No matter how adventurous one might be, the fantastic nature all around the Earth has made numerous challenges when it comes to visiting dangerous and risky places. Many people would love to visit them, but very often they don’t have time or money to make their wishes come true. That is why expats are in advance. While visiting other countries, expats can meet, investigate and search not just culture, but also historical and touristic places worth seeing.
However, there is a group of the so-called ‘dangerous-but-worth-visiting’ areas and expats usually decide to give it a shot and to visit them as well. Here is a short list of 8 places that expats should not miss by any chance.
Chile is a South American country placed in the Andes, the longest continental mountain range in the world. In the last few years, it has become a quite popular expat destination, especially for those adventurous types. The Atacama Desert placed in the north of the country is one of the most famous tourist sites thanks to many geysers found there. Southern Chile is rich in forests and grazing lands and features a string of volcanoes and lakes and is also the home of the Villarica Volcano – one of Chile's most active volcanoes. Villarica Volcano has become one of the main adrenaline tourism destinations in the world since travellers come here to make a bungee jump from a helicopter. It may seem dangerous, but it definitively is worth a risk!
The Trift Suspension Bridge
Photo: PROAndreina Schoeberlein
Switzerland is one of the main tourist centres in the world mostly thanks to its beautiful Alpes. In most of the cases, people come here to enjoy one of many sky-runs, but the bravest come for the walk over The Trift Suspension Bridge. Located 100 metres above the region of the Trift Glacier it is one of the most spectacular pedestrian suspension bridges in the world.
Photo: Nelson Alvarez
Huayna Pichu is the destination you are most likely to visit since it is located just above the famous Machu Picchu. Reaching the top of this mountain will provide you the very best view of the ruins of the ancient city. But there is a petite catch in this story, inhospitable terrain, narrow and steep stairs, and high altitudes make it quite unapproachable for most of the travellers.
Nepal is the place of some of the tallest peaks in the world, including the absolute No. 1 – Mt. Everest. There is a small and very exclusive society of those who have managed to reach its peak and, unfortunately, many more of those who have lost their lives in that quest. But still many people decide to take the dangerous path up the mountain to satisfy their adrenaline hunger.
Photo: Gus MacLeod
Should you be among those who are not afraid of heights and plus who love camping then, Arctic Cliffs are an excellent place for your next visit. Namely, many cliff climbers climb to 4.000 feet above sea level and then decide to set their camps up. So, they hang up from a cliff, which is extremely dangerous and unsafe. This way campers risk their lives since occasional showers of rock can hit them. Nevertheless, it seems that nothing can stop the campers and that such visits let climbers feel the beauty of nature and life. The important rule for cliff climbing is that only experienced climbers are allowed to make such journeys.
Photo: Mauricio Frias
The so-called ‘road of death’ in Bolivia is extremely dangerous, and many adventurous people died here. Nevertheless, those who seek excitement still continue visiting this place. Yungas road is not made to be safe, it is not maintained at all and plus, it is very narrow. People come here with their vehicles and bikes, and the only reason they show up in this place is a spectacular view it offers. The road is 69 km long and 3 meters wide, so you must be a perfect driver to arrive at the top. All those who are in a search for adrenaline rush can expect a long ride to 11.000 feet above sea level, so it’s a kind of ‘to be or not to be’ situation.
Photo: Meraj Chhaya
All those who love swimming and adrenaline rush should visit Devil’s pool in the area of Victoria Falls. The place is fabulous but at the same time very dangerous. You should know that you are risking your life here, but should you decide to visit the pool, you should bring a swimsuit and a camera. Devil’s Pool is a natural basin, made by the cascading water of the river Zambezi, and once you get there, you may lose your life quickly while being pushed over the cliff by the water.
Cliffs of Mother
Photo: Pao Link
Bikers love adventure. Hence, Ireland is an excellent source of risky, adventurous places suitable for bike rides. One of them is called Cliffs of Mother; it is 700 feet above the ocean, but it gives a breath-taking view of extraordinary nature before you. There is one condition, though: you have to be pro level at biking since the cliffs are so dangerous that you can lose your life very quickly if not cautious.
Visiting one of these places brings tourism on a whole new level. These places are not for those with a weak heart, but those who dare to visit them will get a unique experience they will always remember.
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