National Park of Cotopaxi Day Trip from Quito
Get the best of all worlds and combine history, nature and shopping on a full day guided tour from Quito. You'll ride on a train and witness spectacular scenery, see the active volcano Cotopaxi and the Limpiopungo Lagoon - all before returning back to Quito!
Departing from Quito by bus, you'll travel to the Chimbacalle train station where you will board a train to Machachi. Take in beautiful scenery of Ecuador along the way. (Train operates Thursday to Sunday)
Arrive in Machachi and take a bus to the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park where you will first visit the Limpiopungo lagoon, from which, depending on the weather conditions, you can admire the environment and observe condor birds.
You'll have free time for lunch before stopping at the museum to learn about the diverse flora and fauna surrounding the park. End your tour with a short walk to admire the impressive active Cotopaxi volcano, which stands at a towering 19,000 feet (5,900 meters).
Return to Quito in the afternoon.
Note: On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on days in which the train does not operate, you will take a bus to the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park and then visit a flower plantation. Here, you'll admire the different types of roses grown and learn about the planting and growing process.
Please Note: Cotopaxi National Park is closed for sightseeing in prevention of new ash-fall from the volcano. Our operation visiting the area have been changed as follows in order to maintain a journey attractive to our passengers:
- Cotopaxi National Park and Hacienda tour: instead of visiting Cotopaxi National Park, we will go to Quilotoa Volcano, located a few kilometers further south. It has an impressive formation of a turquoise lagoon inside its crater, one of the most beautiful scenery you can find in Ecuador
As soon as the Cotopaxi National Park reopens access to visitors, our tours will go back as originally planned and we will implement these changes each time the volcano and ash emissions makes our visit not suitable for tourists.
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Tour departs from most major Quito Hotels
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
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National Park of Cotopaxi Tour from Quito
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- Gratuities (Optional)
- Food and drinks
- Entrance to the National Park of Cotopaxi
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- Note: train operation is subject to change. Days in which train operation is not available the trip will be made by bus.
Reviewed by: Soumya Kanti D, December 2015
A once in a lifetime experience that was very very well managed by the tour operators
Reviewed by: Stephen C, August 2015
From the moment we were picked up to the moment we were dropped off, this was a magnificent trip. Well organized and led by the most enthusiastic of guides, Alfonso, we were also blessed with magnificent weather which allowed us to see Cotapaxi in all its splendor. The train ride was fun, the walk around the lake allowed for a full appreciation of the environment and the final stop at the hacienda put the icing on the cake. Thank you.