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Cotopaxi National Park Things to See and Do

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Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s most popular national park for a reason: It offers a bit of something for everyone, whether they are looking to take a vacation or just escape from the city for the weekend. Adventure enthusiasts can summit Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui and other volcanoes, do multi-day hikes, mountain bike and horseback ride. NOTE: These latter trips need to be arranged through hotels and lodges in the vicinity (see Cotopaxi Lodging) or Tour Operators in Quito.

If you are not one to undertake rigorous outdoor activities, you can check out the museum and stroll the nearby interpretive trail, visit the archaeological ruins and birdwatch at Laguna Limpiopungo.

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Summiting Cotopaxi

Even novice climbers can summit the glacier-topped peak with the help of a good guide, glacier climbing equipment and a hardy jacket. The views...

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

Hiking To Cotopaxi's Refuge

Cotopaxi’s main ...

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

Other Hikes Around Cotopaxi

Besides the hiking up to and around Refugio José Ribas, visitors to Parque Nacional Cotopaxi have several other treks they may undertake to...

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in Cotopaxi is a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime experience. The biking routes begin at the parking lot near Refugio José Ribas,...

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

Horseback Riding

Another great way to see the park is on horseback. Many of the routes, which for the most part are the same as those for trekking, present...

Horseback Riding
Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

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