Most tourist excursions are rather monotonous. People are looking at museums and ruins, and after all, you want something original. If there is demand, then there is a proposal. There are some pretty original excursions that are very unlike the usual ones.
Some such events are even risky for tourists, but you just can not go for an interesting pastime. And these excursions will clearly allow to expand the horizons and learn the secret life of the new country.
Normal people here do not go, and guides are not quite adequate. But is not it interesting? Here is an example of several really strange excursions that the extreme tourist will like. Trip to the funeral.
Unusual, but free service is offered to tourists in Bali, Indonesia. To life and death, here the attitude is somewhat different than in Western civilization. So, death for many Indonesians is not mourning, but a holiday. This is a happy event, so at the funeral it is customary to have fun and even arrange colorful processions, like a parade. The funeral pyre is a rather expensive procedure, so people are buried here in two stages. First, the deceased is buried in the ground, at the local cemetery. But this traditional procedure does not end there. The family starts saving money for a rather expensive cremation. It can cost already above 5 thousand dollars. It is burning and is the main part of the celebration. After all, it is believed that at this point the deceased finally breaks with all earthly things, which weighs him down. That’s why the public here is only welcome, look at the burning name of tourists. And to pretend, representing grief, it is not necessary. On the contrary, relatives will be only happy if tourists wish to be photographed against the background of the funeral pyre. Hike in the slums.
Usually tourists tend to avoid the wrong side of the life of megacities, preferring cultural institutions and illuminated streets. But there are also lovers of contrasts. They are best seen in India. Here, in Mumbai, you can order for a $ 60 excursion, which will demonstrate in all the beauty of the famous local slums. One and a half million people are in the area of Dharavi on an area of 215 hectares. In these slums there is no sanitation, no running water, but the volume of the shadow economy is 600 million dollars. There are hundreds of tourists who, despite the sharp smells, ready to wander for hours on the streets among the garbage, to look into the huts of the inhabitants. Only here you can see how people do not even live, but exists in inhuman conditions. In shacks – bare walls and a lonely light bulb, many Indians live on $ 12, which is the official poverty line. But contemplation of such terrible poverty is an excellent remedy for depression. After this spectacle you begin to treat with grace the benefits of civilization, besides the air conditioner in the hotel. Tourists understand how they really were lucky.
On a visit to the white sharks.
Shark is afraid of everything, but some decide to overcome their fear and recharge with adrenaline. Especially for them in the open ocean near Cape Town organized excursions directly to visit the white sharks. The journey to the place of the start of the dive into the underwater world lasts 20 minutes by a motor boat. Then the daredevils are lowered in an iron cage down where hungry predators are swarming. The depth of the dive here does not reach ten meters, but tourists should not behave too carefree. After all, white sharks are the most dangerous predators of the sea. Therefore, it is not recommended to put limbs out of the cage and cameras. Indeed, in the case of a bite, you can easily die from hemorrhage, and the entire limb will lose a lot of risk. And predators here are attracted closer to tourists with the help of pieces of fresh fish. It’s no secret that white sharks simply have a phenomenal sense of smell, they can feel a drop of blood a few kilometers away. The whole excursion to the sea predators takes 4 hours, but in between dives extreme tourists can have a snack on the deck of the boat.And there is such a close acquaintance with sharks about 150 dollars. Journey through the underground river.
We can admire the beauties of beautiful cities, without even knowing about its underside, about what is happening under our feet. An excursion to the depths of the Parisian canalization is inexpensive, only about $ 5. But this will allow you to see the depth of the most beautiful city in the world. And the tour begins near the iconic Eiffel Tower. You just have to enter the inconspicuous door and start your journey through the underground world of Paris. The sewage museum shocked the unprepared tourists, because there are no showcases and historical exhibits. Guests are invited to see the actual city cloak. I must say that in the local gloomy underground there are many secrets that have nothing to do with the original purpose of the sewage system. The tour winds along the shore of the stinking river, tourists are forced to follow the guide, afraid to get lost. But how many interesting stories the conductor will tell about the history of the sortirs not only of Paris, but of the whole civilization throughout its history. And it’s really easy to get lost here – the total length of the tunnels of the Parisian stinking river is 2,100 kilometers. In the local semi-darkness it’s easy to feel like a hero of “Les Miserables”, but the smell does not allow to develop a really romantic atmosphere.
