Ecuador’s acclaimed Cotopaxi National Park is now again open to the public after 120 days of closure.
The closure was made to protect foreign and national tourists in the event of an eruption by the Cotopaxi Volcano–the most poppular climb for mountaineers in the Ecuador–but the Ecuadorian Institute of Geophysics closely studying the National Park has measured a steady reduction of volcanic activity.
The Ministry of Environment then determined that the National Park can be opened again to national and foreign tourists under tightened security measures that will remain in place as long as the Yellow Alert for volcanic activity remains in place. These measures include constant radio communications between park rangers, supervisors, with the authorities and the Institute of Geophysics, as well as an early-warning siren in case of a sudden change in volcanic activity.
Safe places and refuges have also been established in case of an emergency.
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