Climbing the Cotopaxi Volcano
Climbing the Cotopaxi Volcano

Climbing the Cotopaxi in a 2 days excursion in the province of Cotopaxi.

From 2 up to 20 participants (there will be a guide for every other participant).

The volcano Cotopaxi, whose summit rest at 5.897 m/19.347 ft., is a natural monument because of its unique beauty and it is also the second tallest mountain in the country, which makes it a challenge for mountaineers from all over the world.

This glacier-covered volcano has an icy crater that is 800 m in circumference and can only be seen from high up on the mountain which is one of the most visited of Ecuador. It is located within Cotopaxi National Park.


Day 1:

07:00 Departure from Quito to Cotopaxi National Park.
10:00 Arrival to the refuge parking lot and preparation of equipment.
10:45 Arrival to José Ribas Refuge at 4.800 m/15.748 ft. Settle-in and get ready for practice in the glaciers.
11:30 Glacier school. Practice basic techniques for glaciers. Eat a box lunch and hydrate.
14:30 Return to the refuge and rest during the afternoon.
18:00 Dinner.
19:00 Sleep time.
Day 2:

00:00 Wake-up. Breakfast time and preparation of equipment.
01:00 Begin ascend hike. Frequent stops to eat and hydrate and to enjoy the many attractions on the way.
07:30 Estimated time of arrival to the summit.
08:00 Begin descend hike.
12:00 End descend hike. Rest time and pack-up equipment.
13:00 Begin return trip to parking lot.
14:00 Meal in the restaurant of the park.
15:00 Begin return trip to Quito.
17:00 Estimated time of arrival to Quito


  • Private round-trip transportation
  • Specialized, certificated and bilingual guides.
  • Lodging in the José Ribas refuge.
  • Cotopaxi National Park entrance fee.
  • Snacks and fruits for the hike.
  • Rope, cord, and carabineers.

Not included:

  • Extra sports drinks.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Ice axe, climbing helmet and harness.
  • Mountaineering boots and crampons.
  • ips.

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