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Cotopaxi Full-Day Small Group Tour from Quito

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Quito, Ecuador
Cotopaxi Full-Day Small Group Tour from Quito

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Tourist transport
Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
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Food and drinks

Departure Point

Naciones Unidas Ave, Quito 170506, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Quito Tour Bus
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cotopaxi Full-Day Small Group Tour from Quito?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi Full-Day Small Group Tour from Quito.
What is the policy on sanitization during Cotopaxi Full-Day Small Group Tour from Quito?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi Full-Day Small Group Tour from Quito.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Just be mindful that it can get cold/windy, so pack extra layers of clothing with you." See review
  • "hike to José Ribas mountain refuge on 4868 m. Breathing on that height not easy but the amazing views are well worth the effort." See review


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Wonderful day at Cotopaxi National Park!
, Dec 2021
Erica was a wonderful guide! Enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The climb up Cotopaxi was good and Erica made sure everyone was doing well! Very delightful day ending with a delicious beef lunch! Thank-you! Janet and Scott Morlock
Absolutely incredible time
, Dec 2021
This tour was absolutely amazing. We booked for Christmas and ended up having a private tour since there we no other people signed up. Mauro was an excellent guide with lots of knowledge about Quito, the park, and other areas of Ecuador we are traveling to. Hiking over to the glacier was amazing and with just three of us total, we were able to move pretty quickly which was lovely. The weather was perfect and we could see almost every volcano in the avenue. We were a bit confused because in the tour description it says lunch is included, but in the “what to expect” it said no meals included. We messaged to confirm and brought snacks to make up for the lack of included meals. We did end up getting lunch at the cafeteria near the end of the tour and it was delicious for $5 each meal. We would without a doubt book this trip again. This was our fifth day in Quito with a few other days of hiking prior which really helped for the altitude. This is NOT a first day at high altitude excursion.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Challenging but worth it!
, Dec 2021
Really fun day! Marco was a wonderful guide and very good with explaining the Cotopaxi volcano and so many other interesting things about Ecuador. The scenery is so beautiful! The hike to the Cotopaxi base camp is tough only because of the altitude. But it’s worth the effort. Loved it!
Greatday at Cotopaxi
, Dec 2021
Francisco is a very good guide. The hiking was great as Cotopaxi was mostly clear of clouds and no wind while we were there.
Got to see the real natural beauty of Equador
, Nov 2021
Our guide Erica and driver were great. Extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The views all day were gr8 from lookout in South Quito on way up to Cotopaxi and from the lake. Wonderful late lunch/early dinner at local restaurant that had beautiful views of Cotopaxi. See a wolf in wild was also a special event.
Good to see the volcano but bad tour planning g
, Nov 2021
We really enjoyed visiting add hiking Cotopaxi however this tour was the most poorly planned tour among many that we went on during our 25 day vacation in Ecuador. I will start with the positives first. The tour guide was very nice with good English skills, very patient and kept with everyone's pace. The major problem we had was the timeline and not a having clear information on when lunch was going to be served. We started the tour around 6:30 and after everyone was picked up we stopped for breakfast around 7:30 on the way to Cotopaxi. However we didn't get to sit down until a little past 4pm for lunch. By then so many of us were starving, getting lightheaded after a long and active day without knowing exactly when the lunch time was going to be assuming lunch would have been served around lunch time. And then we were notified that we had to pay for lunch separately which wasn't clearly mentioned in the itinerary. No snacks or drinks were served on the bus and we weren't told how late we were going to eat lunch, so we could have packed or bought something to snack on. Planning and clear communication is essential for tour companies. This was our first tour and we took many other ones during our stay and everything was clearly disclosed with us and all day tours covered lunch and snacks on time and everything was well planned. I understand eating is not a big part of sight seeing, but at least for us and some other tourists that day having starved for so long and not getting clear information on the food part of the trip definitely lowered the experience for us, especially after learning how well other tour companies handled this issue
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Lauren I am glad that you enjoyed our tour, about the food let me tell you that when you bought your tour we mention on the itinerary that food and drinks are not included. At the begining of the tour we make a stop early in the morning so you can buy food and snacks. Our guides suggest you to buy snack because we will have a late lunch. Also when you get to the refuge you have plenty of time to buy food, they sell soups, sandwichs, chocolate and so on. The planning on our tour was correct but maybe you didn´t bought the food even if you had the options.
The hike is hard but worth it.
, Oct 2021
We had an amazing tour guide. Her name was Irene. She was very funny, knowledgeable and professional. My most memorable experience was when I reached the refuge of Cotopaxi.
100% required during your stay in Quito
, Sep 2021
What an amazing experience! Cotopaxi park itself is incredible and worthy of a million photos, not to mention the volcano itself. Be prepared for windy and chilly weather (hats and gloves are much appreciated), with rain on and off, but the weather changes often. I'd recommend hiking poles, and real hiking boots are a must. Take your time, your guide will be great and patient with you, so don't feel bad if you don't make it up all the way (we didn't), take lots of pictures, and enjoy yourselves. You've earned the stop on the way back for a nice meal and a little canelazo with some homemade moonshine! Ask for Francisco as a guide, he was incredible with us.
Challenging but worth it!
, Jul 2021
Great guide, awesome trek, and amazing scenery. Would recomended if you're looking for a good challenge while visiting Quito!
1 traveler found this review helpful
We did it
, Jun 2021
Excellent guide and driver. Very encouraging and made our hike successful. We appreciated their recommendations and support for a good day. We enjoyed the lunch as well.

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