119 days after closing of the Cotopaxi National Park, government officials announced on December 11th, 2015, the reopening of the protected area to visitors.
The decision is based on monitoring reports and follow up by the Geophysical Institute of the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IGEPN) which demonstrate a decrease in volcanic activity in the last few weeks in both internal and surface. In addition, the Risk Management Secretariat (SGR) has recommended that while yellow alert is on, visits shall be accompanied by trained personnel.
Is worth to mention that Cotopaxi, is one of the best-monitored volcanoes in Latin America, recognized by the United States Geological Survey and NOVAC Project, responsible for the observation of volcanic and atmospheric changes in the world. However, the Ecuadorian Government has improved the volcanic monitoring system. No monitoring system in the world can predict the date and time of a volcanic eruption, but it helps to set up security and prevention protocols.
The opening hours are: from 09h00 to 14h00. Evacuation routes inside the National Park are from these two points. There are two lahars free safe sites: La Rinconada and Limpiopungo Lagoon Route. It is important to consider that the opening of the Park is partial and access to shelter or climbing to the crater is not allowed.
All the above evidence shows that the coordinated efforts of public institutions have allowed the reopening of the Park, ensuring the safety of visitors, despite that the eruption process of Cotopaxi volcano continues.
Source : The Ministry of Tourism Ecuador