10 most dangerous tourist destinations in the world
Tourism is all about relaxing and sightseeing. Many people embark on tour during holidays to relax their nerves and get to see new places.
However, Not every travel destination means relaxing on white-sand beaches or exploring ancient towns. Some are a death trap for strangers. Have you ever thought of exploring the most dangerous tourist destinations in the world?
Asides from corruption and crime, which are raging forces in some countries, weather and nature aren't always favourable.
For some people, their idea of fun is not complete without some touch of danger, adventure and surprises.
Although some tourist destinations are dangerous, tourists do not fail to visit these places.
Here are the most 10 dangerous tourist destination in the world and the risks associated with it
Death Valley, USA
Death Valley is a land of beautiful yet dangerous extremes
Death Valley is a land of beautiful yet dangerous extremes. It is a desert valley in eastern California. It is one of the hottest places on Earth.
You will find here mountains that reach more than three thousand meters into the sky. There is a place called Badwater, which is the lowest area of land in the Western Hemisphere.
The dangerous thing about Death Valley is that Death Valley is its scorching hot oven. This stunning desert holds the highest temperature recorded on earth planet — 130 °F (54. 4 °C).
No matter how tough you are, the blazing sun and searing heat of Death Valley will make you exhausted very quickly. Without water, you can live here for only 14 hours.
The extreme heat of Death Valley has killed people in the past. Death Valley is a good example of the violence of nature. It contains evidence of several ancient volcanoes that caused huge explosions.
However, during the winter, Death Valley can be dangerously cold. Storms in the mountains can produce sudden flooding on the floor of the Valley.
Despite this harsh weather, The Valley is full of life. Wildflowers grow very quickly after a little rain in the Death Valley.
Some desert plants can send their roots down more than eighteen meters to reach water deep in the ground. Many kinds of birds live in Death Valley. So do mammals and reptiles.
The Danakil Desert, Eritrea
The Danakil Desert has been described as the hottest place on earth
The Danakil Desert is a desert in northeast Ethiopia, southern Eritrea, and northwestern Djibouti. The Danakil Desert has been described as the lowest, the driest, the hottest, and the most inhospitable place on earth.
Danakil Desert is known for its baking temperature that is often over 120 degrees F (50 degrees C), numerous active volcanoes, geysers that spit toxic gases — it's hard to imagine a more brutal landscape than African's Danakil Desert.
Most people would probably consider the Danakil Desert a terrible place, a literal ''Hell on Earth''. Despite that, it still attracts lots of brave adventurers from all around the world.
Just keep in mind that visiting the Danakil Desert on your own is strictly forbidden without an experienced guide. It is one of the most dangerous tourist destinations in the world.
Mount Washington, USA
The summit of Mount Washington holds the world record for the fastest winds
Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft.
The summit of Mount Washington holds the world record for the fastest winds on Earth's surface. The highest recorded speed here is 203 miles per hour (327 km/h).
On April 12, 1934, Washington Observatory recorded a wind speed of 231 miles per hour (372 km/h).
However, the strong winds are not the only concern in this area — the freezing temperatures that can drop as low as -40 degrees and continuous heavy snowfalls make Mount Washington a hazardous place.
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia
Sinabung Vocano is situated on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
The nearby towns and villages have been completely covered in lava and ash several times already: in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The latest explosion occurred on February 27, 2016. That eruption ejected a deadly cloud of volcanic gas, stones, and ash to a height of 2,500 meters.
No one knows what will happen there tomorrow. The volcanoes and uncertainty make Sinabung Volcano one of the most dangerous places in the world to explore on tour.
lha da Queimada Grande (Snake Island), Brazil
Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island is one of the most dangerous tourist destinations
Ilha da Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island, is an island off Brazil's coast in the Atlantic Ocean. This island is widely recognized as the most dangerous place on the planet earth.
The reason for this is quite simple — this place is full of one of the most venomous snakes in the world, Bothrops. Researchers estimated Ilha da Queimada Grande is infested with between 2,000 and 4,000 golden lancehead vipers, one of the deadliest snakes in the entire world.
These vipers' venom can kill a person in under an hour, and numerous local legends tell of the horrible fates that awaited those who wandered onto the shores of "Snake Island."
There are several stories of people succumbing to the deadly predators in no time at all. One of these stories recalls a lighthouse keeper who was attacked by the snakes and died.
Snake Island's lighthouse has been automated ever since that fatality, and the Brazilian government has prohibited any visitors from setting foot there.
