Ripley’s Round Trip: The Most Forbidden Places on Earth

Hop in! This week we are visiting the most forbidden places on Earth!

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Emily Harriss
Emily Harriss
Ripley’s Round Trip: The Most Forbidden Places on Earth
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From remote islands to top-secret government facilities, join me as we discover the secrets and stories that make these places entirely off-limits. So get ready to challenge your imagination as we venture into the most forbidden places on earth!

The North Sentinel Island

The North Sentinel Island, located in the Bay of Bengal, is home to one of the last uncontacted tribes in the world, the Sentinelese. The tribe is fiercely protective of their way of life and has been known to attack outsiders who have attempted to visit or interact with them. The Indian government has recognized the vulnerability of both the tribe and any outsiders who may venture onto the island and as a result, North Sentinel Island has been declared off-limits to visitors. The island remains one of the most isolated places on Earth, with few people having ever set foot on its shores. The Sentinelese are left to live out their lives in relative isolation, as they have for thousands of years.

Coca-Cola Vault

What secrets may be hiding inside the forbidden Coca-Cola Vault? Well, as you may have guessed, this is where the company keeps its secret formula. The formula, which has remained a closely guarded secret for over 100 years, is located in Atlanta, Georgia and is heavily guarded by security. While only a few people have ever been allowed inside, the mystery surrounding the formula has spawned countless conspiracy theories.

The vault that holds Coca Cola's secret recipe

The Vatican Secret Archives

The Vatican Secret Archives, located in Vatican City date back to the 17th century and contain millions of documents related to the history of the Catholic Church. Despite their name, the archives are not actually secret, but are generally only accessible to scholars and researchers with a specific research project. However, the archives have spawned countless myths and rumors about hidden knowledge and conspiracies. If you have any, share them below.

Snake Island

One of the most dangerous places in the world is Snake Island, located off the coast of Brazil. The island is home to thousands of venomous snakes, including the golden lancehead, one of the deadliest snakes in the world. The Brazilian government has declared the island off-limits to visitors, in order to protect both the snakes and humans. A scientist once said that if you are on Snake Island, you are “never more than three feet away from death.” However, the island’s rarity and danger have only increased its allure to adventurers and thrill-seekers, but don’t get any ideas!

Mausoleum of the First Emperor

This off limits destination takes us to China, home of the Mausoleum of the First Emperor. Located in the city of Xi’an is the final resting place of Shin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. The mausoleum is famous for its terracotta army, thousands of life-sized statues that were buried with the emperor. However, attempts to excavate or explore the mausoleum have been difficult with concerns about damaging the site or disturbing the emperor. Opening the tomb may also pose immediate and lethal threats. According to an account by an ancient Chinese historian, the tomb is rigged with booby traps meant to eliminate any trespassers.

Terracotta Army

Lascaux Caves

A big destination no-no is the Lascaux Caves in France. Dating back 17,000 years, the caves contain some of the earliest and most stunning examples of Paleolithic art, with vivid depictions of animals and human figures adorning the walls and ceilings. The intricate details and striking use of color and perspective in these paintings were a revelation to art historians and anthropologists alike, providing a glimpse into the lives and beliefs of our ancient ancestors. However, the caves have been closed to the public since 1963 due to concerns about damage to the paintings from tourism and environmental factors. But don’t worry travelers, a replica of the caves is available for visitors to view nearby.

Area 51

Now we can’t have an off-limits list without discussing Area 51, the highly classified United States Air Force facility located in the Nevada desert. The base’s existence was only acknowledged by the US government in 2013, and its purpose remains shrouded in secrecy. The site has been at the center of countless conspiracy theories, with many believing that it is a location for extraterrestrial technology and research. Despite the base’s highly restricted access, there have been numerous attempts by conspiracy theorists to breach its security and uncover its secrets. 

And that concludes our journey to some of the world’s most forbidden places. These off-limits destinations continue to captivate our imaginations and fuel our curiosity. So until next time, happy adventuring and keep exploring the world around you, but make sure you abide by the signs that read “keep out”.

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