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Cotopaxi National Park

The Land of Volcanoes

The Ecuadorean Andes are peppered with iconic stratovolcanoes. Just south of Quito is the snow-covered Cotopaxi volcano which stands an impressive 19,347ft above sea level and is said to be the highest active volcano in the world.

First morning light falls on an erupting Cotopaxi volcano.
First morning light falls on an erupting Cotopaxi volcano.

On the way to Cotopaxi you will pass sweeping countryside with mountain-lined alpine lakes and billowing meadows complete with wild horses.

Horses run free on the foothills of Cotopaxi.
Horses run free on the foothills of Cotopaxi.

Enjoy a hot beverage at 15,750ft in the refugio José Ribas which is carved into the side of Cotopaxi just around snow line.

Take a rest at the refugio José Ribas at the base of the snow on Cotopaxi.
Take a rest at the refugio José Ribas at the base of the snow on Cotopaxi.

The twin peaks of Los Ilanizas linger in the distance.

Chimborazo is another snow-covered volcano along the spine of the Ecuadorean Andes.

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