The Cotopaxi volcano is the most important natural monument of the National Park, this young volcano that has formed its cone on the vestiges of a previous volcano.
Is one of the best monitored volcanoes in the country and to which a large part of the resources available for monitoring are dedicated. In fact, the first permanent seismic station dedicated to monitor a volcano in South America was installed in Cotopaxi, in 1976.
It’s the capital city of the Cotopaxi province, also known as the “magic city". It is surrounded by houses with Spanish colonial architecture, here you can find historical buildings and churches of great cultural value, because of that the old town has been declared Cultural Heritage of Ecuador.
It is known for its magnificent and traditional "Mama Negra" which is a festival held on two dates; the official one is the first week of November and the one of the markets is carried out on September.
The Saquisilí market is located near to Latacunga city and is one of the most visited market in the region. Every Thursday hundreds of indigenous people fill the streets to sell their picturesque handicrafts, as well as their fresh crops and livestock.
Hacienda San Agustín del Callo
One hour away from Quito, inside the Volcanoes Avenue is this San Agustín del Callo Hacienda, built on the Inca palace site, and one of the most important archaeological sites in Ecuador. It’s located near to indigenous towns and local markets, with an historical significance, archaeological value and unusual styles that contribute to make San Agustín a unique and magical place for relax.
Cotopaxi National Park
The Cotopaxi National Park is a massive nature reserve and the most popular in Ecuador after the Galapagos Islands, covers an area of 33,393 ha. And it extends to the Cotopaxi, Pichincha and Napo provinces.