The tourism operations in the Cotopaxi National Park are being developed normally because there is no official provision to suspend them. The Cotopaxi Volcano, located in the center of the country is monitored on an ongoing basis since 1986.

 

The monitoring report conducted on June 2 by the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic University points out that there was an increase in seismic activity due to the presence of fluid movement within the volcano. Additionally, another parameter that has shown significant variations with respect to its base level is the "amount of sulfur dioxide emission (SO2), which has been perceived by the climbers".

 

Both the Ministry of the Environment and Tourism, emphasize that if there is any provision to suspend activities in the Cotopaxi National Park, they shall be promptly informed. Meanwhile, tourism activities operate normally.

 

The Cotopaxi is one of the most closely watched volcanos of Ecuador and a large part of available resources is devoted to monitoring its activity. In fact, the first permanent seismic station dedicated to monitoring a volcano in South America was installed in the Cotopaxi in 1976. Since 1986, monitoring is permanent and, at present, there is an extensive monitoring network to ensure proper monitoring of the volcano.

 

The Cotopaxi Volcano is located on the Eastern Andean Mountain Range, at 35 km northeast of Latacunga and 45 km southeast of Quito. It has the form of a symmetrical cone with slopes of up to 35°. The diameter of the crater varies between 800 m in the north-south direction and 650 m in the East-West direction. The Cotopaxi is surrounded by moors bordering 3,000 meters over sea level (mosl) and by other volcanoes like the Sincholahua (4,873 mosl), the Quilindaña (4,876 mosl) and the Rumiñahui (4,722 mosl). The Cotopaxi is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

 

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