Cotopaxi Volcano
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Martina V
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We participated 1 day trip to volcano Cotopaxi with the perfect guide Irene. We were lucky to underwent our trip with her - she was so nice, very positive, helpful and well - organized. She explained us a lot of interestings things about Ecuador's nature, culture, food... The trip was well scheduled and figured out on time. I really recommend this perfect trip with kind Irene :) Thank a lot, Irene :)
Written 13 April 2024
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Margarita P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Cotopaxi is an active volcano located in the province of Cotopaxi in Ecuador. It is like two hours in car from Quito. There you can hike the mountain and see the snow or many animals like foxes or llamas, but be careful fist of the cold weather, then of the slippery ground and finally of the pressure; the volcano is in a high level of the ocean so you might bring with you a good jacket, some candies for the sugar levels and water. Also you can camp in the national park so I recommend you to do it, it’s amazing to wake up seeing the Cotopaxi.
Written 2 April 2024
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World trav
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Great volcano trek to 4865 m height. Friendly staff at the refuge / base camp. Nice to get a hot chocolate after the trek. Good beginners trek
Written 26 July 2023
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shiraziwine
Shiraz, Iran1,548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I was not able to believe When i saw the volcano pushing gas out side, it was an amazing experience to see such a natural power
Written 30 June 2023
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
To climb volcanos or access national parks in Ecuador, you must make a previous request to the environment ministry.
The access is free but at the entrance, if you are foreign they will try to force you to pay for a local guide (around 50USD).
Only 1.7km round trip to get to the shelter.
I didn't get to the summit but I willl next time. I totally recommend
Written 21 June 2022
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Teemed
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
This was the best organized travel experience I have had. First, I made it to the summit. Cristian Rivera is a great guide and person. He got me to the top. I can’t say enough good things about him. He was directive as he needed to be. Checked on my condition often and was very accommodating to my needs. For example, he knew I needed a little extra time to get to the top so we left a little earlier. Left at 11:20 and summited at 6:10. Took us almost seven hours. Back at the refuge by 9. Five stars for Cristian.

Fabian was also great as my guide for Iliniza Norte. Pasachoa had been more difficult than expected so Iliniza was going to be the true test of whether I would be ready for Cotopaxi. He guided me through a difficult, but doable climb. Five stars for Fabian.

Papagayo. What a special place. Perfect for someone who needs a place to relax between and before climbs. The staff was helpful, friendly and accommodating. All of them. They went above and beyond. Yam is also a perfect person managing much of the operations involving clients. Five stars.

All aspects of my adventure would have earned the same ratings even if I did not summit. Jeremy at Gulliver took care of everything.

I am a 60 year old male. Summiting Cotopaxi was hard. If this is something you think you can do and you are in good shape and have a strong desire, Gulliver can take you from where you are and support you every step of the way.
Written 26 May 2022
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MapsnHammocks
Saint Louis, MO38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We hired a guide ($40 for 4 people) who drive us from the park entrance to the parking lot below the refuge. It was an extremely bumpy, 45-minute ride! There are two hiking paths to get to the refuge: the more difficult "heartbreak" path, and the less difficult zigzag path. It took us about 1.75 hours to get to the refuge on the zigzag path, but it could be shorter or longer, depending on how in- or out-of-shape you are. Bring your passport if you intend on going to the refuge - you can get a stamp in your passport. People have also brought flags from their countries to hang in the refuge, so if that's something that interests you, bring your country's flag! After a break at the refuge (16,000 ft), we climbed 40 min to the bottom of the glacier (16,420 ft).

I'm not sure if the bathrooms are part of the national park or privately owned, but the one bathroom on the gravel road between the entrance and the parking lot had a discriminatory policy of charging women $0.25 and men $0.10. When I asked for the reason of the price difference, the attendant told me it's because men don't use toilet paper. I showed her that I brought my own, but she said it didn't matter, I would still need to pay the $0.25. So women, avoid using this bathroom if possible (I think the one at the entrance didn't have a price difference). Men, if you need to go #2, also avoid this bathroom as you may not get toilet paper! But also don't use it because of the principle of the matter.
Written 27 April 2022
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David M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The and its scale is e volcano is viable from many directions and weather permitting you can see the phenomenon of an ice capped active volcano close up,
Written 23 February 2022
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Jolka27
Houston, TX65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My husband was climbing. Trip was very well organized and guide very professional. I was walking around, admiring wonderful views.
Written 2 August 2021
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EmilyMartha
Newark, NJ275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We journeyed up to the parking lot at the top of the refugio hiking area. It was very chilly, high 30s, and it was esential to have a waterproof and warm shell. Better views can be had in the valley below.
Written 12 July 2021
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