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On the Edge of Cotopaxi at Tambopaxi Eco-lodge

Tambopaxi Eco-Lodge, the only lodging inside Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador, sits 3,720 meters above sea level.

Halfway through a volunteer trip to Ecuador, we decided to get away for the weekend. We booked two nights at Tambopaxi, an eco-lodge within Cotopaxi National Park. Situated at over 12,000 feet Tambopaxi offers an unparalleled way to experience the national park. With incredible views of Cotopaxi and the neighboring volcanoes, Tambopaxi is a feast for the eyes.

We arrived in the afternoon and wandered through the fields surrounding the lodge, taking in the views and the horses grazing nearby. Nightfall brought out a view of a million stars hanging in the sky above Cotopaxi. 

Originally built as a hut to allow climbers to acclimatize to the altitude, Tambopaxi has gained popularity among tourists thanks to its comfortable accommodations.  Offering a restaurant serving three meals, wifi, relaxed rooms with wood-burning stoves, and family activities, Tambopaxi makes it easy to relax and enjoy the view.

When we weren’t out wandering the hills surrounding Tambopaxi, we enjoyed hanging out in the communal dining room; playing cards, watching the hummingbirds swarm out the window, and staying warm by the wood stove.  The lodge had an incredible Andean charm which made you feel like you were visiting in someone’s home, rather than at a hotel.

We were lucky enough to score a room in the guest house, a separate cottage at the entrance of the property.  Our room was comfortable and warm, with thick blankets and a hot shower.  Our windows opened and faced just the right direction for watching the night sky.

 Tambopaxi’s incredible view of Cotopaxi

Tambopaxi’s dining room Tambopaxi and Vulcan Cotopaxi The guest house at Tambopaxi Vulcan Cotopaxi, 19,3471 feet Hiking through the fields surrounding Tambopaxi Horses in the fields surrounding TambopaxiSunset on Cotopaxi

Vulcan Sincholagua 19,347 feet Cotopaxi Milky Way dust near Cotopaxi

In addition to your boots and a backpack full of layers because it gets chilly at altitude, you’ll want to pack a camera and extra batteries to capture all the beauty that Tambopaxi offers in Cotopaxi National Park.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Jennifer Carr

Jennifer Carr is a landscape, nature, and travel photographer and educator in Seattle, WA. She spends much of her time outdoors and is an avid traveler, always with her Sony camera in hand.