Elevation: 19,347 ft
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Shared By: John Ross on Oct 2, 2008
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Description

At 5,897 m (19,347 ft), Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and is the second highest peak in Ecuador. Cotopaxi’s first recorded summit was in 1872 by Wilhelm Rajss and A.M. Escobar. Most parties climb the peak via the Northern Route after staying in the José Ribas Hut. Cotopaxi’s glaciated cone shape is a wonder to see rising out of the plain below. The views are spectacular when climbing on a clear day.

Starting Elevation (José Ribas Hut): 4,794 m (15,729 ft)
Summit Elevation: 5,897 m (19,347 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,103 m (3,618 ft) from José Ribas Hut
Volcanic Status: “Active” (currently in a tranquil period)
Most recent major eruption: 1904
Most recent volcanic activity: 2015

Getting There

Cotopaxi is located 45 kilometers (28 miles) to the south of Ecuador’s capital city of Quito and is easily seen on the Quito skyline. To get there follow the Pan-American Highway to the main entrance of Cotopaxi National Park, followed by graded dirt roads to the car park at 4,603 m (15,100 ft). It is a 45 minute walk up dirt/rock switchbacks to the José Ribas Hut. Be prepared to pay park entrance fees and hut fees.

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I think (hope) you are wrong about the elevation of Cotapaxi. Its my highest summit and have been telling everyone its 19347ft. May 21, 2009
Xander  
Cotopaxi volcano has 5.897 m.a.s.l Jul 12, 2009