Whereas adventuring tops the list of everyone’s bucket list, it is paramount to note that some tourist destinations are treacherous to humans albeit the thrilling experiences they offer. It is apt to take cognizance of the dangers that lurk while taking vacations. People travel for adventure, comfort, and luxury but safety is primordial for these reasons to suffice. However, if you are a serious adventurer that fancy exploration then it is better to brace yourself for the dangers. Here is a list of the top ten most perilous tourist destinations with deadly creatures that people should be on the watch while considering them for vacations.
10. Rock Islands, Palau
Palau is a conglomeration of over 500 tropical islands in the south pacific and is one of the world’s best dive and snorkel destination. The warm waters that surround the island provide a good ambience for tourists to swim with millions of golden jellyfish. Swimmers should be wary of jellyfish for their ability to sting. The elusive nature of jellyfish predisposes the swimmers to stings, which can cause skin irritations, blisters, and in extreme cases respiratory problems, cardiac arrest and deaths.
9. Le Mat Snake village, Vietnam
At the heart of Viet Hung ward, Long Bien District approximately 7 kilometres away from Hanoi lies Le Mat snake village synonymous with snake hunting. The most popular snakes are grass snakes and cobras. The Le Mat Snake villagers keep the snakes in small cages for tourists to view them. However, the snakes come to extreme agitation whenever the villagers are killing them for a delicacy. In most cases, the tourists witness the killings, which predisposes them to the risks of snakebites that are highly venomous. Snake meat poses serious medical ramifications and tourists should take caution before eating them.
8. Valle Del Cauca, Columbia’s Pacific Coast
The golden poison frog prevalent in Columbia’s tourist trails with Valle Del Cauca recording the highest infestation is a toxic frog with an alkaloid toxin coat that can cause paralysis and heart failure. Columbia’s pacific coast is one of the most biologically diverse area and is home to hundreds of sub-species of snakes and many spiders, which are poisonous. Venomous scorpions are also part of the diverse biological ecosystem and tourists should watch out while wandering the Columbia tourist trails.
7. Boa Viagem Beach, Brazil
Boa Viagem Beach has a menacing reputation of tiger shark aggressions and high shark attack fatality rates. A neighbourhood of Recife, a city, which boasts of a high number of tourist visits, forms part of the longest seafront in Brazil surrounded by high-rise buildings. Its coastal reef cushions the water waves and helps keep the water at moderate temperatures making it one of the coolest beaches. However, albeit the comfortable ambience it offers its huge influx of tourists, it is highly infested with savage sharks. Because of the shark infestations coupled with the proliferating influx of tourists, the beach records high shark attack rates. It has the highest shark attack fatalities rate in the world standing at 37% above the world average of 16%.
6. The Sahara Desert
Sahara desert in northern Africa is the largest, hottest desert in the world. Despite the harshest conditions, the desert harbours from high temperatures to savage animals like snakes and scorpions, tourists flock the desert in thousands. The deathstalker scorpion is the most prevalent species in the desert and is extremely venomous. Tourists seeking to vacation safely in the desert should carry enough water and supplies with the guidance of an experienced tour guide.
5. Pattaya, the Elephant Kingdom in Thailand
At Pattaya, in what the Thais term as the elephant kingdom in Bang Lamung district, crocodile feeding is a common phenomenon. Tourists often stand in a rusty raft cage and feed the crocodiles. The premise breeds approximately 4300 crocodiles and gharials and it has become a serious adventure for the crocodile loving tourists. Despite the inspection and safety assurance from the authorities, the site spells trepidation to tourists who have a phobia towards the savagery nature of crocodiles.
4. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
New Smyrna Beach is a beautiful city on the coast of Florida famous for fishing, boating, sailing, and skive diving. Its warm climate and cool waters make it a viable tourist spot for thousands of tourists flocking the area each year. However, the area suffers from shark infestation and in 2007; it had more shark bites than any other region in the world. On the 18th of September 2016, three shark bites occurred in a span of three hours. It prompted the officials in charge of the beach to put up signs warning tourists of the dangers of swimming at the beach.
3. Pamplona, Spain, Running of the Bulls fiesta
Running of the bulls is an activity, which involves running in a secluded and enclosed street of typically 6-10 bulls on loose in a ceremony that forms part of the summertime festival. The Fiestas of the running of the bulls usually occurs in Pamplona, Spain and lasts from 6th-14th of July every calendar year. The activity has become famous across the world owing to thousands of people who risk their lives each year. As young men throw into the ring to display their bravado, they run the risk of bulls trampling and suffocating them to death. Each year around 50-100 men suffer injuries because of the activity. Since 1910, the activity has recorded 16 fatalities arising from victims being gorged from the melee that always ensues.
2. Lha da Queimada Grande, Brazil
Lha da Queimada Grande also known as the Snake Island is home to Bothrops, one of the most venomous species of snakes in the world. The island is located off the coast of Brazil, and its perilous nature stems from the large concentration of venomous snakes. The concentration is about five snakes per square meter and incidences of snakebites are high among visiting tourists. The venom acts fast by dissolving the skin around the bite and proliferates fatalities among the victims. Albeit, the dangers that mar the snake island, it is a beautiful place to take a vacation for tourists who love adventuring.
1.The Caribbean Islands
The islands of the Caribbean are synonymous with cone snails for the fact, the warm tropical waters offer conducive conditions for them to thrive. The cone snails, which are easily recognizable for their beauty, and brown and white decorated shells, draws the attention of thousands of tourists who fancy their unique and aesthetic appearance. However, their gastropods contain multiplex venom known as the Conotoxin that is extremely poisonous to humans. The venom halts communication of the nerve cells and triggers paralysis of the victim within a short span of time.