13 Active Volcanoes You Can Actually Visit
Combining the power of Mother Nature with a sense of adventure, volcano tourism is on the rise around the world. Of the world’s 1,500 active volcanoes, here are some to put on your travel bucket list.
Rising as a backdrop to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, the stratovolcano (a volcano built up of alternate layers of lava and ash) Cotopaxi has shown signs of unrest in recent years, but a major eruption hasn’t happened since 1903. If an eruption does occur, the main concern is not the ash or magma, but the giant glacier that sits atop the volcano, which would presumably melt and cause enormous mud slides. Most travelers tour Cotopaxi National Park with a guide; extremely hardcore hikers can climb the 19,000-foot volcano if they can stand the high altitude.
Mount Merapi, Indonesia
Of more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, 9,500-foot Mount Merapi is the most active. Merapi had a minor eruption in May 2018, sending an ash column as high as 18,000 feet. The last major eruption happened in 2010, which killed scores of people. Visitors can hike to the volcano’s summit from the village of Selo. Explore more of Indonesia’s most popular spots for tourists.
Mount Stromboli, Italy
Tiny Stromboli, one of the eight volcanic Aeolian Islands in Sicily, is always active; the volcano’s frequent minor eruptions have earned it the nickname, “the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.” Fittingly, the best way to view these eruptions is from a nighttime cruise of the Aeolians. Read on for the most extreme travel adventures in the world.