In August 2015 the Cotopaxi National Park decided to close the Cotopaxi volcano for any touristic activities due to the increasing volcanic activity, gas explosions and ash spread for several weeks.
Last week the ministery of tourism in cooperation with the ministry of environment announced that “the volcanic activity has decreased considerably in the Cotopaxi, so restricted areas to the public are now safe and open to the public” (Enrique Ponce de Leon, Ecuador´s minister of tourism) in a press conference.
Ecuador is a country that is blessed with a diversity of exciting landscapes which are extremely popular for any Adventure Sports Seekers. Within this small yet multifaceted place one can find numerous adventure activities that increase a lot of adrenalin for every adventurist such as white water rafting, zip lining, mountain biking, diving, as well as mountain and glacier climbing.
In the case of Ecuador, an adventure sport industry has been developing over the years and has been growing, since the popularity of Ecuador as a travel destination that ‘has it all’, increased. The Cotopaxi volcano climbing tour is definitely one of the most important destinations that makes Ecuador so attractive for tourists, just behind the Galapagos Islands.
A particular story about an adventure dreamer of conquer the summit of Cotopaxi volcano is Douglas Kirby, he was senior research scientist for ETR Associates in Scotts Valley, California, and one of the world’s leading experts on the effectiveness of school and community programs in the reduction of adolescent sexual risk-taking behaviors.
One of his biggest dreams was to be able to reach the Cotopaxi summit and so he came to Ecuador in December, 2012. Unfortunally he suffered a heart attack while climbing the volcano and he wasn´t able to reach the summit. His son Cameron studied economy and like adventure sports such as climbing and one of his main goals is to finish his fathers dream and summit the Cotopaxi volcano.
He decided to come to Ecuador but due to the volcano´s activity he couldn´t do it, but now that he knows about the reopening of the normal activities in the volcano he is willing to go back and conclude his fathers dream.
Gulliver Expeditions is one of the most specialized adventure tour operator in Ecuador and works permanently with the authorities and their efforts so visitors can enjoy the wonders of Ecuador offers to the tourists
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