This tour is available in the Cayman Islands for 30 euros. Here you can get acquainted with the huge skates, very friendly, by the way, individuals. A half-hour voyage on a yacht will end on an oceanic shallow water. There awaits tourists a whole flock of electric rays. Funny fish are still quite dangerous, they can easily hit the offender with a current of 300 volts. But most of all they adore food, so much so that in exchange for a piece of bread they suffer annoying tourists. The skates even allow you to iron yourself and squeeze, and the bravest tourists even kiss dangerous fish. Local residents say that it all started with a long-standing local tradition to feed the stingrays on Sundays, at the end of the church ministry. Today, the feeding of stingrays in the Caribbean has become a popular tourist attraction.
Only in Holland is there so much free attitude to easy drugs, that relaxation with a jamb in the hand is almost a symbol of democracy. And Amsterdam for 125 euros can participate in a very unusual bike marijuana tour. Thanks to him, the whole world of forbidden pleasures, which in other countries is simply forbidden, will be revealed. This unusual excursion will show what sort of cannabis there are, and how they differ, how best to make their first joint and how to make muffin cake. And in the Museum of Cannabis tourists with pleasure are photographed against the background of this useful and beautiful plant. The guide will very frankly tell you where to buy mescaline and how best to cook hallucinogenic mushrooms. Even in the Netherlands, they are forbidden to sell them in ready dry form, but nobody prevents them from drying them and then consuming them in solitude. The program provides for visiting the best coffee shops and, of course, tasting. Eyes run from the abundance in the menu of different varieties of hashish and marijuana at low prices, and the snack should leave the cookies with the same hemp. Excursion to Chernobyl.
In their time people were taken out of this zone by tens of thousands, and today excursions are conducted to the place of alienation in a hundred kilometers from Kiev. For Western tourists, a trip to this dangerous place will cost about a hundred euros. Only here you can see how the world can look after the atomic war. The dead city of Pripyat is striking, which is an excellent setting for horror films. In the deserted streets, the wind chases the reddened leaves from the radiation, and in school classes lie open study books with a terrible date written – April 27, 1986.Guests are invited to climb to the observation deck and from there to see the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant and a sarcophagus around its 4th power unit. In the excursion program there is a walk along the radioactive forest. The organizers assure the guests that a visit to the once-forbidden area is no more dangerous than a trip to the X-ray. And in the dining room of the Chernobyl special factory offer to try an environmentally friendly lunch. But to stock up for a visit to this place by the Geiger counter would not hurt. Guests pass through several checkpoints, which do not allow strangers here. On the way to Chernobyl, tourists are taken to the extinct village of Kopachi, where they are struck by an abandoned kindergarten with dusty toys waiting for their masters. Excursion around the red light district.
Amsterdam has long been valued not for its architectural merits, windmills, Van Gogh and Heineken. This city is a place where you can really learn all kinds of debauchery. After all, many drugs and prostitution are legalized here. There are several companies that are ready to show all the nuances behind the scenes of Putane life. In the Red Lantern quarter, the priestesses of love hide behind the windows, but what’s inside? Tourists are offered to plunge into the world of sex shops, erotic museums and those showcases. In some establishments you can even try hardcore devices on yourself and find yourself in voluptuous handcuffs. The guide will tell you a lot of interesting legends and facts about this amazing area. For someone it is very interesting and informative, but there are those who, after returning to their room, try to wash themselves off of all this “dirt”.
Visiting circles in the fields.
Great Britain is a country popular with tourists. The study of London alone can drag on for weeks. England – this is the Queen, and the Beatles, and Big Ben, and traditional tea parties. Lovers of the unusual visit mysterious and mystical Stonehenge. But there is another unusual excursion. Tourists are invited from a height to consider fancy circles in the fields. Then guests can walk around these bizarre creations of a mysterious and maybe even alien force. The guide will tell you about the UFOs that were seen here before the appearance of the circles. Only here the organizers relieve themselves of responsibility, not guaranteeing performance in strange areas of cameras and electronics. Participation in such excursions is not recommended for people with a built-in pacemaker.
