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2. Villarrica, Chile

Set in the Patagonian Andes, this volcano offers adventure-of-a-lifetime stuff. It’s one of only five volcanoes on Earth with an active lava lake inside its crater. Guided hikes start at the Pucón Ski Resort 1400 metres up, and ascend  Villarrica’s snowy peak.

 The gruelling hike will take around eight hours, and sights of interest along the way to keep you going include natural glaciers and a chance to peer over into bubbling magma. 


3. Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

Aesthetically, Cerro Negro is a bit dull. But you don’t come here for the photo ops, you come here to whiz down the side of this volcano on a board. 

After a steep 45-minute climb on black sand, dressed in orange jumpsuits and goggles, boarders stop at the crater’s rim and get ready to slide down the 728-metre face. The rapid descent is nothing short of absolutely thrilling.


4. Merapi, Indonesia

Translated as ‘Mountain of Fire,’ this is one of the most active volcanoes on earth. For more than 300 days a year, smoke can be seen bellowing from its mouth. And the brave can dice with death by embarking on a challenging hike to its summit. 

En route, walkers will see temples, Buddhas and maybe even some tropical spiders and snakes. Survive the climb, though, and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over the surrounding national park.


5. Whakaari, New Zealand

Captain Cook was the first European to spot this volcano on the North Island’s Bay of Plenty coast. He named it White Island after clapping eyes on the plume of smoke rising in the distance; little did he know that it was more than 200,000 years old.

It’s possible for tourists to get up close to the hissing and roaring crater via helicopter or boat. In a helicopter, you can actually fly into the mouth of the crater or, if you’ve arrived by boat, walk around its edge. 



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