Located in the Andes, the Cotopaxi volcano rises to a height of 19,347 feet above sea level. The Cotopaxi, which means “neck of the moon”, is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. With the last recorded eruption occurring as far back as 1904 the mountains are now very popular with climbers. Climbing the mountain takes about 6-7 hours and an incredible view can be enjoyed for those who manage to get to the top.
Surrounding the Volcano is the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary, especially attractive for nature lovers. When hiking in the park you may see some of the fauna and bird life of the highlands, which includes the Andean gull, ducks, several species of hummingbirds and with some luck, the condor.