The Cotopaxi volcano is waiting to become the adrenaline adventure close to nature you were looking for in Ecuador. This adventure starts in Quito, get in the 4x4 and let our expert guides lead you to this meeting with the majestic Cotopaxi volcano!
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We left Quito at 07:30 by the way "American South" admiring the beautiful Andean landscapes, after an hour and a half of travel come to the province of Cotopaxi where the National Park of the same name with its majestic Cotopaxi volcano, one of the highest active in the world with 5897 meters above sea level, also considered an ecological sanctuary.
We will make our first stop in the Natural Museum of Cotopaxi, displaying specimens of the flora and fauna of the region, as well as the history of past volcanic eruptions of the volcano Cotopaxi.
Then we head to the lagoon Limpiopungo, which is formed as a result of the continued melting of Cotopaxi volcano. Around the lake you can see the wolf moor, Andean gulls flying, slow play and sleep swim Andean ducks and coots.
We continue by vehicle to 4500 m.s.n.m. where the parking lot after a rise of about 45 minutes down the path of gravel and snow in some cases reach the Jose Rivas Refuge at 4800m above sea level, from here we can rest and watch the majesty of the volcano, shelter has three dozen bunk beds, running water, a kitchen, fireplace and storage facilities for equipment and other supplies.
Porsteriormente ascend to 5000 meters, to the perpetual snows of Cotopaxi Volcano, a site from which we will have a spectacular view of the mountains.
At the end of the day we returned to Quito.
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Warm clothes, hats, gloves, scarf, sunscreen, walking shoes, sunglasses, camera (wide angle lens) and binoculars.