Duration: 1 day
Date: All year
The Cotopaxi Volcano, which is located within the Cotopaxi National Park, has a perfect snow cap similar to a cone, being unique on the planet, a symbol of Ecuador’s natural wealth. This volcano offers a spectacular view whose landscape is surrounded by vegetation on its slopes and on its slopes the refuge ¨José Rivas¨. Within Cotopaxi we can see mineral features thanks to ancient volcanic eruptions. Here we have the opportunity to visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon, being a morphological result of the Cotopaxi lahars, within its panorama it offers a great variety of flora and fauna. This is a great option to spend with the family and get to know one of the most emblematic places in Ecuador.
DAY 1: Cotopaxi – Family Tour
We will pick you up from the hotel of your choice at 9:00 a.m. and we will start our trip to the Cotopaxi National Park, once here we will register and enter. Inside the Cotopaxi National Park we will establish a certain stop for photography, if the weather allows us we will have a spectacular view; Then we will go to the José Rivas refuge. The walk to the José Rivas Refuge lasts approximately 1 hour at a slow pace; Once inside the refuge, we will proceed to enjoy our lunch box and hydration, here we will enjoy the cozy refuge, and we will prepare to go to the Limpiopungo Lagoon. On the walk to the Lagoon you will take around 2h00 at a moderate pace and having the respective stops for photography; once in the Limpiopungo Lagoon we will be able to see the variety of flora and fauna that this lagoon has, and it is a perfect space to share with the family. After spending a moment and touring this Lagoon, we will return to the refuge where we can have a pleasant lunch and finally return to our place of stay after an incredible day of adventure.
What to wear?
The necessary equipment that we recommend that you carry so that you have a totally pleasant experience is:
Two layers of clothing for the legs and torso:
• Comfortable and warm jacket and pants.
• Thin gloves. (avoid wool)
• Warm socks.
• An extra sweater (to be carried in the backpack in case of extreme cold).
• Thermal hat.
• Sports shoes or comfortable shoes.
In case you do not have some of the clothing and extra equipment, we as Mauna Expeditions will guide you where you can rent or buy these accessories.
The services included in the cost of the program are:
✓ Registration and preparation for the best experience of your life.
✓ Guidance for the ascent with certified guides (ASEGUIM/UIAGM), one guide for every 4 people.
✓ Private door-to-door transportation for the entire day of the tour.
✓ Entry permits.
✓ Adventure video about the experience in the program.
✓ Necessary mountain equipment (specified above)
✓ Lunch on the way down on the day of the ascent.
✓ Take all of Mauna Expeditions.
✓ Buff Mauna Expeditions.
✓ Lunch Box and hydration for the ascent.
The following services are NOT included in the cost of the program:
X Clothing and personal equipment.
X Air tickets.
X Hotel or hostel in Quito or place of preference.
X Life insurance or against some type of accident.
X Other expenses NOT specified in our program.
The price varies depending on the number of members. For more information CONTACT US
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM
To book the tour, Mauna Expeditions requires a payment of 25% of the cost of the program. Full payment must be made up to a maximum of two weeks before the start date of the tour. We do not send vouchers or confirmation messages until full payment for the program is made. Our team reserves the right to cancel the tour if the full payment is not made until the start date of the program.
The Mauna Expeditions team has put a lot of effort into organizing your program. Therefore, any cancellation must be made at least 21 days in advance. After 21 days, Mauna Expeditions may make a 50% refund depending on the cause of cancellation. Any cancellation notified less than 21 days from the start date of the program will be charged a penalty of 100% of the value of the program.
Costs vary depending on the size of the group. A minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 24 are required to make the ascent. For cost information please CONTACT US.
Mountaineering is a high-risk sport, where we are exposed to conditions on extreme occasions. We do not recommend doing this activity for people with asthma or some kind of heart problem. The level of difficulty of the program is demanding and there is nothing that interests us more than your safety and that you enjoy our program without any external problem.