Cotopaxi National Park

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Trace the Andes south across the spine of Ecuador and there are few sights more impressive than the wonderful snow-capped peaks, turqouise lakes and unique wildlife of the magificent Cotopaxi Volcano and National Park!

70 miles south of Quito along the breathtaking “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, the beautiful snowy peak of the Cotopaxi Volcano and national park dominates the countryside. Just under 6000m above sea-level, Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s second tallest peak and one of the world’s highest active volcanoes. Its graceful green shoulders are punctuated with mud and lava flows that pay testament to its destructive power. Cotopaxi boasts 86 known eruptions to its name which have helped create a wonderful array of natural habitats that harbour the region’s varied, native wildlife. Brocket deer, paramo wolves, puma and spectacled bears all make their homes on the slopes as well as birds ranging from buzzards, cock-of-the-rock, giant humming birds and soaring condor.

Cotopaxi offers excellent walking, riding, biking and photography. A number of historic, colonial haciendas ring the national park and provide the perfect base to explore its graceful slopes.

Cotopaxi National Park Hotels

Hacienda San Agustin de Callo$$$$

The San Agustin de Callo is a sumptuous colonial hacienda and once Augustinian convent built on the ruins of a 15th century Inca palace. Exquisite Inca masonry blends seamlessly with the cobbled courtyard and sweeping colonial architecture while inside, the hacienda is decorated throughout with an eclectic mix of antique furniture, colourful artwork and local textiles. Steeped in history, San Agustin offers a unique slice of Ecuador and is a wonderful base to explore the breathtaking Cotopaxi...

Chilcabamba Lodge$$$

Hacienda el Porvenir$$$

Hacienda La Cienega$$$

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