Cotopaxi Volcano

Iconic Andean volcano, Cotopaxi, stands sentinel with its snow-capped peak, symbolizing both beauty and danger.

2017 – Cotopaxi is once again open for High Altitude Climbing.

Cotopaxi had an eruptive cycle starting in August of 2015, but Black Sheep Inn is located in a SAFE area far on the western cordillera of the Andes. Cotopaxi now is fully open for tourists.

One of the signature natural wonders of Ecuador and one of the highest active volcanos in the world at 5,897 meters (19,347 feet).  Cotopaxi’s iconic spare outline dominates the countryside in all directions.  On clear days, Cotopaxi’s snow-covered peak is visible 50 km away in Quito.   Black Sheep Inn is located in the Cotopaxi Province, but… Cotopaxi National Park and Volcano is over a 3 hour drive away from the Inn. 

We STILL recommend planning a trip that includes a night stay near Cotopaxi.  You can check our recommended itinerary for a list of hotels we recommend near Cotopaxi.

Biking Dutchman offers Cotopaxi Trips:   And they also offer exhilarating downhill mountain-bike rides on the slopes of Antisana, Papallacta, or Pichincha: Biking Dutchman.

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Local Indigenous Markets

Andean tradition thrives in this area and local markets provide many opportunities to observe how people have been trading for thousands of years

Local People

Traditional techniques of farming, building and animal husbandry are still in use.

Cheese Factory – in the high paramó

Local people were unable to transport fresh milk to the larger cities, the project built a cheese factory using Swiss techniques

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Cotopaxi Volcano

Iconic Andean volcano, Cotopaxi, stands sentinel with its snow-capped peak, symbolizing both beauty and danger.

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