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Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Rising majestically 60 kilometers south of Ecuador's capital city, Quito, is a perfect cone shaped volcano named Cotopaxi. In indigenous tongues, Cotopaxi means "piece of the moon."

Surrounding the volcano are lakes, lava beds, spectacular mountain scenery and, of course, sparkling white glaciers. This is Cotopaxi National Park.

Cotopaxi became a national park on July 26, 1979. The park encompasses 33,393 hectares and occupies parts of the provinces of Cotopaxi, Napo and Pichincha. Altitude within the park varies from 3400 meters above sea level to 5897 meters at the top of the volcano. Cotopaxi is the second most visited national park after the Galapagos Islands.

Upon entering the park, the first destination for many day trippers is Limpiopungo Lake. The lake lies at 3850 meters and encompasses 200 hectares.

Apart from the panoramic views encircling the lake, one can witness the flight of native birds such as the gaviotas de páramo, ducks and quilicos. Glimpses of curiquingues, deer, rabbits, llamas, paramo wolves and the Andean condor can also surprise the fortunate visitor.

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