Pita River Canyon

Key information: Pita River Canyon

  • This beautiful gorge winds through Andean cloud forests to the north of great Cotopaxi. You can ascend the canyon to reach a 50m waterfall, or go further up to a very different landscape - bare, windswept scrub and paramo below Cotopaxi itself.
  • Enjoy the waterfalls, chutes, swimming pools of this clear river in its dramatic canyon. This is a special ecosystem.
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  • Human interest2
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Vital Statistics

  • Length: 4-7 hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,900m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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WALK SUMMARY

This beautiful gorge winds through Andean cloud forests to the north of great Cotopaxi. You can ascend the canyon to reach a 50m waterfall, or go further up to a very different landscape - the bare, windswept scrub and paramo lower slopes of Cotopaxi itself. You can also explore downstream.

Enjoy the waterfalls, chutes, swimming pools of this clear river in its dramatic canyon, with its walls dripping with greenery. This is a special ecosystem.

You will need to wade the river (usually not too deep), so walking sandals are an option.

This is tough walking in remote mountains with unpredictable weather, where altitude can cause problems. Come prepared.

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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Cotopaxi Area walk page.

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