Besides the hiking up to and around Refugio JosÃ© Ribas, visitors to Parque Nacional Cotopaxi have several other treks they may undertake to discover the natural beauty, flora and fauna of this landscape.
Â· VolcÃ¡n RumiÃ±ahui â€“ From the campground between EstaciÃ³n Mariscal Sucre and Laguna Limpiopungo, you can access a trail that goes to VolcÃ¡n RumiÃ±ahui. This spectacular walk takes 6-8 hours round trip. In reality, walking most any path through the pÃ¡ramo from either the campgrounds or Lago Limpiopungo, towards the ridge to the right of the southernmost peak of RumiÃ±ahui, will lead you to the peak.
Â· Vuelta al Cotopaxi â€“ This is a moderate, six to seven-day trek around the base of VolcÃ¡n Cotopaxi. The 75-kilometer (46-mi) circuit, which begins at the Lasso entrance and ends at MulalÃ³, is best done June-January.
Â· Trek of the CÃ³ndor â€“ Considered one of the best treks in Ecuador, this challenging, 60-kilometer (36-mi) hike begins at El Tambo, near Papallacta, and ends at Laguna Limpiopungo in Parque Nacional Cotopaxi. The three- to five-day expedition goes past Antisana and Sincholagua volcanoes, through cloud forest and across pÃ¡ramo.
For complete details on these and other treks, see the VIVA Ecuador Climbing and Hiking Guide.
Relative price: Budget
Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.
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