Expedition Unknown: Secret Locations Around the World

Channel your inner Josh Gates and explore these mysterious, remote, off-the-tourist-track adventures. From dinosaur-track hunting in British Columbia to following the Voodoo Trail in West Africa, we’ve rounded up the most far-flung expeditions around the world.

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Sailing Down Chagres River

Sailing Down Chagres River

On Travel Channel's Expedition Unknown, host Josh Gates stands on a canoe during his journey down the Chagres River in Panama while retracing the steps of Captain Morgan. The twice-dammed river is the largest in the Panama Canal watershed. 960 1280

  

Portobelo

Portobelo

Portobelo was founded in 1597 and reportedly named by Christopher Columbus. Its fort was destroyed in the mid-18th century, during the War of Jenkins’ Ear. 960 1280

  

Meeting With the Embera

Meeting With the Embera

While in the village of the local Embera Indians in Panama, Josh stops to get a ceremonial tattoo before continuing his journey. 960 1280

  

Panama Canal Railway

Panama Canal Railway

When you want to get from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean quickly in Panama, take the famous Panama Canal Railway, which runs alongside the enormous canal. 960 1280

  

Miraflores Locks

Miraflores Locks

Josh poses on the Miraflores Locks as a cargo ship passes through the Panama Canal. Miraflores is 1 of 3 locks on the waterway. 960 1280

  

Lajas Reef

Lajas Reef

Josh and underwater archaeologist Fritz Hanselmann discuss the possibility of Captain Morgan's flagship being on the floor of the Lajas Reef in Panama. 960 1280

  

Searching the Seafloor

Searching the Seafloor

Joined by Fritz, Josh searches the seafloor of the Lajas Reef in Panama in hopes of finding clues to the wreckage of Captain Morgan's Satisfaction. 960 1280

  

Rising to the Surface

Rising to the Surface

After spending a few hours searching the seafloor for clues, Josh and Fritz rise to the surface to regroup. 960 1280

  

Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo

The former capital of Panama, Panama Viejo is the oldest part of the city and was very important to Captain Morgan’s raid. 960 1280

  

Transporting a Treasure Chest

Transporting a Treasure Chest

Josh helps Fritz's team transport the chest they found in a shipwreck on the seafloor, which they hope holds clues to the whereabouts of Captain Morgan’s lost flagship. 960 1280

  

Nazca Desert

Nazca Desert

Josh Gates stands with a Nazca expert named Mario, who teaches him how to make his own Nazca Line in the Peruvian desert. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Nazca Desert is covered in ancient works of art etched into the sand, called geoglyphs. 960 1280

  

Cahuachi Temple

Cahuachi Temple

One of several temples in Cahuachi, which acts as a Nazca religious site in the middle of the desert and offers breathtaking views of the vast surroundings. 960 1280

  

Trophy Heads

Trophy Heads

A look at trophy heads in the Paracas History Museum in Peru — the perfect place to learn more about the mysterious people who may have created the Nazca Lines. 960 1280

  

Paracas Artifacts

Paracas Artifacts

A look at several rare artifacts of the Paracas people. 960 1280

  

Riding Around the Desert

Riding Around the Desert

Josh hops on an ATV in the Peruvian desert as he follows a lead that the Nazca Lines point to water. 960 1280

  

Chauchilla Cemetery

Chauchilla Cemetery

A look at an authentic tomb at the Chauchilla Cemetery in Nazca, which is known for its mummified skeletons and burial arrangement. 960 1280

  

Nazca Aqueducts

Nazca Aqueducts

The so-called ojos provide access to the aqueducts that were handmade by the Nazca people, which are dug deep into the desert in order to filter fresh water. 960 1280

  

Desert Vistas

Desert Vistas

A picturesque view of the gorgeous landscape in the Peruvian desert. 960 1280

  

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Josh Gates and his crew go underwater to investigate the sunken Yonaguni rock formation ruins off the coast of Japan. 960 1280

  

