The Ten Steepest And Creepiest Staircases In The World


1. Angkor Wat Stairs, Cambodia

Angkor in northern Cambodia is hugely important in Southeast Asian history and archaeology. The Khmers ruled much of the region from the 9th century to the 14th century, and Angkor was their capital. The 400 square kilometre site is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, and Angkor Wat is one of the major temples at the site. The Ten Steepest and Creepiest Staircases in the World Rather than creating an easy route to the temple, the Khmers deliberately built the scariest stairs they could manage. The steps are at a 70% incline all the way up, and ropes are provided. Apparently they were built this way to remind people that it's difficult (but not impossible) to get to heaven. The ancient Cambodians certainly succeeded; this climb is not for the faint-hearted.

2. Pailon del Diablo Waterfall, Ecuador

Pailon del Diablo means Devil's Cauldron. This stunning Ecuadorian waterfall is believed to be named for the cauldron-like shape filled with bubbling waters at the base of the falls, but also because legend has it that the face of the devil can be seen in the rocks alongside the falls. This fantastic waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Banos area of Ecuador. The Ten Steepest and Creepiest Staircases in the WorldYou can hike through the jungle, view Pailon del Diablo from its base and then ascend to the top on a set of concrete and stone stairs and enjoy the breathtaking views. The steps are not only steep, but worn smooth and constantly slippery due to the mist from the waterfall. This ascent is said to be worth it for the spectacular views, but visitors do need to take care and wear proper footwear.
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