A very special place: one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
A lofty proposal
The Cotopaxi national park is sixty kilometres from the capital. The peak after which it is named is the highest point in the park, at around 5,897 metres above sea level. This is also one of the most active volcanoes not only in the country but in the entire world. The presence of this type of active volcano creates an ecosystem that is very different to the surrounding area, making for a unique, natural habitat. As a result, this corner of Ecuador is home to flora and fauna that you won't find anywhere else in the country, such as rabbits, deer and wolves, as well as Andean gulls and the ever-popular condors who often nest on these sheer summits. If you enjoy visiting volcanoes, don't miss out on a trip to Rumiñahui which is nearly five thousand metres high.