In the footsteps of a maniac.
People go to Los Angeles, dreaming of seeing Hollywood and its stars. However, this city also has its own dark side. There are several companies that will show the true sights of the “City of Angels”. It turns out that there is a very developed criminal world in it, about which the story will go. Of particular interest is the tour of the traces of the “Family” Manson and the high-profile murders made by this maniac in the 1960s. Tourists are invited to inspect those places where Manson killed his victims and by what routes he left the scene of the crime. On the way, a tap is shown, where the murderers washed off the blood of one of the most famous victims, Sharon Tate. Curious show those discs that played in the restaurant, when the actress there last time ate. The tour turns out to be painfully intriguing, and the reality is far from what Hollywood is showing.
Tour of the gang in Jamaica.
This island attracts not only its resorts and clear water. Jamaica is known for its son, the real messiah of reggae, Bob Marley. The musician became famous for his irrepressible love for marijuana. On the island it will not be difficult to find several tours that will illuminate the main stages and places of life of Bob Marley. These excursions were called the “Tour of the Ganja”. The matter is that they pass through the village “Ninth mile”, where a cult of rastafari has developed. It is said that these excursions include the secret part, to visit the real cannabis plantations. Not far from the burial ground of the reggae guru, guests can purchase plants at a favorable price through holes in the price – after all, marijuana in Jamaica is officially banned.And although it is not stated directly about this part of the program on websites or in brochures, travel is not recommended for people under 18 for obvious reasons.
Acquaintance with voodoo.
In 2010, a severe earthquake struck Haiti, which devastated the country. Among the few remaining attractions of the country is the local magic tradition – voodoo. Tourists go here to see the show of priests alive and to explore this religion firsthand, and firsthand. In Haiti, intellectually curious travelers are invited who will actually take part in the ceremony. Perhaps even a ritual sacrifice of an animal. To participate in such an excursion will require fearlessness and full confidence in its protection from mysterious dark forces.
Tour of the City of Sins.
The city of sins is the second name of Las Vegas. It was originally built as an oasis in the desert. People should come here to relax and surrender to their vices. The abundance of money could not but draw the attention of criminal structures. So in addition to luxury hotels, casinos and stage shows, Las Vegas has its own other life. You can book a bus and take a trip with a tour of the historic places of the city. They will show where the bloody murders were committed, and how crime seized control of the city. The guide will tell you about the gloomy secrets of Vegas, about the killer gatherings and their bosses. To get to know Las Vegas better, it is worthwhile to receive such information, not so festive and carefree.
Journey through the prison.
In the Bolivian prison of San Pedro, the prisoners themselves will carry tourists for a small fee at their unusual correctional institution. And although the authorities do not officially allow this, bribes to security guards and officials open the forbidden doors. San Pedro is an unusual prison, where together with the prisoners their families are allowed to live. You just have to pay rent for it. For people with money, prison is quite a comfortable place with many amenities, and the poor are forced to share their shacks with rats. Another interesting detail – the guards are located only on the outside of the gate. The police trust the local population. There is no doubt that a journey through unguarded territory, and accompanied by criminals – is an extreme excursion. Guests have to hope that someone on the way back will meet them with the keys at the gate.
Behind the Scenes of Bollywood.
India is not only numerous temples, cultural and historical monuments, but also slums. An unusual sight is a tour of Bollywood. In the heart of this film center, in Mumbai, guests can see what is happening behind the scenes. There is a real penetration into the industry creating a colorful musical world one of the most prolific enterprises in the country. It turns out that every year Bollywood produces more than 800 films, which is twice the figure of Hollywood. And let most of the tapes are built according to patterns – love stories, songs and dance numbers with more than a hundred participants. A tour of Bollywood can show how the production of all these difficult dances takes place, you can even see real shooting with local movie stars. Is not it a way to instill in oneself a love for Indian pop culture?