Cotopaxi Volcano


Cotopaxi is a famous South America volcano located in the Latacunga canton of Cotopaxi Province. It is one of the tallest volcanoes in the world with the height of 5,897 metres. Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano which has erupted more than 50 times since 1738.

Location: Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador
Coordinates: -0.682982, -78.437104
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano


Cotopaxi’s Location:


Cotopaxi’s Latest Status

2024: Active – Currently Erupting


Cotopaxi’s Eruptive History

2024 Jan 2024: Eruption, VAAC ash advisory issued to 6400m.
2023 April 2023: Cotopaxi continues to erupt, with regular moderate eruptions.
2022 Ongoing eruptions from October. It is believed this is from existing magma from the 2015 eruption.
2020 January: Eruption with plume rising to 6000m.
2015 August/September. A series of phreatic explosions occurred with plumes reaching almost 18km. A number of lahars were reported.
1903-7 A number of small-medium sized eruptions producing large ash columns, pyroclastic flows and lahar.
1880 3 July – Major eruption sending an ash column to 6km in under one minute.
1742-66 A series of small to medium sized eruptions which destroyed the nearby town of Latacunga. These eruptions produced large ash columns, lahars and pyroclastic flows.


Cotopaxi Monitoring

Please refer to IG-EPN for monitoring of this volcano.


Cotopaxi Images