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The Truth is Out There - Mysteries on Holiday

Today saw the announcement that the ever-popular television drama The X-Files will be returning to our screens soon. Fondly remembered for bringing both mystery and the supernatural to our living rooms, agents Mulder and Scully will appear in a new 6-part series.

As such, we bring to you a list of holiday destinations that may hide secrets even the dynamic duo themselves may struggle to uncover, but will still leave you saying 'I want to believe'.

Glass Beach – California, USA

Glass Beach

Our first stop from Wisconsin takes us to the USA's west coast and the remarkable glass beach of California. The shoreline almost entirely enveloped by glass that has been worked and worn down to pebble-esque entities is a truly incredible site. Unfortunately for our two agents though, it’s mystery solved in this case. The glass beach came as a result of an excessive amount of garbage being dumped in Northern California. It’s beauty should perhaps be ignored when trying to make a point about the causes of pollution then.

The Ik-Kil Cenote – Yucatan, Mexico

Ik-kil

Not just a thing of beauty, the Ik-Kil Cenote in Mexico also holds secrets of it’s own. Dating back to the Mayan civilization, it was seen as a sacred place and as an entrance to the underworld; it was used primarily for relaxation and the performing of rituals. Young men and women were cast into the cenote and left to drown as a sacrifice to the rain deity, Chaac. Today it acts as a highly popular swimming location for locals and tourists alike.

Hotel del Salto - Colombia

Hotel Del Salto

Constructed in 1923, “The Mansion of Tequendama Falls” overlooks the falls on the Bogota River in Colombia. Formerly a hotel, the gothic mansion acts as a striking symbol to the area thanks to it’s exterior features of French architecture enveloped in true natural beauty. Suffering from many years of abandonment and neglect, it was said to have been haunted and was tragically the location of a number of local suicides. Today, it stands as a museum of biodiversity and culture, though the entire tale of this remarkable structure remains undetermined.

Iron Pillar - Delhi

Iron Pillar

Our next stop is in Delhi where we encounter a large pillar in remarkably good condition. Nothing interesting there? Well, this pillar is over 1600 years old. The Iron Pillar looms over the centre of the Quwwatul Mosque and acts as a place to ‘test’ people in groups by having them try to embrace the pole and touch their own hand on the opposing side. Even more puzzling though, is the fact that the pillar had been moved there around 1,000 years ago, with no real knowledge of where from, or even how.

Stone Spheres – Costa Rica

Stone Spheres

Finally, we turn to Costa Rica where we find the aptly named ‘Las Bolas’ (or ‘The Balls’), where over 300 stone spheres congregate. Mostly made from gabbro, it has remained a mystery how such a material could be worked and formed in this way, though many theories have offered explanation. For example, it has been suggested that the stones came from the underwater city of Atlantis; that the locals had a rock-softening potion and even that they are the cannon balls of Tlatchque, the God of thunder. The spheres make for a remarkable sight in glorious Costa Rica, which doesn’t make it a bad place to crack the case!

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