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 NATIONAL PARKS & PROTECTED AREAS [ANDES]
   COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK
 
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Location:     El Boliche area, Cotopaxi

Founded:     26 th July, 1979

Area Size:     227 hectares; 560 acres

Altitude Range :     3,000-3,600 metres; 9,943-11,811 feet

Admission Fee:     US $5

   DESCRIPTION

Cotopaxi , one of the highest and most active volcanoes in the world, is located in the centre of the Reserve. Ruminahui is situated towards the north-east and the valley of Limpiopungo can be found between the two mountains. In spite of the extremely high altitude, there are a diverse range of mammal and bird species in the area.

 

El Boliche National Recreational Area is next to Cotopaxi National Park . One of the most interesting facts about this area is that fifty per cent of it is covered by pine forest, most of which was planted in 1928 in order to provide evidence for the theory that conifers can adapt to eco-systems at altitude. With regards to the management of Cotopaxi National Park and El Boliche National Recreational Area, both are administered separately due to the different ways in which they need to be run.

Last Updated 18th July 2006

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