It is hard to believe that our Earth has such fascinating and awe-inspiring places to discover – places most of us have never seen and places we can only imagine in our wildest dreams. From majestic waterfalls to fiery holes of hell these places do exist and make me want to pack my bags and set off in search for them..
Grand Prismatic Spring, USA
The Yellowstone national park is home to the largest hot spring the United States. It stands out because of it striking colours of orange and yellow that circulate a turquoise blue pool. When a tourist from the Netherlands accidentally and illegally flew a drone into the ecologically fragile Grand Prismatic in 2014, the drone disappeared and has never been recovered. whoops! Read more about things stuffed down geysers and hot springs.
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Torres del Paine, Patagonia Chile
This really is the 8th wonder of the world. With its soaring mountains and mile high granite horns, the Torres del Paine national park really is like no other place on earth. The park is also home to turquoise rivers, icy glaciers and rare wildlife. A very popular destination for hiking and if you’re thinking about going you may to want to read this!!!… (you’re welcome!)
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The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
If you like your eyebrows and value your hair I wouldn’t suggest getting too close to this fiery hell hole. In 1971, Soviet drillers went on a search for oil and natural gas in the Karakum Desert. One of the drilling platforms used to extract the fuels collapsed creating a crater over 230 feet wide and 60 feet deep that was still leaking methane gas. The engineers decided that it would be safer and less expensive to burn off the gases rather than attempt to extract them with equipment, but they grossly miscalculated the amount of gas. Thinking that the crater would burn out in a few weeks, it has continued to burn over 40 years later.!!! (hmm global warming springs to mind!) Locals have dubbed the crater the “Door to Hell,” and hundreds of tourists are attracted to the site every year.
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The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Planted in the 18th century, this intertwining path of beech trees is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. They were also chosen for a Game of Thrones filming location. (season 2, episode 1 in case you’re wondering!) Storm Doris also couldn’t resist the bendy trees and ripped one clean from the ground resulting in a road blockage!
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Kuang Si Falls, Laos
Kuang Si Falls are most definitely the highlight of Luang Prabang city in Laos. With its multi layer waterfall and pristine waters it’s not hard to see why. It consists of 3 tiers leading to a 50 metre drop and eventually meanders its way to the Mekong river. The area is surrounded by lush vegetation, trees and wildlife and the spectacular azure pools make it a great spot for swimming…
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If you were trekking through the dry, hot Peruvian desert you could be fooled into thinking that this oasis is a mirage. Trickery of the mind at a desperate time for water. However it is very real. The green lagoon is surrounded by trees, restaurants , hotels and sand dunes. In the 1940’s it became quite popular with wealthy Peruvians as it was believed the waters had magical healing powers. A little birdy also told me that there are a number of wineries located just a few minutes away… where do I sign up?
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flats in the world and it definitely plays tricks with the mind. It is one giant reflective mirror and photographers just can’t get enough of it. It was originally part of a prehistoric salt lake, Lago Minchín. The Salar de Uyuni features vast expanses of glistening white salt. Whilst the huge salty lake water has long since evaporated under the sun, a thick crust of salt remains. If you can’t get enough of it either, check out these 47 amazing photos!
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Northern Lake, Baikal Russia
Lake Baikal is more of an angry sea than a lake. It is the deepest and oldest lake in the word and it is often subject to a bashing from the elements. In winter it freezers over and forms epic shards of transparent ice on the surface. The lake is also home to some superbly bizarre endemic creatures, one of those being a livebearer fish. The Golomyanka is a pink, partly transparent fish which gives birth to live young.
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The Fairy (Faerie) Glen, Scotland
This luscious green bumpy landscape is on the Isle of Skye and it certainly looks like a magical haven for a fairy. It’s unique grassy landscape is surrounded by waterfalls and is Skye’s best kept secret. You won’t find a tourist sign for it!! The area is great for long walks and exploring and was originally etched out by a series of landslides.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a series of 16 lakes which are all interconnected with majestic waterfalls. It could easily be mistaken for a real life ‘Great Valley’ straight out of ‘The Land Before Time’ film! It is said to be the most beautiful and perfect place in all the dinosaur world – well I’m not sure there’s any dinosaurs here but it sure is beautiful! Take the virtual tour of the park here and see for yourself!
I really hope you have enjoyed reading about these destinations as much I did. Also I hope that it has given you some serious bucket list inspiration!