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

The debate has raged for years: Are the Yonaguni ruins a natural formation or man-made? 960 1280

  

Josh’s Mode of Transport, Japan

Josh’s Mode of Transport, Japan

Josh Gates travels light to explore the small Yonaguni island to investigate whether the Yonaguni ruins off the coast of Japan are natural or man-made. 960 1280

  

Jungles of Yonaguni, Japan

Jungles of Yonaguni, Japan

Josh stumbles upon this holy site with a face-like structure, similar to one seen in the underwater ruins, while searching the Yonaguni jungle. Its origins are completely unknown and is considered a guardian looking over the ruins. 960 1280

  

Artifacts from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, North Carolina

Artifacts from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, North Carolina

In North Carolina, archaeologist Billy Ray Morris shows Josh Gates an anchor, one of the remaining pieces of the infamous English pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. 960 1280

  

Blackbeard’s Lodge, North Carolina

Blackbeard’s Lodge, North Carolina

This funky lodge is owned and operated by Blackbeard’s quartermaster’s descendant. Ask for Chip to see the family tree! 960 1280

  

Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Josh Gates and treasure hunter Ed Lavado get access to this restricted nature preserve, with historic wells like this one that more likely were visited by Blackbeard himself, to hunt for the pirate’s lost treasure. 960 1280

  

Coast of Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Coast of Springer’s Point, North Carolina

As Ed Lavado digs, Josh Gates inspects an artifact that might be a part of Blackbeard's lost treasure. 960 1280

  

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Josh Gates visits Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, which is believed to have been the home of the Ark of the Covenant, during his search for the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Underground Clues, Istanbul

Underground Clues, Istanbul

Josh teams up with a group of archaeologists to search the underworld of Istanbul for the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Ancient Chariot Racing Stadium, Istanbul

Ancient Chariot Racing Stadium, Istanbul

The air is potentially toxic in the tunnels behind this door of a building from the Byzantine era in Istanbul. Josh and a group of archaeologists prepare to explore the tunnels in search of biblical relics hidden underground. 960 1280

  

Underneath the Hippodrome, Istanbul

Underneath the Hippodrome, Istanbul

Josh and the archaeologists wade through potentially toxic knee-deep water in the tunnels beneath the ancient chariot racing stadium to search for biblical relics and the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Searching for Suleiman, Hungary

Searching for Suleiman, Hungary

Josh travels by land and air to search for the lost heart of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire. 960 1280

  

Underground Wine Cellar, Hungary

Underground Wine Cellar, Hungary

Josh and his guides explore a Hungarian cellar below a wine vineyard where they believe the lost heart of Suleiman the Magnificent may be buried. 960 1280

  

Underwater Nazi Treasure, Austria

Underwater Nazi Treasure, Austria

Josh suits up to search for treasures buried and stolen by the Third Reich during World War II. There have been finds in surrounding lakes, here, but this one has yet to be searched.

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Excavated Site, Austria

Excavated Site, Austria

Local researcher Andreas Sulzer leads Josh into a restricted area behind an old rifle range to show him an excavated site with a possible entrance to a hidden underground Nazi facility.
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Hazyview, South Africa

Hazyview, South Africa

In 1900, South African President Paul Kruger flees with his country’s entire financial reserves, gold coins worth about $1 billion in today’s currency. Kruger’s fortune has never been found, but evidence of its existence is out there. Josh meets with the chief of the Shangana Tribe in South Africa to get permission to search Kruger National Park for clues. The chief also gifts Josh with a spear to protect him from dangerous wildlife inside. 960 1280

  

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Archaeologist Anton van Vollenhoven has found Kruger-era artifacts like weaponry inside these caves, some of the oldest on Earth. 960 1280

  

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Josh and Anton explore the cathedral-like caves – and its too-small-for-large-TV-cameras passageways – in search of Kruger-era artifacts. 960 1280

  

