Under normal circumstances, tourist destinations are supposed to be attractive destinations that provide a relaxing atmosphere and nurturing environment. This is what attracts tourists in the first place. But among all destinations, there are some that are known to be quite dangerous to visit. With this being said, prepare yourself to see the most DANGEROUS Tourist Destinations In The World!
List Of Deadliest Natural Places On Earth
1. Death Road
The ‘Death Road’ is a road that stretches more than 69 kilometers and is found in the Yungas region in Bolivia. Researchers have termed it as one of the world’s most dangerous roads.
There are several risks that are associated with this road. The first is the fact that the ground on which the road is built is unstable and not firm. This makes the road susceptible to mudslides which also possess great risks to motorists.
Another risk is the fact that the road has no side rails that are supposed to prevent vehicles from rolling over the descent that goes more than 600 meters. Statistically, over 200 people fall victim of the roads unfriendliness and tourists are mostly advised to avoid it.
2. El Caminito Del Rey
El Caminito Del Rey is one of the most dangerous walkways in the world. It is named so because Spain’s King Alfonso once walked on it. It is only about a meter in width but is linked between two cliffs that are about 200 meters apart and 100 meters in depth.
However, over the past years, the walkway has been ignored. Currently, the path is closed to the public, but it still people manages to hike on the path. As per records, there have been over 4 deaths since the path was unused and this could possibly explain the stats why it was closed to the public.
Even though it was closed to the public, but it’s still so popular that money is being invested into repairs so as to ensure it’s reopened.
3. Mount Hua Shan
Do you want to go hike in the most dangerous place in the world? Then welcome to Mt Hua Shan. This is probably one of the most dangerous hiking places in the world. Also, known as the ‘plank walk’, in China. When you visit this place, it will not take you a minute to understand why it is dangerous.
The wooden planks that have been aligned along the mountain could easily fall off anytime one steps on it inappropriately. The not so popular plank walk is situated on mountains’ highest peak, South at an altitude of 7,070 feet. When the planks fall off, the only option hikers are left with is to step on the foothold, otherwise, you have to let go. It is estimated that close to 100 people lose their lives on this mountain annually. So, next time you plan to hike this mountain, take note of the statistics.
The place is blessed with influential Taoist temples; it has been part of folklore for thousands of years. The combination of five peaks gives rise to this rugged mountain, with each one grasping teahouses and shrines.
The mountain is well-known as one of China’s five divine mountains namely – a North, South, East, West, and Center. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions; a renowned pilgrimage site for Chinese people.
4. Running of the Bulls
Running of the Bulls or San Fermin is celebrated in Irunea/Pamplona, in Navarra region, annually from the 6th to the 14th of July. In the honor of San Fermin, patron saint of Navarra, the fiestas are celebrated. In this event, six bulls are released onto the streets and they are left to run freely for about 825 meters. The events attract in excess of 20000 people each year.
Statistically, about 100 people get injured on an annual basis while over 15 deaths have been recorded since its inception. While they are at it, people might either be considered to be brave or just completely foolish by running on this event. How would you categorize these people?
The Troll’s tongue is one of the most dangerous attractions in Norway. If you look at the site itself, you will definitely understand why it is one of the most dangerous places. The stone is elevated almost 800 meters high and takes one about 10 hours to get to the top. In addition to that, there are no rails around the stone to protect observers from the top vantage point and this even makes it worse.
It is said that there is an Australian woman who plunged to her death from the stone this year, although it is the first ever recorded death in the Trolltunga. The sites are known to be particularly dangerous; experienced adrenaline junkies alike have died at these six locales, so live up your adventuring dreams, but not at the cost of your death!
6. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
As per the International Shark Attack File, New Smyrna Beach of Florida is the “shark capital of the world.” In spite of the fact that the beach has recorded near about 25o shark attacks in history, plenty of tourists come to this budget-friendly shores every year.
7. Hawaii’s Volcano Tours
If you’re the type that thinks checking out an active volcano is the way to go for a vacation, you’re in luck, as you have a couple of different choices in Hawaii. Both have track records of death and the National Park Service actually temporarily shut down the bicycle tour (mentioned below) in 2007 after there were three deaths and a number of serious injuries within the space of a year.
At the Hawaii Volcano Tours, you notice track records of both death and the National Park Service actually temporarily closed the bicycle tour in 2007. It was shut down after there were three deaths and a number of fatal injuries within a year only.
Between 1992–2002, at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – there were 40 deaths and 45 major injuries reported.
The volcanoes including Kilauea has been erupting almost endlessly since 1938. These volcanoes are the major attraction for the islands. The lava haze here looks like a harmless white vapor cloud, which actually is a deadly combination of hydrochloric acid, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide.
These harmful gases increase the problems of asthma and heart conditions. So, think twice before hiking this place!
8. Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, Half Dome is definitely one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. People have met death either by slipping from the cables or falling from “Death Slabs,” huge, slick rocks. 60 plus have died on the Half Dome or while hiking towards it. The place witnesses other means of death including lightning strikes, heart attacks, and failed base jumps.
9. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The heart-stopping, stunning, and staggering, Cliffs of Mother allures millions of visitors every year. Looking from the peak of the Atlantic Ocean, these rocks and sandstone rise, rough waters, gives gorgeous views, although the dangerous ones! though a particular number of deaths here is still a question.
Many reports of deadly falls have been recorded here. The reason found was – oftentimes caused by elevation, uneven ground, a lack of safety fences, rain (causing slippery terrain), and strong winds. In fact, sometimes the site is closed when the winds are too strong. The unfortunate thing is – the Cliffs of Moher are also well-known for suicides!