Cotopaxi National Park Hike: Rumiñahui Loop

From $111 per person

A stunning hike within the Cotopaxi National Park which begins at the Limpiopungo Lake and takes you onto the flanks of the Ruminahui Volcano, with panoramic volcano & paramo views.

  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Tour Duration: 10 hours
  • hike Duration: 4 hours (12km)
  • Highlights: Ruminahui Volcano, Cotopaxi Volcano, Limpiopungo Lake, Valley of Silence, wild ponies, Andean Condor
Rumiñahui Volcano with Limpiopungo Lake in Cotopaxi National Park


This morning we travel south from Quito to the Cotopaxi region, our hike takes place within the Cotopaxi National Park.

It is a circular route which takes us through striking & bleak Andean landscapes, in the ever-present shadow of the snow-capped, perfectly cone-shaped Cotopaxi Volcano.

Beginning at 3800m, the first part of the hike is flat as we follow the edge of the Limpiopungo lake for around 20 minutes.

From here we start a gradual ascent up towards the Rumiñahui Volcano. After around half an hour of climbing we reach 4000m, then follow the trail around the slopes of the volcano’s foothills for a further 40 minutes until we reach the Valley of Silence.

The hike takes us through this valley, which offers fantastic views and paramo scenery, before we begin to loop back around and down to the Limpiopungo Lake.

Great opportunities to see Andean Condor, Andean fox, White-tailed deer and wild ponies. Picnic lunch included. (12km – 4 hours)


Prices 2024

2 people
$176 p/p
3 - 4 people
$131 p/p
5 - 6 people
$111 p/p

Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist hiking guide, box lunch.

Not included:
Tips and personal expenses

Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2024.
This tour begins and ends in the city of Quito. For pick up / drop off in Quito airport extra charges will apply.

Limpiopungo Lake boardwalk trail
Leaving the Limpiopungo Lake behind
Climbing through the paramo grasses
Looking across at Cotopaxi Volcano
Cotopaxi Volcano
Chuquiragua flowers blooming in the Andean paramo
Valley of Silence at the base of the Rumiñahui Volcano
Taking the return trail back towards the Limpioungo Lake