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, we have 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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other 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.

  • Consider asking your doctor about Diamox

  • Oximeter to check blood oxygen

    Like this


  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen


  • Supplements

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


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have unreliable tap water, so it's important to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent one.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Cotopaxi, Ecuador

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

We also recommend these top tours in and around Cotopaxi.

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

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    January

    January 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).

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    February

    February in Cotopaxi is crisp. 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.

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    March

    Traveling to Cotopaxi in March, you will notice that it can be chilly. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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    April

    April in Cotopaxi is cool. 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).

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    May

    In May, Cotopaxi is relatively cool. 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 more than half of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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    June

    June in Cotopaxi is balmy. 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.

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    July

    July in Cotopaxi is balmy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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    August

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

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    September

    If you vacation in Cotopaxi during September, you might see that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

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    October

    In October, 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 several of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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    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%.

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    December

    December 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).

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