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Would you climb Austria’s “Sky Ladder to Heaven”?

Austria’s 140-foot long “Sky Ladder,” or “Ladder to Heaven” connects a massive gorge on the way to the peak of Donnerkogel on the Gosaukamm mountain range.

Captured by adventure photographer Alexander Ladanivskyy, these insane panorama-ladder stairs (made out of steel cables) lie 2,297 feet above ground and overlook Gosau Lake below.

“[The Sky Ladder] is a challenge for the mind, but from a climbing point of view, it is actually one of the easier parts of the climb,” said the bridge’s designer Heli Putz.

If you’re looking to make the trek yourself, blogger Jess Dales offers a first-hand experience of climbing the Sky Ladder. Word of caution: you’ll need some climbing experience.

The Sky Ladder portion of the route is located approximately 2/3 of the way up the via ferrata. Although the ladder is only rated a “B,” and is not considered difficult relative to other sections of the climb, the exposure is intense and should not be underestimated. In heavy winds, or when others are on the ladder, the movement can be quite unnerving. 

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The reflective salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The high-altitude salt flats of Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia create the world’s biggest natural mirror.

Considered one of the flattest surfaces on Earth (4,086 sq mi), the salt flats can be seen from outer space.

The salt itself is up to 32 feet thick at the center, hovering below a thin layer of water which emits the reflective mirror effect.

Visitors to the location are known to take pictures that play with the perspective of the viewer’s depth.

Check out some of the photoshop-looking optical illusions video after the jump.

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Animals Travel

Swim with wild pigs in the Bahamas

The uninhabited island of Big Major Cay in the Bahamas is populated entirely by swimming pigs.

Known as the Swimming Pigs of Exuma, Bahamas, the feral pigs there swim freely in the clear-water ocean and play with their family on the beach.

How the pigs got on the island is still a mystery. Some believe that they were dropped off by hungry sailors who never returned — others think the pigs survived nearby ship wrecks.

You may have already swum with dolphins but what about the ever-elusive pig on this beautiful beach?

Prepare to check off this excursion from your bucket list.

Swim with wild pigs in the Bahamas
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Swim with wild pigs in the Bahamas
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Swim with wild pigs in the Bahamas
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Swim with wild pigs in the Bahamas
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Swim with wild pigs in the Bahamas
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Nature Travel

The beauty of Slovenia’s Bled Island

Bred Island is a small tear-shaped island in the middle of Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia.

On the island sits Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, a Baroque church established in 1534.

The mountains and forests surrounding the lake add to the picturesque view of the church.

Bred island is the only natural island in Slovenia and is also the country’s most popular destination. Straight out of a fairy-tale, we can all see why.

The beauty of Slovenia’s Bled Island
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The beauty of Slovenia’s Bled Island
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The beauty of Slovenia’s Bled Island
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Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world

With a population of 51,803 people, Coron Island located in the north of the Palawan Province, Philippines, is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

With endless shades of tropical blue and stunning ecological features, it really does look like paradise.

On a historical note, Japan used the island as a refueling base during World War II. There are known to be some shipwrecks around as well.

Check out more images of Coron Island after the jump!

Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world