One of your main objectives is to encourage you to visit Ecuador and experience by yourself the wonders of this magic country.
That's why we decided to make our first photo shot around the Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. This volcano, next to Galapagos, is the greatest symbol of Ecuador's natural geography, an almost perfect snow cone that rises to 5,897 meters of altitude that make it unique and recognized worldwide.
The Cotopaxi Volcano is located in the Cotopaxi National Park. The predominant ecosystem in the park is moorland, with its own unique flora and fauna. Vegetation is principally scrub and small, low shrubs. In this protected area we ca found two smaller volcanoes close by; Morurco (4,880 m) and
Rumiñahui (4,722 m). And due that is located close to several cities such as Quito and Latacunga, is one of the most visited and where many Ecuadorian people probably first touch snow. Thousands of climbers from all nationalities have achieved its peak and many others dream of doing it.
The German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in 1802, called this area "Avenida de los Volcanes"(Avenue of the Volcanoes) referring to volcanoes of the central and northern Ecuadorian highlands. Cotopaxi is located in this area.
The Cotopaxi has had 35 eruptions of different magnitude, since 1534.
The most important and destructive were those of 1742, 1768 and 1877.
The last time it erupted was on June 26, 1877.
The loudest explosion lasted half an hour and the ash obscured Quito for 24 hours and also reached Popayán (Colombia) and Guayaquil.