(ORDO NEWS) — Everyone knows the saying “see Paris and die”. But whatever the capital of France, in terms of danger, it can hardly compete with other attractions in the world.
Death can lie in wait at every step, but in these very popular tourist destinations, the likelihood of losing one’s life is extremely high. And not through the fault of the bandits, but through your own negligence, so if you are planning to go on a trip and you meet one of the points listed below on your route, be on your guard.
As the name implies, the road between the cities of La Paz and Coroico is one of the most dangerous. Not only in Bolivia, but all over the world.
We are talking about an undeveloped narrow (about 3 meters wide) winding road in the mountains, where rockfalls often occur, and rains and fogs are commonplace, fatal accidents have become an integral part of this road. By 2006, the 20-year construction of an alternative safer and much more comfortable road was completed, but Death Road still attracts extreme tourists.
The Spanish Malaga has its own analogue of the Bolivian Death Road with the only amendment that cars do not drive there and it is difficult for a person to pass. The path in the El Chorro Gorge appeared as a road for the builders of hydroelectric power plants at the Chorro and Gaitanejo waterfalls and was a concrete path arranged on rails driven into the rock.
When in 1921 King Alfonso XIII reached the opening ceremony of the Conde del Guadalhorce dam along this 3-kilometer path no more than a meter wide, it was called royal. Over time, the road was partially destroyed, but in 2015 a restored version was opened, which is far from being as dangerous as the original one.
There is Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in South Africa, and in this waterfall there is the Devil’s Pool – a place at the edge of the waterfall on Livingston Island from the Zambian side, where from September to December, due to low water levels and weak currents, you can swim in a few meters from the 120-meter cliff. The stunt is relatively safe, but fatalities at the falls are not uncommon.
Near the Norwegian Lysefjord is the Kjorag plateau, the main attraction of which is the Kjoragbolten stone. This boulder with a volume of about 5 cubic meters is notable for the fact that it hangs at a height of almost a kilometer, being sandwiched between a pair of vertical rocks.
Tourists constantly climb onto the stone and it is enough to stumble or meet a strong gust of wind on Kjeragbolten, as nothing can be corrected.
The mountain in Peru, which towers over the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, has become a place of pilgrimage for modern tourists.
The ascent to the ancient temples, where sacrifices used to be made, today also collects a tribute in human lives – a narrow, steep, stony path, devoid of fences, does not forgive mistakes. Especially when you consider that the long road takes about 3 hours, and the short way to Huayna Picchu can be climbed “only” in an hour.
One of the Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism in China is known not only for its numerous temples, but also for the incredibly difficult and dangerous route to the top.
Narrow paths on which it is difficult for two people to pass, the proximity of cliffs and the lack of fences made the road deadly. Add to this the changeable weather and you will understand why Huashan has become one of the deadliest sights in the world.
Another Norwegian attraction is a rocky ledge on the Skjöggedal mountain, which allows you to feel on the edge at an altitude of 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatn.
No fencing, no insurance – all at your own peril and risk. A risk that is sometimes underestimated, which leads to falls and the inevitable death of careless tourists.
However, if you approach everything wisely, then even trips to these dangerous sights can bring a lot of sharp and unforgettable impressions. The main thing is not to take unnecessary risks.
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