Amazing Places Featured on Expedition Unknown, Season 2

In season 2 of Expedition Unknown, the adventures get even bigger, the climbs get higher and the dives go deeper. Check out some highlights from host Josh Gates' latest investigations around the world in places like Ecuador, Austria, Haiti and more. 

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An Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea ("Amelia Earhart")

An Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea ("Amelia Earhart")

Josh is winding up his tête-à-tête with a helpful tribal elder in a Papua New Guinean village when the ground itself performs a welcome dance for him and his crew: Earthquake! Children shriek, livestock gallop around the jungle clearing in crazy eights, and the island rattles beneath them all like a prospector’s pan. “It happens a lot here,” Josh’s translator says. Josh rolls with the rolling: “Massive earthquake during an interview: check.” (Watch the full episode here.) 960 1280

  

Spear-Waving Tribesmen Meet Josh's Helicopter ("Amelia Earhart")

Spear-Waving Tribesmen Meet Josh's Helicopter ("Amelia Earhart")

When the crew’s helicopter touches down in a remote jungle clearing near the remains of a plane crash, they learn that welcomes vary quite a bit from tribe to tribe. The cameraman leaps out to film Josh’s exit, and leaps right back in: “The natives over there are S#@&!%@ angry looking, bro!” Josh tumbles out with the rest of the team anyway, the chopper rises back into the sky without them, and the clearing bristles with well-armed locals. What happened to the happy mud dancers and the welcome-to-the-tribe paint? Happily, the war party is a welcome party, and its two fierce-looking spokesmen introduce themselves as Bill and Clement. Spear-waving is just their way of saying hello. 960 1280

  

Josh Eats a Guinea Pig ("City of Gold")

Josh Eats a Guinea Pig ("City of Gold")

Josh arrives in Lima, Peru’s gargantuan capital, with an appetite for exploration of all sorts. He’s heading to Cusco to join Greg Deyermenjian’s expedition and hunt for the Incas’ lost treasure, but he’s not about to do it on an empty stomach. He meets a street vendor and reaches for a delicacy locals have favored for more than five thousand years—known to them as cuy and in the States as guinea pig. “I really can’t look at it,” he says, “but it’s very good."  960 1280

  

A Drive Along Peruvian Cliffs of Death ("City of Gold")

A Drive Along Peruvian Cliffs of Death ("City of Gold")

If automotive safety innovations like asphalt and guard rails cramp your style, the stomach-churning route between the Peruvian city of Cusco and Lake Pumacocha is for you. In many remote villages, the locals perform their own roadwork by hand. Dramatic high-altitude storms, in turn, shroud the mountain paths in fog and pock them with massive mud puddles. The Paititi expedition’s 4x4s seem like a solid choice for the first portion of Josh and his companions’ trip, but let’s be honest: sure-footed llamas ruled the road at the height of Incan civilization for a reason.  960 1280

  

A Swarm of Hornets Attacks Josh ("City of Gold")

A Swarm of Hornets Attacks Josh ("City of Gold")

The Incas’ legendary stronghold of unimaginable wealth is thought by some to exist in the unexplored territory north of the former capital city of Cusco. Hornets’ nests, in turn, are known by some to exist in the unexplored territory north of the former capital city of Cusco. A member of Josh’s expedition group steps on one as they lurch through the brush at the edge of the Urubamba River. The Schmidt Pain Index describes the pain of various hornets’ stings as “rich, hearty, slightly crunchy...[s]imilar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door,” and “like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.” We can’t know for sure what Josh’s particular stings felt like in the moment, due to a few well-placed bleeps. 960 1280

  

Josh is Chased Out of a Cemetery ("Hunting Vampires")

Josh is Chased Out of a Cemetery ("Hunting Vampires")

In Marotinu de Sus, a far-flung village in southwest Romania, superstitious locals dig up a recently deceased man, burn his heart, and mix its ashes with water as a quaff to heal the sick. To Josh, that can only mean one thing: It’s time for a road trip. He visits the scene of the desecration to investigate strigoi, or vampire-like beings that prey on the living. Then the living—who are not interested in attention from outsiders—show up to chase him out of the cemetery. (Watch the full episode here.)   960 1280

