From shark infested beaches; to serious tourist traps; Here are 10 of the World’s Most Dangerous Destinations
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The Kokoda (kah-KOE-duh) Track
Also known as the Kokoda Trail, it runs for 60 miles in a straight line between the north and south coasts of Papua (PAP-yoo-uh), New Guinea. It has proved to be a popular tourist destination thanks to the rainforests that contain exotic animals, clean water, and indigenous peoples who have lived there for generations. Making the trek along this single file thoroughfare entails six 10 hour days of climbing, walking and swimming. The territory can be hot, treacherous and leech-infested. Some of the biggest threats involve dehydration, broken bones, and mosquitoes, which could carry malaria. Six trekkers from Australia have died from natural causes while attempting the walk. And along the neighboring Black Cat Trail, there have been reports of groups of locals comprised of villagers and escaped convicts attacking hikers with machetes and spears!
Shark Beach (Brazil)
The city of Recife (ruh-SEE-fuh) is home to one of the most visited beaches in Brazil. It has perfect weather, beautiful views, and warm clear waters … which are infested with lots of sharks! Since the 1990s, the waters have been the location of more than 50 attacks by tiger sharks … and reports of bull sharks in the vicinity have also been claimed. And the low odds of surviving such an attack at this Brazilian beach are sobering. About one-third of these attacks result in fatality. What made the beach so attractive to the animals? Their appearance is tied to a port that was built there in the 1980s … which was constructed on the sharks’ breeding grounds. That upset the sharks’ hunting and breeding patterns … pushing them closer to the Recife beaches. While visitors are more likely to heed warnings to stay out of the deadly waters, locals are adamant about swimming, sharks or no. That has prompted experts to come up with solutions to the problem … which include capturing the sharks alive and releasing them in another area.
Most Terrifying Tourist Attraction
This one was located in Thailand … and we say ‘was’ because it’s no longer operational. And looking at some scary imagery from Jon Nok, its closure is understandable. Tourists were packed into a cage that was described as flimsy at best. The makeshift cage allowed the visitors to offer food to crocodiles which were all too eager to swarm toward the treats … and you can imagine how much the massive reptiles enjoyed swarming toward the cage. The animals likely viewed the humans as treats, too. The tourists used canes to dangle bits of beef above the deadly predators, which would leap out of the water to snatch the food with powerful jaws. Did you know that Thailand has the world’s largest crocodile farming industry … and this attraction was located at one such crocodile farm. The two ponds there have more than 4,000 crocs and gharials (GUH-ree-uls) there. While the tour operator says no fatalities have ever occurred, government officials shut down operations after stories about it circulated and sparked an outcry on social media.
Crocodile Man Tour
Does this look like any way to spend your holiday? For some people, this destination is considered a lot more fun than dangerous. The Crocodile Man Tour is located on the Tarcoles River of Costa Rica … And it offers visitors the chance to see amazing wildlife including shore birds, monkeys, iguanas … and great big crocs, as you can see in the photo. That’s actually a tour guide performing a few tricks with one of the many, many American crocodiles that inhabit the area. In this case, the guide decided to show off by attempting to hand feed the big beast. Luckily, the croc didn’t feed on the guy’s hand … along with the rest of him. Maybe the big critter is used used to the guy, or the guy has a death wish. American crocs can measure close to 20 feet long and weigh around 2,000 pounds. If you make the trip, don’t expect to get up close and personal with the animals like the guide. Tourists will typically travel down the river in a boat that is specially constructed to protect them from the deadly predators.