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Cotopaxi Tour


Cotopaxi tour from Quito

Is the ideal choice if you’re looking for adventure in the Ecuadorian Andes while combining the natural splendor of the Andes. Cotopaxi, one of the most well-known active volcanoes, is situated in the center of Ecuador and has an elevation of 5897 meters (19.347 feet). It offers stunning views as well as the distinctive Andean Paramo flora and wildlife.

Where to Stay

Choosing the ideal lodging is crucial for a relaxing and enjoyable journey. From quaint lodges tucked away in the heart of Cotopaxi to luxurious hotels in Quito, we provide a variety of choices. You may be confident that your visit will be a perfect balance of rest and exposure to the beauties of nature.Are you prepared to discover Cotopaxi, Ecuador’s stunning wonders? Our expertly planned tour ensures an amazing adventure full with exhilarating encounters, breathtaking vistas, and priceless memories. With the help of our knowledgeable guides, explore Cotopaxi’s top attractions and get a taste of its alluring appeal.

Journey from Quito to Cotopaxi

Our trip starts in the thriving city of Quito, from which we take a leisurely drive to the breathtaking scenery of Cotopaxi. As we move from the busy city streets to the serene natural splendor that surrounds the Cotopaxi volcano, marvel at the shifting landscape.

Unforgettable Cotopaxi Day Trip

Our Cotopaxi day trip is intended to give you a thorough understanding of this exceptional location. Explore the rocky landscape, take in the lively Cotopaxi National Park, and be in awe of the enormous Cotopaxi volcano. This journey is the ideal fusion of adventure and awe at the magnificence of nature.

Cotopaxi Volcano Hike and More

The hike to the Cotopaxi volcano is just the beginning, you can also do activities like Cotopaxi Horseback Riding Either way you will discover the diverse ecosystems that exist here, from the unusual flora and wildlife to the impressive landscape formed by the volcano’s activity. Also, your tour will take you to the famous José Rivas Refuge, which provides details on the difficulties faced by mountaineers.

Guided Tours from Quito to Cotopaxi

Our guided tours guarantee a smooth and educational experience from beginning to end. Select from a number of tour choices, such as the well-liked excursion Tour al Cotopaxi desde Quito, to fully immerse yourself in this alluring location.

Book Your Cotopaxi Adventure Today

Do not miss the opportunity to participate in this extraordinary experience. Our Cotopaxi tours include something for everyone, whether you are seeking adventure, untouched nature, or a closer relationship with the environment. Make your reservation today and if you want to know more but you only have one day to do it we have Cotopaxi Banos Tour or Cotopaxi Quilota Tour so you can experience the Cotopaxi volcano and its impressive surroundings.

  • Pick up/ Drop off
  • Transport from Quito to Cotopaxi
  • Tour Guide
  • Lunch
  • Comfortable transport
  • Trekking to the Basecamp “José Rivas” at the Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Best view of the Cotopaxi Volcano


  • 1. Cotopaxi Day Trip

    Our Cotopaxi day tour begins in Quito. To start, the guide will pick you up at your hotel in the metropolitan area of Quito. Then, we will take the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. That is, we will head towards the National Park. Along the Panamerican Highway South.

  • 2. The viewpoint of Quito

    During our tour to Cotopaxi National Park, we will make a stop at a strategic viewpoint where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. This moment will be perfect for taking photographs and appreciating the natural surroundings that encompass the park.

    Before entering Cotopaxi National Park, we will make a stop in Machachi, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious breakfast. This stop will be a perfect chance to recharge your energy and prepare for a day filled with exciting adventures in this majestic park.

  • 3. Interpretation Center "La Mariscal"

    We will register at the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park, which is important to ensure the safety of tourists. We will then arrive at the "La Mariscal" Interpretation Center. Here, you will receive a detailed explanation of the flora, fauna, and geological characteristics of the park. This interpretation center will provide you with valuable information that will allow you to further appreciate the natural richness of the area.

