Unusual tourist attractions
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant: Ukraine
Twenty-five years ago the Chernobyl Power Plant was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Now in 2012, the site has become a tourist hot spot (literally and figuratively).
Areas within the 30-mile exclusion zone, where tours are conducted, are still radioactive. But the good news is that the dose of radiation is no more than what you’d get on the flight there.
Once there, you’ll get to see local wildlife, such as elk and owls that still live on the radioactive site, and tour what now is the ghost town of Pripyat, which was once home to 50,000 residents.
underwater living sculptures in Cancun, Mexico.
Jason deCaires Taylor is an internationally acclaimed eco-sculptor who creates underwater living sculptures, offering viewers mysterious, ephemeral encounters and fleeting glimmers of another world where art develops from the effects of nature on the efforts of man. His site-specific, permanent installations are designed to act as artificial reefs, attracting corals, increasing marine biomass and aggregating fish species, while crucially diverting tourists away from fragile natural reefs and thus providing space for natural rejuvenation. Subject to the abstract metamorphosis of the underwater environment, his works symbolize a striking symbiosis between man and nature, balancing messages of hope and loss.
The Catacombs of Paris
Bad dreams guaranteed after a visit to the Catacombs of Paris. The network of tunnels of this former stone mine, are filled with millions of bones and skulls stacked along the walls. The catacombs date back to the end of the 18th century, when the prices of real estate in Paris began to raise and there was simply no space for cemeteries within the city limits.
Easter Island, Chile
One of the most mysterious places on earth is Easter Island, with huge, cut out stone figures of giants, ingrown in the soil under the weight of millenniums. Statues are staring in the skies, as if they were guilty of some mystical crimes.
Vale de la prehistoria Cuba
It is not certain whether Fidel roped in Michael Crichton to oversee the construction of this experiment in anachronism, but even Jurassic Park’s creator would feel a little bizarre in the milieu of life-size prehistoric creatures completed by inmates from a nearby prison. Spread over an area of 11 hectares, the 200 life-sized prehistoric creatures in the Santiago de Cuba province range from the brontosaurus to cave men, creating a kind of Communist theme park with shades of the Flintstones thrown in.
The Great Blue Hole of Belize
Dive into the greatest sea hole in the world. The hole has been created about 65.000 years ago, and it is one of the most amazing seascapes on our planet. A glimpse of heaven for any scuba diver…or maybe hell!
Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
The Moeraki Boulders are a number of huge spherical stones, found strewn along a stretch of Koekohe Beach near Moeraki, a small settlement just south of Hampden on New Zealand’s Otago coast. These boulders are grey-coloured septarian concretions which have been exposed through shoreline erosion from black mudstone coastal cliffs that back the beach. They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments during the early Paleocene some 60 million years ago.