Most of the tourist excursions are pretty monotonous. There are some quite original excursions that are very different from the usual ones.
Some of these events are even risky for tourists, but you can't go to whatever for an interesting pastime. Yes, and these excursions will clearly expand horizons and learn the secret life of the new country.
Normal people do not go here, and the guides are not quite adequate. But isn't that interesting? Here's an example of some really weird excursions that an extreme tourist will love.
Going to the funeral. Unusual, but free service is offered to tourists in Bali, Indonesia. The attitude to life and death is somewhat different here than in Western civilization. So, death for many Indonesians is not mourning, but a holiday. This is a happy event, so it is customary to have fun at the funeral and even arrange colorful processions, like a parade. A 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 does not end with such a traditional procedure. The family begins to save money for a rather expensive cremation. It can cost more than 5 thousand dollars. It is the burning that is the main part of the celebration. After all, it is believed that at this moment the deceased finally breaks with everything earthly that weighed him down. That is why the public is only welcome here, tourists are called to look at the burning. And you don't have to pretend to be grief. On the contrary, relatives will only be happy if tourists wish to take a photo against the background of the funeral pyre.
Hike to the slums. Usually tourists tend to avoid the seamy side of metropolitan life, preferring cultural institutions and illuminated streets. But there are also lovers of contrasts. They are best seen in India. Here in Mumbai, you can book a tour for $ 60, which will showcase the famous local slums in all their beauty. One and a half million people live in the Dharavi area on an area of 215 hectares. There is no sewage system or running water in these slums, but the shadow economy is worth $ 600 million. There are hundreds of tourists who, in spite of the strong smells, are ready to wander the streets among the garbage for hours, look into the huts of the inhabitants. Only here you can see how people do not even live, but exist in inhuman conditions. The shacks have bare walls and a lonely light bulb, and many Indians live on $ 12, 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 conditioning in the hotel. Tourists understand how lucky they really are.
On a visit to white sharks. Everyone is afraid of sharks, but some decide to overcome their fear and recharge with adrenaline. Especially for them in the open ocean near Cape Town, excursions are organized directly to visit white sharks. The trip to the starting point of the dive into the underwater world lasts 20 minutes by motor boat. Then the daredevils are lowered down in an iron cage, where hungry predators swarm. The diving depth here does not even reach ten meters, but tourists should not be too careless. After all, white sharks are the most dangerous predators of the sea. Therefore, it is highly discouraged to stick limbs and cameras out of the cage. Indeed, in the event of a bite, you can easily die of blood loss, and there is a great risk of losing the entire limb. And here predators are lured closer to tourists with the help of pieces of fresh fish. It's no secret that white sharks have a phenomenal sense of smell; they can feel a drop of blood at a distance of several kilometers. The entire 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 such a close acquaintance with sharks costs about $ 150.
Travel along the underground river. We can admire the beauty of the most beautiful cities, without even knowing about its seamy side, about what is happening under our feet. An excursion to the depths of the Parisian sewers is inexpensive, only about $ 5. But it will allow you to see the entire depth of the most beautiful city in the world. The excursion begins not far from the iconic Eiffel Tower. You just need to enter an inconspicuous door and begin your journey through the underground world of Paris. The Sewerage Museum shocks unprepared tourists, because there are no showcases or historical exhibits. Guests are invited to explore a real city cesspool. I must say that in the local gloomy dungeon there are many secrets that have nothing to do with the original purpose of the sewage system. The tour winds along the banks of the stinking river, tourists are forced to follow the guide, fearing to get lost. But how many interesting stories the guide will tell about the history of the sorting not only of Paris, but of the entire civilization throughout its history. And it is really easy to get lost here - the total length of the tunnels of the Parisian fetid river is 2,100 kilometers. In the local twilight it is easy to feel like a hero of Les Miserables, but the smell does not allow for a truly romantic atmosphere.
Feeding stingrays. This excursion is available in the Cayman Islands for 30 euros. Here you can meet huge stingrays, very friendly people, by the way. The half-hour yacht journey ends in shallow ocean waters. A whole flock of electric rays awaits tourists here. Funny fish are still quite dangerous, they may well shock 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 tolerate annoying tourists. Stingrays even allow themselves to be stroked and squeezed, and the most daring tourists even kiss dangerous fish. Locals say that it all started with a long local tradition of feeding stingrays on Sundays after the church service. Today, feeding stingrays in the Caribbean has become a popular tourist attraction.
Hallucinogenic excursion. Only in Holland is the attitude towards soft drugs so free that relaxation with a jamb in hand is considered almost a symbol of democracy. And in Amsterdam for 125 euros you can take part in a very unusual bike tour of marijuana. Thanks to him, a whole world of forbidden pleasures will open, which are simply prohibited in other countries. This unusual excursion will show you what varieties of cannabis are and how they differ, how best to make your first joint and how you can make a cake from marijuana. And in the Hemp Museum, tourists take pictures with pleasure against the background of this useful and beautiful plant. The guide will tell you very frankly where to buy mescaline and how best to cook hallucinogenic mushrooms. Even in Holland they are forbidden to sell ready-made dry, but no one bothers to dry them and then use them in solitude. The program includes visits to the best coffee shops and, of course, tasting. Eyes run up from the abundance of different varieties of hashish and marijuana on the menu at low prices, and you should leave cookies with the same hemp for a snack.
