If you are looking for some great destinations for your next vacation, there are a number of dangerous tourist attractions that you may want to avoid. Many of these locations have been made into tourist attractions in order to generate an income for the location, however due to the inherant danger of these locations, it is probably in your best intrest to avoid them. Here are twelve of the most dangerous tourist attractions in the world.
12. Chernobyl Tours
The site of a nuclear disaster in 1986 near Prypiat, Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant offers tours for those who are curious about the disaster and want to see the site in person. The management of the Chernobyl tours assure you that any remaining radiation levels from the disaster are too small to harm your health, but the danger may not just be toward your physical health. After taking the tour, you may find that you have been changed inside as well.
11. Death Road Tour
Known as the most dangerous road in the world, the 60 kilometer expanse of highway running between La Paz and Coroico, Bolivia has claimed numerous lives. The North Yungas Road is as small as 10 feet across in some locations and has no guardrails to keep you from falling over the edge. If you have the misfortune of going over the edge, your vehicle would come to rest after falling more than 2,000 feet to the bottom off the canyon.
10. Bungee Jumping into an Active Volcano
It might not be the smartest thing to do, but it will definitely get your blood pumping. For $10,000, you can bungee jump from a helicopter into the mouth of Chile's Villarrica volcano. The volcano is active with pools of white-hot lava bubbling below where you will come within 213 meters of the pool of molten lava.
9. Swim in Shark Infested Waters
When you really want to test what you are made from, try swimming in shark infested waters. The New Smyrna Beach in Florida is known as the shark capital of the world. Just an hour northeast of Orlando, New Smyrna Beach features inviting white sandy beaches, but beware. Just a short distance into the water, danger awaits.
8. Volcano Helicopter Tours
Seeing the inside of an active volcano from a helicopter sounds like a great idea, but it can also be a deadly one. Many people have taken the risk by touring the inside of active volcanoes on the Hawaiian Islands with Hawaiian Island helicopter tours. The tours have not always come out as planned, with over 30 people having died from helicopter crashes during the tours since 1995.
7. Climbing Mont Blanc on the French/Italian Border
Mountain climbing is a dangerous sport anyway, but attempting to climb Mont Blanc is to tempt death itself. The mountain reaches a peak of 4,877 meters with wind gusts reaching 95 kilometers near the top. If the extreme temperatures dont get you, the wind will. There were more than 50 people who died on the mountain in 2008 alone.
6. Swimming with the Jellyfish
The greatest predator in Australia is not a shark, a snake or even a crocodile. It's a box jellyfish. Located on the Northern coastline of Australia near the mouth of the rivers, the box jellyfish seems harmless, but has killed more people than all other deadly Australian animals combined.
5. Cliff Jumping at Bash Bish Falls
The Bash Bish Falls in Massachusetts are very beautiful and a great place to take pictures, but the Falls harbor some hidden dangers. The Bash Bish Falls look great, but the edges of the cliffs have claimed many lives with crumbling ledges as well as pools that are shallower than expected.
4. Climbing Mount Cook in New Zealand
The Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand looks like an idyllic place to climb. But the park is prone to avalanches and conditions that prevent rescuers from reaching you when you are in danger. The park has claimed many would-be and professional climbers.
3. Beautiful yet Deadly Destination
One of the most inviting destinations is also one of the most deadly. The island of Vanuatu has fantastic South Pacific beaches, that often experience tsunamis from earthquakes as well as cyclones and active volcanoes.
2. Tobaggan on an Active Volcano
Tobaggan down the outside of the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua. The volcano erupted in 1999, but the tobaggan guide swears he will know if it is about to erupt. You will still have to deal with gravel burns when you travel at 68 km an hour over the rocky terrain.
1. Walk the Plank at Mt. Huashan China
Hike along the face of Mount Huashan in China, thousands of feet in the air as you walk over wooden 12 inch wide planks tied into the face of the cliffs. This is definitely not a family friendly activity. It doesn't sound that bad, but there are NO hand rails, and the only thing keeping you on the side of the mountain is a safety harness, if you so choose to buy one. If you plan on checking out Mt. Huashan, I've got a simple travel tip for you. Get some good hiking shoes and watch your step!