Thursday, August 14, 2014


Wurzburg , Germany

Pailon del Diablo, Equador

Chand Baori fountain in India . These steps lead to a huge fountain built in the tenth century to collect rain. There are 3,500 steps going down to a depth of 30 metres.

Elbsandsteingebirge stairs in Sächsische Schweiz , (Saxon Switzerland, Germany) . Dating from the thirteenth century, eroded by wind and water, but being used daily by tourists. 487 steps.

Crack of Guatape, Antioquia , Colombia , a genuine monolith with a height of 220 metres. Cement stairs  built directly on the rock, filling the crack where the sides support the structure.  702 steps.

Haiku scale, Oahu , Hawaii , 3922 steps, on a hill of 850 meters; created to facilitate the installation of antennas in 1942. Made of wood, it was modernised in 1950 with metal, but closed to the public in 1987.

The Inca road, Peru . Ancient trade route that connects Cuzco to Mac hu Picchu town Miles and miles of stairs in some very unsafe places, such as this famous floating stage.

Wayna Pichu at Mac hu Pichu , Peru . Steps cut into the rock which crowns an ascent of 360 feet above the main city of
Mac hu Pichu. Only 400 tourists allowed daily.

Cross Road ladder in Bermeo, Basque Country, Spain . Leads to a small church dating from the tenth century. It seems to be of Templar origin. To reach the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatze, you must climb 231 steps. There are gaps between steps identified to be the footprints of St. John and assigned  curative powers.  Hikers often sit on them for body healing or to cure headaches.

Scale worm in Taihang Mountains , between Shanxi and Henan provinces in China , approximately 100 metres. Recently installed to attract thousands of tourists to the Taihang mountains. Visitors are asked to sign a form assuring that they have no heart or lung problems before climbing.

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