There is something about Machu Picchu that lures tourists in – its historical splendor and remarkable architecture. Machu Picchu was once a thriving empire, densely populated and teeming with life and abundance. Today, it is uninhabited but after its discovery many years ago, tourists flock to this mountaintop empire to admire its beauty. Here are other equally magnificent yet abandoned towns and villages, which are worth visiting.

Craco, Italy

A series of natural disasters like landslides, flooding and earthquake has rendered the once-prosperous town of Craco uninhabitable. But its location and architectural design make it a popular location for shooting films and photos.

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Belchite, Spain

The ruins of Belchite tell of a horrible past surrounding the fierce battle that took place in 1937 between General Franco’s men and the Spanish Republican Army. The town may not exactly be a typical ghost town because not far from the site likes a newly established village.

Okpo Land, South Korea

Despite being a small country with hefty real estate, South Korea has its fair share of an abandoned town. Okpo Land, however, is not much of a town but a theme park, which closed its doors after two fatal accidents.

Rhyolite, USA

Pop-up towns were common during the gold rush era in the USA, and Rhyolite is one of those towns, which instantly thrived and instantly abandoned. Only two hours away from Las Vegas, Rhyolite is a reminder of how fleeting villages and towns are when established mainly over gold.

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Humberstone, Chile

Perhaps gold is not the only thing that instantaneously builds tows, but other valuable minerals, too. Salpeter is one of them. Salpeter or potassium nitrate is a mineral highly useful in the manufacture of fertilizers, fireworks and gunpowder. Humberstone is one of the popular saltpeter towns thriving during the industrial era, which no lay abandoned but recognized as a World Heritage Site.

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