In the modern world, it is difficult to surprise anyone with their photographs against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower or the Egyptian pyramids - these popular attractions have long lost their novelty effect. However, there are many more truly extreme destinations for tourism on the planet. Today we tell about 10 amazing places on Earth, having been in which you can then surprise your whole life with the stories of acquaintances.
Since childhood, we have been surrounded by a romantic halo of stories about polar explorers who have lived at autonomous stations in Antarctica for years, conducting scientific experiments, collecting information about this harsh continent, and also taking care of its “indigenous inhabitants” - penguins.
However, it is not necessary to go on long and far from always safe Antarctic expeditions, because you can also visit the southern continent as a tourist. Many travel companies provide their customers with a similar service.
People who want to visit Antarctica can sail to the shores of this continent on a cruise ship or even fly to one of the stations as part of a thematic tour.
Cost. A cruise on a liner with a landing in Antarctica will cost an extreme lover at least 1800 US dollars (start from Patagonia). A ten-day expedition across the continent is much more expensive - from $ 5,000.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the leaders of several expeditions argued among themselves which of them were the first to visit the North Pole. At the moment, the American Robert Peary is considered the pioneer of this point of the globe, it happened on April 21, 1908. However, it is unlikely that this brave man who reached the pole, suffering incredible hardships and applying superhuman efforts, could have suggested that tourist trips would be possible there a century later.
Nevertheless, anyone can now visit the North Pole to admire the endless fields of ice, as well as take a trip around the world in just a few seconds.
You can get to the North Pole fairly quickly and safely by plane, icebreaker or even by vehicles specially prepared for such an expedition.
Cost. Traveling to the North Pole on an icebreaker will cost a tourist 21 thousand US dollars, by plane - 18 thousand.
Everest Base Camp
Climbing to the top of the Jomolungma is an activity for the strongest and most experienced athletes in the world who have been preparing for this achievement for many years. However, almost anyone can touch this event without much training and hardship, because there are tours to the base camp on Everest.
The base camp is the main stronghold on the path of climbers to the top of the world, it is located at an altitude of 5545 meters. There, brave athletes spend several days acclimatizing, preparing equipment for lifting and waiting for good weather to start.
Ordinary tourists can also visit here. To do this, they will have to walk several days to the most beautiful places of the Himalayas in Nepal.
The cost of such a tour, compared with the conquest of Antarctica or the North Pole, is low - it starts from 1250 US dollars.
Pamplona Bull Race
This type of entertainment for the inhabitants of the Navarra region in Spain became known throughout the world thanks to the work of Ernest Hemingway, who had lived in Pamplona for a long time and wrote the work “And the Sun Rises” about this city.
Every summer, Pamplona hosts the San Fermin Festival, during which traditional bull races take place through the city streets. Residents of this village, and more recently, tourists who want to risk their lives, dress in special clothes and try to run next to angry animals at least several meters, while remaining unharmed.
Almost during each such race (and they take place during the nine days of the festival every day), daredevils crippled or even killed by bulls. However, this is a very small percentage of the thousands of adrenaline rushing around.
Cost. Participation in the San Fermin festival is free. Those daredevils who want to run with the bulls need only pay for the trip to Spain itself, as well as overnight and board in Pamplona.
Exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant
On April 26, 1986, on the border of the Ukrainian and Belorussian SSR, almost the worst technological disaster in the history of Mankind occurred - one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded, throwing a huge amount of radioactive substances into the air.
Since then, the cities of Chernobyl, Pripyat, and many smaller settlements have been empty, resettled, and nature takes away from them what a person had previously taken from her. Once paved roads are now overgrown with dense shrubs, and trees make their way even inside the concrete boxes of houses.
Now in the Exclusion Zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, you can meet only the station workers who control this facility and build a new sarcophagus above it, a small number of self-settlers (old people who returned to live in these places without permission), as well as tourists.
Cost. Tours to Chernobyl are carried out from Kiev in an official way from the station management. The cheapest option will cost an extreme tourist $ 50.
Way of St. James
The airport of Santiago de Compostela in the north-west of Spain in the historical province of Galicia is known for the fact that several times more people fly out of it daily than it arrives. The fact is that this settlement is the final exact Way of St. James - the famous Christian pilgrimage to the relics of the apostle.
More than 200 thousand people come to Santiago every year with a bag. But these are not only religious pilgrims. Most of the people walking along the Way of St. James are ordinary tourists, because this trail has become the most popular walking tourist route in the world.
The path of St. James is not a separate route, but a whole network of pedestrian roads throughout Europe. The most popular part of it is the so-called French Way - a trail from the Pyrenees 750 km long. But there are many alternative roads. The most recent marked point is located 4053 km from Santiago in the Polish village of Medyka on the border with Ukraine.
Cost. A monthly pilgrimage along the French Way, together with a flight from anywhere in Europe, will cost about 1000 euros.
A space flight
As a child, almost all boys dreamed of becoming astronauts, but only a few units managed to achieve this goal. At least for now. But Mankind stands in the way of a real cosmic breakthrough - mass travel to Earth’s orbit.
The first space tourist in 2001 was the American millionaire Dennis Tito, who paid $ 20 million to the Russian Space Agency for his flight. But in the very near future, this amount can be reduced by almost a hundred times, because several private companies promise to start regular tourist flights to Space.
The most famous of these endeavors is Virgin Galactic, which operates flights into suborbital space (above 100 kilometers) on SpaceShipTwo space shuttles.
In the fall of 2014, the SpaceShipTwo shuttle crashed in the Mojave Desert, but its clone was already put into operation.
The cost of flying on this ship is 200-250 thousand dollars. True, commercial flights from Virgin Galactic have not yet begun.
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