World of Wonders
When you hear the term “world wonders,” you probably think of the same thing that most other people would think of: the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, and Uluru Rock. These are the wonders that we see on travel blogs and on “bucket lists” all over the world. However, most of these are man-made, and they are almost all tourist traps. Yes, they are enthralling sights to see and would make any travel junkie feel dwarfed in their presence, but there are natural wonders all over the world that are much less known and equally beautiful.
We live on a planet overflowing with natural wonders and sights that no one could possibly imagine: rocks in a rainbow of colors, crystal clear lakes nestled between snowy peaks, lush green oases hiding between burning red sands in the middle of nowhere. Whatever you love, be it barren heights or deep green canyons with exquisite foliage spots, there is a natural wonder out there that would blow your mind with its majesty. Let’s take a look at some of the natural world wonders that you probably didn’t know existed.
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The word “riviera” is usually associated with France or Italy, but if you want to experience untouched and crowd-free beauty, the Albanian Riviera is the place for you. Albania is home to some of the most exquisite coastlines the world has to offer. In the middle of Europe lie beaches that would be at home on any tropical island. Albania is not a place that appears on most travelers’ wishlists, but after seeing the beaches and sleepy, traditional little coastal towns that reside next to them, you’ll change your mind about that in a heartbeat.
Though it’s a mouthful to pronounce (len-swaas -mara-nyenses), the Lencois Maranhenses is an incredible sight to see. It’s something of a natural phenomenon: pools of water in between enormous sand dunes. This location is close enough to Sao Luis in northern Brazil to make a day trip of it. It is best viewed from a plane or helicopter; and will take your breath away.
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This is less one wonder and more a collection of them. Places like the UK and Italy are well known and loved for their countryside, but Armenia truly takes the cake. Take in the Khor Virap monastery on its hillside perch overlooking Mount Ararat (yes, the one from the bible). Travel through lush green fields, and along jagged mountain ranges. The Albanian countryside offers both rolling greenery and barren landscapes, so you’re spoiled for choice when visiting these natural wonders.
Beaches are usually known for being sunny and bright, but Iceland’s beaches are famous for their beautifully bleak appearance and black sands. Usually set against gray, stony cliffs, the beaches of Iceland are one of the main reasons that many travel to this remote part of the world. The sand is black due to Iceland’s wealth of volcanic activity.
The Poles have long known that the Tatra Mountains are the perfect place to experience scenic Alpine majesty, but now you know too! If you’re heading to Poland, this region is unmissable. You can take hikes in the Dolina Pieciu Stawow (Valley of Five Lakes) or the Dolina Gasienicowa (Valley of Dry Water) for unrivaled views and alpine flora and stop to see Morskie Oko Lake.
Petra is the best-known destination in Jordan, but the Wadi Rum desert is a scene unlike anything else on earth. The martian looking landscapes are so convincing that they’ve been host to several film crews creating Mars-themed masterpieces. Experience desert living and hiking at its best.
Though Prague is the destination for most entering the Czech Republic as tourists; it’s the rock town in the west that we’ve chosen as our wonder. Though it’s not technically a town. The Adrspach-Teplice rock formations are imposing and impressive nonetheless. Wrap up warm and walk through the rocky labyrinths, boat along the river, and wonder at nature’s creation.
If relaxing on a smooth beach is more your style; we present to you the Lakshadweep Islands. Not too far from the tourist-saturated Maldives and just as stunning, these islands are perfect for a relaxing vacation. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters near villages, experience delicious Indian cuisine, and the warmth and welcoming attitude of the locals. This is an authentic experience, no western spas here!
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Mountain air, fresh, clear mountain water, and exquisite vistas as far as the eye can see. The Triglav National Park encompasses deep caves, ancient castles, rippling lakes, winding rivers, and steep gorges. The natural beauty in this park is completely unspoiled by human hands, and it’s a safe, idyllic place for an outdoor trip whether you’re traveling alone or in a group. The Sorga River and Bohinj Lake are waiting to welcome you.
Forget the Grand Canyon; this is the place to be. The rock formations in the Yangykala Canyons are a sight to see. Their earthy color palette sits in lines all the way down to the ground, showing off the earth’s natural layers. You won’t find long lines of tourists here, just beauty as far as the eye can see.
Stay off the beaten track with these unusual travel destinations. Which one of these natural, underrated wonders will you be seeing first?
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