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Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations In The World

– [Narrator] The world is
full of dangerous places, and it turns out that some
people are crazy enough to go to them voluntarily. You should probably use
this video as a list of places you should avoid at all costs, but if you’re one of those crazy people you could use this video
as a vacation inspiration. It’s up to you, but I think even the more diehard
thrill seekers among you will think twice after
learning about these places. (quirky music) Number 10, Hawaii Volcano Tours. In Hawaii, a state so unique and far away that sometimes I forget it’s even a state, you can bike or hike up volcanoes. It’s a great way to sight
see and get some exercise, but unfortunately volcanoes
can also kill you. You’d think the biggest
danger from volcanoes comes from lava, but that’s not the case. In 2007, the National Park Service had to temporarily shut down the bicycle tour due to three deaths and various injuries that occurred within the span of a year. The three deaths were due
to people losing control of their bikes on the
challenging downhill trail. But people standing on solid ground without bikes have died as well. Various deaths and
injuries have been caused as a result of what’s known
as lava haze, or laze, which are volcanic gases
that can swamp areas quickly during periods of high wind. This laze is made up of a
combination of hydrochloric acid, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide, none of which are things you
want to breathe in a lot of, especially for people with
respiratory conditions. If that’s not enough of
a reason to stay away, volcanoes also lead to
scalding hot ocean water and can send rocks flying through the air. So, if you’re visiting a volcano, make sure to heed the
warnings and be prepared. Number nine, Devil’s Pool. If the very name Devil’s
Pool wasn’t enough to keep tourists away, there is also a plaque nearby that reads he came for a visit and stayed forever. It was made to honor one of
the now more than 20 people who have died at Devil’s Pool in Zambia . It has been described as
the ultimate infinity pool, and it allows tourists
to swim right on the edge and look out over one of
the biggest waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls. It’s twice the height of Niagara Falls. You can only swim in Devil’s Pool usually between September and December, when the dry season reduces water levels and current enough for
the pool to be accessible. The pool is separated from the falls by a natural rock barrier, which creates an eddy
with a minimal current, stopping swimmers from being carried away and allowing them to fool
around a few feet from the edge. The most famous death at Devil’s Pool was that of a heroic tour guide who managed to save a tourist
who had started to fall, but then fell over himself. If you ever go to Victoria Falls, consider looking at the water
from a nice safe distance, possibly even while
standing on dry ground. Number eight, Valley of Death. If Devil’s Pool doesn’t
have an intimidating enough name for you, perhaps you
would instead like to visit the Valley of Death in Russia. Thanks to nearby volcano, Kikhpinych, the Valley of Death has a high
concentration of toxic gas that accumulates in the valley’s lowlands without wind to blow it away. This toxic lake of gas kills
local plants and animals. If you ever went there, you would first experience
dizziness, a fever, and chills. Then you would probably die. According to legends, it was
first discovered in the 1930s by two hunters who found it scattered with the bodies of dead animals
and devoid of plant life. They fled after getting a headache, but since their story had been told, adventure seekers have
journeyed into the valley, many of whom never returned. Locals estimate around 80 people have been lost to the valley. It’s closed off to tourists
for obvious reasons, but because we humans just don’t know how to leave things alone, there are, in fact, ways for tourists to visit. You can view the valley
and the beautiful landscape from an observation desk which was built at a safe distance away. If that doesn’t cut it for you, you can take helicopter
tours over the area and just hope you don’t crash and end up in some bizarre
Stalker-esque scenario. Number seven, Yosemite Half Dome. Half Dome is a huge granite dome in Yosemite National Park, California. It’s a famous rock formation in the park, and it’s pretty easy to
see how it got its name. One side of Half Dome
is a sheer rock face, and the other three sides
are round and smooth. The crest is 4,737 feet
above the valley floor. It would be totally harmless if people would just leave it alone, but everyone knows that’s
not how people operate. The Yosemite search and
rescue team responds to about 100 incidents each year, from dehydration to much
more serious issues. Though it might look deceptively easy, it’s not for the out of
