Into the Heart of Darkness: Journeying to the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Jungles

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The world is home to near-countless natural wonders, but not all are safe to explore. Some of the Earth’s most beautiful and biodiverse places are treacherous and unforgiving. Jungles host unpredictably hostile terrains, unfriendly climates, and a plethora of deadly creatures. These dangerous jungles ask that even the most intrepid adventurers tread cautiously when visiting.

1. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

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Home to some of the most venomous snakes, jaguars, and piranhas, the 2.3 million square miles jungle is unpredictably dreadful. The Amazon is feared for its unpredictable weather, capable of trapping even the most skilled navigators. Plus, if you ever get into problems, the remoteness of the region could make getting help near-impossible

2. Darien Gap, Panama, and Colombia

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Stretching 100 miles between Panama and Columbia, the Darien Gap is an almost impenetrable jungle and one of the fewest places on Earth that remains largely untouched by civilization.

Like the Amazon, Darien Gap is home to large and deadly reptiles like the anaconda and the Komodo dragon. Its lush woods and murky waters host jaguars and crocodiles. This heart of darkness is equally home to drug traffickers and many criminal minds making it one of the world’s most unwelcoming jungles.

3. Congo Basin

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The Congo Basin is a vast tropical rainforest plagued by political instability and conflicts for decades. However, it is a tropical rainforest bursting with diverse wildlife, such as hippos, elephants, and gorillas. It’s a potentially deadly destination that should be approached with caution.

4. Sundarbans, India, and Bangladesh

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Breaking through the Ganges and Meghna rivers delta, Sundarbans, a vast mangrove forest, is one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth and home to endangered species, including the famous Bengal tiger.

These tigers have grown to become man-eating, threatening the life of surrounding communities and intending travelers to this perilous destination.

5. Borneo Rainforest, Malaysia, and Indonesia

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The Borneo rainforest is the third-largest rainforest in the world, cutting through three countries in the region. Home to some of the most beautiful fauna and flora and the world’s most giant flowers, the beauty of Borneo is contrasted by the presence of some of the deadliest snakes and scorpions in the world.

6. Taman Negara, Malaysia

A beautiful atmospheric view of the dense rainforest and the suspension bridge which is part of the world's longest canopy walkway in Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia.

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Borneo is not the only dangerous jungle that cuts through Malaysia. Tamar, one of the oldest rainforests in the world, borders it on the far end. Housing some of the world’s endangered species, including the Malaysian tiger and the Asian elephant, navigating this jungle is never a walk in the park.

7. Sambisa Forest, Nigeria

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Boko Haram is one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world, and the Sambisa is their hideout. Covering 200 square miles, the thick vegetation houses dangerous wild cats and reptiles.

8. Daintree Forest, Australia

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Australia is one country with one of the most diverse animal populations, and it is not surprising it also houses one of the most dangerous jungles on the planet. Covering roughly 460 square miles of vast land, it is considered one of the world’s oldest and most hazardous rainforests. It, however, holds the infamous saltwater crocodile, snakes, leeches, and ticks.

9. Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania

Hoia Baciu Forest in autumn- World’s Most Haunted Forest with a reputation for many intense paranormal activity and unexplained events. Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania

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Dubbed the Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania, the Hoia Baciu is reputable for being creepy. Locals believe it is the residence of ghosts and UFOs due to unexplained noises that often emanate from the jungle. The topography fields and trees with funny shapes add to the tales of its eerie atmosphere.

10. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

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Famous for its stunning beauty and the rich array of wildlife that includes sloths, jaguars, and the elusive quetzal, Monteverde’s unpredictable climate is the undoing of most tourists looking forward to a good time among its spiraling trees.

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17 Most Famous Small Towns in America

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Are you seeking a respite from the busy and noisy urban lifestyle? Look no further than America’s small towns! From the quaint and charming to the downright quirky, small towns across the country offer unique experiences and attractions. Here are 17 of America’s most famous.

17 Most Famous Small Towns in America

The Ultimate Hawaii Bucket List: 14 Epic Things to Do in Hawaii From a Local

Snorkeling paradise Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

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There are so many incredible spots in Hawaii that it can be hard to narrow things down to the best of the best. But luckily for you, as a Hawaii local, I’ve weeded out the tourist traps and highlighted the gems. So, without further ado, here are 14 epic things to do in Hawaii.

The Ultimate Hawaii Bucket List: 14 Epic Things to Do in Hawaii From a Local

Take a Dip Anytime: Explore The 5 Best Hot Springs in Colorado for a Relaxing Soak

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Colorado is known for its amazing scenery, majestic mountains, and pristine wilderness. But did you know that the “Centennial State” is also home to dozens of hot springs? If you’re looking to take a relaxing soak surrounded by natural beauty, here are five of the best hot springs in Colorado. You don’t have to hike to any of these.

Take a Dip Anytime: Explore The 5 Best Hot Springs in Colorado for a Relaxing Soak

20 Best Things to Do on Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island, Alabama Gulf Coast

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If you’re looking for the best things to do on Dauphin Island, you’re in the right place! Dauphin Island is an incredible gem of Alabama. The island boasts 7 miles of sugar-white sand public beaches, clear water, beautiful weather, and fewer crowds.

Guess what else? The beaches are dog-friendly! Dauphin Island is the perfect Gulf Coast retreat to relax, recharge, and explore. We share all the best things to do to help you have a great trip.

20 Best Things to Do on Dauphin Island

Haleakala National Park: 12 Remarkable Things to Check Out

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Are you looking for an incredible place to visit on your Maui vacation? Then look no further than Haleakala National Park. With so much to see and do, you’ll be amazed at how much this park has to offer. Here are 12 of the most remarkable things you’ll want to check out.

Haleakala National Park: 12 Remarkable Things to Check Out

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