Latacunga is located some 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Quito, the country's capital.
See for yourself exactly why Cotopaxi is so loved by by travelers from all four corners of the globe, by getting out and touring the cornucopia of natural and man-made attractions surrounding Latacunga. Cotopaxi and Ambato are two other places worth checking out while you're in Cotopaxi.
About 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the north of Latacunga is Quito, an important regional center where you'll find Atahualpa Olympic Stadium, Independence Square and Botanical Garden of Quito. Central University of Ecuador, Casa Blanca Stadium and San Francisco Church are just a sample of the many other attractions in Quito.
One of the biggest rewards of travel is using new languages, so learn a small amount of Spanish during your stay. "¿Querría bailar conmigo?" is handy. It means "Would you like to dance with me?" A second helpful example is "Este caballero pagará por todo" (This gentleman will pay for everything).
Independence Day is held on the 10th of August, so if your visit coincides, put aside your sightseeing and spend the day celebrating with locals.
As your time here draws to an end, spend what's left of your U. S. Dollars on last-minute mementos and say Adiós to the people you've enjoyed getting to know and the places you've spent time.