Climbing Cotopaxi

Climbing the Cotopaxi (5.897 m, 19.347 ft)

The volcano Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, dominates everything in this nature reserve. The nature reserve Cotopaxi is one of the most visited places in Ecuador and is not far away from cities such as Quito and Latacunga. The summit of Cotopaxi (5.897 m) is the perfect place to observe the sunrise and the impressive volcanic avenue.


Day 1: Departure from Quito at 1:00 pm (meeting point after arrangement). Then we drive to the control station Caspi, where our guide will make the registration. After registration, we arrive at the parking lot, which lies at an altitude of 4600 m. From here we walk to the José Rivas refuge in about 40 to 60 minutes. After dinner (around 6:00 pm) we rest until midnight.

Day 2: We get up at midnight, prepare our equipment and have a small breakfast (hot tea and bread). At 01:00 am we begin the ascent, which takes about 6 to 8 hours (depending on fitness) and has sections of 30 to 40 degrees incline. Once at the summit you can enjoy the full splendor of the surrounding mountains. After shooting the photos we return to the José Rivas refuge, which takes about 2 hours. Finally, we pack our things together and return to our car to drive back to Quito.

Difficulty: High, requires acclimatization and experience in glaciers.

Departure: Possible on all days (reservation required).

Includes: Bilingual guide (1 guide for 2 persons each), private transport Quito-Cotopaxi-Quito, accommodation in the refuge (includes dinner and breakfast), lunch on the first day and equipment for the high mountain.

The equipment includes: mountaineering boots, crampons, ice ax, harness, helmet with lamp, gaiters, inner and outer gloves.

Does not include: backpack, batteries (type AAA), food, drinks and activities that have not been mentioned in this program.

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