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Latacunga Ecuador, Cotopaxi National Park

Set the Cordillera de Los Andes, 71 km south of Quito, between the boundaries of the provinces of Pichincha, Napo and Cotopaxi. It is the oldest park in the country designated as such in 1975, covers an area of 33 400 hectares and has a height ranging from 3400-5897 meters on the summit of the mountain. Cotopaxi National Park is the place to share with family and friends an experience filled with adventure, skills and high hill. The area has a diversity of ecosystems and a fascinating Andean volcanic history and beautiful scenery and unique species.

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  • City: Latacunga
  • Sector:Centro
  • Address:Sánchez de Orellana y P. Salcedo
  • Schedule of attention:Monday to Sunday
  • Cost of revenue:10 USD

 

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Information of Cotopaxi National Park

In the middle of the park is the Cotopaxi (5,897 meters), one of the most active volcanoes and highest in the world. Its ecosystem is home to several tree species.

Inside there is a large pine plantation about 1750 hectares, has adapted and created micro different habitats, causing changes in the dynamics of moor. Other peaks that can be observed is the volcano Rumiñahui of 4757 meters in height, whose name means Stoneface in memory of the last Indian general who burned Quito to protect the Spanish conquest. Between the two mountains is the valley of Limpiopungo.

Cotopaxi National Park has an administration building, a small museum, a shelter for climbers, and various areas for camping, as is that of the lagoon Limpiopungo 3800.

In the park you can perform different activities like hiking, climbing, fishing, can also observe the great variety of flora and fauna. Among the flora to be found within the park includes some species like the pumamaqui, gentian, capulí, club mosses, pucunero, mortiño, valerian, pine, rabbit ears, rosemary, deer horn, butterfly bush, among others.

There is also a wide variety of wildlife, forests and wilderness inhabited by condors, Andean gulls, owls, owls, blue-billed ducks, partridge, moor, hummingbirds and doves. And mammals such as pumas, white-tailed deer, skunks, bears, gazelles, rabbits, foxes and other species. Within the park you will find hiking trails, campgrounds plus basic services for tourists.

Latacunga, Cotopaxi National Park

 

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