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Hike A Volcano

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From West Africa to the Andes, the world is home to a wealth of breathtaking volcanic peaks which are perfect for scaling on foot.

For lovers of hiking and adventure, there are few better experiences then hiking to the summit of one of the planet’s myriad active volcanoes, and from the ash-carpeted slopes of Sicily’s iconic Mount Etna, to the otherworldly landscapes of Indonesia’s Brogo, across every continent, there are a wealth of breathtaking options to choose from.

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Mount Etna - Italy

Europe’s tallest active volcano is sandwiched between the city of Catania and the Mediterreanan sea, on Sicily’s eastern coastline, and is a truly magnificent sight to behold, with Its steep slopes bearing evidence of the lava spills from previous eruptions and its soaring ash and snow carpeted peak routinely shrouded in thick volcanic smoke.

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Volcan Acatenango - Guatemala
Situated near the beautiful, UNESCO World Heritage-accredited city of Antigua, the 400 metre high Acatenango is the most beautiful of Guatemala's myriad volcanoes.
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Mount St Helens - USA
Though the volcano remains active today, its activity is closely monitored and it is a popular destination for hikers with its summit offering stunning views of the surrounding area.
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Cotopaxi - Ecuador
At nearly 6000 metres, Ecuador’s towering Cotopaxi volcano is one of the tallest on the planet, as well as one of the most beautiful.
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Pico do Fogo - Cape Verde
At almost 3000-metres in height, Pico do Fogo, which encompasses almost the entirety of the island of Fogo, is the tallest peak in Cape Verde.
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No, it is recommended or in some cases mandatory to hire a guide, or join a group tour.

Although this may vary depending on the volcano and time of year and should therefore be checked with your guide or tour operator when booking, generally you will need to bring hiking boots or shoes, sun cream, sun glasses, a sun hat, water and snacks.

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