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Josh goes airborne in this Gyrocopter to investigate the legend of G.A. Farini’s lost city. The acrobatic daredevil and explorer claimed in the late 1800s that he had come across the ruins of a lost city half buried in the sands of Africa’s Kalahari Desert. 960 1280

  

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Josh begins his search for the lost city the same way Farini began his Kalahari adventure – arriving in Cape Town by boat. 960 1280

  

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Josh and explorer Adam Cruise have to improvise when it comes to travel in the Kalahari Desert. 960 1280

  

Bakong Cave, Philippines

Bakong Cave, Philippines

During World War II, the Japanese collected a vast fortune of gold by looting across Asia and transported it to the Philippines. After the Allies won the war, the fortune was inexplicably lost. Here, Josh searches a cave system rumored to have treasure left behind by the Japanese with two local treasure hunters.
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Mode of Transport, Philippines

Mode of Transport, Philippines

It’s never a dull moment with Josh on the move. His mode of transport in the Philippines to an excavation site is buffalo. 960 1280

  

Excavation Site, Philippines

Excavation Site, Philippines

After trekking through thick jungle, Josh and treasure hunter Henry Roxas explore an expansive cave system that may contain the lost treasure of Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita. 960 1280

  

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Josh’s first stop in his investigation of the origins of the legendary utopia of Shangri-La is Nepal’s capital city. 960 1280

  

Chhusang, Nepal

Chhusang, Nepal

Shangri-La is inspired by a mythical kingdom in Buddhist tradition known as Shambhala. The trek through Nepal to the mysterious sky caves, the possible location of the hidden utopia, isn’t an easy one. 960 1280

  

Mustang Region, Nepal

Mustang Region, Nepal

Surely this bridge in Nepal is safe to pass through... 960 1280

  

Himalayas

Himalayas

After hours of hiking and with the help of some homemade ladders, Josh and his crew reach a hidden chamber more than 14,000 feet high in the Himalayan mountains.
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Hidden Caves, Himalayas

Hidden Caves, Himalayas

Josh and archaeologists Mark Aldenderfer and Mohan Singh Lama discover remnants of a culture that hasn’t been seen in 500 years. 960 1280

  

Madeira, Spain

Madeira, Spain

Built by local craftsman, this is one of the only working replicas of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’ flagship used in his first voyage. Josh takes a ride in the replica during his voyage to investigate the true story of Columbus and search for his remains. 960 1280

  

Archive General de Indeas, Spain

Archive General de Indeas, Spain

Josh Gates and archivist Consuela Varella look through documents written by Christopher Columbus himself, left in the Archive General de Indeas in Seville, Spain. 960 1280

  

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

The Faro o Colon is a massive cross-shaped structure in the Dominican Republic dedicated to Christopher Columbus and almost cathedral-like in its enormity. Here, historians believe they have the real remains of Columbus, a claim that has divided Dominicans and Spaniards, who believe they actually have the real remains. 960 1280

  

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

This tomb in the Faro o Colon may hold the remains of Christopher Columbus.
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Running of the Bulls, Spain

Running of the Bulls, Spain

How could you film in Spain without stopping by the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona? Josh is ready to give it a shot. 960 1280

  

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Archaeologist Alain Norestin introduces Josh to the Tap-Tap, a covered pick-up truck and the standard form of public transit in Cap-Haitien. 960 1280

  

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Josh and Alain dig for clues as to where remnants of Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria, may be buried along the coasts of Cap-Haitien where Columbus first settled.
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The Center of the World, Ecuador

The Center of the World, Ecuador

While traveling Ecuador searching for a long-lost Incan mummy and fortress, Josh visits Quito’s La Mitad del Mundo monument marking the equator -- he has one foot in one hemisphere and one foot in another. 960 1280

  

Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Josh takes in the culture in Ecuador’s capital city. 960 1280

  

Aerial View, Ecuador

Aerial View, Ecuador

Josh’s guide uses a drone to photograph the Incan trails ahead and stitch them together into a road map for directions. 960 1280

  

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