25 Forbidden and Dangerous Places You Should Never Visit

11The Darien Gap

The Darien Gap

The Darien Gap is a 100-mile gap in the Pan-America Highway, covering terrain that includes Panama and Columbia, but is effectively governed by neither. Most of it is marshland and with virtually no infrastructure it is a wet cesspool of tropical disease and, historically, paramilitary groups. People do live in it, in certain regions, and migrants traverse its more worn paths out of desperation, but it's virtually guaranteed to claim the lives of the careless. There is nothing of civilization or man's law there.

12Vale do Javari

Vale do Javari

Vale do Javari in Brazil is home to at least 14 uncontacted indigenous tribes. Approximately 2000 individuals live autonomously from the Brazilian government in an area the size of Austria. Their isolation is protected by a federal agency charged with preventing outsiders from invading indigenous territories. Among the main threats to the well-being of these groups are illegal fishing, hunting, logging, mining, cattle ranching, missionary actions and drug trafficking.

13Ilha da Queimada Grande

Ilha da Queimada Grande

Ilha da Queimada Grande (a.k.a. Snake Island) is located 93 miles from São Paulo and is untouched by human developers because the island is densely populated with venomous snakes. Researchers estimate between one and five snakes live per square meter on the island. The Brazilian Navy has it quarantined and one biologist quoted “you are never more than 3 feet from death” on the island. The government of Brazil has banned anyone, except researchers, from landing there.

14Vatican Secret Archives

Vatican Secret Archives

The Vatican secret archive is buried deep within the walls of Vatican City, and mostly underground. It houses the immense history of the acts of Pope, state papers, historic documents, papal account books, and other official correspondence, some of which dates back to the 8th century. Among other things, it has are letters from Michelangelo, a letter from Mary Queen of Scots written while she was awaiting her execution, and King Henry VIII’s request for a marriage annulment. The archives span over 52 miles of shelving and houses 35,000 items. Access is strictly limited to staff and qualified scholars who have to undergo rigorous application process to be granted entry.

15Fort Knox vaults

Fort Knox vaults

The Fort Knox vaults, home to most U.S. gold reserves, have been deemed the most heavily guarded place on the planet. Besides gold, Fort Knox has also held, among other things, the US Constitution, part of the Hungarian Crown Jewels, and reserves of morphine and opium. No single person can make it into the vault. Several combinations need to be entered to gain access, and various staff members know just one. Even they wouldn’t be able to get in without the help of their colleagues.

16Room 39

Room 39

Room 39 is a secret organization associated with the dynasty of the North Korean dictators, the Kim family. Actual Room 39 is thought to be located inside a ruling Workers’ Party building in the capital city of Pyongyang. It is rumored that Room 39 has a slush fund of up to $5 Billion and may be involved in Meth and Heroin distribution. They also run an international chain of restaurants called “Pyongyang.” Until 2004 the organization also maintained an official bank in Vienna, which they used for money-laundering and trade with radioactive substances.

17Red Zones

Red Zones

There is a chain of non-contiguous areas throughout France called the Red Zones which the French government isolated after the World War 1 and access to these areas is still forbidden. These areas are saturated with unexploded shells (including gas shells), grenades and rusty ammo. The soil is still heavily polluted by lead, mercury, chlorine, arsenic, various dangerous gases, acids, and human and animal remains that the government considers it impossible to clean and human life is still impossible in the zone. In some of these places, 99% of plant life still dies and agriculture is considered impossible 100 years later.

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18Padmanabhaswamy Vault B

Padmanabhaswamy Vault B

Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerela, India has 6 underground vaults labeled A to F of which 5 have been opened. These vaults had about a ton of gold jewelry, diamond and other precious stones necklaces stretching 9 feet long, coins and utensils. The real mystery lies in the vault B, which is yet to be opened. There's a warning on the door written in Sanskrit that curse and calamity will befall on anyone who tries to open the door. The door is said to have been sealed with Naga Bandham or the snake seal and anyone who tries to open the vault will face the 7 headed serpent that guards the vault. Therefore the final vault remains closed with no plans to open it in the near future.



Kofuns are giant Japanese gravemounds which are usually shaped like keyholes. Their size can vary from a few meters to the Daisen Kofun which is the biggest grave in the world covering an area of 460,000m². Many of these date back to the 3rd century, but with few exceptions, the government doesn’t allow excavation. These are mostly off limits because no one wants to accept that the Japanese imperial family probably came from Korea in the 3rd through 6th centuries CE. The Japanese government actually has people in little guardhouses by the biggest Kofun all day, just to make sure no one climbs them.

20Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash is a 6600-meter peak in the Chinese part of the Himalayas near Mansarovar Lake. The mountain is considered sacred by both the Hindu as well as Buddhist communities and as a result, the Chinese government has banned anyone from scaling it. One mountaineer did get a permit but had to withdraw due to the public backlash. In the past, people who tried to scale it accounted for it is very difficult. Locals believe that Lord Shiva resides there. There have been many other weird theories related to the peak, one of them being that it is actually a pyramid which is connected to others like the Great Pyramid of Giza via a network of underground tunnels. As a result till date, the peak remains unscaled.

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  1. Some fool decided very recently (late 2018) it would be a great idea to go preach the gospel to the Sentinel Islanders. He was, of course, killed by them. That doesn’t mean the damage he may have done to their population isn’t over.

  2. HA HA! I worked at Bottomless Lakes State Park in New Mexico. I also did an interpretive program there discussing how these lakes have a long history of myths and legends associated with the lakes.
    What is written here is a myth. It is a beautiful place!!! Go visit!!!



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