Cotopaxi National Park

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Cotopaxi National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Cotopaxi volcano 2008-06-27T1322.jpg
Map showing the location of Cotopaxi National Park
Map showing the location of Cotopaxi National Park
Location Ecuador
Cotopaxi Province, Napo Province and Pichincha Province
Coordinates 0°41′3″S 78°26′14″W / 0.68417°S 78.43722°W / -0.68417; -78.43722Coordinates: 0°41′3″S 78°26′14″W / 0.68417°S 78.43722°W / -0.68417; -78.43722
Area 33,393 ha
Established 11 August 1975
Governing body Ministerio del Ambiente

Cotopaxi National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Cotopaxi) is a protected area in Ecuador situated in the Cotopaxi Province, Napo Province and Pichincha Province, roughly 50 km south of Quito. The Cotopaxi volcano (supposedly meaning smooth neck of the moon) that lends its name to the park is located within its boundaries, together with two others: the dormant Rumiñawi volcano to its north-west and the historical Sincholagua volcano (last major eruption: 1877) to the south east. Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world; its last significant eruption took place in 1904.

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