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Climbing Cotopaxi Volcano (5897m)

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Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in Ecuador, and the second highest peak of the country, with 5.897 m. It is located about 50 km south of Quito, capital city of Ecuador. The last eruption occurred in 1877. Its name means 'the moon neck' in cayapa -native language-, because as it is a perfect


2 Days



Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in Ecuador, and the second highest peak of the country, with 5.897 m. It is located about 50 km south of Quito, capital city of Ecuador.

The last eruption occurred in 1877. Its name means ‘the moon neck’ in cayapa -native language-, because as it is a perfect cone, it seems that the moon can land on the top of it.

Proposed Expedition:

Go out from Quito at 10am.
You get to Tambopaxi or La Rinconada around 12am. While having lunch, there is a talk about the ascent with the group.
Light dinner at 5pm and a rest.
Between 10 or 11pm, according to your physical condition, you wake up and prepare for the ascent.
we drive to the car park located at 4600m. We start walking around midnight.
About 5-6 hours ascent and we get to the summit of Cotopaxi, 5897m.
We go down by the same way, about 2-3 hours down.
Finally, we can have lunch on the way in Machachi or Latacunga, if we follow the way to Chimborazo.

This 2 days expedition is only for experienced mountaineers, who already have the necessary acclimatization.

Please contact me if you are intereseted in doing this expedition!

Extra details
Not included

Everything except guide fee (hut, food, transport, etc.)


Guide fee

Spots of interest
Summit Cotopaxi

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide expenses

About the guide

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E-S Latam Adventure Guides



Mountain Guide

Tomás and his team of IFMGA/UIMLA-certified mountain guides, leaders and rock climbing instructors (Alvaro, Juliana, Merlin, Rodrigo, Armin, Alfredo, and Camila) are some of the top outdoor adventure professionals in Latin America.

Whether you wish to climb some of the most stunning mountains in the Andes or discover the vibrant peaks of Central America, among other amazing options, you will find yourself in good hands with this lively team of professional local guides that will not only show you the top spots in Latin America for outdoor adventures but also, bring you closer to the colorful local cultures of the places that you visit with them.

Tomás will be your main point of contact during the booking process and will help you with all the questions you have in order to make sure you receive the best possible guiding service.

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We wish we could have Simon as our guide on every trek we do. His mountaineering experience and extensive knowledge of the area was impressive and definitely enhanced the trek for us. On top of this, we got along great with Simon and appreciate his easy going personality and sense of humor. We will definitely request Simon as our guide for the next hike we do from El Chalten!



Thoroughly recommended. Daniel is an excellent guide and we had a great day out.



This was a fantastic mountaineering trip to Ecuador. The altitude was a bit of a challenge, but Ramiro did a great job with the acclimatization schedule leading up to the taller mountains. Overall, this was a challenging experience given the altitude of the climbs as well as the back-to-back climbing of four mountains. I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone who wants to experience a fantastic country/culture as well as someone who wants to gain some nice experience mountaineering!



Fredy Tipan is like a superhero of the outdoor world. He knows absolutely everyone, has climbed and guided in the most epic of locations all around the world, knows the mountains like old friends, and really loves what he does and who he does it for. Our trip was completely messed up after an issue with our airline tickets. We weren't going to be able to leave until a week after our planned departure which jeopardized our entire trek with Fredy. We didn't expect him to take any sort of responsibility in replanning as it was our mistake that caused the airline issue but he absolutely did. Within days he rearranged the entire trek so that we would be able to summit all our desired peaks without cutting the days down and without changing the cost. He is a class act and an incredible guide and I'd say my husband and I both consider him a friend as well. We will definitely be booking another trip with Fredy Tipan and recommend him to anyone looking for the real deal in outdoor Guides. Thank you, Fredy!


Amazing short but exciting climb to a summit with outstanding views. Perfect acclimatization peak for the bigger Ecuadorian volcanoes, with a cozy hut and a nice approach walk. Fredy was fantastic, thank you so much for this unforgettable experience!

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