  • 4. The José Ribas refuge

    We will head to the parking lot and prepare to start our tour. This is one of the most exciting moments as you embark on an ascent to the José Ribas refuge, located at a considerable altitude on the slopes of the Cotopaxi volcano. This experience will allow you to feel the sensation of being close to one of the highest peaks in the Ecuadorian Andes. After the ascent, you will have a well-deserved rest at the José Ribas refuge. Here, you can enjoy a hot drink, such as hot chocolate or tea, to warm up and relax while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape.

  • 5. Limpiopungo Lagoon

    Once you have recovered, you will take an exciting stroll around the beautiful Laguna de Limpiopungo. This place is famous for its abundant wildlife and picturesque landscapes. You will be able to enjoy close contact with nature as you explore and observe birds and other native animals.

  • Lunch

    After the activity, we will go and enjoy a delicious lunch. Finally, we will return to the city of Quito full of unforgettable memories.

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Our Reviews About This Tour

Awesome experience!


I can’t say enough about this tour, and Carolina and Pedro.
They picked us up from our hotel on time and we headed to the Cotopaxi.
We had plenty of stops along the way for snacks and beverages.
They were very patient with us during the hike, as I was suffering from a bit of altitude sickness. Views were unbelievable. Be prepared though, it was a physical challenge for me, and I hike regularly.
The lunch choices were excellent.
The care they provided to ensure we had a great time was phenomenal.
Don’t hesitate to book this tour. You won’t be sorry.

Jennifer S
March 5, 2024

Great day at Cotopaxi


We had an amazing day. David was an excellent guide. The hike to Refugio Jose Rivas wasn’t easy but we were so pleased that we did it, and David showed us the best routes. Wonderful views of Cotopaxi. Highly recommended.

Swindon, UK
February 25, 2024

Bad weather, but great visit


Veronica did a great job as our guide. Unfortunately for us the weather did not cooperate on our day, so be absolutely prepare for cold or rain. We saw the volcano as we hiked but it got socked in with weather as we got to the top of the hike. The bus Ride was quite memorable. We did get to see an Andean Fox and the Caracara in the park. The views from the lagoon were pretty good also.

Dennis G
February 11, 2024

A magic and difficult climb to a vulcano, when everything went out great!


Our guide was a superb guy! The trail was very difficult to me and my wife, since we have zero experience climbing mountains. Even with all the difficulties related to our (bad) physical condition, the view is awesome and our guide saved us from more than one possible – and potentially terrible – fall. They picked us at the hotel at the right time and returned us safely to the hotel. For all of this, I recommend the Real Dreams Tour.


Tiago C
January 31, 2024

Great experience


Awesome experience, did a great job accounting for different hiking and altitude adaptation so we had an amazing day. Pedro was super knowledgeable about the area which really enhanced the experience.

Pedro and Franklin really went the extra mile to make sure we had a good experience.

San Diego, CA
January 10, 2024

Cotopaxi’s Charm Amplified by an Exceptional Guide: A Birder’s Dream Come True


If scaling the slopes of Cotopaxi wasn’t awe-inspiring enough, our experience was elevated to unimaginable heights by our incredible guide, Paula. Her infectious enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the region’s flora and fauna made every step an adventure, particularly for us avid birdwatchers. Paula’s warm personality was like a ray of sunshine breaking through the Andean clouds. Her passion for her work was evident in the way she pointed out hidden wonders, from the delicate orchids clinging to volcanic rock to the majestic condors soaring high above. But for us, her dedication to our specific interest truly set her apart. She understood that spotting a rare Andean Flicker or hearing the ethereal call of the Black-breasted Hillstar was akin to striking gold for us. She went above and beyond the scheduled tour time, venturing into side trails and patiently waiting for elusive feathered friends to appear. Her keen eye and sharp ears often led us to sightings we would have otherwise missed, transforming our birding hobby into a treasure hunt amidst the otherworldly beauty of Cotopaxi. Leaving Cotopaxi, we carried with us not just breathtaking memories of the volcanic giant, but a newfound appreciation for the avian jewels that call its slopes home. And this, we owe entirely to the exceptional guidance and dedication of Paula. If you’re looking for a Cotopaxi adventure that goes beyond the ordinary, book your tour with her – you won’t just conquer a volcano, you’ll discover a passion for the winged wonders that grace its slopes. Five stars, with a grateful birdie song!

Ivan PopStefanija
January 9, 2024
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