Another great quality of a survivalist is the interest for extreme adventures. No, we’re not simply talking about ziplining or deep diving but staying in grounds that offer spectacular sights and at the same time, challenges your skills.
Exploring a terrain such as a volcanic region during your camps is one way of honing your skills in terms of living in an environment with a different element that what you have been used to. Here’s your ultimate guide on setting camps near volcanoes.
First, where are these regions found on the map? Certainly, many risk-taker campers like to schedule their camps once they hear that a volcano is sputtering some ashes. Aside from being sources of good social media photographs, it is also a way to indulge the senses. If you are in search for some highlight areas where you can set up camps near volcanoes, here are the best ones around the world:
- Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii – Aside from the campground, it also features a lava viewing area, and a national park.
- Erta Ale, Ethiopia – One of Africa’s treasures, Erta Ale is a volcano that campers can reach after a six-hour drive from Hamedela, the area where most tours are.
- Mount Etna, Italy – It is the tallest volcano in Europe and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala – Tourists from around the world visit this site because of stunning views of lava flows and the adventure that takes place in its guided tours.
When Setting The Camp
Hearing stories of travels and hikes nearby volcanoes is quite inspiring. Marina Kuperman shares on TripSavvy.com, “I have been climbing volcanoes and exploring the Guatemalan mountains for almost two years now. That includes visiting the top three tallest ones in all of Central America (Acatenango, Tacana, and Tajumulco). However, I kept on neglecting Pacaya. I used to think of it as one of those places where everything is pre-fabricated and overly touristy.”
You might think that setting up the camp in these areas is different than setting them up in the usual terrains, and you are mostly right. Before you can prepare to feast your eyes in the views, it is important to know some guidelines.
“If you are doing it more relaxed, stop at all of the lookout points and decide to take tons of photos it will take you an hour. I would also recommend you get here much earlier. This gives you better chances of getting cool views and opportunities for photos,” she adds.
Campers are also advised to plan ahead and this means creating a preparedness plan, as well as making sure that specialized equipment are in your backpacks. For instance, you might need to bring some emergency masks or protective goggles if you visit volcanoes presently active and spurting out lava. Bring long pants and long-sleeved shirt as multi-purpose for skin protection and protecting you from unpredictable weather conditions.
When it comes to camping near volcanoes, it will be a blend of outstanding views, getting ready for thrilling adventures and bringing home great-looking photos for that memorable trip.