shape or faint of heart. Eight people have died hiking
up the trail on Half Dome. As you can imagine by
looking at Half Dome, it’s a very challenging trail. It takes a whole day to
do, as you start at dawn and end around 12 hours later after walking around 15 miles. You ascend the entire
thing and the last 400 feet is almost vertical and cables must be used to complete the trail. Most fatalities and injuries are caused by slipping from rain or
wearing inadequate footwear. Rain can make the cables
and rocks slippery, and there’s even a section of Half Dome that’s just called the death slabs. What often happens is people are greeted with clear mornings in the
summer when they start the hike, but if it rains in the afternoon
even just a little bit, climbing the dome can
be extremely dangerous as the stubborn individuals carry on when they should probably turn back. Here’s a park ranger
attesting to how dangerous the cables can be during bad weather. – My name is Steve Baumgartner. I’m a videographer for the park. And I was shooting on the top
of Half Dome on a July morning when a thunderstorm
rolled in very quickly. The threat of lightning was very real, and everyone on the summit decided that they should go down. The problem was it began
to rain at the same time. Once water falls on that
route where the cables are, it becomes incredibly slick. The cable itself is very
difficult to hold on to when it’s wet, and the fear of falling led to basically a
traffic jam on the cables. So once we were stuck on the cables we then became very exposed
to the risk of lightning. And the cables themselves
became electrified, my metal frame pack began shocking me, people’s hair began to stand up on end. And the fear in my gut grew very rapidly. I think that experience
really opened my eyes to how dangerous Half Dome can be and how serious the threat of weather is. Number six, Running of the Bulls. When people say the Running of the Bulls, what they usually mean is
the one held in Pamplona during the festival of
Sanfermines held every year in honor of Saint Fermin. It began as a small local festival, but has since of course
become a big tourism event attended by people from
all over the world. Other towns in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and southern France
have bull runs as well, but this is the one that
you see in the news. As you can imagine,
having a bunch of people run down the street while
bulls chase after them is in fact quite dangerous. Every year, somewhere between
50 and 100 people are injured. Since they started keeping track in 1910, 15 people have died during the run. 14 people have been killed
by the actual bulls, and one person got crushed
in a big human pile-up. So, sure, 15 people in just
over 100 years isn’t so bad, but do you really want to risk it? Or even end up half-dead? Being non-lethally
stabbed with a bull’s horn sounds pretty bad too. Number five, Mount Hua Shan. To call the Mount Hua Shan trail a trail is a bit misleading since it’s actually just planks bolted to
the side of the mountain. You hook yourself to an iron chain that runs along the side of
the mountain during the trip. Part of the way there
aren’t even any planks, and you just have to step on divots that have been carved into the rocks. While there are no
official death statistics because the Chinese
government is really shady, rumor has it lots of people
die there every year. If you wanna visit a
terrifying plank walkway that does keep official death statistics, consider El Caminito del Ray in Spain. This one is along the walls
of a gorge in El Chorro, and the name, which was
originally Camino del Rey, means King’s Pathway. For about a decade the
walkway fell into disrepair and parts of it were closed, but apparently people didn’t take the hint and they opened it up again. Five people died there
between 1999 and 2000, causing many to view it as the
world’s most dangerous path. Number four, Papua New Guinean Trails. Papua New Guinea is an incredible,
almost unspoiled country with spectacular scenery
so it’s no wonder why lots of people flock there
for hiking expeditions. Two trails there in particular, the Kokoda track and Black Cat Track, are famously challenging. Both trails feature spectacular
jungles and mountains, and hikers can see historic
signs from World War II along the routes as they
were both areas of conflict between Japanese and Australian forces. The Kokoda track is a more popular track, running for 60 miles, or 96 kilometers, along a single-file
track from Port Moresby to the village of Kokoda. Thousands of tourists
make the trek every year, though I really couldn’t tell you why. It takes anywhere from four to 12 days to hike the entire
trail, including sections that you have to swim and climb. The nights are cold, the
days are hot and humid, with highly likely torrential rain, and tropical diseases
such as malaria make this one challenging trail. In fact, six Australian trekkers have died from natural causes while
