One of the perks of traveling to Ecuador is accessibility. The tiny country contains within its borders a condensed sampling of the signature landscapes and ecosystems of the South American continent. No where is this more evident that Cotopaxi National Park where you can hike, ride and explore and active volcano only a couple of hours from picturesque Quito. Whether you choose to make a day trip, or spend a few nights at the historical Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, Cotopaxi National Park unveils its wonders at every turn.
Spanning over 82,000 acres, the Cotopaxi National Park is marked by a high altitude collection of Andes peaks, grasslands, and glacial streams. The park is home to Cotopaxi Volcano, the second highest summit in Ecuador and among the highest active volcanoes in the world at 5,897 meters above sea level.
Birders can spot condors and seagulls at Limpiopungo Lagoon, a breathtaking spot that boasts a spectacular view of the towering Cotopaxi Volcano. The park is frequented by other Andean wildlife as well, including the rare Andean spectacled bear. Andean pumas and various species of dear also inhabit the park. You’re sure to run into a herd of guanacos, among the largest mammals in South America.
Biking, hiking, and horseback riding are some of the more popular ways to explore the region. Paths that date back to the age of the Incas wind throughout the area, leading to traditional Andean villages and vibrant markets. Also found in the park is Pucara del Salitre, the ruins of an Inca military fortress.
Ker & Downey’s expert guides will tailor your visit to Cotopaxi National Park, helping you to see it from the vantage point that most interests you and your party. Whether it’s a placid hike with culture and history in mind, or a thrilling down hill chase, Ker & Downey will exceed expectations in comfort, creativity, and luxury.