• Ruins under Indonesia's Mount Merapi become tourist draw

    2013-04-05

    Pompeii, Italy, has emerged as one of the most unique tourist attractions in the world, and a small village in Indonesia is following in the famous city's footsteps. The town surrounding Mount Merapi in Central Java was devastated by the volcano's 2010 eruption, but over the last several years, a growing number of visitors have been visiting this veritable ghost town for a first hand look at the sheer power of nature, The New York Times reports.

    The centerpiece of a visit to Mount Merapi is a guide-led jeep ride about a mile below the mountain's summit. The trip takes you through the remnants of what used to be thriving villages but are now entirely abandoned. It's undoubtedly a solemn trip, but much like Pompeii, lying in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius is a stark reminder of what destructive power rests below the surface of the Earth.

    With the growing number of people headed to Mount Merapi for a taste of adventure travel, it brings to light many of the other volcanoes spread throughout the world that have become large tourist draws. Perhaps most significantly, Mount Kilimanjaro has attracted many visitors over the years. The African peak stands approximately 19,300 feet tall, and climbing it is seen as one of the most impressive feats in the travel world.

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