Andes Overland

Ecuador’s Cotopaxi volcano is back to life!

By Fay Remmers


You have probably heard about Ecuador’s famous Cotopaxi Volcano and its recent restlessness.  The Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active stratovolcano in the world, has been active since 15 August 2015 again! In 1940 the last small eruption took place. The headlines are bold and the news reached nearly every country in the world. Now we can say that the Cotopaxi volcano is back to life, but what does this exactly mean for travelers in Ecuador?

Presently, there is issued ‘code yellow’. This means that the volcano’s internal activity is moderate, but the external activity is low. There is a daily emission of ash and gases in moderate quantities mostly heading in southwesterly direction. The most affected areas are: Tambillo, Machachi, Ruipamba and the surrounding countryside. The ash did not reach places beyond Quito and the economical, commercial and touristic activities are still continuing nowadays.

The Cotopaxi National Park attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year. Unfortunately, the National Park needed to close for prevention. Some other hotels and haciendas around the Cotopaxi needed to close as well.

When you are planning to travel with us to Ecuador you are probably a bit worried. Please, don’t be! There are so many places to explore in this wonderful country. Besides that, our guides and drivers are prepared to bring our passengers in safety in case of emergency. So, dear travelers, do not let this situation stop you from visiting this amazing country! As always, we will do everything to make your journey as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Are you curious about Cotopaxi’s current situation? Check out these official websites if you would like to stay informed!