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Full day trek in Cotopaxi National Park

The adventure among Cotopaxi National Park includes a natural environment full of local animals and vegetation with trekking activities up to easy Ecuadorian Andes peaks.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration1 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot specified


Cotopaxi National Park is located in Latacunga town, 50 kilometers south far Quito, Ecuador. When you enter to the park you won’t only see a vast forest and green lands forming a perfect place for more than 100 species of birds and 45 species of trees around. All this incredible landscape has also a millennial 5.897-meter volcano in its center, called of course Cotopaxi Volcano.

You cannot tell me all this scene isn’t perfect for a whole trekking day guided by a mountain expert who will make you live the best exploration experience. That’s why you are reading it! Look at the following itinerary in order to be completely convinced that this trek trip is planned specially for you.

We will leave Quito early in the morning in order to be taken to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance once we drive along the famous Avenue of The Volcanoes. When we get there, we will have an introductory talk about the park, the Cotopaxi Volcano and all its flora, which includes llamas, wild horses and condors.

Then, we will enjoy a short hiking around the Limpiopungo Lagoon where we can admire an unforgeable viewpoint of the park, the Andean paramo’s areas and alpine plants wherever you look.

The following adventure will be the climb up to Cotopaxi Refuge at 5.000 meters of height. In order to fulfill the objective we will drive to a parking lot at 500 meters far from there. Once in that place, we will rest and lunch to celebrate such a fantastic day. We will return to Quito by the afternoon.

Now you have all the information you have no excuses to contact me and plan your own experience and trek in Cotopaxi National Park.

Extra details


We recommend to bring with you the following things: sunscreen, glasses, extra dry clothes, training shoes, camera, backpack and water.


Personal belongings, clothes and technical mountain equipment. You can rent anything you need.


Mountain guide, transfers, water and meal Andes Alpes Café.

Spots of interest


Once in Cotopaxi National Park we will be shown all the flora and fauna of the place, such as wild horses, birds and llamas…


Then, we will enjoy a short hiking around the Limpiopungo Lagoon where we can admire an unforgeable viewpoint of the park


The most exciting part of the day will be the hike across one of Cotopaxi slopes until we get to its refuge at 5000 meters.




About the guide

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ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador.

I was born and raised in Cotopaxi Province – Ecuador and know the country’s peaks intimately. I have a great mountaineering experience of more than 12 years of climbing in all Ecuador, and I also climbed in South America, Switzerland and France.

I worked for the Nuevos Horizontes refuge on Ilinizas Volcano from a young age and have a professional Guide Training, and I am officially Licensed as Natural guide organized by Ministry of tourism.

Some of the guiding courses I attended are:

* Mountain Guides Course by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides),
* Mountain Guides Evaluation by ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme) in October 2006. An event organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador and ENSA of France
* Pre-Course UIAGM an event organized by ASEGUIM and ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme)
* First Aids course, Ecuadorian Red Cross

I live and manage a hostal and lodge in El Chaupi, a beautiful mountain village an hour south from Quito, just in between Illinizas Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. It looks like a typical swiss town in the Alps, and has everything to become a great mountaineering center, the ‘Chamonix or Zermatt of South America’!

I speak fluent Spanish, English, and little German, French, Hebrew and kichua.

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