very cold.
Cotopaxi is around 50 km (31 mi) away from Quito, Ecuador's capital. You can fly to Quito and from there, arrange transport.
Between June and September.
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