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Soaring to the sky out of open high-altitude grassland, the perfectly symmetrical cone and snowy crest of Cotopaxi make it Ecuador´s most legendary volcano. At 5890 meters high, it is the tallest active volcano in the world and its tremendous might make for spectacular views and a humbling presence. Hundreds of climbers ascend its peak every year and thousands more stand on its slopes and make the 45 minute ascent to the refuge. From its summit, if the weather permits, you can make out almost all of the highest peaks in Ecuador.
Cotopaxi is around 1 hour by car from Quito.
December to April are considered the best months to visit this breathtakingly beautiful region.