With an altitude of 5,897 meters above sea level, Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world; only competing against two other volcanoes for the title. Cotopaxi was also once worshiped by Ecuadorís ancient civilizations, thought to be the bringer of rain and prosperous crops; and the top of Cotopaxi was considered to be where God resided. It was first climbed in 1872, and the ascent has only gotten a lot more popular since then.
Leaving Quito at 8:00am with a bilingual guide, we take you south on the majestic Pan-American Highway to the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. Upon entering the national park we will do an acclimatization hike around Lake de Limpiopungo for approximately two hours and visit a museum exhibiting local flora and fauna. After lunch, we will hike for an hour more to the refuge center (4800m). From there we continue onto the glaciers for half an hour before returning to Quito by 6:00 pm.