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Josh Has a Close Call With a Land Mine ("Temple of Doom")

Josh Has a Close Call With a Land Mine ("Temple of Doom")

Josh’s trip to Cambodia to explore the rediscovered city of the 9th-century God King Jayavarman II and search for a sandstone artifact with supernatural powers sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster—in fact, one of the experts he meets served as a local consultant on Tomb Raider—but the aftermath of the country’s brutal civil war is all too real. When he meets with Aki Ra, a demining expert who takes him into an area outside Phnom Kulen that’s still littered with land mines, he walks within feet of a live explosive. UN-approved protective gear or no, the experience is a sobering one. 960 1280

  

Josh Crosses the World's Worst Bridge ("Temple of Doom")

Josh Crosses the World's Worst Bridge ("Temple of Doom")

After demonstrating that he’s more than half crazy by wrangling a bird-sized black scorpion with his bare hands, an archaeological assistant named Pich offers to lead Josh up a haunted mountain, through a lightning storm and down a “very bad” road to a secret excavation site. Could this be the place where the Angkorian king Jayavarman II performed the Hindu ritual that enabled him to turn his enemies to ash? The good news is that Josh and Pich eventually find a yoni, or artifact that symbolizes the goddess Shakti, that has been perfectly preserved for 1,200 years. The bad news is that the ridiculous stick-bridge they take to get there looks like it won’t last the night. “I’ve seen a lot of bad bridges before,” Josh says. “This may be the worst one ever.”  960 1280

  

Josh is Nearly Buried Alive in a Mine ("World's 8th Wonder")

Josh is Nearly Buried Alive in a Mine ("World's 8th Wonder")

Josh follows a WWII-era paper trail to Deutschneudorf, Germany, where a 17th-century silver mine could conceal The Amber Chamber, a priceless masterpiece once stolen by the Nazis. The mine itself is something of a masterpiece, but its serpentine tunnels haven’t been reinforced in half a century. When Josh and Deutschneudorf’s mayor push to the edge of the explorers’ underground territory, a monstrous rumble makes it clear that they could end up buried for 50 years.  960 1280

  

Josh Decides It's Time to Rappel (Seasons 1-?)

Josh Decides It's Time to Rappel (Seasons 1-?)

Prominent Josh Gates scholars speculate that his Explorers Club initiation included a solemn, secret vow that he will never make use of stairs or a ladder when he has the opportunity to rappel. The theory has yet to find its way into textbooks, but supporting evidence is plentiful (and vicariously dizzying). Triple-check those knots, man. 960 1280

  

Looking Out Over Norway

Looking Out Over Norway

Josh takes in the view from atop Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, while he searches for the mythical Viking sunstone. 960 1280

  

Nidaros Cathedral

Nidaros Cathedral

This is the glorious Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. The cathedral is said to be the final resting place of Viking King St. Olaf, who is rumored to have a treasured sunstone buried with him. 960 1280

  

Inside Nidaros Cathedral

Inside Nidaros Cathedral

Josh stands in front of the beautiful, gothic architecture, Nidaros Cathedral. 960 1280

  

Sampling the Local Cuisine

Sampling the Local Cuisine

Before embarking on his quest for the elusive Viking sunstone, Josh sits in a small diner to sample Norway’s local cuisine and wine. 960 1280

  

Searching Catacombs

Searching Catacombs

Josh and church official Ingrid Tesli search the catacombs under Nidaros Cathedral for the unmarked tomb of King Olaf. 960 1280

  

Authentic Viking Hall

Authentic Viking Hall

During his journey across Norway, Josh stops at Migrad, an authentic Viking hall. People welcomed him with open arms on his quest to find a Viking sunstone. 960 1280

  

Feeling Like a Viking

Feeling Like a Viking

Josh is decked out in full Viking garb -- along with his companion craftsman Gyra -- as he gets ready to climb aboard an authentic Viking vessel in Oslo, Norway. 960 1280

  

Osseburg Viking Ship

Osseburg Viking Ship

Located inside the Viking Museum in Oslo, Norway, the Osseburg Viking ship was discovered completely intact. These vessels carried the Vikings across the Atlantic and throughout Europe. 960 1280

  

