While Cotopaxi may be the third-highest active volcano in the world, reaching the summit is far from the most difficult in the world – however, it is a technical climb that requires special equipment. Less than half of the climbers actually reach it because of altitude sickness and poor acclimatization, but those up for the challenge should book a tour in advance. If you don’t fancy hiking to the summit, hiking around Laguna de Limpiopungo is much less strenuous and, on clear days, offers superb views of the volcano. Want to see it for yourself? You can go horse riding in the Cotopaxi National Park as part of Culture Trip’s specially curated eight-day Ecuador adventure, led by our Local Insider.