Located in the heart of Cotopaxi National Park, and sitting over 19,000 feet above sea level, Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in Ecuador. At the end of each day, the moon rises over its snow dusted summit, which is why the volcano was named Cotopaxi or ‘Neck of The Moon’ in Quechua. On a trip to Cotopaxi, we recommend setting off on a hike with a local guide to see this natural wonder up close. Learn about the native vegetation at the base of the volcano before climbing upward, roped to the crater, to enjoy the breath-taking panoramas from the top, said to be among the most beautiful views in the world .

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