03/18/2012 10:40 am ET Updated May 18, 2012

Exploring Lost Worlds (PHOTOS)

This year, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic adventure novel "The Lost World," celebrates its centenary.

Recalling the vivid and exotic images Doyle painted of South America has got us thinking about the places in today's world that still hark back to an age of strange, unexplored lands.

For those of you who yearn to wander back in history and venture somewhere steeped in mystery and intrigue, these are our Black Tomato picks for Doyle-esque modern day adventuring. Minus the dinosaurs.