Excursion to Chernobyl. At one time, tens of thousands of people were taken out of this zone, and today excursions are conducted to the place of exclusion a hundred kilometers from Kiev. For Western tourists, a trip to this dangerous place will cost about one hundred euros. Only here you can see what the world might look like after a nuclear war. The dead city of Pripyat is striking, which is an excellent backdrop for horror films. On deserted streets, the wind blows leaves reddened from radiation, and in school classrooms there are open notebooks with a terrible date written - April 27, 1986. Guests are invited to climb to the observation deck and from there see the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the sarcophagus around its 4th power unit. The excursion program also includes a walk through the radioactive forest. The organizers assure guests that a visit to the once forbidden zone is no more dangerous today than going for an X-ray. And in the dining room of the Chernobyl special plant, they offer to taste an environmentally friendly lunch. But stocking up for a visit to this place with a Geiger counter would not hurt. Guests pass through several checkpoints that do not allow outsiders to enter. On the way to Chernobyl, tourists are brought to the extinct village of Kopachi, where they amaze an abandoned kindergarten with dusty toys waiting for their owners.
Guided tour of the Red Light District. Amsterdam has long been appreciated not for its architectural merit, windmills, Van Gogh and Heineken. This city is a place where you can really explore 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 of the backstage life of prostitutes. In the Red Light District, the priestesses of love are hiding behind shop windows, but what's inside? Tourists are offered to plunge into the world of sex shops, erotic museums and those very shop windows. In some establishments, you can even try hardcore devices on yourself and end up in voluptuous handcuffs. The guide will tell you a lot of interesting legends and facts about this amazing area. For some it is very interesting and informative, but there are those who, returning to their room, try to wash off all this "dirt".
Visiting crop circles. Great Britain is a popular tourist destination. Exploring London alone can take weeks. England is the queen, the Beatles, Big Ben, and traditional tea drinking. Lovers of the unusual visit the mysterious and mystical Stonehenge. But there is another unusual excursion. Tourists are invited to view the bizarre crop circles from above. Then, guests can walk through 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 circles appeared. Only now the organizers disclaim responsibility by not guaranteeing operability 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 showcase the true landmarks of the City of Angels. It turns out that it has a very developed underworld, which is what the story will be about. Of particular interest is an excursion in the footsteps of the Manson Family and the high-profile murders committed by this maniac in the 1960s. Tourists are invited to inspect the places where Manson killed his victims and what routes he took from the crime scene. On the way, they show a faucet where the killers washed off the blood of one of the most famous victims, Sharon Tate. The curious are shown the discs that were played in the restaurant when the actress there last ate. The tour turns out to be painfully intriguing, and the reality is far from what Hollywood shows.
Ganja tour in Jamaica. This island attracts not only with its resorts and clear water. Jamaica is known for its son, the true reggae messiah, Bob Marley. The musician became famous for his irrepressible love for marijuana. It will not be difficult to find several tours on the island that will highlight the main stages and places of Bob Marley's life. These excursions are called "Ganja Tour". The fact is that they pass through the village "The Ninth Mile", where the Rastafari cult developed. These excursions are said to include a secret part of visiting real hemp plantations. Near the burial site of the reggae guru, guests can purchase plants at a bargain price through the holes in the price - after all, marijuana is officially banned in Jamaica. And although this part of the program is not explicitly stated on the websites or in brochures, travel is not recommended for people under 18 for obvious reasons.
Acquaintance with voodoo. In 2010, Haiti suffered a massive earthquake that devastated the country. Among the few remaining sights of the country, there is a local magic tradition - voodoo. Tourists come here to see the show of the priests live and explore this religion not by hearsay, but with their own eyes. In Haiti, intellectually curious travelers are invited, who will actually take part in the ceremony. Even a ritual animal sacrifice is possible. To participate in such an excursion, you will need fearlessness and complete confidence in your protection from mysterious dark forces.
Sin City Tour. Sin City is the second name of Las Vegas. It was originally built as an oasis in the desert. People had to come here to relax and surrender to their vices. The abundance of money could not fail to attract the attention of criminal structures. So Las Vegas has its own other life in addition to luxury hotels, casinos and stage shows. You can order a bus and take a tour of the historical sites of the city. It will show where the bloody murders took place, and how crime seized control of the city. The guide will tell you about the dark secrets of Vegas, about the gatherings of killers and their bosses. To get to know Las Vegas better, it is worth getting such information, which is not so festive and carefree.
Prison travel. In Bolivia's San Pedro prison, the prisoners themselves will take tourists through their unusual penitentiary for a small fee. And although the authorities do not officially allow this, bribes to guards and officials open forbidden doors. San Pedro is an unusual prison where prisoners are allowed to live with their families. You just have to pay the rent for it. For people with money, the prison is quite a comfortable place with many amenities, and the poor are forced to share their shacks with rats. Another interesting detail is that 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 an unguarded territory, and even accompanied by criminals, is an extreme excursion. Guests can only hope that on their way back someone will meet them with keys at the gate.
Behind the scenes of Bollywood. India is not only numerous temples, cultural and historical monuments, but also slums. A tour of Bollywood seems unusual. In the heart of this movie center in Mumbai, guests can see what is happening behind the scenes. This is where the real penetration into the industry of creating a colorful music world takes place by one of the most prolific enterprises in the country. It turns out that Bollywood releases over 800 films annually, which is double the number of Hollywood films. And even if most of the tapes are built according to templates - love stories, songs and dance numbers with more than a hundred participants. A Bollywood tour will be able to show how all these complex dances are staged, you can even see real footage with local movie stars. What is not a way to instill in yourself a love for Indian pop culture?