Beauty places that ban tourists because of lack of safety

Snake Island in Brazil or Pripyat city in Ukraine are two of the places in the world forbidden to visit for the safety of visitors.


Located in the south of the Atlantic and about 35 km from Sao Paulo state in Brazil, Ilha de Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island, is home to more than 400,000 poisonous snakes. The most dangerous snakes in the world like golden lancehead also present here with a density of 1-5 per m2.


Nature offers Ilha de Queimada Grande beautiful "works". This place could become a tourist paradise in Brazil. However, the number of snakes is too many and snake venom on the island is five times more toxic than in the mainland. Thus, the Brazilian navy has banned everyone, except for some scientists, from stepping on the island.


More than 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, Pripyat is still a ghost town. The radiation levels are hundreds of thousands of times higher than normal. Many animals thrive here because of no human impact. However, the rate of mutation is very high due to their food sources contaminated with large amounts of radiation.


Scientists say that the radiation levels in this city only return to normal levels and are safe for humans in the next 24,000 years. At present, several dozen workers work in the city for several hours each month to restore some of the buildings.


India has sovereignty over North Sentinel Island, but the islanders do not even know what "India" is. In fact, the island is home to about 50-400 people. They totally do not welcome the guests from the outside world. The end of the strangers is very tragic. Many people were burned and stoned to death. After several failed attempts to establish friendly relations with the island's population, the Indian government finally left the place.


All visits to North Sentinel Island are forbidden. The Indian Navy set up a 4.8 km restricted area to discourage tourists, explorers, and curious people. Occasionally, some accidental encounters still occur but none of them have a good ending. People either return from the island with injuries and fears or never return.


Located in Uluru-Kata National Park (Australia), Uluru is known as the "navel of the Earth" and is sacred to Anangu, a native people. This community feels the pressure of letting visitors climb this rocky mountain. They even put a sign at the foot of the mountain, which says that climbing is not forbidden, but they hope a guest on Anangu’s land will respect their laws and culture, do not climb up.


Apart from cultural sensitivity, climbing is also dangerous and is often closed due to weather conditions. According to the BBC, 35 people died in Uluru in the 1950s. Recently, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Committee unanimously voted to ban climbing to the rocky peaks. The ban will take effect on October 26, 2019, the 24th anniversary of the Australian government officially giving the land back to the Anangu people.

By: Scarlet Johnson

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