Dallol, the warmest point on the planet

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What in these cold moments would you like to be in a super warm place? Well, today we are going to move to one of the hottest spots on the planet. Yes, we already know that it is not exactly the paradisiacal landscape of white sands and crystal clear waters in which you would like to find yourself, but it is a place that will leave you with your mouth open. We assure you!

We are referring to Dallol , a vast expanse of landscapes hostile to humans located in northern Ethiopia, specifically in the Danakil depression. Known as "the door to hell", this place can boast of having an incomparable beauty. Do you want to know this African corner more thoroughly? Well, do not miss anything that we tell you below! We assure you that you are going to love it!

The hottest spot on Earth

It is not in Dallol where the highest temperatures in history have been recorded, but it is the inhabited place where the average temperature has been highest. And it is that according to the records made between 1960 and 1966, just before the mining settlement that had been raised to extract silvina was abandoned, the average annual temperature was 34.4º C. Dallol is, in reality, a volcano located below from the level of the sea from which rising currents arise creating springs of immense beauty.

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As we mentioned at the beginning, this volcano is located in the Danakil depression, which is 116 meters below sea level. Located in the Horn of Africa, this place is known to be one of the cradles of hominids .

Intrepid travelers

Despite the high temperatures that are experienced in this area, there are many intrepid travelers who dare to know this place. And the truth is that it is not surprising, because it has an unmatchable beauty, thanks, among other things, the colors of the springs, with shades ranging from white to green, through orange or yellow. These tonalities arise thanks to the mixtures of boiling water with different elements, such as sulfur, salt or sulfur.

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An uninhabitable place

Of course, it must be taken into account that boiling water mixed with these acids poison the air with gases that are very dangerous for humans. Therefore, it is an uninhabitable place, which does not prevent tourists, as we have already said, from approaching the place. But do not think that toxic gases are the only dangers that we can find in the area. And it is necessary to bear in mind that in this area of ​​Africa there are kidnappings of foreigners, which is why it is common to see armed guards. As if this were not enough, it is one of the most inaccessible places on the planet, since there are many areas that are in poor condition. In addition, some accesses are cut off, so the only way to access is through camel caravans. And we do not have to say that the climate in the area is really unbearable.

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Completely uninhabited

Today the area is completely uninhabited, but remains of small salt brick constructions created by the nomadic Afar people can still be seen. And it is that they were hired by mining companies to extract minerals without success throughout the 20th century. Then we leave you with our gallery , where you will find more images of Dallol. Do not miss it!