El Caspi - Main entrance to P.N. Cotopaxi | Informal Campsite

Ecuador

Details

Verified:
2 months ago
Altitude:
3324.1 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
2infahrt.ch

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - Not at Sites
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
Yes
Showers:
No
Water:
Non-Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Unknown

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Description

Large parking lot to camp with toilets. The entrance gates close at 3 pm (although access to camp ground until 5pm), so if you arrive late you can spend the night here. The restaurant closed around 5 or 6 pm. From the lot you have a great vista on volcano Cotopaxi (but it is usually clouded until night arrives). It gets cold at night. Note: motorbikes and pets are not allowed to enter the park!

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Buen sitio para pernoctar en lugar de hacerlo en tiempo de frío o lluvia.
Toda la noche hay los guardabosques.

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very kind people. ideal place to start in the morning to the Cotopaxi. everything as described.

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El. Baño cuesta 0.25 us en las noches puedes ingresar gratis, en días despejados hay buenas vistas del. Volcan, los gurdaparques son buena onda y no olvides ir bien preparado para el frío y con buena comida pues no hay nada cerca para comprar insumos, hay un reataurante y WIFI si lo solicitas a los guardaparques.

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A large public parking lot just outside the Cotopaxi Nation Park gate, quiet at night (except for the guard dogs). It has a great view of the Cotopaxi volcano (when the day is clear). The very friendly park rangers let you stay for free, and they leave the woman’s bathroom open all night, no WiFi. There’s lots of flat space for parking, and it’s suitable for big rigs. The park closes at 3pm due to Covid times (it normally closes at 5pm).

Un estacionamiento público muy amplio, justo afuera del Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, muy silencioso en la noche (solo los perros hacen ruido, cuidando el lugar). Tiene una vista muy buena del Volcán Cotopaxi (cuando no está nublado). Los guarda parques muy amables te dejar pernoctar gratis, y dejan el baño de mujeres toda la noche. Hay mucho espacio plano para aparcar, y es práctico para vehículos grandes. El parque de cierra a las 3pm en tiempos de Covid (normalmente cierran a las 5pm).

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Got here at 5:15 and parked outside the gate. Cool people. Got our only view of the Volcan that evening and the next few days he stayed behind clouds. Womans bathroom open all night.

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Arrived just before 5pm, so had to stay for free in the parking lot. Ranger left toilets open overnight. Spent a quiet Sylvester there and got a treat as Cotopaxi should himself at 6pm for 15 min.

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Perfect place to spend a night before entering the park, it’s in the middle of the nature so really quiet! Bathrooms close at 5-6pm. Rangers told us we could fill our water tanks.
We have a 7.2m long rv with 147hp and 4.2 tons, we could have done most of the road up the 4500m parking but towards the end the road had big holes in the steep curves where most of the cars had problems to go up and there was a lot of traffic since it was a Sunday... And only half of the vehicles reached the parking! I’d advise to go negotiate with a guide to take you up and down for 35$ (it’s 50$ if you want to take the tour with the guide). Once at the parking you can go straight up or go to the left and take the zigzag path, we definitely recommend the latter! Then you can go down through the straight line path

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It’s a very nice place, we arrived after 5 pm and sleeping, and went to visit Cotopaxi day after! The place is very quiet

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Got here after 5pm and stayed in the parking lot (just let the ranger know). Free. Has flat spots. Clean bathrooms, open all night, no tp, no showers. No WiFi. Two friendly guard dogs. Area is very quiet and felt super safe.

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We arrived after 3pm and the gate was closed, but we asked a ranger and we had no problem to stay for a night, very quiet. Free.

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NO MOTOS ALLOWED IN PARK.
You have yo park here and rent a guide with a car. 😐

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Entrada del parque nacional Cotopaxi, amplio parqueo tranquilo y seguro , el parque cierra a las 3pm pero puedes pasar la noche en el estacionamiento para ingresar al otro día. servicio de baño y estacionamiento gratuito , no hay duchas , servicio de restaurante cierra 4:30pm , seguro tranquilo y con buena vista al nevado.

