Things to do in Cotopaxi


Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi National Park is a protected natural reserve that is located in the provinces of Pichincha, Napo, and Cotopaxi in Ecuador. The park is situated to the south of the capital city of Quito. It is named after the Cotopaxi volcano that is situated within the boundaries of the park along with two other volcanoes: Sincholagua to the South East, and Rumiñawi to the North West. Visitors can find plenty of exciting things to do in Cotopaxi National Park.

The stunning national park is situated next to the Boliche National Recreational Area. Native people considered the volcano to be sacred. The volcano had erupted multiple times, with the most recent eruption taking place in 1904.

You can find a lot of things to do in Cotopaxi National Park, prime among which is observing the different types of fauna that thrive in the area including the native pajanol and paramo grasses and pine trees. The Ecuadorian park contains more than 200 species of plants. The park is also a great place watching birds as a large number flock to the area during different seasons. Moreover, the park also contains various wildlife including deer, Andean wolves, hawks, llamas, and many more exotic wildlife. Overall, this is a must-visit place in Ecuador. Both adults and children can have fun taking part in things to do in Cotopaxi National Park.




Cotopaxi is a volcano that is located in the Andes region in the province of the same name in Ecuador. The volcano is active and is located to the south of Quito and northeast of Latacunga in Ecuador, South America. The summit itself comes second in the country in terms of altitude while the volcano is one of the largest in the world.

Many claim that the name of the volcano means 'Neck of the Moon' in the local language. Though this has never been verified, the fact remains that the mountain was certainly sacred to the local Andean people. The volcano has erupted more than 50 times since 1738, forming numerous valleys due to mudflows around the volcano. It forms part of a chain of volcanoes located around the Pacific plate called the Pacific Ring of Fire.

You can view the mountain touching the skies from the nearby cities of Quito and Latacunga. Here you can find one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world. At the summit of the volcano is a wide crater that consists of two concentric crater rimes. The highest point of the volcano is situated on the northern side on the outer rim of the crater.