Take a guided hike to a stunning glacial lake by the Cotopaxi Volcano.
One of the most reliable tour operators in all of Ecuador
Professional and experienced guides that speak both English and Spanish
This is a full day tour from Quito to visit the Cotopaxi Volcano, a stunning snow-capped volcano in Ecuador’s countryside. You will have the chance to explore some different areas of Cotopaxi National Park while enjoying unbelievable views of the Cotopaxi Volcano. This full day tour from Quito to Cotopaxi is a great way to escape from the city and return to Quito the same day.
All year round
Hotel and hostel pickup
Hotel and hostel drop off
We are going to start visiting Cotopaxi National Park, where you will be able to see panoramic views of the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to spot some of the park’s native wildlife. Species that call the park home include wolves, rabbits, bears and also some condors.
After that, we will take a guided hike to the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake in the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano. Visit the José Rivas Refuge, the most popular base camp for mountaineers planning to climb the volcano; we hike to the surface of an enormous glacier located near the volcano.
Finally, enjoy free use of the spa area at the Chuquiragua Lodge, including both a jacuzzi and sauna. Massages are also available at an extra cost.
7:00 am - 7:50 am
Direct pick-up from your hostel or hotel in Quito.
Arrive at the Chuquiragua Lodge and catch your first views of the stunning Cotopaxi Volcano
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with generous portions to keep you energized for a full day of exploring Cotopaxi National Park.
Enter Cotopaxi National Park and visit interpretation center.
11:30am - 02:00 pm
Visit the José Rivas Refuge, the main base camp for the volcano. Continue to a scenic lookout point to take in some unbelievable panoramic views of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
02:00 pm - 02:30 pm
Visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake in the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
Return to the Chuquiragua Lodge for an afternoon lunch surrounded by gorgeous landscapes.
Depart chuquiranga lodge to begin the trip back to Quito.
05:30 pm - 06:30 pm
Direct drop-off at your hotel/hostel in Quito.
- Pick-up from hostel/hotel in Quito.
- Breakfast and lunch.
- All taxes and entrance fees.
- Transport to Cotopaxi National Park.
- Guided tour of the park.
- Transport back to Quito.
- Evening meal.
- Personal expenses
- Bring appropriate clothing for high altitude climate.
- Wear sunscreen. The sun can be quite dangerous this close to the equator.
CHANGES: Changes to the time and date of this tour are free until 6:00pm (Quito time) 2 days before the tour begins. After this time there is a 100% change fee.
CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 6:00pm (Quito time) 7 days before the tour begins, there is a 20% administration fee. Within 7 days of the departure, 40% of the ticket price. Within 3 days of the departure, 60% of the ticket price. Within 24 hours of departure, a no show, or after departure 100% cancellation fee.
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I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals, etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
What should I bring to the tour?
Because Cotopaxi’s weather is unpredictable, we recommend bringing: - Warm clothing, gloves, sunglasses, hiking shoes, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, and cotton pants/trousers. Also take a bottle of water, energy drinks & snacks, walking sticks (optional), cash for personal expenses and tips, and a camera/video camera.
What time zone is used in Quito?
Local time in Quito is GMT -5.
What kind of weather can we find in Quito?
The warmest month is January. From February to April and October, it can be hot and humid but also rainy. The coolest month is May, and the wettest month is April. The average year-round temperature varies from 10°C to 20°C.
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