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National Park of Cotopaxi Day Trip from Quito

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  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3074QNPCH

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:

  1. 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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National Park of Cotopaxi Day Trip from Quito

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
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  • 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.
Note: Trains run Thursday through Sunday, so travelers who tour on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday will head to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park by bus before visiting a flower plantation. 

Please Note: Due to new ash-fall from the volcano, Cotopaxi National Park is closed. Tours have been changed as follows to maintain a safe and beautiful journey:

        1. Cotopaxi National Park and Hacienda tour: Travelers will visit Quilotoa Volcano in liu of Cotopaxi. This stunning mountain with a                  brilliant blue lagoon in its crater is located just a bit further south.

When Cotopaxi National Park reopens, tours will return to normal operation. These changes are instated whenever volcanic ash makes travel difficult or unsafe for travelers. 
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Traveler Reviews

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.

Reviewed by: Melissa W, June 2015

The tour guide was excellent, with so much knowledge, very accommodating to everyone i.e. those who spoke Spanish and English, and just really nice. This was a great tour and I would certainly book again with this company.

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Tour code: 3074QNPCH