Queimada Grande is closed to the public to protect both people and the snake population; access is only available to the Brazilian Navy and selected researchers vetted by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, the Brazilian federal conservation unit.
This has profoundly impacted the snake population that has thrived without any predator or human intervention and has sustained itself by feeding on migratory birds that use the island as a resting stop.
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
At first sight, Madidi National Park looks very picturesque, but it's actually very dangerous.
Madidi is home to a record-breaking number of species and plants; the park is not only one of the most diverse ecological hot spots on the planet but one of the largest protected areas in Bolivia.
Spanning 19,000 square kilometres from the Andes deep into the Amazon and ranging in altitude from 200 to 6000 meters above sea level, the park’s topography is vast and varied.
At first sight, this place looks very picturesque, but it's actually very dangerous. Why? Because it's home to the most poisonous and aggressive fauna in the world.
Contact with any of the plants growing in this park can cause severe itching, rash and dizziness.
Any cut, or even a small wound in the park, can become infected with tropical parasites. This makes Madidi National Park one of the most dangerous places in the world to go for tourism.
Valley of Death, Kamchatka, Russia
Valley of Death, Kamchatka is as beautiful as it is biodiverse, with a myriad of aquatic, aerial, and terrestrial species.
Kikhpinych is a stratovolcano located in the eastern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, which feeds the famous valley of Geysers. It is as beautiful as it is biodiverse, with a myriad of aquatic, aerial, and terrestrial species.
The Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Russian Far East, also has its own Death Valley. It's located not far from the famous Valley of Geysers.
High concentrations of toxic gases found in this area pose a serious threat to every living thing: plants and animals die quickly, while people soon start to feel unwell and get a fever, dizziness and chill.
Bikini Atoll, The Marshall Islands
The Bikin Atoll, Marshall Island looks like a paradise. However, it is one of the most dangerous tourist destinations in the world.
Bikini, an atoll in the Ralik (western) chain of the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The atoll was used for peacetime atomic explosions conducted for experimental purposes by the United States between 1946 and 1958.
This island looks like a paradise. But Bikini Atoll was actually home to numerous nuclear testing programs that turned the picturesque island of Bikini into a radioactive wasteland.
The inhabitants were forced to abandon their homes, and even today, this remains hazardous for living organisms: the abnormally high level of radiation recorded here can cause cancer. It is a highly dangerous place for tourism.
Reports have it that nearly 60 years after the last of 23 nuclear explosions in its land, air and water, Bikini Atoll again looks like the idyllic Pacific paradise it was in 1946 — a bracelet of sandy, palm-covered islets encircling an azure lagoon.
Elephant Kingdom in Chonburi, Thailand
Elephant Kingdom is a crocodile farm located in Thailand and is one of the most dangerous tourist destinations in the world
When you hear of the elephant kingdom, you may think of a land filled with elephants. However, Elephant Kingdom is a crocodile farm located in Thailand.
In the Elephant Kingdom, the owner leases out a small semi-closed raft space for tourists to visit, see and feed crocodiles.
The raft is a thin wooden one balanced on plastic barrels and has a net enclosure halfway around it. The shack has a roof too. The people get inside the enclosure and are given fishing rods to feed the crocs.
They use beef or meat pieces attached to the rods and dangle the rods before the crocodiles. The reptiles then jump out of the water to catch the meat and their food.
Some tourists also tease the crocs by dangling the meat in front of them and then pulling it up as the hungry animals reach for it.
In 2016, the Thailand government shut down the elephant kingdom due to a picture that surfaced online where many Chinese tourists were feeding the crocodiles. The Thailand government felt it is very dangerous to get that very close to a crocodile.
The Elephant Kingdom is not safe and is, in fact, one of the most dangerous tourist destinations in the world.
Afar Depression, Ethiopia
The Afar region is famous for its fossils
The Afar Triangle (also called the Afar Depression) is a geological depression caused by the Afar Triple Junction, part of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa.
In eastern Africa, in Ethiopia's Afar region, a nearly barren rockscape marks the meeting place of three separate pieces of the Earth’s crust. This meeting place is known to geologists as the Afar Triple Junction.
Erta Ale volcano in the Afar Region of Ethiopia is one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet. Small earthquakes are constantly shaking the region, forming numerous deep chasms.
This happens because Erta Ale contains two lava lakes in its summit crater. The amount of lava in them constantly changes, causing the Earth's surface to shake up and down.
The Afar region is famous for its fossils. On November 24, 1974, a team of American paleoanthropologists led by Donald Johanson discovered a young adult female's fossil hominid only a meter tall.