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Cotopaxi Day Trip

Cotopaxi Day Trip

On your private Cotopaxi day trip, enjoy exploring one of the most beautiful national parks in Ecuador at your own pace with your own guide. Cotopaxi stands at 5897 m, and is known for being one of the highest and most impressive active volcanoes in the world. This day trip is a must do from Quito!

Price per person

  • 80
  • 3 pax
  • 120
  • 2 pax
  • 240
  • 1 pax
  • For bookings: Please pay a $60 deposit on our secure payment portal. Balance to be settled at the start of the tour.
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Highlights

  • Great views of Cotopaxi and surrounding volcanoes on a clear day
  • Visit the Cotopaxi interpretation center
  • Walk around the Limpiopungo lagoon
  • Hike up to the Jose Rivas refuge on Cotopaxi
  • Additional activities: Horse riding

Trip details

  • Private flexible day tour
  • Any week day
  • Hotel pick up
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Effort: Moderate-to-hard due to altitude
  • Tour capacity: 3 guests
  • English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Private vehicle transport

The trip price:

 

Includes

Bilingual tour guide

Private vehicle transport  

Entrance fees if applicable


Excludes

Gratuities (optional)

Lunch – there are a variety of traditional restaurant options ranging from $5 to $10 pp. 

Day snacks

Personal hydration – water, cold drinks, tea etc

Additional activities such as horse riding (cost = $16 per hour)

Departure point/time: 

Your hotel in Quito at 07h30

What to expect:

After your hotel pick up, you and your guide will travel South on the Pan American towards Cotopaxi National Park. 

Shortly after entering the park, you will make a short visit to the interpretation center where you can learn about the unique geography of the Cotopaxi region. 

Afterwards, you can choose between walking in the park near laguna Limpiopungo, horse riding or even hiking up to the refuge at 4800 m. The choice is yours. Your guide can advise you on what activities are best suited for your private group. 

For lunch, your guide can recommend a variety of traditional restaurants near Cotopaxi National Park. 

Depending on what activities you do in the park, you will make your way back at around 4 pm to Quito.

Return point/approx. time:

Your hotel in Quito at +/- 18h30

Passport: 

Each guest must bring their passport. This is usually checked at the park entrance. 

Health and safety: 

This tour is NOT recommended for travelers with heart, lung or back problems. Please inform us of any current medical issues.

Acclimatization: 

You may be hiking to 4800 m in the Andes. For your health and safety, you should spend at least 3 days in Quito before joining the Cotopaxi day trip. If you have any doubts or concerns, please contact us.

What to bring:

Passport

Extra cash for lunch and/or additional activities not included in tour price

Sun protection cream

Hat/cap, buff, sunglasses

Fleece jacket, scarf, gloves, beanie

Rain jacket

Camera

Small day backpack (15 Liters)

1-2 liters of water/energy drinks & snacks

What to wear:

Warm comfortable clothing for walking/hiking

Footwear: walking or hiking shoes.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the Private Cotopaxi Day Trip.

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Hiking in Cotopaxi National Park
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The return hike from the refuge
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Cotopaxi from Limpiopungo Lake
Views of Cotopaxi taken on a hike near Limpiopungo
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