Cotopaxi

 

Cotopaxi is a volcano, over 19,000 feet (5,900 m), located in north-central Ecuador, south of Quito.

It is one of the highest active volcanoes on earth, although its present activity is limited to a few steam fumaroles.

Most of Cotopaxi Park is over 11,00 ft (3,500 m) in altitude, with the vegetation is typical of the tropical high Andes — scrubby woodlands in protected valley areas and open grasslands covering the lower slopes of Cotopaxi and other peaks.

The area includes extensive hiking opportunities as well as Inca ruins, mountain biking, and other features.

 

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
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Hosteria Papagayo Cotopaxi

Offering an extensive garden, terrace and a 24-hour front desk, Hosteria Papagayo Cotopaxi is located 10 km from Machachi town centre. Free WiFi access in public areas and free parking are available. Average score from 38 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hosteria Guaytara Antisana

Hosteria Guaytara Antisana

Offering a garden, Hosteria Guaytara Antisana is set in Secas. Quito is 35 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. There is a private bathroom with a shower in each unit. Towels are available. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$57

$579.0
Hosteria Papagayo Cotopaxi

Hosteria Papagayo Cotopaxi

Offering an extensive garden, terrace and a 24-hour front desk, Hosteria Papagayo Cotopaxi is located 10 km from Machachi town centre. Free WiFi access in public areas and free parking are available. Average score from 38 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$34

 
$348.8
Hosteria Merceditas

Hosteria Merceditas

Offering free WiFi and a children's playground, Hosteria Merceditas is situated in Machachi. Quito is 36 km away. Free private parking is available on site. Bed linen is provided. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$35

$358.8
La Quinta Colorada

La Quinta Colorada

Offering a restaurant, La Quinta Colorada is located in Lasso. A free American breakfast, free WiFi access and free private parking are available. Average score from 45 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$45

 
$458.5
Hotel Cuello de Luna - Cotopaxi

Hotel Cuello de Luna - Cotopaxi

Offering free WiFi and a barbecue, Hotel Cuello de Luna - Cotopaxi is located in Lasso. Latacunga is 27 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Every unit features a private bathroom with free toiletries. Average score from 37 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$47

 
$478.5
Hosteria Cotopaxi Tour

Hosteria Cotopaxi Tour

Featuring free WiFi and a children's playground, Hosteria Cotopaxi Tour offers accommodation in Tanicuchí. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

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Volcanoes
Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains. It is the second highest summit in Ecuador, reaching a height of 5,897 m (19,347 ft), and is one of the world's highest volcanoes. Since 1738, Cotopaxi has erupted more than 50 times, resulting in the creation of numerous valleys formed by lahars (mudflows) around the volcano. It has one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world, which starts at the height of 5,000 meters (16,400 ft). At its summit, Cotopaxi has an 800 X 550 m wide crater that is 250 m deep.
Hiking and Trekking
Although it is climbable, with planning and high-altitude supplies, most visitors opt for shorter hikes and treks. Parque Nacional Cotopaxi has several camping sites without facilities, and camping is also possible at the Area Nacional de Recreacion el Boliche on the western edge of the park
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