As part of this grand, mysterious, and remarkable world, we are surrounded with stories and sights that fill us with awe: be it nature’s hold on the human spirit or sunlit glassy waters winding through the wilderness, nature’s eternal inspiration for mankind’s artistic creativity and personal spirituality has left us spellbound. Nature, always stunning, showcases it’s might in both spectacular and subtle ways. Here is a list of some of the most colorful places on Earth that will leave you spellbound:
Caño Cristales, Colombia
A biological wonder, Caño Cristales is known as the ‘River of five colors’ or the ‘most beautiful river in the world.’ Most of the year, the river is indistinguishable form other rivers, i.e. the usual bed of rocks and green moss filled water. But for a brief period of time the river blossoms in vibrant hue of colors. A unique plant species known as ‘Macarenia clavigera’ that lines the river floor turns into a brilliant shade of red, in contrast to yellow and green splotches of sand and crystal blue water.
Lavender Fields, France
The color purple beholds a certain mysticism. Imagine the famed fields lit up in blossoming lavender, the color and the scent encapsulating your senses. You can enjoy this alluring scene by car or on foot. The lavender blooms in its full glory from June to August. The fields are surrounded by sunflowers making it a perfect picnic spot. Besides, visiting the vast lavender fields you can also explore lavender farms and distilleries. There are street side shops that sell natural products made from lavender oil including soaps and shampoos.
Yuanyang Terraces, China
The terraced rice fields across Yuanyang forms a breathtaking masterpiece of ingenuity. From unique field sizes to mosaic of colorful landscape of natural beauty, these rice fields are officially acknowledged by UNESCO as the World Cultural and Heritage site. Besides being one of the top most amazing places on Earth these rice terraces hold immense historical patronage of almost 1000 years.
Lake Retba, Senegal
Less than an hour away from the capital city of Senegal is an unusual and eerie lake that will entice anyone. Lake Retba, separated by narrow dunes of Atlantic Ocean, is filled with an unusual vivid pink color. Commonly referred by the locals as the pink rose due to its color, the lake is visited by many. However, besides being one of the most colorful places on Earth, the distinct color is caused by a bacteria known as Dunaleilla. The bacteria produces a red pigment in order to absorb the sunlight. The lake’s water is high in salt content thus not many living things can survive, however, the lake is the main source for salt for local villages and also serves as a tourist destination.
The Marble Caves of Lago Carrera, Chile
Referred as the most beautiful cave network in the world, the Cuevas de Marmol is a 6000 year old nature’s marvel that hones the crystal blue waves of the Lago Carrera. Also called the ‘Marble Cathedral’, the place is intricately covered in a mosaic of beautiful colors making it one of the most colorful places on Earth. The swirling unique patterns on the marble reflect the lake’s azure waters creating a breathtaking scene. What is more captivating is the fact that the marble cave changes its appearance according to the seasons. In spring the crystalline white shimmered enamored colored cave walls look gorgeous. In summers, as the water level increases there is a more deep blue colored haze surrounding the marble cathedral. Tourists can access this haven by boats only.
A place immensely blessed by mother nature, Hunza is home to some of the most beautiful and magnificent views a place can offer. Explore Hunza in autumn to witness some of the most beautiful views. The place is covered with a riot of yellow poplars, red orchards and golden maize fields. Trees don their vibrant hues in pools of autumn gold and rust colored leaves. A vibrant view where autumn leaves are painted in all kinds of beautiful red and orange.
In the North East of Ethopia lies the seldom visited volcanic crater, Dallol, which is extraordinarily beautiful. Surrounding the volcanic crater are hot springs, salt mountains, gas geysers and pools of acid isolated by salt ridges. Besides having a bizarre landscape, the place is beautifully lit by hues of orange, red and misty gold that forms a picturesque view for visitors. The place however, is dangerous and requires various safety precautions. Dallol also hosts various minerals including iron oxide and salt deposits.
Also known as the Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn Germany, blooms like a giant flower bouquet during spring, transforming into a surreal sight. The Japanese Cherry Blossom trees were planted in the 1980’s. Since then, every spring the place turns into a beautiful sight covered with vivid colors and floral scent making it one if the most visited tourist spot.
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