An hour and a half from Quito, Ecuador, lies Cotopaxi National Park and the Cotopaxi volcano. Cotopaxi is the second-tallest summit in Ecuador, with an elevation of 5,897 meters (19,347 feet), and its last eruption was recorded 75 years ago. The volcano even has glaciers at about the 16,400-foot mark. Hiking is the most popular undertaking on Cotopaxi, although you can also climb or bike around the volcano. There are over nine miles of signposted and self-guided paths covering a variety of routes within the property. The area is ripe with dense Andean woods, pristine tundra-like ecosystems, streams, and waterfalls.
Experience it: Tierra del Volcan offers multiple hiking options at Hacienda El Porvenir in Cotopaxi.