Looking for Calcite Crystals

Looking for Calcite Crystals

Josh and his guide, Christian Berg, repel deep into an abandoned mine in Kongsberg, Norway, in search of calcite crystal to test the sunstone myth. 960 1280

  

Josh Gates stands on the Lae runway in Papua New Guinea, the last location Amelia Earhart took off from before her disappearance while attempting to circumnavigate the world. 960 1280

  

Following new evidence of possible wreckage of Amelia Earhart's plane, Josh heads to the picturesque island of Fiji to search for more clues. 960 1280

  

While in Papua New Guinea to search for clues about what happened to Amelia Earhart, Josh utilizes his musical talents in a traditional dance with villagers from Vumalama. 960 1280

  

Josh takes a candid moment to thank the young men in the Asaro Mudmen tribe in Papua New Guinea for their hospitality while he searches for the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane. 960 1280

  

Papua New Guinea was heavily involved in the Pacific theater in WWII and, as a result, has many remains of planes from those battles. 960 1280

  

Josh meets with John Grey, who recounts his memories from childhood of finding a skull under his home that may be connected to Amelia Earhart. 960 1280

  

The South Pacific island of Fiji has some of the most gorgeous vistas in the world, and Josh takes his viewers there to explore the theory of the final fate of Amelia Earhart. 960 1280

  

Josh crawls under John Grey's childhood home, where he hopes to find more bones that may provide answers to Amelia Earhart’s final fate. 960 1280

  

Josh meets with a local Fijian and gets a tour of a village that is the home of a man who may be in possession of Amelia Earhart's alleged remains. 960 1280

  

In order to get to a remote village on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji, Josh utilizes a bili-bili, a simple bamboo raft used by locals to traverse the islands. 960 1280

  

Josh is welcomed into the village on Viti Levu in Fiji after he presents the chief with kava. Josh is following a lead that one of the members of the tribe has information on the final fate of Amelia Earhart. 960 1280

  

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An Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea ("Amelia Earhart")

An Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea ("Amelia Earhart")

Josh is winding up his tête-à-tête with a helpful tribal elder in a Papua New Guinean village when the ground itself performs a welcome dance for him and his crew: Earthquake! Children shriek, livestock gallop around the jungle clearing in crazy eights, and the island rattles beneath them all like a prospector’s pan. “It happens a lot here,” Josh’s translator says. Josh rolls with the rolling: “Massive earthquake during an interview: check.” (Watch the full episode here.) 960 1280

  

Spear-Waving Tribesmen Meet Josh's Helicopter ("Amelia Earhart")

Spear-Waving Tribesmen Meet Josh's Helicopter ("Amelia Earhart")

When the crew’s helicopter touches down in a remote jungle clearing near the remains of a plane crash, they learn that welcomes vary quite a bit from tribe to tribe. The cameraman leaps out to film Josh’s exit, and leaps right back in: “The natives over there are S#@&!%@ angry looking, bro!” Josh tumbles out with the rest of the team anyway, the chopper rises back into the sky without them, and the clearing bristles with well-armed locals. What happened to the happy mud dancers and the welcome-to-the-tribe paint? Happily, the war party is a welcome party, and its two fierce-looking spokesmen introduce themselves as Bill and Clement. Spear-waving is just their way of saying hello. 960 1280

  

Josh Eats a Guinea Pig ("City of Gold")

Josh Eats a Guinea Pig ("City of Gold")

Josh arrives in Lima, Peru’s gargantuan capital, with an appetite for exploration of all sorts. He’s heading to Cusco to join Greg Deyermenjian’s expedition and hunt for the Incas’ lost treasure, but he’s not about to do it on an empty stomach. He meets a street vendor and reaches for a delicacy locals have favored for more than five thousand years—known to them as cuy and in the States as guinea pig. “I really can’t look at it,” he says, “but it’s very good."  960 1280

  

A Drive Along Peruvian Cliffs of Death ("City of Gold")

A Drive Along Peruvian Cliffs of Death ("City of Gold")

