Due to the recent reactivation of Cotopaxi volcano, mountaineering activities and access to the mountain itself is restricted, but daily visits and hikes in the Cotopaxi National Park area are allowed from 08:30 to 16:30. For obvious reasons all mountain climbing programs that include activities on Cotopaxi have been changed by the Cayambe volcano.
Cayambe is the third highest mountain in the country, offering a very interesting and varied climbing. With approximately 100 meters (300 ft) lower than Cotopaxi, its extensive glacier provides one of the best opportunities for training and glacier school. In addition, it is the only glacier that is crossed by the equator in the world making it the farthest glacier from the center of the earth.