Cotopaxi, Ecuador: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Cotopaxi, Ecuador? If you're planning to go to Cotopaxi, this article contains some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Based on the climate and weather in Cotopaxi, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

Important essentials for Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Cotopaxi, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards often wear out. An unreadable card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent TSA-friendly option.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection you can have.

General health necessities

Cotopaxi is at a very high altitude, and may result in altitude sickness. For that reason, you will want to pack strong altitude sickness prevention products and treatments.


  • Oximeter to check blood oxygen

    Like this


  • Supplements

    Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor before using)

  • Consider asking your doctor about Diamox

  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen

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What to wear/what to pack for Cotopaxi, Ecuador by month

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January

In January, Cotopaxi can be chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Cotopaxi, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

February

February in Cotopaxi is relatively cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

March

March in Cotopaxi is chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

April

April in Cotopaxi is chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

May

May is chilly. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

June

June in Cotopaxi is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

July

July in Cotopaxi is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

August

If you are traveling to Cotopaxi in August, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

September

September in Cotopaxi is mild. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

October

If you are traveling to Cotopaxi in October, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

November

In November, Cotopaxi is balmy. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Cotopaxi, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

December

December in Cotopaxi is chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Activities for Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Cotopaxi.

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