Cotopaxi Summit is arguably the most popular tour for an active volcano in Ecuador, attracting climbers of all walks; all hoping to summit. Although not considered difficult among avid climbers, it is on the technical side of things, where crevasse rescue gear, ice axe, crampons and other gear are required for its ascent. Known as the world’s third highest active volcano, with a nearly perfect conical shape & only 2 hours away from the main capital acknowledges its popularity. An accredited mountain guide is required for those attempting to summit, climbs can be attempted year round, there is no precipitous change in weather where attempting to submit would be discouraged. Climbers reaching the summit are greeted with a 480 crater meters in width, a stunning surrounding landscape, the presence of fumaroles and a faint smell of sulfur and success.
Our Cotopaxi day tour is the perfect way of experiencing the highlands with easy access from the main capital. Cotopaxi has become an iconic stop when visiting Ecuador, clearly visible as a landmark from Quito. Its majestic snowy peaks that can be seen from afar make it an inviting experience from start to finish. Your Cotopaxi day tour starts roughly 50 km south of Quito, it will get you as near as the refuge. For those looking for that extra bit of adventure, an additional 30 minutes will get you to the glaciers. Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world, with an elevation of 5,897m (19,347 ft) – a quite popular summit many avid climbers try to peak. The Cotopaxi national park is a protected area that provides guest with a glimpse of the volcano and its natural surroundings. Your tour includes viewpoints along the way, a beautiful lagoon and a mild hike to the refuge, all part of your Cotopaxi day tour adventure!