Thursday, 20 June 2013

Awesome sets of stairs


Location: Pailon del Diablo, Ecuador. 
Designed to descend to the bottom of the famous waterfall in this South American country. It's extremely slippery and steep for several tens of meters in midst of heavy fog. The rewards: You can see a dramatic effect, accompanied by hummingbirds, gulls and other local birds. 

Location: El pozo de Chand Baori, India.
The decline of these steps leads to a huge pool, built in the tenth century to overcome the lack of rainfall in the region and store water for long  periods. The structure has a total 3,500 steps, and down to a depth of 300 meters. It is up then in the return journey with clear, and clean water. 

Location: Stairs Elbe Sandstone Mountain, Dresden, Germany. 
The stairs were carved into the stony surface of the rocky mountains. The existence of the stairs 
had been dated from the 13th century; they had been eroded and subject to weathering by water and wind. The stairs are still being used by tourists daily, all 487 steps. As if not enough, they were restored and further expanded in the eighteenth century to facilitate transit. 

The location: Rock of Guatape, Antioquia, Colombia.
The rock is an authentic stone monolith of 220 meters.
The steps are constructed with cement, applied directly on the rock and making a curious tortuous staircase that facilitates cleavage structure. Some 702 steps are to be followed to reach its peak. 

Location: The ladder Haiku, Oahu, Hawaii.
Material used to build: Metal
On the small island of Oahu, there is this tremendous journey of 3,922 steps of climbing, crossing and descending of 850 meters. The steps were created to facilitate the installation of a satellite in 1942. In the beginning extensive amount of wood was used to construct the steps, but in the 50s   the passage had been closed to the public soon after the metal steps were built. 

Location: The Inca Trail, Peru.
An ancient trade route linking the city of Cuzco to Machu Picchu.
For the rugged topography of the area, the Inca Trail and the forced detours around to revolve between hills and mountains. The result: Miles and miles of stairs; in some cases they are very precarious, just like the famous floating staircases seen here.

Location: Ladder Via Crucis, Bermeo, Basque Country, Spain.
This endless row of stairs attached to the rock coast where a small church dating from the 10th Century and seems to be of Templar Era. To reach the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, one has to climb 231 steps and there are gaps in the steps that are identified as the footage of St. John himself, which are given different healing powers. For e.g. you have to put your feet in them as a solution for corns or left hats, scarves or chapelas, and to cure headaches. 

Location: Taihang Mountains, between Shanxi and Henan, China.
It is a spiral staircase in the Taihang Mountains that looks intimidating.
At the boundary between the provinces of Shanxi and Henan, China, a spiral staircase of almost 
100 meters had been installed vertically to attract thousands of tourists each year to the beautiful Taihang Mountains. Before undertaking the ascent, climbers are asked to sign forms to declare they do not suffer from heart and lung ailments, and are under the age 60. A slip in a narrow metal ladder would prove fatal as one certainly would be  led to heaven or hell!

Location: Wayna Pichu, Machu Picchu, Peru.
Stairs were carved into the rock that crown a climb of about 360 meters from Machu Picchu itself.
At some sections, the ascent is complicated to pass through narrow sections where small steps had 
been eroded. The time taken for the ascent is from 1 hr to 1 and half hrs. Due to the steep and 
difficult climbing condition, the authority only allows 400 tourists a day and closes access after 1pm. 

Location: Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China.
A see-through glass pathway built on the side of Tianmen Mountain (Gate to Heaven Mountain) frightens visitors even though it is equipped with safety railings and solid walkway. It is situated at the height of 4,700 ft above sea level in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. 

Many thanks to Lim Phan Wah for sharing.

Alan CY Kok       

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