Cotopaxi volcano: The awakening of a giant
Ever since Cotopaxi volcano became active this past august, Ecuador has being tirelessly working to inform and educate citizens in the event of a potential eruption and its possible repercussions.
Experts have narrowed it to 3 possible outcomes, fortunately the most destructive ones are less likely to occur. Local authorities are not leaving anything to chance and major campaigns have been set in motion to prepare locals.
But how does this translate for tourists and travelers passing by? What precautions should they take? What places are to be avoided? How long will it last? We got you covered, first and foremost let’s get started with your safety!
Check out the infographic below on the effects of volcanic ash to your health and how you can avoid them:
Cotopaxi Eruptive History
And there is really no saying on the scale it will erupt. Dating back to the Spanish conquest, Cotopaxi has being though 5 major eruption periods.
- 1532 – 1534
- 1742 – 1744
- 1766 – 1768
- 1853 – 1854
- 1877 – 1880
Ecuador & Its Destinations
With all the commotion surrounding Cotopaxi many can be overwhelmed or mislead into thinking the worst, which is in our human nature. Official communication channels are available and can put your mind to rest knowing Ecuador is operating normally.
Transportation remains perfectly functional and all destinations in Ecuador can be normally reached, with the exception of the Cotopaxi National Park that remains closed until further notice. Alternatives to Cotopaxi National Park are:
- Cayambe Coca National Park
- Chimborazo Wildlife Production Reserve
- Antizana Ecological Reserve
- Sangay National Park
- Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
- Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve