Cotopaxi, Ecuador, is home to Cotopaxi National Park, which is stunning and something that should not be missed during your stay in Ecuador. It is home to the famous Volcan Cotopaxi, which is a fairly active volcano and one of the only ones in the world to be found with glacial activity along the Ecuadorean line. The park itself has three different entrances and the one you use will depend on your Cotopaxi, Ecuador hostel. Given the remote locations of most of these Cotopaxi, Ecuador hostels and limited information on how to get to most of these places on the internet, it is best to contact your hostel in Cotopaxi, Ecuador, directly and ask them how to get there. Also because the hostels in Cotopaxi, Ecuador, are scattered in different areas of the park, there isn't one set route in. It is best to ask.
During their stay in the park, the majority of people hike to the Refugio at just under five thousand meters, and from here, you can also ascend a little higher to the point where the glacier begins. For those serious about summiting, you will need to go on a guided tour with the appropriate safety gear for climbing through ice fields. Your hostel in Cotopaxi, Ecuador, should be able to point you in the right direction if this is something in which you are interested. They also offer downhill mountain biking on Cotopaxi from a short distance below the Refugio car park to the lake. There is a nice walk that you can do here as well, but it is fairly short.
If you are short on time and not up for the adventure of trying to navigate your way into the park on your own by bus, the majority of people organise tours from either Quito or Latacunga to explore Cotopaxi National Park for the day, and this is the easiest option if you are on a time crunch and don't have time to spend getting into and out of the park.
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