There are many well-known natural wonders on this earth. Some of the most popular natural wonders include The Grand Canyon, The Great Barrier Reef, Mount Everest, and Redwood National Forest. However, there are many lesser-known sights that are just as stunning despite their lack of publicity. Lets drive in to discover 10 obscure and breathtaking natural wonders you may not know exist.
10. Pantanal, Brazil
The Pantanal, also touted as Brazil’s best kept secret, is the largest wetland in the world. This wetland covers over 81,000 square miles and, according to The World Wildlife Fund, is home to over 325 species of fish, 159 species of mammals, 53 species of amphibians, 98 species of reptiles, and 656 species of birds, making it one of the most concentrated ecosystems in the world.
9. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
While this natural wonder is becoming more popular with increased travel to Iceland, it continues to be less visited than most of the famous natural wonders. The Blue Lagoon owes it’s gorgeous icey blue hue to a mixture of geothermal seawater, silica, algae, and minerals. It was originally formed by a lava flow and is believed to have positive effects on the skin. Many visitors travel to the Blue Lagoon for relaxation and spa treatments. The water temperature stays between 98 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
8. Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar
Madagascar is home to these stunning limestone formations known as “tsingy”. Visitors to Tsingy de Bemaraha can also witness a gorgeous mangrove forest and many species of animals and birds. While visiting the National Park, there are a few excursions you can pursue. Visitors can hike through the Petit Tsingy, canoe the Manambolo gorge, or take a half day trip through the Big Tsingy and cross a suspended bridge made of rope and wood.
7. Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
The Jiuzhaigou Valley, located in the Sichuan Province of China, is named for the nine villages in the valley. Crystal clear lakes and rivers are surrounded by stunning mountains. This area is also home to rare giant pandas.
6. Erg Chebbi, Morroco
Erg Chebbi is one of two large areas of wind-formed dunes in the Sahara Desert, known as the Saharan Ergs. These dunes span over 31 miles and the dunes can reach heights of nearly 500 feet. The dunes move and shift daily due to changes in the wind.
5. Valle de la Luna, Chile
Valle de la Luna, or the Valley of the Moon, almost seems extraterrestrial. It’s dry lakes, rock formations, and dunes create an aesthetic most commonly seen on Hollywood sound stages. Just outside of San Pedro, this valley boasts a stunning array of views.
4. Wai-o-Tapu, New Zealand
This colorful collection of geothermal pools and geysers located in Rotorua, NZ can be seen easily over a three hour walk. The stunning colors of Wai-o-Tapu, meaning “sacred waters” in Maori, is caused by geothermal activity beneath the earth. The Champagne Pool, one of the most notable pools, is easily recognized by it’s vibrant orange outer ring.
3. Colca Canyon, Peru
Colca Canyon, located in southern Peru is 10,730 feet deep, which is nearly twice as deep at the Grand Canyon. The magnificent canyon boasts adventurous attractions such as hiking, viewpoints, natural hot springs, and even archaeological sites. It is also the home to the endangered Andean Condor.
2. Playa Ostional, Costa Rica
This beach in Costa Rica, is no ordinary beach. It is one of only a few nesting places for the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. These turtles are known for their synchronized nesting behaviors and in 1995, an estimated 500,000 female turtles set the record for Playa Ostional when they arrived to lay their eggs.
1. Bryce Canyon, United States
Bryce Canyon is home to some of the most stunning and strange looking rock formations in the world. These rock formations, or hoodoos, which come in hues of red, orange, and white, are formed by weather and water erosion. Bryce Canyon is located in southwest Utah. Despite its name, Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon, it is a collection of naturally forming amphitheaters.
Do you have the travel bug now after seeing these amazing natural wonders? You can’t go wrong with a visit to any one of these spectacular places. Located all over the world, including Morocco, Chile, China, Iceland, or the United States, there is a trip for everyone.