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2-day Climb to Cotopaxi summit in Ecuador


Join certified mountain guide Paul Guerra on a thrilling 2-day climb to the top of the Cotopaxi summit in Ecuador and enjoy an unforgettable mountaineering adventure!



2 Days

All year




  • Discover one of the highest active volcanoes in the world!
  • Enjoy awe-inspiring views from the summit of Cotopaxi.
  • Catch sight of the big crater of an active volcano.


Would you like to enjoy a thrilling mountaineering experience in the Andes? Then join me on this 2-day climb to the summit of Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador!

Located at about 50 km (31 mi) south of Quito, Cotopaxi volcano is a stunning active stratovolcano in the Andes. At 5,897 m (19,347 ft), it is the second-highest peak in Ecuador and one of the world’s highest volcanos.

On this 2-day program, we will have the chance to climb to the top of this mountain and catch sight of the breathtaking views from the top. We will set off from Quito and drive close to the Cotopaxi hut, and then at midnight, we will start hiking to the summit. After a 5-7 hour climb, we will enjoy an awe-inspiring sunrise from the top. Then we will return to the hut and finally drive back to Quito.

Please keep in mind that you will need a good fitness level for this trip. However, this is technically easy climb. Therefore, you don’t need a lot of prior mountaineering experience to join. Of course, I will be there every step of the way to help and guide you.

So, are you ready for an unforgettable Cotopaxi 2-day climb in the Andes? Then book your place now and join me on a unique adventure in Ecuador!

I also offer a beginner’s rock climbing course in Pichincha, Ecuador, check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Price does not include: Climbing gear "Boots, crampons, Ice ax, Harness and Helmet"; personal mountain gear "Sleeping Bag, clothing, sunglasses, headlamp"; insurances, tips.


Day 1: Quito to Cotopaxi Hut

We will pick you up at the Hotel and drive to the Cotopaxi Hut. We might catch sight of wild animals such as horses, bulls, birds, rabbits and foxes. We will drive almost 1h from 2900m to 4500m, where we will leave our car. We will hike the last 300mts to the hut. Before sunset we will have dinner and try to sleep a few hours. At midnight our adventure will start. The unique Cotopaxi 5897m will await us.

Day 2: Summit day

Around midnight we will set off from an altitude of 4800m. It will take us 5-7 hours to get to the main summit of Cotopaxi (5897m). The goal of the ascent is to reach the summit when the sun rises. We will need 2-4 hours for the descent. Finally, we will return to the hotel in Quito.




Cotopaxi Mountain Hut

Meeting point


Equipment you will need to bring


Ice axe



Other gear: Boots, crampons, Ice axe, Harness and Helmet, sleeping Bag, clothing, sunglasses, headlamp

About the guide

I'm a mountaneer and climber appasionate for the adventure and the outdoor life. Since 20 years ago I know the mountain sports wich become a fundametal part of my life.

Now a days I'm working as a mountain Guide where I can enjoy to share all my expirience and passion for what I do with my customers. My passion for climbing, made me travel for many countries in the world.

I'm part of the Ecuadorian Mountain Guide Asociation “ASEGUIM” and I'm in procces to obtain the “IFMGA” certification.

As a mountaneer and climber I have many project to climb in places as Patagonia, Himalayas and the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes.





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