Cotopaxi National Park
Parque Nacional Cotopaxi is Ecuador's most visited National Park, with the highest active volcano in the world at its centre. Volcán Cotopaxi, at 19,350ft (5,900m) above sea level, offers excellent hiking and climbing opportunities along with a small museum, a llama herd and camping and picnicking facilities. There is also a good chance of spotting condors and deer. An overnight mountain hut on the snow line is available for those wishing to climb the volcano. The recommended months for climbing the volcano are December to April.
Address: Main park entrance is three miles (5km) north of Lasso
Transport: Buses go to the park entrance (journey time is 1.5 hours), but it is better to arrange a guided trip from Quito. Pick-up trucks at the entrance are also available to take visitors to the car parking lot. A train is available on Saturdays and Sundays
Opening times: Gates are open daily, from 7am to 3pm; visitors must exit by 6pm