most extreme places to visit
Most extreme places to visit
. Click through to find out some of the most extreme places on Earth for the jaded traveler to visit. And no were not talking about snowboarding or skydiving. Click to find out more.
COLDEST OYMYAKON RUSSIA
. Named after the Oymyakon River this rural district in the Republic of Sakha is believed to be the coldest permanently inhabited spot in the world. The lowest recorded temperature was 67.7 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) on Feb. 6 1933. The average winter temperature stays below 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).
MOST REMOTE TRISTAN DA CUNHA BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORY
. Discovered by Portuguese explorer Trist?o da Cunha in 1506 the island is the remotest inhabited archipelago in the world. Accessible only by a sevenday boat journey from Cape Town in South Africa the islands lie 1500 miles (2430 kilometers) from St. Helena 1750 miles (2816 kilometers) from South Africa and 2088 miles (3360 kilometers) from South America.
HOTTEST DALLOL ETHIOPIA
. A ghost town today the erstwhile mining town of Dallol holds the record of highest annual average temperature 34.6 degrees Celsius (94.3 degrees Fahrenheit) for an inhabited place on Earth. Due to its proximity to the Equator and its location in a volcanically active region the place doesnt get any respite from the heat ever.
RAINIEST MAWSYNRAM INDIA
. Famously known as the wettest place on Earth the village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives more than 467 inches (1186 centimeters) of rain annually. It is also home to the centuriesold living root bridges that are grown by the locals.
SCARIEST THE ISLAND OF THE DOLLS MEXICO
. The Telegraph lists La Isla de las Mu?ecas or the Island of the Dolls in Xochimilco as one of the scariest places on Earth. The island is filled with old tattered dolls hanging from the trees. Legend has it that after a young girl drowned in a nearby canal the islands caretaker Julian Santana Barrera began collecting discarded dolls to ward off evil spirits.
NEAREST TO SPACE MOUNT CHIMBORAZO ECUADOR
. Standing at over 20000 feet (over 6000 meters) Ecuadors highest peak is definitely shorter than Mount Everest (29000 feet high or 8848 meters). But Mount Chimborazos location near the equatorial bulge makes it the farthest point from the center of the Earth and the closest to outer space that man can ever reach on foot.
WETTEST VICTORIA FALLS ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE
. Described by UNESCO as the ?largest curtain of falling water in the world about 165 million gallons (625 million liters) of water flow over the Victoria Falls into the Zambezi River every minute during rainy season. The falls produce a mist that can be spotted from over a dozen miles (20 kilometers) away a sight that will stay with its visitors forever.
DARKEST REYKJAVIK ICELAND
. Reykjavik has the distinction of being the worlds northernmost capital and records the shortest hours of daylight during its sixmonthlong winter season. December 21 records the shortest sun sighting: only four hours seven minutes. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights however light up the citys skies during these months.
DRIEST ATACAMA DESERT CHILE
. The Atacama Desert which lies next to the Pacific Ocean is the driestknown place in the world. It did not see a single drop of rain from October 1903 to January 1918 the longest rainless period in recorded history. According to both NASA and National Geographic the deserts soil is comparable to that of Mars.
MOST PEACEFUL ICELAND
. According to the 2015 Global Peace Index (a study by Institute for Economics and Peace) Iceland is the most peaceful nation in the world. With a score of 1.148 the countrys performance was remarkable in all three domains military societal and internal conflicts. (Pictured) The Church of Hallgrimur or Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik Iceland.
HIGHEST THE RITZCARLTON HONG KONG CHINA
. Opened in 2011 The RitzCarlton is the worlds highest hotel. Occupying the top 17 floors on the 118story skyscraper the hotel offers breathtaking vistas of Hong Kong from 1608 feet (490 meters) above the ground. Its bar and swimming pool situated on the topmost floor are also the highest of their kinds in the world.
FASTEST FURY 325 NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA BORDER UNITED STATES
. The Fury 325 at Carowinds amusement park which made its debut in March 2015 is currently the tallest and fastest gigacoaster in the world. Themed on a swarm of hornets it takes its riders up to a height of 325 feet (99 meters) before accelerating them to an eyewatering speed of 94.4 miles per hour (152 kilometers per hour) and subjecting them to an initial drop of 81 degrees.
MOST HAUNTED CH TEAU DE BRISSAC FRANCE
. The tallest castle in France this 11thcentury building inMaineetLoire is considered one of the most haunted castles ever. It is believed that the ghost of the ?Green Lady haunts the place. The castle which is owned by the Coss?Brissac family is open to the public for overnight stays and guided tours.
MOST DANGEROUS EL CAMINITO DEL REY SPAIN
. Named as the worlds most dangerous walkway the threekmlong and 3.2feetwide footbridge is pinned along the steep walls of the Gorge of the Gaitanes in Malaga. At 328 feet (100 meters) above the river below at some points one must make do with handrails alone to pass through. The bridge was reopened to the public in March 2015 after more than a decade.
BIGGEST JUMP MACAU TOWER CHINA
. The 764feet (233 meters) sky jump from the Macau Tower is the worlds highest commercial bungee jump spot. Inaugurated in 2005 challengers are connected to three cables with a strain capacity of 6614 pounds (3000 kilograms) for safety.
. With a score of 7.587 Switzerland tops the list of the happiest countries in the world. According to the third World Happiness Report by the United Nations the country ranks highly in terms of GDP per capita healthy life expectancy having someone to count on perceived freedom to make life choices freedom from corruption and generosity.
MOST VIOLENT SAN PEDRO SULA HONDURAS
. For the second year in a row San Pedro Sula in Honduras has topped the list of the most violent cities in the world by murder rate per capita according to a survey by Mexicos Citizens Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. With a population of 769025 the murder rate stands at 171.20 per 100000 people. (Pictured) A masked member of the 18th Street gang looks through a prison door of the San Pedro Sula prison.
UNFRIENDLIEST JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
. Conde Nast Travelers annual Readers Survey listed Johannesburg as the worlds unfriendliest city in 2014. They admit that the citys reputation for safety probably had something to do with it though.
HEALTHIEST OKINAWA JAPAN
. Okinawa consistently tops the list for the longestlived people in the world: men and women live 1013 years longer than the Western average.