ministerio de turismo ecuador

Cotopaxi climbing

The Cotopaxi Volcano is a challenge for mountain climbers from all over the world, its summit reaches 5 897m / 19 347 ft and it is the second highest mountain in the country. It is a natural monument because of its great beauty. This glacier-covered volcano has an ice crater with an 800 m diameter which can only be seen from the mountain top. It is located in the Cotopaxi National Park and is one of the most highly visited mountains in Ecuador.

Technical data
Estimated Time of Route 11 hours
Physical Level ( ) low ( ) low-average ( ) average (x) average-high ( ) high
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Maximum Elevation 5 897 m / 19 347 ft
Minimum Elevation 4 600 m / 15 091 ft
Terrain: Sands, snow, Ice

Main attractions
Cotopaxi Volcano and its crater
Panoramic view of the main mountains in the country
Limpiopungo Lagoon and Limpio Prairie
Andean Paramo ( moor)
Typical paramo (moor) flora and fauna

What to bring
Comfortable, warm clothes ( 1st and 2nd layers)
Waterproof jacket and pants (3rd layer)
Thermal cap and facemask, thermal and waterproof gloves
Socks (liners and thermals)
Sunglasses and sun screen
Headlamp and extra batteries
Change of clothes and extra pair of shoes
Extra sports beverages
Camera