When you stay at a discount hotel in Cotopaxi in Ecuador, you are in the shadow of Mount Cotopaxi, the world’s highest continually active volcano. It is also Ecuador’s second highest peak. Whether seen from above by plane, or from one of many vantage points on the ground, the almost perfectly cone-shaped mountain is an incredible sight.
Visitors to Cotopaxi National Park, which is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Quito can go on guided tours, or they can explore the park by themselves. Camping facilities are available. Climbing Mount Cotopaxi has become a national pastime here, but you should be physically fit and have some climbing experience if you’re going to attempt it. You should also spend several days acclimating to get used to the thin air before you do any climbing. For those who don’t want to climb the mountain, there are plenty of other things to do in Cotopaxi National Park. The park has many short to middle-length hikes that provide you with terrific views. Most of them take you along the shores of the Laguna de Limpiopungo. You’ll also get to see wild horses and llamas. If you’re very lucky, you might see a rare Andean condor, the largest raptor on earth. In the park’s museum you can see a stuffed condor, along with a few other animals. For further information on budget hotels in Cotopaxi, see the Vayama.com listings.
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