Traveling to new places is exciting, and there are many past Gildshire articles that explore unique tourist activities and beautiful locations. However, there are some places that I would not advise most people to venture to. From treacherous trails to snapping crocodiles, here are the most dangerous places for a tourist to take in:
Translated as “the troll’s tongue,” this cliff rock towers above a gorgeous glacial lake. The rock is 10,000 years old, and surrounded by mountaintop glaciers. To get to the summit, you hike 13.6 miles, which can take even good climbers up to 11 hours. While the scenery is breathtaking, the weather is unpredictable, and the rocks can be slippery. There’s also the matter of taking photos on the tongue, which can become crowded. One woman in 2015 was trying to pass people on her way back from standing on a dangerous part of the cliff (like where the woman in the photo is stupidly doing yoga) and fell to her death. Her friends couldn’t call for help, because there’s no cell coverage in the area. Most of the danger of this hike is if you aren’t careful, or aren’t an experienced hiker, so inherently, Trolltunga is not the most dangerous place you could visit.
This mountain-bike trail was carved into the side of the Cordillera Oriental Mountain Bolivia in the 1930’s, and has been claiming lives ever since. The 12-foot wide path is officially the North Yungas Road, and unofficially “Death Road.” On side is the mountain, and the other side is a 800-foot drop. There’s no railings, and cyclists have to share the road with vehicles. There’s also the mudslides and fog. 200-300 people die on Death Road every year.
The Danakil Depression
The nearly-week long trip to the Danakil Depression, which is where three tectonic plates meet, is the adventure of a lifetime, but traveling in the heat of the Ethiopian desert is no joke. Not only is it expensive (at up to $1300 per person), it’s dangerous. Temperatures climb up to 120-degrees Fahrenheit thanks to the active volcano and geysers, earning the Depression the title of “hottest place on earth.” Only the most experienced guides are allowed to take tourists to the Depression, so it might be well-worth the cost to find the best one you can find, if you dare brave the brutal environment.
Crocodile Farm, Thailand
If you go to the Elephant Kingdom in Chiang Mai, Thailand, you’ll find a crocodile farm nearby. For a fee, the owner will lease you a raft where you can feed the crocodiles. The raft is not especially sturdy, it’s made of thin wood and floats in the water on plastic barrels. To feed the living dinosaurs, you dangle the meat from fishing rods. The crocodiles leap out of the water to grab their dinners. From photos, there can be hundreds of crocodiles circling the raft. Just last July, the attraction was shut down for 90 days while government officials conducted safety checks, but from stories, it seems the owner defied the orders.
Skellig Michael is an ancient monastic settlement, and purposely built in an isolated location that’s hard to reach. To get there, you have to take an hour-long boat ride across rough sea, and then you’re faced with climbing up to the settlement. There are 600 steps along the side of the mountain, with no railings. The stairs themselves are made from 1,000-year old stones, which are uneven and crumbling from time and ravages of weather. Rocks will often fall from above, too. In 2009, two people died within months of each other, and the public demanded more safety features. If you go there now, those safety features consist of a sign and a brochure explaining to watch out for slippery rocks.