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Cotopaxi National Park

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The Cotopaxi volcano, an almost perfect ice cone that emerges 5897 meters of altitude is something unique in the planet and it is maybe, together with Galapagos, the biggest symbol of our natural geography recognized in the whole world.

Useful Data

The Cotopaxi, the 2nd tallest mountain in the country, is an active volcano and sometimes you may even observe fumaroles, although its activity cannot compare with its neighbors the Tungurahua and the Sangay. In the oriental flanks of the Cotopaxi and along the Pita River, that flows north wise, you may find big rocks of volcanic material.
Weather:
Fog, Rain

Flora and Fauna

Flora:
Grassland, shrubs and chuquiragua, stemless rosettes, chicory, yaguales and kishuares, gentians, ferns and deer horns.
Fauna:
Rabbits, skunks, deer and Andean weasels known as chucuris, sparrowhawks, black-chested buzzard-eagle, quilicos and Andean gulls, condors and mandolins, Fulica atra or Andean coots and Andean ducks, Andean foxes, marsupial mice, country mice, paramo wolves, marsupial frogs, cutines, lizards, guagsas.

Atractions

Cotopaxi volcano, Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley) y Cañón del Río Pita (Pita River Cannon), Limpiopungo, Mariscal Sucre, Caspi, Pucará Salitre archaeological ruins. Santo Domingo Lagoon, Cajas Lagoon, Cueva de los Buhos (Owls Cave), Mirador Medias Naranjas (Half Oranges Balcony). .

Suggested Route

From Quito:: To enter the park you must use the Panamericana south (segment Quito –Latacunga) until kilometer 42, where you can find the detour to enter the park. From there you should follow a paved road for 15 minutes to get to the control booth. North entrance control. You take the Panamericana South to Machachi and then follow to Güitig town. From here continue on the cobbled road until reaching el Pedregal. After 20 minutes the control booth is reached.

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