Forbidden Places in the World That You Aren’t Allowed to Visit

Forbidden Places

It’s probably safe to say that most people long to vacation in places like Hawaii or Paris, but then there are those of us who yearn for the bizarre and the unknown. If you’re part of the latter group, then you’ve clicked into the right place! Unfortunately you can’t actually visit the little-known places on this list, but we think you’ll find some enjoyment in reading about them nonetheless!

Snake Island, Brazil

Ilha da Queimada Grande, otherwise known as “Snake Island,” would be Indiana Jones’ worst nightmare. The island, which is located off the coast of Brazil, is positively crawling (or should we say, slithering) with endangered snakes. It’s closed to the public to protect both people and the snakes that inhabit it.

North Sentinel Island

Situated in the Bay of Bengal is North Sentinel Island, home to the Sentinelese indigenous people. They are one of the last populations on earth who have yet to come into contact with the modern world and have been known to meet outsiders with violence. For this reason, it is strongly suggested that no one visits there.

Lascaux Caves, France

Lascaux Caves in Montignac, France contain a stunning collection of cave paintings that were created over generations of early humans. Unfortunately everyone but researchers are forbidden from entering the cave, but you can visit Lascaux II, which is an exact replica located about 600 feet away from the original. Surely not quite as exhilarating as visiting the real thing, but it’s a very close second!

Doomsday Vault, Norway

Svalbard Global Seed (or “Doomsday”) Vault is scientists’ answer to a potential future apocalypse. The purpose of the vault, which is located in Norway, is to store millions of seeds in case the human race ever needs to restore any vegetation. The vault is ready for practically any kind of apocalypse: it’s tucked away in the mountains above sea level, can withstand earthquakes and explosions, and is built to last about 200 years. It’s pretty clear why no one beside authorized people are allowed in the vault.