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Cotopaxi day tour

Cotopaxi National Park is home to Ecuador’s most captivatingly photogenic volcano. Towering at 5897 meters the giant Cotopaxi peak boasts a perfectly symmetrical snow-capped cone, and picturesque surrounding parkland.
We take you to visit three different sites:

  • Trek up to the volcano refuge, and enjoy panoramic views from the snowline (on clear days).
  • Visit the Cotopaxi National Park Museum to learn about the destructive history of the volcano.
  • Stop for photos and a short walk at pretty Limpiopungo Lake.

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Cotopaxi day tour

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Cotopaxi Volcano National Park day tour map, Ecuador - Happy Gringo

Prices 2020

  • Per person
  • $110 2 people
  • $100 3 people
  • $80 4 people



  • 08:00Pickup from your hotel
  • 09:30 – 14:30Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • 16:30Aprox drop off time at your hotel


The places that you visit are flexible. The itinerary can be adapted directly with your guide, depending on your interests. Timings are referencial only, and subject to change.

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About this itinerary

  • During this trip you will be at high altitude (approx. up to 4800 meters), so warm clothes (hat, scarf, gloves, warm upper layers, wind/rain proof jacket) are recommended.
  • You will also need to stay hydrated to avoid effects of altitude, we recommend bringing 2 liters of water per person.
  • This is a private tour, so you have flexibility to make itinerary changes on the day with your guide.
  • We recommend booking day tours at least one week in advance, to ensure that a guide is available for you, and the trip booking & organization can be done smoothly.
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  • Transfer from San Cristobal Airport – Hotel (except in BACKPACKER tours)
  • Lobito bus and ferry across Itabaca channel (Except backpacker tours on the last day).
  • Accommodation in double or twin rooms.
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary (at the hotel, onboard or at a local restaurant).
  • Excursions as noted in the itinerary with bilingual Naturalist Guide.
  • Snorkeling equipment during water activities and on free day in San Cristobal.
  • 2 Days bicycle rental in Isabela
  • Spanish assistance in San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela docks. (Not included in Backpacker tours)
  • Speed Boat Tickets: Santa Cristobal – Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz- Isabela, Isabela -Santa Cruz
  • Day 10: Pick-up from Santa Cruz dock and transfer to Baltra airport (Not included in Backpacker tours).


  • Airfare to/from Galapagos.
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park to be paid in cash at your arrival at the Islands. (US$ 100 per person, subject to change).
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card to be paid at Guayaquil or Quito airport. (US$ 20 per person, subject to change) .
  • Isabela Dock Fee (USD $10).
  • Water taxis. (USD $1-$5 depending on the distance).
  • Santa Cruz Highlands Tortoise Ranch (USD $5 subject to change).
  • Single supplement.
  • Optional activities.
  • Meals not specified in itinerary.
  • Breakfast on the last day in Isabela for backpacker tours.
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Transfer to/from meeting point on day 2 in Santa Cruz
  • Anything not mentioned as included.


  • This tour is available to start on any day throughout the year.

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