If automotive safety innovations like asphalt and guard rails cramp your style, the stomach-churning route between the Peruvian city of Cusco and Lake Pumacocha is for you. In many remote villages, the locals perform their own roadwork by hand. Dramatic high-altitude storms, in turn, shroud the mountain paths in fog and pock them with massive mud puddles. The Paititi expedition’s 4x4s seem like a solid choice for the first portion of Josh and his companions’ trip, but let’s be honest: sure-footed llamas ruled the road at the height of Incan civilization for a reason.  960 1280

  

A Swarm of Hornets Attacks Josh ("City of Gold")

A Swarm of Hornets Attacks Josh ("City of Gold")

The Incas’ legendary stronghold of unimaginable wealth is thought by some to exist in the unexplored territory north of the former capital city of Cusco. Hornets’ nests, in turn, are known by some to exist in the unexplored territory north of the former capital city of Cusco. A member of Josh’s expedition group steps on one as they lurch through the brush at the edge of the Urubamba River. The Schmidt Pain Index describes the pain of various hornets’ stings as “rich, hearty, slightly crunchy...[s]imilar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door,” and “like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.” We can’t know for sure what Josh’s particular stings felt like in the moment, due to a few well-placed bleeps. 960 1280

  

Josh is Chased Out of a Cemetery ("Hunting Vampires")

Josh is Chased Out of a Cemetery ("Hunting Vampires")

In Marotinu de Sus, a far-flung village in southwest Romania, superstitious locals dig up a recently deceased man, burn his heart, and mix its ashes with water as a quaff to heal the sick. To Josh, that can only mean one thing: It’s time for a road trip. He visits the scene of the desecration to investigate strigoi, or vampire-like beings that prey on the living. Then the living—who are not interested in attention from outsiders—show up to chase him out of the cemetery. (Watch the full episode here.)   960 1280

Josh Gates  

Josh Has a Close Call With a Land Mine ("Temple of Doom")

Josh Has a Close Call With a Land Mine ("Temple of Doom")

Josh’s trip to Cambodia to explore the rediscovered city of the 9th-century God King Jayavarman II and search for a sandstone artifact with supernatural powers sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster—in fact, one of the experts he meets served as a local consultant on Tomb Raider—but the aftermath of the country’s brutal civil war is all too real. When he meets with Aki Ra, a demining expert who takes him into an area outside Phnom Kulen that’s still littered with land mines, he walks within feet of a live explosive. UN-approved protective gear or no, the experience is a sobering one. 960 1280

  

Josh Crosses the World's Worst Bridge ("Temple of Doom")

Josh Crosses the World's Worst Bridge ("Temple of Doom")

After demonstrating that he’s more than half crazy by wrangling a bird-sized black scorpion with his bare hands, an archaeological assistant named Pich offers to lead Josh up a haunted mountain, through a lightning storm and down a “very bad” road to a secret excavation site. Could this be the place where the Angkorian king Jayavarman II performed the Hindu ritual that enabled him to turn his enemies to ash? The good news is that Josh and Pich eventually find a yoni, or artifact that symbolizes the goddess Shakti, that has been perfectly preserved for 1,200 years. The bad news is that the ridiculous stick-bridge they take to get there looks like it won’t last the night. “I’ve seen a lot of bad bridges before,” Josh says. “This may be the worst one ever.”  960 1280

  

Josh is Nearly Buried Alive in a Mine ("World's 8th Wonder")

Josh is Nearly Buried Alive in a Mine ("World's 8th Wonder")

Josh follows a WWII-era paper trail to Deutschneudorf, Germany, where a 17th-century silver mine could conceal The Amber Chamber, a priceless masterpiece once stolen by the Nazis. The mine itself is something of a masterpiece, but its serpentine tunnels haven’t been reinforced in half a century. When Josh and Deutschneudorf’s mayor push to the edge of the explorers’ underground territory, a monstrous rumble makes it clear that they could end up buried for 50 years.  960 1280

  

Josh Decides It's Time to Rappel (Seasons 1-?)

Josh Decides It's Time to Rappel (Seasons 1-?)

