You might be surprised to find out the entrance to the underworld is only about 20 feet beneath the ground. Located near Derweze, Turkmenistan, the Gateway to Hell is a fiery crater sitting in the middle of the country’s vast natural gas fields. Soviet engineers originally discovered the site in 1971, but were more interested in possible oil extraction.
Disappointed with nothing but natural gas, the engineers unfortunately caused the ground to collapse underneath their drilling equipment, creating a huge crater measuring 230 feet wide. To prevent the leaking gases from poisoning the nearby towns, the engineers decided to burn it off, setting the crater on fire and expecting it to burn out in just a few weeks. The plan didn’t work, and the fire has been going for the past 45 years.
Since 2009, more than 50,000 people have visited the site, entranced by the heat and roaring flames. The government has been pushing the area as a travel destination, believing it has the potential to be an adventure and eco-tourism hotspot.
Tenerife is known for its extraordinary natural spaces thanks to the island’s unique volcanic landscapes that molded into magical climbing areas. The destination also features year-round warm weather, which draws outdoor enthusiasts to the area. Tenerife is a rock climber’s paradise, with plenty of areas to explore.
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Nashville makes a great destination to celebrate Black History Month due to its key Civil Rights Movement contributions, Black-owned businesses, museums and more.
It’s no secret visitation to national parks soared over the pandemic. With larger crowds came necessary measures to stem the flow of excess guests. However, in 2023, one of those measures will finally be lifted at Yosemite National Park.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.