The National Park, spread across 33,500 hectares, was established in 1979 and offers some excellent trekking opportunities. The picturesque Limpiopungo Lake is located at 3,840 metres above sea level and is a great place to experience some of the wildlife, including white-tailed deer, rabbits, wild horses and foxes.
Birding is a popular activity and it is possible to see the Andean condor whose wingspan measures 3 metres, in addition to the Andean hillstar, Andean seagull (at altitudes over 4000 metres), orange-faced falcon and hummingbirds.
Heading east of Cotopaxi you will reach the spa town of Banos, which offers a range of activities such as white water rafting, natural geothermal baths, hikes, and bike routes to numerous waterfalls and may be combined with a trip to Cotopaxi before heading onward.
It's not just Cotopaxi itself you will see here, but a range of wildlife and some stunning landscapes.