Cotopaxi is the second highest peak in Ecuador and has often been wrongly labelled as the highest active volcano on the earth. (See our photo of the higher peak in Peru, Sabancaya 5976m for conclusive proof that it is not). Cotopaxi is usually climbed in one day from a hut on the north slopes
Cotopaxi as seen from the peak of Ruminahui to the north. The normal route passes right of the big cliff.
The summit of Cotopaxi
We have organised expeditions to Cotopaxi before and can organise and lead guided ascents of this peak. For details of how to climb Cotopaxi and neighbouring peaks please see our guidebooks, which are available in English, Spanish, Polish and French editions, direct from us or from all good bookshops and mountaineering shops.