Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi National Park lies an hour outside of Quito, making it a perfect day trip. Alternatively, several lodges offer traditional accommodations in working haciendas for your overnight stay. A day in Cotopaxi National Park includes a chance to photograph wild horses and the hard-to-see Ecuadorian hillstar hummingbird; to test your hiking skills on the trail to the Jose Ribas Refuge at 14,764 feet (4,500 meters); to ride a mountain bike down the slopes of volcanic scree; or to visit ancient Incan ruins in the backcountry. The best time of year for clear views of the Cotopaxi Volcano is during the dry, windy season, which can last from mid-July until early October.
Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador, +593 2-398-7600