ministerio de turismo ecuador

Cotopaxi trekking

PITA RIVER FALLS IN COTOPAXI

This route runs through a small section of the Pita River Basin which is born in the Cotopaxi Glaciers and eventually meets up with the main falls formed by the river. Along the way you can find plenty of plants and animals from the river ecosystem and many of these are Andean Forest native species.

Technical data
Estimated Time of Route  4 hours
Physical Level (x) low ( ) low – average ( ) average ( ) average – high ( ) high
Technical Level (x) low ( ) low – average ( ) average ( ) average – high ( ) high
Maximum Elevation 2 930 m/ 9 612 ft
Minimum Elevation 2690 m/ 8 825 ft

Main attractions

Pita Waterfall
Andean Forest
Pita River and its Gorges
Cotopaxi Lava Formations
Typical Flora and Fauna along the river side

What to bring
Comfortable, warm clothes
Comfortable hiking shoes
Waterproof jacket
Sunglasses, hat or cap with visor and sun screen
Change of clothes and extra pair of shoes
Bathing suit and towel
1 bottle or camelback to refill water
Camera


RUMIÑAHUI VOLCANO

This route joins the Panzaleo Community with the Limpios Prairie in the Cotopaxi National Park, it crosses mountain plains on the outskirts of the Rumiñahui Volcano until it reaches the Limpiopungo Lagoon. You can see a beautiful view of the Cotopaxi Volcano and many different species of birds that are typical of the area.

Technical data
Estimated Time of Route 7 hours
Physical Level ( ) low ( ) low-average (x ) average ( ) average-high ( ) high
Technical Level (x) low ( ) low – average ( ) average ( ) average – high ( ) high
Maximum Elevation 4 200 m / 13 779 ft
Minimum Elevation 3 100 m / 10 170 ft

Main attractions
Rumiñahui Volcano
Panoramic View of the Illinizas and Corazon Mountains
Limpiopungo Lagoon
Characteristic flora of the Cotopaxi National Park
Characteristic wetlands fauna

What to bring
Comfortable, warm clothes
Thermal gloves and hat or cap
Comfortable hiking shoes
Waterproof jacket
Sunglasses, hat with visor and sun screen
Change of clothes and extra pair of shoes
1 bottle or thermos to bring something to drink on the hike
Camera


COTOPAXI SOUTH FACE (Cara sur)

This adventure will bring you to the South face of the Cotopaxi, one of the most beautifull landscapes that has not been full explored yet in the National Park. We will walk close to the Morurco summit (4800mts), crossing the large volcanic sand pits and glaciers.

Technical data
Estimated time of route: 5 horas
Physical Level: Low - Average
Maximum Elevation: 4.800 m / 15748 ft
Minimum Elevation: 3.900 m / 12795 ft

Main attractions
View to Cotopaxi
View to Morurco
View lo Quilindaña
Flora of Cotopaxi Nacional Park