Gratis

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Hello
Cool place for sleep with your motorhome (all size)
We are arriving at 3 pm so it was closed.
Don't worry it's a break to 3300 before going upper.
The rangers seems friendly.
You have toilets and restaurant (close at 6pm).
Enjoy

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The gates are open till 5pm to access camping areas. The main official parking 7km from the gates is in the middle of a beautiful pine forest. The toilets and showers however weren't working since there was no water. Still a great and free spot to camp!

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Final pace a dog can go. Friendly helpful staff. Kennels are free. A bit rick rack, so select early and prepare it. I had thick plastic, reflective windshield bubble wrap thing, blankets and secured with wire and a stone. Was ok for a few hours. Cafe insight is strange-closed really early. Toilets open all night. Water from a tap. Happy for you to park-camp in car park or on the footy field (clearance needed)

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we boon docked a little lower down near some of the other ioverlander spots. they just wanted my cell phone number. they let us bring our dog since we bought a service animal vest for her but it took a bit of convincing (we left her in the car at the top)

FREE

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Suprise for us was that there is no fee for entry to the park. In Chille and Argentina were everywhere where we were. Guard just made ours registration, our passports were necessary and that was all. About 3 km is nice road and than little bit mudd terrain, but still nice way.

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Free to camp in the parking lot or gravel/grassy lot with the old soccer nets, view is a bit better from the gravel lot. Gates are open from 8am-3pm to enter the park and there is supposed to be camping inside if you arrive during those times. Entrance to the park is free. Bikes still aren't allowed entrance but we saw a couple stored in the ranger house. Bathrooms are nice and clean with outlets. Rangers seem used to having ppl camp here, they didn't mind us. Lightly rained at night. Enjoy!

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What a great spot to spend a night or two. Now paved, the large level parking lot is perfect camp spot. Nice toilets which are open all night.
Although the main gate does close at 3pm the guard said we could go up to the camp ground until 5pm - except we have a dog, so here we stayed.
The next day we left the dog tucked up with blankets in the kennels and explored the park, showering at the camp site and returned to our mutt.

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Arrived after 3 o Clock. So we spend a Night at the Entrance. No Gravel anymore, but a perfect Place. Toiletts are clean and in good shape. Plenty of Space for several Big Rigs. No Wifi, but Water avaiable. Perfect for a Night.

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So yes, motorbike can't enter, this is completely unfair. The reason: one day, a guy (certainly a local) went in the park with his enduro and went off-road, and destroy everything! But, if like us you have the "chance" to have a small 200cc Chinese with clearly no power to go more than 60km/h, fully load, and European travellers who seems nice, maybe you'll convince the chief to let you in! It took us 40 min to pass this entrance gate..... bikers be prepare!
No fees.

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They have boxes here where you can leave your dog. But have a good look and secure them properly. Some dogs escaped by diging or small ones through the tiny holes at the roof.
Also it can get cold, so don't leave your dog there too long or make sure he has some warm blanket.
Might be also a possibility to hide and leave it in the car if it's not a sunny day.

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Si no se puede entrar con Moto, puedes acampar al lado de la casa de los guardabosques, hay agua, es seguro, no hay baños

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Warning ... A local guide tried to swindle us in taking her told us lies that without her we can't go inside. Pay her 80usd etc .. All wrong we told we camp at tambopaxi and official was ok with that.

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as the Cotopaxi is awake, normally we are not allowed to pass the night here. After a short talk with the 2 friendly guards , they let us stay.
They just told us that if there is an alert we have less than a minute to leave !!!
Tomorrow we are alowed to enter the park just for the day time until the laguna at 17km from the entrance.
No camping possible.
Toilets are really new and clean
water available at the corner of the guard office
very large parking lot

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Large gravel lot to camp with toilets and cold showers. The entrance gates close at 3 o'clock pm., so if you arrive late you can spend the night here to get into the park next day. From the lot you have a great vista on volcano Cotopaxi (but it is usually clouded until night arrives). It gets cold at night. Note: motorbikes and pets are not allowed to enter the park!

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- free
- we arrived late to the gate of the park (it closes at 3pm), but were allowed to camp in the grassy parking lot
- beautiful views of Cotopaxí
- very nice bathrooms

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