attempting to walk the track over the years, leading
some people to call for mandatory fitness tests for
all walkers before starting. The Black Cat trail, on the other hand, runs from the coastal village of Salamaua to the township of Wau. It’s an extremely tough six
day trek and recommended only for very fit and
experienced trekkers. So the whole thing would
be challenging enough without the possibility
of people with machetes coming out of the jungle and killing you. In 2013, a hiking party
had both of their porters killed by bandits known as Rascals, and seven members of their party wounded. The attack was believed
to be caused by a grudge related to money and hiring of porters from different villages, but it still gives me second
thoughts about signing up. Number three, Death Road. The North Yungas Road, also known as Death Road or Road of Fate, is a road that leads
from La Paz to Coroica in the Yungas region of Bolivia. It was dubbed the world’s
most dangerous road in 1995 by the Inter-American Development Bank. In 2006 it was estimated that
between 200 and 300 travelers died on it each year. It is mostly single lane, and it follows cliffs
that drop down 2,000 feet. Take into account most of the
road is only 10 feet wide, which can leave little to no room for cars to pass each
other on either side. From November to March,
rain and fog can lead to terrible visibility on the road, and because there are even sections drenched by overhanging waterfalls, it’s almost guaranteed
that some of the route will be extremely slippery and muddy. As per local rules,
whoever is driving downhill never has the right of way and
must move to the outer edge. Of course, because of all this craziness, it has become a destination
for thrill-seeking tourists, and there are tours where
you can bike Death Road. Before you sign up, note that 18 cyclists have died since 1998. Number two, Death Valley. Not to be confused with the
aforementioned Valley of Death, Death Valley is of course
America’s very own hellscape, located in California. The area is best known
for holding the record for highest reliably recorded
air temperature on Earth at 134 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as the highest reliably recorded ground surface temperature
at 201 degrees Fahrenheit. Along with the heat, the valley is home to numerous dangerous animals, from rattlesnakes to scorpions, black widow spiders and even mice. Seriously, even the mice
are dangerous there. The deer mice and cactus
mice found in the valley have been found to carry Hantavirus, a potentially fatal respiratory disease. People planning to
travel within the valley should travel with plenty of water and stick to paved roads in the summer because if your car breaks down, you may otherwise struggle to get help. While most people would admit that this is a bit too hot for them, Death Valley attracts many tourists due to its unique and beautiful landscape. As the name implies,
many hikers and campers have died in Death Valley, with park management
estimating it to be about one or two people per year
that perish to heat exposure. But the most notable and strangest case is probably the so called
Death Valley Germans. In 1996 a Germany family of
four visiting Death Valley simply disappeared into thin air. Their remains weren’t located until 2009. Number one, Crocodiles. You may be aware of Elephant Kingdom from the brief moment of internet outrage it sparked when pictures of
this particular attraction surfaced in 2016 showing Chinese tourists surrounded by crocodiles. This incredibly suspect Thai zoo had an exhibit where you could just hop on this rusty makeshift raft supported by plastic barrels and dangle meat over the
side for the crocodiles. A passing taxi driver,
apparently the only sane person in the area, took the pictures
that ended up circulated all over the internet. When the police showed up to the zoo to address the flagrant safety violations, the owners apparently assured them that they only let 15 people
on the raft at a time. Unsurprisingly, the
attraction was soon closed, but I have no doubt deaths
would have been reported had it remained open. But if you wanna get close to crocodiles and flirt with death, you
should head over to Australia and enter the Cage of Death. Unlike Australia’s other
famous cage, the Thunderdome, nobody has died in this aquarium, yet. You just get in and they lower you into the crocodile infested water. Provided nothing goes
wrong, you won’t get eaten. Things have gone wrong before though. In 2015 a tourist was stuck in there for an extra half hour
due to a malfunction. So it may be safer than Elephant Kingdom, but nothing is truly foolproof. So do any of these wonderful
places interest you? And what’s the most dangerous
place you’ve ever been to? Let me know what you think
in the comments down below. Thanks for watching! (futuristic music)

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