Prominent Josh Gates scholars speculate that his Explorers Club initiation included a solemn, secret vow that he will never make use of stairs or a ladder when he has the opportunity to rappel. The theory has yet to find its way into textbooks, but supporting evidence is plentiful (and vicariously dizzying). Triple-check those knots, man. 960 1280

  

Looking Out Over Norway

Looking Out Over Norway

Josh takes in the view from atop Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, while he searches for the mythical Viking sunstone. 960 1280

  

Nidaros Cathedral

Nidaros Cathedral

This is the glorious Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. The cathedral is said to be the final resting place of Viking King St. Olaf, who is rumored to have a treasured sunstone buried with him. 960 1280

  

Inside Nidaros Cathedral

Inside Nidaros Cathedral

Josh stands in front of the beautiful, gothic architecture, Nidaros Cathedral. 960 1280

  

Sampling the Local Cuisine

Sampling the Local Cuisine

Before embarking on his quest for the elusive Viking sunstone, Josh sits in a small diner to sample Norway’s local cuisine and wine. 960 1280

  

Searching Catacombs

Searching Catacombs

Josh and church official Ingrid Tesli search the catacombs under Nidaros Cathedral for the unmarked tomb of King Olaf. 960 1280

  

Authentic Viking Hall

Authentic Viking Hall

During his journey across Norway, Josh stops at Migrad, an authentic Viking hall. People welcomed him with open arms on his quest to find a Viking sunstone. 960 1280

  

Feeling Like a Viking

Feeling Like a Viking

Josh is decked out in full Viking garb -- along with his companion craftsman Gyra -- as he gets ready to climb aboard an authentic Viking vessel in Oslo, Norway. 960 1280

  

Osseburg Viking Ship

Osseburg Viking Ship

Located inside the Viking Museum in Oslo, Norway, the Osseburg Viking ship was discovered completely intact. These vessels carried the Vikings across the Atlantic and throughout Europe. 960 1280

  

Looking for Calcite Crystals

Looking for Calcite Crystals

Josh and his guide, Christian Berg, repel deep into an abandoned mine in Kongsberg, Norway, in search of calcite crystal to test the sunstone myth. 960 1280

  

Welcome to Myanmar

Welcome to Myanmar

While in Myanmar searching for the Great Bell of King Dhammazedi, Josh takes in one of the many religious sites in Yangon. 960 1280

  

Temples of Bagan

Temples of Bagan

Located in central Myanmar, Bagan is home to more than 2,000 temples. From the ninth century to the 13th century, Bagan was the center of the kingdom of Pagan, the heart of the Pagan Empire. It is estimated that there were more than 10,000 temples here at the height of the kingdom. 960 1280

  

Mount Popa

Mount Popa

Mount Popa is known as the home of the “nats,” Myanmar’s own spirits, which are worshipped in conjunction with Buddhism. After walking up 777 steps to the monastery on the mountain, Josh is greeted by Mr. Swe, a knowledgeable local. He teaches Josh about the history of Mount Popa and the religious traditions. 960 1280

  

Last Chance to Shop

Last Chance to Shop

While in Bagan, Josh stops at a local market to do some quick shopping. 960 1280

  

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda is more than 2,500 years old and is the hub of Yangon. Considered to be the holiest shrine in Myanmar, it welcomes thousands of pilgrims each year. This is where Josh meets with businessman Chit San Win to discuss his involvement with the Dhammazedi bell. 960 1280

  

Exploring the Local Market

Exploring the Local Market

Josh explores the local market in the township of Dala and purchases gifts for the local divers as an offering of good faith. 960 1280

  

Yangon Wharf

Yangon Wharf

Josh meets Damien Lay at the Yangon wharf to prepare for their boating expedition.  Before gearing up, Damien lays out the dangers that lie underneath the water. 960 1280

  

Preparing to Dive

Preparing to Dive

Josh prepares to dive in the Yangon River as he searches for the missing Great Bell of Dhammazedi. 960 1280

  

Great Bell of Dhammazedi

Great Bell of Dhammazedi

Bells, such as this one and the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, are extremely prevalent in the Buddhist religion. The ringing of a bell is a ritual used to call worshippers to mindfulness. 960 1280

  

Nat Spirits at Mount Popa

Nat Spirits at Mount Popa

A look at some of the nat spirits at Mount Popa in Bagan, Myanmar. Nat spirits are like patron saints of Myanmar that cover almost every aspect of a person’s life. 960 1280

  

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