Although there are many areas on the planet that may easily be mistaken for paradise, there are others where one should avoid going due to unknown hazards lurking around every corner. We’ve covered exactly those places you should avoid if you seeking a vacation spot that is both beautiful and safe. People who want to go on a world tour should avoid visiting specific places that have been confirmed to be the most dangerous places in the world to visit. We have hoarded a list of some of the least to most harmful among them as measured by the number of people injured or killed.
Here are the top eleven most dangerous places in the world to visit.
- North Sentinel Island, Andamans
North Sentinel Island is located in the Andaman Islands and is regarded as one of the most dangerous tourist destinations in the world. The locals have been living in their ancient ways, denying any and all forms of communication with the outside world. The tribal people who live on this island are not used to outsiders, and when tourists arrive, they perceive them as a threat and resort to violence. This is one of the oddest islands on the planet, and its legends attract travelers from all over the world. Another reason why people are advised not to visit the site is the tribal community’s safety. Tourists can carry disease-causing bacteria and disseminate them across the population since they have no immunity.
- Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan
A large man-made crater that has been spewing methane gas for decades is a calamity caused by scientists’ error in opening the gates of hell. It was literally one of the most deadly judgments made by some clever individuals. To preserve the Karakum Desert’s air quality, scientists reasoned that burning the natural gas would be a rapid answer because the fire would burn out in a few weeks and the air quality would return to normal. On the contrary, the flames continue to burn despite the passage of over half a century. Only those who aren’t afraid of flames can conceive visiting the Darvaza crater or gates of hell, and this is due to human error rather than natural causes. It’s tragic and fatal! Before it’s too late, we must take genuine actions to save the earth. The gates of hell, however, have already been opened.
- Mount Washington, USA
Mount Washington, one of America’s most dangerous locations, holds the Guinness record for the fastest winds on the surface of the Earth, with speeds reaching 203 miles per hour. The excursion to Mount Washington is more difficult than one may expect, not only because of the high winds but also because of the frigid temperatures, which can reach minus 40 degrees. Also regarded as the world’s most perilous tiny mountain, it is reported that even the most experienced hikers have been blown off course by strong westerly winds that have driven them many miles away from routes and highways, making it impossible for them to return safely.
- Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Skeleton Coast is literally where the earth terminates, and it is both barren and inhabited. Between the old German colonial town of Swakopmund and the Angolan border, the coast spans 500 kilometers. The term derives from the animal bones that are strewn across vast lengths and a huge number of ships that have sunk here over the years. Day tours along the southern portion of the Skeleton Coast are organized by adventure travel providers in Swakopmund, where predators roam the shore.
- Danakil Desert, Ethiopia
The Danakil Desert in Ethiopia is an exceptionally hot location, with temperatures regularly exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius), multiple active volcanoes, and geysers spewing hazardous gases. It’s difficult to imagine a harsher terrain than Africa’s Danakil Desert. Although most people would consider this horrible site to be a genuine “Hell on Earth,” it continues to attract a large number of brave adventurers from all over the world. It’s important to note that visiting the Danakil Desert without an experienced guide is completely prohibited.
- Oymyakon, Siberia
Oymyakon is a tiny Russian settlement in the Oymyakonsky area. Because of its harsh weather conditions, this location is regarded as one of the most deadly. In this place, life is unable to sustain itself due to the extreme temperatures. The temperature lowers to -40 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit), making it hard for tourists or travelers to visit the area safely because few people can withstand this cold. Apart from the heat, people avoid visiting this location since there are no veggies accessible and nothing that can be cultivated, therefore food is a huge difficulty. Only roughly 500 people have been able to establish themselves in this location and endure the extreme cold.
- Lake Natron, Tanzania
Let us not be fooled by the ring of salt marshes at Lake Natron’s edge. This lake is well renowned as one of the world’s most hostile environments. Lake Natron in northern Tanzania resembles a lake of fire in appearance and behavior. The high quantities of Natron (sodium carbonate decahydrate) in the lake’s water render it caustic to human skin and eyes, with a ph of above 12. The lake also has red-colored microorganisms, which gives it its distinctive pink-red hues. Despite the fact that most organisms cannot survive in the 120-degree lake water, cyanobacteria have colonized Natron and given the lake its distinctive red and orange hues. Surprisingly, 2.5 million Lesser Flamingos call Lake Natron home, despite the fact that it is one of their only breeding habitats, making the lake’s protection a critical priority. It is one of the top ten most dangerous places on the planet.
- Skellig Michael Mountain, Ireland
There are no safety features on these 600 old steps that lead up the slope of Skellig Michael Mountain. The island became famous after it was used as a filming location for Star Wars, but tourists should be aware that it is not the safest place to visit. There are 600 antique steps leading up the mountainside that have no safety features at all. Food and water are also scarce, as are visitor centers, restrooms, and shelter. To get there, you’ll have to take an hour-long boat voyage through potentially hazardous waters, and boats are frequently unable to dock due to strong waves and choppy water. The location is prone to fall rocks, and the more than 1,000-year-old stone stairs are rough, uneven, and winding. Only a few months separate the deaths of two people.
- Snake Island, Brazil
Snake Island, Brazil is home to the world’s highest concentration of snakes. The Bothrops Snake is the world’s most venomous snake. This island off the coast of Brazil is recognized as one of the most dangerous places on Earth because it has the world’s greatest concentrated population of snakes and is home to the world’s most venomous snake, the Bothrops, also known as lance heads. The poison of the snakes is quick-acting, melting the skin around the bite(s), and studies estimate that there are around five snakes per square meter on the island. However, you don’t have to be concerned if a loved one wants to visit the island since, despite its beauty, it is so perilous that the Brazilian Navy has forbidden anybody from landing there.
- Volcano Tours in Hawaii, USA
You may either ride or trek up active volcanoes in Hawaii. However, both have a history of fatalities, and the National Park Service temporarily halted the bicycle trip in 2007 after three deaths and a number of significant injuries occurred within a year. People perished after losing control of their motorcycles, however, that was not the only cause of death. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recorded 40 deaths and 45 severe injuries between 1992 and 2002. The existence of lava haze, which is a mixture of hydrochloric acid, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide, is blamed for a number of the deaths. Other concerns include hot ocean water, the possibility of flying rocks, and the climbers’ chronic lack of preparation.
- Death Valley National Park, USA
Death Valley, as its name suggests, is one of the most foreboding landscapes on the planet. Death Valley, located between Nevada and California, is North America’s lowest point and is also regarded as a land of extremes. The valley has recorded the greatest temperature ever on our planet, at 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius). One of the victims who died in the blistering heat of Death Valley was Harry Potter actor Dave Legeno. It’s also a mystery why rocks weighing up to 700 pounds move on their own in Death Valley. If you listen intently, the sand sings, defying all logic. It’s also known as Devil’s Golf Course since it’s thought that only the devil can play golf in such a desolate and gloomy location. It is one of the most difficult tourist locations in the world, with eroded hills, craters, uncommon fish species, the darkest night skies, and much more.
Everyone vacations in their own way, some want excitement, others want relaxation, but everyone wants to be safe. You have a wasted soul if you don’t take risks, as Drew Barrymore put it. Daring one in life is important since regularity and comfort zones leave you hollow on the inside. You will have to work a little harder to realize that adventure is the finest therapy.