Travelling can be a way to get outside your comfort zone, and take in the views. With destinations all over the world, where does one start? Well, the places on this list are sure to keep you on your toes if it’s a thrill or adventure you seek. These are 10 dangerous places tourist should never visit.
Some places have deadly animals, or natural conditions, but when it comes to North Korea, the government is the deadly force. North Korea is already a secretive country, and to visit tourists have to jump through loops for a simple vacation. The country only allows hundreds of visitors at a time, and all these sightseers must play by the rules. In 2016, one US Student learned the hard way that you don’t mess with the North Korean government. While staying in a hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, a 21-year-old student stole a government propaganda poster. The student almost got away with it, but he was detained at the airport while he was about to depart. He was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea, and the US embassy has yet to secure the student’s return home.
Not only can governments be dangerous, but citizens of cities can make tourism go down. The crime rate in Acapulco, Mexico, has deterred would be tourists from visiting the beautiful beach town. The occupation of the Mexican drug cartel has gotten so bad, that some visitors have started toting their own guns when headed to the beach. Acapulco experienced 1,600 murders in 2015, and in late 2016 the death toll by murder was nearly 700. Tourists should be wary of trying to visit this destination, because between the police battles and the drug cartel, it’s a literal war zone.
If guns and violence aren’t your speed, you can slow down and smell the roses at Alnwick’s Poison Garden in England. You should be advised to not actually sniff the plants; they just might knock you out. The poisonous garden is filled with over 100 species of the most poisonous plants in the world. When you enter there are signs on the gate that bluntly state “These Plants Will Kill You”. Though tourists aren’t actually allowed to touch or even get too close to the plants, fumes have been known to make people pass out.
Another dangerous place where the elements can really do some damage is a mix between a nightmare and beauty. The Madidi National Park in Bolivia has everything a thrill seeker could want: animals that want to kill you, plants that will eat your flesh away, and pests that will infect your stomach. The worst of the bunch are the packs of wild pigs that are known to literally attack humans, rip them to pieces, and leave them scattered all over the rainforest floor. If you make it past the pigs, then it’s time to escape all the crazy pests, like the botfly maggot. The botfly maggot is known to burrow in the human skin, and must be removed as soon as possible. There is also flesh-eating fungi along the floor of the Madidi National Park, so hikers and campers beware of this pristine park of death.
Bolivia is just full of wonderfully dangerous places, from the Madidi National Park; you can make your way to Yungus Road, also known as “Death Road”. Yungus road got its nickname by claiming up to 300 lives a year. The steep cliffs, poor visibility, and narrow roads make this road a death trap. The worst accident recorded on the road was from a tour bus that slid off the side of the mountain claiming the lives of over 100 people. The roads can be up to 15,000 ft. above sea level and prone to avalanches, which is another factor to look out for if this is the adventure you seek.