The monkeys love to go fossil hunting around the Mojave Desert where there are several abandoned mining towns. Some of them are really remote and hard to get to which makes me nervous. Others have been made into 'Old West' touristy towns and a lot of the solitude that draws me is lost.
We are in the midst of mapping out and planing a few excursions in the coming months to some abandoned (read quiet) ghost towns.
Here are some ghost towns around the world that I would love to visit:
Chaiten, Chile is a fairly new Ghost Town having been abandoned in 2008 when a nearby volcano started spewing ash. Plans to relocate and compensate the residents are still on going.
Varosha, Cyprus was once a thriving tourist town known as the Maras district until the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The whole area was sealed off and became a no man’s land. To this day a small part of the beach resort is still considered ‘occupied’.
Prypiat, Ukraine is one of the abandoned Ghost Towns that used to house (over 50,000) workers from the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. When disaster struck in 1986 the town was abandoned. Because of the nuclear contamination residents were only permitted to take paper documents making it a unique glimpse into life in the Soviet era. (Okay- I wouldn't really want to visit here but the photos fascinate me!)
Belchite, Spain this Ghost Town was the site of war between General Franco’s troops and the Spanish Republican Army in 1937. Completely destroyed instead of rebuilding a new village was built near the ruins of the old one.
Do you like Ghost Towns?
Have you visited any Ghost Towns?