You could definitely die on this Spanish cliff walk

Sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason. In the case of Spain's El Caminito del Rey ("The King's Little Path") -- a 3ft-wide trail that winds high above the Guadahorce River through the cliffs of El Chorro -- it's because one wrong step could kill you.

Dubbed "the planet's most dangerous pathway", the 109yr-old, 2.5-mile trail is in crumbling disrepair, and all that remains in some sections are slim metal support beams. As the trail was historically used to transport goods rather than earthy REI members, few guide rails were ever built either, so there's nothing protecting hikers from the 350ft drop-off along one side; in fact, two people fell to their deaths there in 2000.

That said, thrill-seeking climbers still have six more months to add an "El Caminito" notch to their belts before a planned multi-million dollar renovation takes all the fun/danger out of the place. To maximize on the awesome views of the Gaitanes Gorge below, the revamped path will include a skywalk built of wood and glass.

Or, if you prefer to spend your next vacation not risking your life (perhaps a Walking Dead Road Trip instead?) appreciate some sweaty palm-inducing pics and a 360-degree view from the safety of your desk, right here.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Follow her at a safe height on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.

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