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10 Volcanoes Worth Seeing

Volcanoes can be surprisingly accessible, some even offering the possibility of reaching the crater rim and looking inside to the tumult below. Others are less so, but all are in locations which normally offer sublime views. We showcase 10 of the best and which you could see as part of an individual tailor-made itinerary.

Ometepe Island is made up of two magnificent volcanic cones.

Ometepe Island is made up of two magnificent volcanic cones.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica1 Arenal

Arenal, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's most active volcano, Arenal is also considered to be one of the world’s ten most active volcanoes, delivering daily eruptions of scalding hot lava that are not only visually stunning but also strikingly loud.

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Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Off the coast lies the small but smouldering White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano, whose steamy shroud is clearly visible from all along the Bay’s coast. You can visit by helicopter from Rotorua for a guided walk.

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Masaya volcano, Nicaragua3 Masaya

Masaya Volcano National Park, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano National Park is a fascinating place to visit, en route between the two cities or as a day trip from either one. The main attraction is the huge Santiago crater which has formed between the Nindiri and Masaya volcanoes.

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Volcano Villarrica, Pucon, Chile4 Villarrica

Chilean Lake District, Chile

The 2,840-metre tall conical peak of Villarrica towers above the Chilean Lake District. After a four to six-hour climb, you will be able to look into the crater of an active volcano, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia5 Mount Agung

Bali, Indonesia

Mount Agung is the highest and one of the most sacred mountains in Bali. On an excursion to see it you can also stop at Besakih (the Mother Temple), perched nearly 1,000m up the side of the mountain; this is Bali's most important temple. There are also 23 other separate temples constructed around the slopes.

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View from Hotel Petropavlovsk6 Kluchevskoy

Kamchatka, Russia

Located in a region known as 'The Land of Fire and Ice', Kluchevskoy is the biggest and most active volcano in Eurasia. At 4,750m above the sea level it's not one you can climb to the summit of but you can see it and other impressive volcanoes via an aerial excursion.

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Cotopaxi7 Cotopaxi

Avenue of Volcanoes, Ecuador

There are many impressive volcanoes in the 'Avenus of Volcanoes' but the most imposing of these is the perfect cone shape of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. At its foot, its eponymous national park is an ideal place for spending the night in one of the local haciendas.

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Pacaya volcano, Guatemala8 Pacaya


Pacaya volcano first erupted approximately 23,000 years ago and has been active since 1965. A fairly strenuous trek through pine forest up to the more tricky volcanic ash section will reward you with a moon like landscape.

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The Ngorongoro Crater9 Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Blasted out by a mighty volcano some three million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Now extinct, the crater is home to every individual species of wildlife in East Africa (an estimated 25 000 animals) and is a must see on any safari to Tanzania.

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Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta10 Mount Merapi

Java, Indonesia

You can visit the active volcano of Merapi (the most active volcano in Indonesia), but to do so you need to start your climb in the early morning when it's dark. It is quite difficult but worth every minute once you reach the top.

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