The Cotopaxi volcano offers a very beautiful panoramic view, encloses a landscape that covers the vegetation cover on its slopes, mineral features of ancient volcanic eruptions are observed, on its eastern slopes there is a refuge where it allows visitors and visitors a view that encompasses the valley and the Limpiopungo lagoon where there are wild ducks. To go up, you have to ask permission from the authorities of the Cotopaxi National Park. The Cotopaxi volcano is the tallest and most active in the world.

The Cotopaxi Ecuador volcano has almost exact snow to a cone is something unique on the planet and is perhaps, like Galapagos, the greatest symbol of our natural wealth, which is known throughout the world. Because it is located in the center of the inter-Andean alley and very close to several cities such as Quito and Latacunga, it is the desire of all tourists to crown El Cotopaxi, which offers a spectacular panoramic view, its landscape allows to know the vegetation on its slopes , you can also visualize the mineral features that have left ancient volcanic eruptions, in its eastern slopes there is a refuge, where tourists can enjoy the scenery to the valley and the Limpiopungo lagoon, include wild ducks in their panorama.
A permit granted by the authorities of the Cotopaxi National Park is required for them to ascend. The park is located in a volcanic area, the largest in Ecuador. In the central part is the Cotopaxi, one of the most active and highest volcanoes in the world. The Cotopaxi Ecuador is located in the central sierra region of Ecuador in the Andes Mountains

What is the meaning of Cotopaxi?

Cotopaxi its name means "neck of the moon", is a place name of our country. You can refer to: Cotopaxi province of Ecuador. Cotopaxi Volcano, in Ecuador.

How to get to Cotopaxi Volcano?

The Cotopaxi Volcano is located 60 km south of the city of Quito, reached by the Pan-American Highway.
There are two well-marked entrances and roads in good condition through which you reach the Cotopaxi moors. From the Pan-American to the first refuge, it is 24 km With half an hour more walking you will reach a hostel built and maintained by the Club de Andinismo of the Colegio San Gabriel, Quito.
To enter the Cotopaxi National Park you can use three routes:

  1. Pedregal-Tambo, whose access from the north is through the town of Machachi
  2. Clirsen-Bowling Area
  3. The Chasqui, crossing the center of the camelid program, is the most frequented.

For lovers of mountaineering, the Cotopaxi volcano is also a family experience full of color, an extreme adventure to prove dexterity and skill.

Biodiversity of the Cotopaxi Volcano

A large pine plantation that covers approximately 1750 ha, chuquirahuas, pumamaquis, romerillo, mortiño and capulí, are just some of the species that can be found. In relation to fauna, curiquingues, deer, rabbits, wolves of the moor and the rarely seen Andean condor, can appear at any time.

Cotopaxi Volcano Fauna

The Andean condor in the Cotopaxi can find this bird that is in danger of extinction, it is an emblematic bird that belongs to the Andean moorland, other specimens such as the spectacled bear, hummingbirds, deer, wolf of moor, field mouse, rabbit wild etc

Cotopaxi Volcano Flora

It is classified by the type of vegetation as:

Humid Forest: It is characterized by that part of the subparagraph where chuquirahua, moss, chilcas, capulí trees, among others, grow. This forest is located at the foot of the Cotopaxi volcano.

Páramao pluvial: predominance of páramo straw, lichens and lycopodia.

Alpine pluvial tundra: Mosses, lichens and some other species are located in smaller quantities

Snow: Where it meets snow the glaciers do not allow the growth of vegetation

 Photo Cotopaxi Volcano in Latacunga Ecuador

What should you take Cotopaxi volcano?

  • Warm Wool Cap
  • Warm sweater
  • A windbreaker breaks wind
  • A scarf, warm gloves
  • Trekking shoes
  • Warm stockings
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Personal water bottle
  • Extra money
  • Camera
  • Snacks

Routes to access the Cotopaxi Volcano

To reach the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui offers the shortest and most picturesque route called the Inca Trail, via Jatunpungo through the parish of Rumipamba.

  • Average temperature: 3,103 and 3,174 meters above sea level
  • Access time: The estimated travel time is 4 hours

Crowning it is not for beginners. Knowing the Cotopaxi volcano is a fascinating experience, both for those who decide to feel the adrenaline and climb it, and for those who just enjoy the beautiful panoramic view that this Andean landscape offers them.

Ecotourism lovers can enjoy great natural scenery, the charm of the moors, the magic of its capricious reliefs, the energy of its crystalline rivers, amid a great diversity of flora and fauna, which makes Rumiñahui a compendium of Ecuador's tourist wealth.

 Photo Cotopaxi Volcano in Latacunga Ecuador