Cotopaxi National Park – Ecuador National Parks


The Cotopaxi National Park is located in Ecuador, divided between the provinces of Pichincha and Cotopaxi. Its most outstanding attraction is the Cotopaxi Volcano, which rises to 5897m with a perfect cone dressed as large glaciers. Our volcano has given a lot of talk in recent times, since its volcanic activity has been gradually increasing, and a large “fungus” can often be observed, left by the puffs of ash that it expels, which suggests that at some point it could repeat an eruption, which have historically been explosive and quite destructive. In addition to the great Cotopaxi, the national park includes some rocky peaks that are often covered with ice: The Rumiñahui Volcano, Sincholagua, Morurco and Quilindaña, all of them very attractive for climbing and mountaineering activities. Another favorite activity is wildlife watching; in some parts of the park abound deer, rabbits, foxes, and even spectacled bears, pumas, and condors.

Cotopaxi National Park
Info Cotopaxi National Park
Protected from 1975
Area 33393ha
Elevation 3400 – 5897m
Facilities Interpretation Center, hiking trails, José Ribas Refuge, camping and picnic areas: La Rinconada and Condorhuayco
Activities Mountaineering, hiking, biking, photography, camping