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Cotopaxi National Park is located in the Andean Mountains of Ecuador, about 50 km south of Quito, and is named after its centerpiece, the Cotopaxi Volcano. The park covers an area of more than 33,000 hectares and encompasses several high altitude ecosystems. It is known for its dramatic landscape of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, lakes, and grasslands.

The Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, standing at 5,897 meters above sea level. The park also includes the Rumiñahui and Pasochoa volcanoes. The park is home to a wide range of plant and animal species, including Andean bears, llamas, wild horses, and more than 90 bird species.

There are several activities available for visitors, including hiking, mountain biking, camping, and horseback riding. The park has several well-marked trails that range from easy to difficult, and the views of the surrounding landscape are stunning. The park also offers guided tours, educational programs, and cultural activities.

One of the main attractions of the park is the Cotopaxi Volcano, which can be climbed by experienced mountaineers. The climb is challenging due to the altitude and the unpredictable weather, but it offers breathtaking views of the Andes and the surrounding landscape.