11 beautiful but dangerous tourist destinations around the world (Part 1)
Death Valley, United States
If the Earth is our home, then Death Valley is its scorching hot oven. This stunning desert holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded on our planet — 134 °F (56.7 °C). No matter how tough you are, the blazing sun and searing heat of Death Valley will make you exhausted very quickly. Without water, you can live here for only 14 hours.
The Danakil Desert, Eritrea
The temperature here is usually higher than 50 degrees Celsius, with many active volcanoes and toxic gas eruptions. It's hard to imagine a harsher place than the Danakil desert of Africa.
Most people may think that this is a terrible place, "hell on earth," but it still attracts many brave explorers from all over the world. Bear in mind that entering the Danakil Desert alone, without experienced guides, is strictly prohibited.
Mount Washington, United States
The summit of Mount Washington holds the world record for the fastest wind speed on the surface of the earth. The highest recorded speed here is 327km per hour. However, strong winds are not the only concern in this area - temperatures can drop under -40 degrees Celsius and continuous heavy snowfalls make Mount Washington a very dangerous place.
Despite its relatively modest altitude of 1,917 meters - Mount Washington is one of the most dangerous mountain peaks in the world. The loads that the human body experiences at the top of it can be compared to the ones it would experience on the peak of Mount Everest.
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia
This is an active volcano located on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The eruption occurs here very often, often causing thousands of people to be homeless. The nearby towns and villages are covered with lava and ash several times in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The most recent explosion occurred on February 27, 2016.
lha da Queimada Grande (Snake Island), Brazil
Hidden somewhere off the coast of Brazil, this island is widely recognized as the most dangerous place on the planet. The reason for this is quite simple — this place is full of one of the most venomous snakes in the world, Bothrops. Researchers estimate that about five snakes per square meter live on the island. There are several stories of people succumbing to the deadly predators in no time at all. One of these stories recalls a lighthouse keeper who was attacked by the snakes and died. Snake Island’s lighthouse has been automated ever since that fatality, and the Brazilian government has prohibited any visitors from setting foot there.
By: Christina Baker