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Cotopaxi National Park (Parque Nacional Cotopaxi)

Cotopaxi Volcano

Cotopaxi National Park or Parque Nacional Cotopaxi is located in Napo and Pichincha Provinces of Ecuador. The national reserve covers an area of 33,393 ha.




Location: Napo and Pichincha Province   Map

Area: 33,393 ha




Description of Cotopaxi National Park

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Cotopaxi National Park is named after volcano Cotopaxi within its boundaries. At a height of 5,897 m (19,347 ft) Cotopaxi is one of the tallest active volcanoes in the World. The first known attempt to climb the mountain was in 1802 then German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt made only half way. On November 27, 1872 geologist Wilhelm Reiss finally made it to the top of Cotopaxi. Today hundreds climb this impressive mountain that is ranked alpine F/PD grade. This Ecuadorian national park is inhabited by condors, rabbits, deer and cougars. Pine tree forests are commonly found in this harsh environment. Additionally the Cotopaxi park has ruins of Puruhaes natives that use to live in this area despite dangerous location on a volcano.












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