Everyone goes on vacation differently: some seek adventure, others want to relax, but generally want to be safe. Some of the most popular tourist destinations and attractions do not always guarantee that last one. If you want your vacation to come to a dangerous side, these places are for you. Otherwise, stay away!
Today, we have put together a list of the most exciting and dangerous places in the world.
Top Dangerous Tourist Places In The World
Death Valley, United States
If Earth is our home, then Death Valley is its scorching hot oven. This impressive dessert has the highest temperature record ever recorded on our planet: 56.7 ° C (134 ° F).
No matter how hard you are, the blazing sun and scorching heat of Death Valley will exhaust you very quickly. Without water, you can live here for only 14 hours.
Danakil Desert, Eritrea
Baking temperatures generally reach 50 degrees Celsius, numerous active volcanoes, geysers that spit out toxic gases; it is difficult to imagine a landscape more brutal than the Danakil desert in Africa.
Most of the people would probably consider this horrible place as a literal “hell on earth”, but it still attracts many brave adventurers from all over the world.
Remember that it is strictly forbidden to visit the Danakil desert without an experienced guide.
Mount Washington, United States
The summit of Mount Washington holds the world record for the fastest winds on Earth’s surface. The highest speed recorded here is 203 miles per hour (327 km / h).
However, strong winds are not the only concern in this area: freezing temperatures that can drop to -40 degrees and continuous snowfalls make Mount Washington a very dangerous place.
Despite its modest height, 6,217 feet (1,917 meters), Mount Washington is one of the deadliest peaks in the world.
The burdens the human body experiences on it can be compared to those it would experience on top of Mount Everest.
Sinabung volcano, Indonesia
This is an active volcano located on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Eruptions occur here very frequently, often leaving thousands of people without shelter or livelihoods.
The surrounding cities and towns have already been completely covered in lava and ash on several occasions: in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The last explosion occurred on February 27, 2016. This eruption projected a deadly cloud of volcanic gas, stones, and ashes for a height of 2,500 meters. And nobody knows what will happen there tomorrow.
lha da Queimada Grande (Snake Island), Brazil
Hidden somewhere on the coast of Brazil, this island is widely recognized as the most dangerous place on the planet.
The reason for this is quite simple: this place is filled with one of the most venomous snakes in the world, Bothrops.
The researchers estimate that around five snakes per square meter live on the island. There are several stories of people succumbing to deadly predators in no time.
One of these stories resembles a lighthouse keeper who was attacked by snakes and died.
The Snake Island lighthouse has been automated since that fatality, and the Brazilian government has prohibited visitors from entering it.
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
At first glance, this place looks very picturesque, but in fact, it is very dangerous. Why? Because it is home to the world’s most venomous and aggressive wildlife:
Contact with any of the plants that grow in this park can cause itching, rash, and dizziness. Any cut, or even a small wound, can be infected by tropical parasites.
Death Valley, Kamchatka, Russia
The Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East also has its own Death Valley. It is located not far from the famous Valley of Geysers.
The high concentrations of toxic gases found in this area pose a serious threat to all living things: plants and animals die quickly, while people soon begin to feel sick and experience fever, dizziness, and chills.
Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
Lost somewhere in the ocean, this island looks like paradise, doesn’t it? But the Bikini Atoll hosted several nuclear test programs that turned the picturesque Bikini Island into radioactive terrain.
The inhabitants were forced to leave their homes, and even today this is dangerous for living organisms: the abnormally high level of radiation recorded here can cause cancer.
The Elephant Kingdom in Chonburi, Thailand
In Elephant Kingdom, Thailand, at a crocodile farm, the owner rents a small semi-enclosed ferry space for tourists to visit, see and FEED crocodiles.
The raft is made of fine wood, balanced on plastic barrels and has a mesh compartment halfway. The cabin also has a roof. People enter the compound and receive fishing rods to feed the crocodiles.
They use meat or pieces of meat attached to the rods and hang them in front of the crocodiles. Reptiles jump out of the water to collect meat and food.
There are tourists who also provoke the crocodiles by swinging the meat in front of them and pulling it when the hungry animals reach it.
Afar Depression, Ethiopia
The Erta Ale volcano, in the Afar region of Ethiopia, is one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet. Small earthquakes constantly shake the region, forming numerous deep chasms.
This is because Erta Ale contains two lava lakes in its summit crater. The amount of lava in them is constantly changing, causing the Earth’s surface to move up and down.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
It may seem like an alien landscape, but this surreal image is actually the photo of Lake Natron in Tanzania. The alkaline salt crust on the lake surface is so dangerous that all living things die simply on contact.
For obvious reasons, swimming in this lake is strictly prohibited, and the strong smell of hydrogen sulfide coming from the lake surface will not allow you to admire the stunning scenery for long.
Preview photo credit Jon Nok / SWNS
Based on materials from National geographic, Kronoki, Messynessychic