When most people think of "hiking", they'd most likely conjure up mental images of serene forested hills or a nicely challenging incline. But what about a hike that is a literal near-death experience and requires thick nerves of steel? If that sounds like your idea of fun, then you need to head to the Caminito del Rey in Southern Spain.
Dangling 300 feet above the El Chorro gorge, this 100-year-old pathway was nothing but a flimsy wooden walkway pinned into the cliffside until it was closed down for renovations in 2001. Originally built for laborers to access a hydroelectric dam project back in the day, the hike became a tourist attraction before shutting down due to several deaths – thus attaining its reputation as the most dangerous path in the world. After a 15-year makeover, the five-mile route has been expanded to three-feet wide planks fastened with steel bolts. The entire route takes three to four hours to complete, and helmets are now mandatory as well.
If you need a virtual preview to test the strength of your nerves, Google Maps has you covered. And anyone ready to experience the thrill of the climb for themselves can access the newly-secured trail starting March 28, as long as they first make a reservation and pay the €10 entrance fee – in addition to the price you pay for risking your life, of course.