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In love with nature
Cotopaxi volcano is one of the closest Volcanoes to the Capital city of Ecuador, Quito. On a clear day is a masterpiece, when stared at it, Cotopaxi reverts peace and beauty for people who have the luck to observe it. A masterpiece that can be seen from many places along the south Panamerican highway, from airplanes approximating to Quito Airport, and several neighborhoods of Quito, no matter from where you see this volcano each spot awards you with a unique and different view that always amazes with its beauty.
Wake me up when september ends.
Peaceful and cold on the outside, active and fiery on the inside. These, are the two sides of the same natural wonder, the Cotopaxi Volcano. After more than a century without activity, this massive volcano located in Ecuador woke up once again in August 2015, reminding us that everything is in constant transformation in nature. Geography does not cease to change and amaze us with its majesty and grandeur, where volcanoes as the Cotopaxi occupy a prominent place as a result of a long history of volcanic activity.
Smile you are being filmed
Cotopaxi is one of the most monitored volcanoes in Ecuador. A good portion of the available equipment for monitoring is dedicated to it. In fact, the first permanent seismic station dedicated to monitoring a volcano in South America was installed in the Cotopaxi Volcano, in 1976. Since then, the monitoring network of this volcano has grown steadily to the current configuration, which ensures adequate surveillance of this dangerous volcano.
Ecosystems of the Cotopaxi National Park
The Páramo is the ecosystem of the regions above the continuous forest line, yet below the permanent snowline. It is considered a high mountain biome with vegetation composed mainly of, shrubs and low grasses, pampa grasses, dwarflike forest.
Then the Paramo in the Cotopaxi National Park region is divided into four sub ecosystems, for a better understanding of this ecosystem it is compared to an alpine tundra.
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Quito-Mindo Cloud Forest
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The Mindo cloud forest is the pearl of a transition ecosystem where birds, plants and trees have manage to live in a simbiotic state. Cloud forests are one of the rarests ecosystems, and they are among the most endangered. This beautiful forest are defined by their nearly constant inmersion in a layer of clouds. Creating a unique cool wet climate for plants and animals living there. Cloud forests are known for their high biodiversity, an incredible number of plants and animals living in this ambience and many of them are current nowhere in the planet. Their plants grow in every inch of available space, and just as many animals out there trying to eat them.
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Located to the northwest of Quito on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano in the province with the same name. It is a transition area, or shoulder climate, meaning that its between the cold and dry area fron the andes and the hot and humid area of the lowlands. Therefore this forests are unique places in the world.
On a Mindo cloud forest day tour your adventure begins in Quito, then the drive will start towards the north, pass throught the middle of the world, then continue driving towards the west of quito, along the drive you will be able to enjoy this landscapes of canyons covered by a lush green carpet of plants and trees and be a able to observe change in terms of vegetation or transition of plants from the high to the the lowlands.