Our planet has so many wonders to explore it is hard to think of the best destination. So to help you out a bit, here are five places you can cross off your list as they are either too dangerous, are protected, or are too special to visit. Even the savviest adventurer would have trouble getting to these forbidden destinations that the normal adventurer is barred from entering.
Snake Island, Brazil
Also known as Ilha da Queimada Grande, Snake Island in Brazil is 43-hectares, and is located on the Brazilian coastline. It is around 20 miles from the Sao Paulo shore, and could be your worst nightmare if you have ophidiophobia — a fear of snakes. The island is home to more than 4,000 of one of the globe’s most deadly species of snake, the Golden Lancehead Viper, whose venom can eat through flesh.
The snake’s venom is known to be three to five times stronger than any mainland snake, and according to the locals there is a Golden Lancehead Viper for every five square meters of land. The Brazilian government has prohibited visitors from setting foot on the island with one exception — every five years scientists visit the island to study the snakes under the government’s instruction.
Watch this story about Snake Island by Nat Geo Wild:
Lascaux Caves, France
Located in Northwestern France, the Lascaux Caves are one of history’s most famous examples of Paleolithic cave paintings to have ever been discovered. They are a series of caves with ancient artwork that is believed to be over 17,000 years old. The artwork is mostly images of large animals proven by fossil excavations to have been thriving inside the caves at the time.
In 2008 the caves suffered a fungal outbreak, and now they are completely closed to the public. The only exception is for a handful of scientists who are permitted to go in for only a few days of a month in order to study the paintings. The Lascaux Caves have also been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
Rick Steves Europe shows and tells us more about the caves:
Throughout history this island has been home to a fort, was a shipping check point, quarantine station for the Bubonic Plague, then, at the turn of the last century, it housed an asylum. The small island is located between Venice and Lido within the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy.
The psychiatric hospital was closed down in 1968, and the island has been abandoned ever since then. If you believe the legends, Poveglia is thought to be one of the most haunted places on earth. Rumor has it that the ghosts of war and plague victims as well as murderous doctors haunt the decaying grounds.
In an attempt to revitalize the island, the Italian government offered it up for long-term lease (99 years) in 2014, hoping that someone would redevelop the land. But, because of its history nobody showed any interest.
See images of Poveglia in this YouTube by Elle Patille:
North Sentinel Island, Andaman
This is one island that governments don’t control. Living on it are the Sentinelese people who are completely unaware of globalization. Before you start to think how good it would be to see how people live in a civilization unaware of globalization, there’s just one thing to be wary of — the Sentinelese tribe kills anyone who enters their land.
The island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, and is completely encircled by coral reef. The Sentinelese people are among the last people on earth to remain essentially untouched by modern civilization. Their population is estimated to be between 50 and 400 individuals.
After the Indian Ocean earthquake and the resulting tsunami in 2004, research helicopters were sent to assess the damage in the area. The Sentinelese attacked the helicopter with arrows and stones as it flew over the coastline. There has been two fisherman confirmed dead after their boat strayed too close to the shore, and were killed by the tribe.
Watch this report on the tribe by Patryn World Latest New:
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway
Deep within a mountain on a remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, sitting halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole lays the Global Seed Vault. It sits roughly 800 miles from the North Pole, and is built 400 feet into the mountainside.
It officially opened in February 2008, and was designed to provide a safety net against accidental loss diversity in the case of a major global or regional event. The seed vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity, with close to 840,000 samples of 4,000 different species of seeds.
The 11,000-square-foot facility is protected by advanced security systems with access strictly limited to only a handful of employees.
Watch General Electric report on the Seed Vault: