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12 Of The Most Dangerous Places In The World, According To The People Who Live There

List RulesVote up the destinations that sound terrifyingly dangerous.

Dangers exist wherever you go. Waterways, roads, and restaurants are full of known and unknown threats, but just being at home can also result in illness or even death. Rural locations, urban centers, and everything in between - danger, danger, and more danger.

But what's the most hazardous place you know of? Redditors offered up the most dangerous destinations in their countries - and it was pretty terrifying.

Some of the menacing places are outdoors, full of creepy crawlers that could kill you, or stacked with reminders about the power of nature. Other perilous locations were more manmade in nature, rife with crime and other threats. Vote up the ones that freak you out the most.

  • Photo: Vasilis Kalaitzis / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

    Ilha da Queimada Grande, located about 25 miles off the coast of Brazil, is also known as "Snake Island." It's fairly small but is home to thousands of golden lancehead vipers. With somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 venomous snakes, the island is off-limits to humans. 

    Golden lancehead vipers (Bothrops insularis) are among the deadliest snakes on Earth; their bite carries a 7% mortality rate and many possible complications. Humans abandoned the island during the early 20th century after the lighthouse became automated, and now the Brazilian navy stops by once a year to do maintenance. Researchers and scientists need to get special permission to conduct research on Snake Island.

    The reptiles have few predators, but declining resources have caused the vipers' population to decline. They're now listed as a critically endangered species.

    Sounds risky?
  • Photo: Jesse Allen / NASA Earth Observatory / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

    Indigenous Groups On India's North Sentinel Island Fight To Keep People Out 

    North Sentinel Island, identified by a savvy Redditor as the most dangerous place in India, prohibits outsiders from visiting. Home to the native Sentinelese people, the island has remained uninfluenced by modernity and there's little information about what life is like there. What is known, however, is that the Sentinelese will violently defend their home - and kill to do it.

    After the natives dispatched two fishermen in 2006, efforts by outsiders to find out what happened were met with arrows and stones - literally. In 2018, the death of Christian missionary John Allen Chau led to calls to essentially leave the body and the Sentinelese alone. Stephen Corry, from Survival International, explained:

    The risk of a deadly epidemic of flu, measles or other outside disease is very real, and increases with every contact... Such efforts in similar cases in the past have ended with the Sentinelese attempting to defend their island by force.

    Sounds risky?
  • Assertions about Mexican border cities, that "all of them are quite violent," can be supported by a 2020 report of the most dangerous cities in the world. At the top of the list is Tijuana, with 2,649 homicides. Ciudad Juarez, the site of 1,251 homicides, was number four. 

    The dangers in Mexican border cities revolve around cartel activity. Violent attacks, kidnapping, and murders associated with the drug trade impact the lives of residents, migrants, and tourists alike.

    As of July 2021, the danger had not declined, with Tijuana recording more than 1,160 deaths. Jaime Bonilla, governor of the Mexican state of Baja California, confirmed that "99% of the murders are related to drug cartels and the drug trade."

    Sounds risky?
  • As part of the greater Buenos Aires area in Argentina, La Matanza is considered a working-class section of the city. Despite assertions that Argentina "is very dangerous all the time," one Redditor pointed out, "the most dangerous place is La Matanza, Buenos Aires. Don’t even enter there."

    Once the site of a thriving industry infrastructure, La Matanza (whose name translates as "The Slaughter") fell into widespread poverty and unemployment in 2002. According to resident Jose Limeres in 2007, at the height of the economic crisis, "we almost had a civil war here" as protestors blocked the streets and rioters attacked stores and shops.

    Slums, dirt roads, and piles of garbage characterize the area's "misery villages," where lacking public services accompany high crime rates. 

    Sounds risky?