There’s a certain breed of traveler that likes a little risk in their pursuit of global adventure. Holidaying in the shadow of a volcano might not be for everyone, but there is something alluring about the potential peril of an unexpected eruption, like playing Russian roulette with Mother Nature. Beyond the danger factor, however, most volcanoes are set in stunning, exotic locations surrounded by mountains, forests, glaciers, jungles, deserts, hot springs or geysers, making for captivating travel destinations. Here are a handful of active volcanoes around the world to put on your travel wish list – if you dare.
1. Mount Arenal, Costa Rica
Mighty Mt. Arenal has been one of Costa Rica’s biggest attractions, treating visitors to regular spews of molten lava, ash and gas for decades. Since 2010 it seems to have simmered down, but the nature and wildlife in the area is still worthy of exploration. Lush rainforests, rapid rivers, dramatic waterfalls, subterranean caves, breathtaking canyons, dangling bridges and effervescent hot springs are all situated under the watchful eye of this scenic symmetrical cone. Hiking, horseback, rappelling, rafting and geothermal soaking are just some of the adventures on offer here, and you might even spot some sloths, toucans and howler monkeys too.