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Tanicuchi, Ecuador
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Reviewed 27 January 2015

Cotopaxi is the second highest peak in Ecuador rising to 19,347 ft. From a distance, it is a beautiful, snow and ice covered cone reaching into the sky. Closer up it can be a bit intimidating. In fact, the route to the summit is nicknamed...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We climbed the volcano from the parking up to Refuge Jose Rivas 4864m together with a local guide. This experience is a real must do and the views are stunning. We can highly recommand this hike. It's worth all efforts !

Thank Karine V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you forget to wear dress to cold..DON T WORRY you can buy when you register in the Park ..look the pictures ..you can take pictures with a Llama..and there buy clothes. Remember to contact a good guide like a Xaxier 098 406 37 86...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The views are breathtaking. But it is better to book tour ahead. The tourist company at the entrance of volcano is monopoly and they are pricey. They do not like groups of even 3 people. Good hiking shoes are advised.

Thank bako777
Reviewed 28 September 2018

This volcano is 6 feet higher at the peak than Kilimanjaro but the climb is significantly tougher. After driving to the flanks of the volcano there is about a 1 hour climb to the Refugio, a lodge. They have bunks for an overnight stay and...More

1  Thank Wyosoldier
Reviewed 22 September 2018

We climbed only to the station and that was quite enough, as you are at almost 16,000 ft (about 4800 meters). Guides are local, indigenous people and ours (Paulina) was wonderful, though I'm pretty sure she is part mountain goat. The views are spectacular and...More

Thank wander1
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Had an amazing time at Cotopaxi. Such an amazing place to appreciate nature. I have never imagined a snow capped volcano could exist. This place is magic!

Thank Daniela V
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We visited Cotopaxi for just a night to see the view and enjoy an afternoon’s walk along the base of the volcano. It’s a fair drive and whilst we were fine in a hired car the drive was difficult, so I’d recommend getting a driver...More

Thank AlButler
Reviewed 29 August 2018

I am always looking for a "cheap" way to enjoy my vacations. Cotopaxi was not the exception. To visit this impressive mountain, I took a local bus southbound from Quito (direction: Ambato). It cost me $3 and 1 hour drive. I asked the driver to...More

Thank Pablo G
Reviewed 13 August 2018

John and I trained for this hike by doing some very steep trails near our home, but we live at 1400 feet and there was no way to replicate the elevation! So breathing on Cotopaxi was a real challenge. My trick is when I get...More

Thank pcmasuedu
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Muy chévere - had a great view of the volcano on a clear day. Our guide said it’s not very common to have such a clear day for this kind of view, but even on a cloudier day, it’d still be an impressive sight!

Thank Scott S
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28 October 2018|
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Response from Pablo G | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response (I hope you did not go without proper gear). If you are willing to climb up to the second station (half-way). Just a medium-heavy jacket will do. If you want to make it to the top, you will have... More
Thibault A
26 April 2017|
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Response from sergeorban1971 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are guides waiting 1 mile before the entrance, and I am pretty sure they can take your bag.
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7 April 2016|
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Response from ajeffsu | Reviewed this property |
Please call Rodrigo Donoso at the Posada la estacion mountain lodge. he is one of the best guides for cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcano.... his phone number is +593999694867