Cotopaxi Hikes

Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi Hiking Tour

Prepare to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and natural grandeur as you join us on the Cotopaxi Volcano Hike Tour. Situated in the heart of Ecuador’s breathtaking landscapes, this tour promises an unforgettable journey to the basecamp of one of the world’s highest active volcanoes. 

About the Hiking Tour

Cotopaxi hikes offer an opportunity to connect with nature’s grandeur, challenge your limits, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re a novice hiker seeking a new adventure or an experienced mountaineer looking to conquer new heights, the trails of Cotopaxi National Park beckon you with their beauty, allure, and promise of an unforgettable journey.

Prepare, pack, and set your sights on the majestic Cotopaxi volcano – where every step is a testament to your spirit of exploration and resilience.

Journey to the Skies: Cotopaxi Hike to the Refuge

Embark on an unforgettable ascent through the captivating landscapes of Cotopaxi National Park as you make your way to the Refuge of Cotopaxi. This exhilarating hike takes you through rugged terrain, breathtaking vistas, and an ever-changing environment. Feel the rush of adventure and the thrill of being closer to the sky as you reach the Refuge, nestled at an altitude of 4,864 metres (15,953 feet) on the slopes of the iconic Cotopaxi volcano. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer or a passionate explorer, this hike offers a taste of the extraordinary beauty and challenges that Cotopaxi has to offer.


Cotopaxi Hike Details and Schedule:

Your vehicle leaves the hostel about 8.15am, returning by about 1.30-2pm. We have a quick tour of the national park as we drive all the way up to the parking area at approx 4,600m. From the parking area we trek up to the refuge at 4,800m to enjoy a hot drink and snacks before heading up to the glacier at over 5,ooom/17,000 ft (conditions permitting). We then trek back down to the parking area and drive down to approx 4,000m. For those who chose to do the mountain biking* – jump on! The first section is moderately steep before the trail levels out. Most of the ride is more “coasting” rather than steep hardcore downhill. We then load the bikes back on to the vehicle before heading back to the hostel for a late lunch. $38 pp *plus $10 extra if you wish to do the biking.

You can reserve this tour directly when you're staying at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi.