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When To Go to Cotopaxi National Park

The park has a damp climate with warm days and cold nights. Daytime temperatures reach 18-20ºC (64-68ºF), and at night can drop to freezing. Temperatures are colder at higher altitude. Rain, sleet and hail, accompanied by strong winds, are also likely. The drier months are June-July (but winds can be strong, especially on the volcanoes) and December-February (when winds are calmer). The park receives 500-1500 millimeters (20-60 in) of precipitation per year.

As this is Ecuador’s most popular park, it receives thousands of visitors at holiday times and on weekends. To lessen your impact on the reserve’s environment, go at the low times.

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