Is traveling off the beaten path not adventurous enough for you? Always seeking to get the adrenaline pumping? You’re in luck. These seven terrifying destinations are not for the faint of heart.
1. Mount Huashan, China
The trails leading up Mount Huashan involve vertical ascents, steep staircases, and 12 inch wide rickety wooden planks bolted into the cliffside. Travelers who take on this terrifying hike must hook and unhook themselves from cables as they slowly make their way across the mountainside. The path itself is two-way, which makes for an especially tricky situation when hikers need to pass each other in opposite directions when they are nearly 5,000 feet above the ground.
2. Villarrica Volcano, Chile
Bungee jumping too tame for you? Imaging bungee jumping into an active volcano filled with hot lava. You can do just this at Villarrica Volcano in Chile, a natural phenomena that could erupt at any time. In fact, it did just this in March 2015, when it spewed lava at temperatures over 1000 degrees Celsius. Still think you want to make the jump? Get ready for a 35 mile helicopter trip followed by a jump into the crater that leaves you hanging 700 feet above the magma.
3. Alnwick Poison Garden, England
Step inside the world’s most dangerous garden…these plants could kill. Alnwick Poison Garden is home to common plants, unusual breeds, and over 100 varieties of poisonous plants. Visitors are prohibited from touching, smelling, and tasting any of the plants due to their dangerous qualities. Dozens of people have fainted simply from inhaling too much of the toxic fumes that many of the plants.
4. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
In 1971, a team of geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. After setting up a drilling platform, the ground beneath the rig collapsed leaving a 230 feet wide crater in the desert floor. To prevent poisonous gas from entering the atmosphere, scientists set the hole on fire. They hoped it would burn out in several days, but it has been burning ever since–it has been over 40 years.
5. Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine
In 1986, an explosion at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released 400 times the radiation of the Hiroshima bomb. The incident was accompanied by poisonous rain, a toxic cloud, and the birth of mutated animals. The giant blast directly killed 31 people. Today, thousands of tourists explore the abandoned disaster site each year. Though the plant is considered safe to tour, visitors are screened when they enter and exit for radioactive particles.
6. Praia de Boa Viagem, Brazil
Boa Viagem beach is an area for fishermen, swimmers, vacationers, and…sharks? One of the most dangerous beaches in the world, Boa Viagem boasts perfect conditions for bull sharks, one of the most aggressive sharks on the planet. Even with dozens of warning signs, some people still insist upon entering the waters outside of the natural reef. Since 1992, 59 shark attacks and 24 deaths have been recorded at the beach. Enter at your own risk!
From hot volcanos to poisonous gardens to narrow cliff walks, the earth boasts some harrowing places…you just need to be brave enough to visit!