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Safety In Cotopaxi National Park

Campers, hikers and other visitors should be prepared: warm clothing that is wind and rain resistant; and water and high energy snacks. Hypothermia and altitude sickness are serious concerns. Be sure to acclimatize properly before attempting any physically demanding sport. For further information, see Health in Ecuador. Avalanches and falling into a crevasse are additional safety hazards in the park.

Potable water is available at only a few of the campsites and refuges. Any other water should be treated by filter or boiling. Purification drops are less effective when water is cold.

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