Visit some of the most amazing places in the world, that will take your breath away. From crystal blue lakes to mysterious rivers to remote wilderness, experience nature in its purest form:
Maly Semyachik in Kamchatka, Russia
Maly Semyachic is a volcanic range that stretches about 3 kilometers long. The natural wonder consists of 3 joined cones including the ancient north cone, the middle cone and the south west cone with several volcanic craters. Surrounded by the mighty blue Pacific Ocean and Okhtosk Sea, Kamchatka’s volcanoes create spectacular scenery and has a mineral-rich ecosystem. The Kamchatka is a nature’s reserve with million hectares of remote wilderness serving as a safe habitat to many wild life species. The Geyser River, with its famous Valley of the Geysers and hundreds of hot springs, runs through it. Vast glaciers nestle in mountain depressions and high waterfalls tumble into deep valleys. Amongst them is the Maly Semyachik lake that forms the most prominent part of south west crater, Troitsky. The beautiful light-greenish lake has a diameter of 500 meters with a depth of 140 meters. However, the water is acid with high amounts of sulphur and higher salt content than the sea water.
Hinatuan River, Philippines
Located on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines is the magical enchanted Hinatuan River. Meandering between the Philipines Sea and Pacific Ocean, the Hinatuan River is one of the amazing places in the world. The river is surrounded by thick green palm tree forests and has strikingly blue clear water. The river is widely known to be mystical and is steeped with folklore and legends. Nobody has been able to find the mysterious rivers main source. However, many people believe the river emanates from an underground cave system. The river is so magnificently impressive that the clarity of water is perceived as “floating on air”. The strikingly azure blue water is 50 feet deep and people can actually see passages, chasms and underground tunnels in the river’s lagoon.
The extraordinary desert oasis Huacachina is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America. The adrenaline filled tour consists of dune buggy, sand boarding and boat tour. One of the most amazing places in the world, oasis town is among the driest places on earth, surrounded by palm trees and tranquil lagoon. Tourists can visit the barren desert and the surreal settlement with 96 residents who are running small businesses. The beautiful lake is naturally formed and hosts boat tours around the settlement, boasting scenic views for tourists.
Crooked Forest, Poland
Near the town of Gryfino, Poland, a small eerie woodland exists. What’s bizarre is that the woodland has curved trees. Nobody knows the reason of the trees weird adaptation. The crooked forest has almost 400 pine trees that grow with a 90 degree bend at their base. Many theories have emerged but none of them were able to explain the strange conformation of the trees. Many theories have emerged since the forest has gained popularity. One popular theory about the bizarre trunk curvature is that the trees were planted in the 1930’s and that the local farmers manipulated the trunks for the ultimate use of construction material. However, the forest is shrouded with mystery and folklore thus making it one of the most amazing places to visit in the world.
A natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan is commonly referred as the ‘Door to Hell’. In 1971 the former soviet operation went wrong when a rig collapsed into a large crater. Geologists sought the problem by lighting the crater on fire in order to burn the poisonous methane gas. However, things did not go as planned and the fire still burns today. The fiery crater has baffled scientists and is till burning for more than 40 years. The ‘Door to Hell’ is 230 meters wide and can be seen from miles making it one of the most unlikely tourist destination in the world. The crater looks like a wide isolated furnace in the middle of Karakum Desert. The place is listed in the ‘hundred most bizarre places to visit before you die’.
Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
Jiuzhaigou Valley is a natural reserve and a park situated in the north side of Sichuan Province. Besides stunning scenery, the park is an animal and plant sanctuary that hosts many endangered species including giant panda, golden monkey and Sichuan takin (sub-species of goat-antelope). The word Jiuzhaigou means “the valley of nine villages” and is located amidst Min Shan mountain range. The valley has turquoise blue lakes and cascading waterfalls naming it as one of the most treasured scenic sites. The natural park also grows over two thousand plant species and is home to more than 140 bird species. The site in winters is said to turn into a giant crystal world that creates a mystical ambiance for the tourists to dwell into.
Rangiroa, French Polynesia
One of the amazing places in the world, Rangiroa is a jade-green lagoon that seems to look like a giant pearl necklace surrounded by translucent water, dense tropical vegetation and marine life. Besides taking your breath away, the beautiful Rangiroa consists of 240 small islets separated by coral reefs and is inhabited by 3,000 people. This beautiful nature’s marvel is the world’s best diving destination.There are Polynesian architectural styled guest houses for tourists that overlook glistening golden sand perfectly straddling the tropical water. Historians believed that the Rangiroa was home to numerous temples and gardening pits before being discovered. However, the islands unique shape was caused by a volcano, forming a beautiful coral ring amidst the ocean. The Rangiroa is also known world wide for its vineyards and coconuts.
So which of these amazing places are you going to visit this year?