Avenue of Volcanoes

Cotopaxi Sancuary Lodge


Volcanic views

Perched high on the slopes of the Sincholagua Volcano, Cotopaxi Sanctury is a luxury lodge for adventure seekers. Surrounded by the vast and beautiful grasslands of the Andean paramo you can hear the soft trickle of the Pita river as it passes peacefully by the lodge.

While staying at Catopaxi you will experience ultimate comfort and elegance while staying in touch with nature and the wildlife that roams freely within this 240-acre private ranch. Contemporary domes provide a cosy bubble to relax in. Large windows display spectacular views of the Cotopaxi Volcano and the Andean highlands.

The wilderness surrounding Cotopaxi Sanctuary Lodge has private trails for hiking, horseback riding and biking to explore and enjoy the natural beauty of this incredible environment. On return you will be greeted with a warm cup of tea or glass of wine to sip whilst the sunsets over the Andean landscape.


At a glance

  • Four luxury domes and four suites

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Spa

  • Stunning panoramic views

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  • Catopaxi Equador horse

    Day Excursions

    There are a variety of excursions and activities you can enjoy to fully immerse yourself in this enchanting region of the Ecuador Andes. Explore the wide-open moorlands in the Sierra on horseback, foot or bike and fall in love with the wilderness of Cotopaxi.


    Andean Picnic

    Enjoy a delicious picnic surrounded by the dramatic Andean forest. Not only the landscape will immerse you in the spirit of Ecuador, but so will the food. Lovingly prepared by the lodge chef, everything you eat will incorporate the tasty array of local produce available.

  • Catopaxi Equador interior

    Spa day

    Enjoy a relaxing massage to leave you feeling pampered and refreshed.


Cotopaxi Sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife including red-brocket deer, Andean fox, Andean pumas, White-tailed deer, and even the rare Andean-speckled bear, along with wild horses and a huge variety of endemic birds. The most famous bird species seen in this area is the Andean Condor, the national emblem of Ecuador. The lodge uses funds generated from guests to conserve the ecosystem as much as possible.

Community & Culture

Working with the Loreto del Pedregal community allows the Lodge to have a close connection with the people that have been calling this area their home for generations. The community make up part of the lodge team, or provide activities and experiences for guests.


By collecting rainwater and using solar panels for heating the lodge has a minimal footprint. When constructed they only had the resident wildlife in mind. Each individual dome was built on lifted platforms so animals can continue moving and living below the domes. The Andean fox, rabbit, deer and many other highland creatures can graze, hunt and scavenge as they have always done before.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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