The globe is home to an impressive natural resource that only the most wealthy can ever glimpse.
Although man is capable of creating places of exceptional beauty, nothing can compare entirely with what happens when nature is left to its own devices. Some of the most beautiful and unusual spots in the world feature unimaginable designs, colours, and shapes. A perfect example of the majesty of nature and what can be done when left to work its magic are the following 10 inspiring locations!
1) Aurora Borealis – Iceland
The Aurora Borealis, also referred to as the Northern Lights, is a show of natural light in the sky. They occur as a result of collisions entering the earth’s atmosphere between electrically charged particles from the sun. The most common colors are pale green and pink, but shades of violet, green, blue, yellow and red have also been recorded. They range from streamers, arcs, or rippling curtains to scattered or patchy clouds that illuminate the sky beautifully with an eerie light, taking several forms. Iceland is among the best places to see this impressive natural phenomenon in the Northern Hemisphere.
2) Waitomo Glowworm Caves – New Zealand
The Glowworm Caves of Waitomo are found on New Zealand’s North Island. The cave forms part of the chain of Waitomo Caves, which includes the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave as well. The Glowworm Caves are also home to thousands of these little creatures, as the name suggests.
They can be recognized in what is known as the Glowworm Grotto by the multitude of tiny bright lights that dot the ceiling, offering a twinkling glow that bounces off the water.
The caves have spectacular limestone formations in addition to the glowworms, including stalactites and stalagmites formed as a result of water dripping through the ceiling or flowing over the walls and leaving behind limestone deposits.
3) Marble Cathedral – Chile
The Marble Cathedral in Chile contains large structure of water-filled caverns located in General Carerra, Patagonia, the second largest freshwater lake in South America.
It is considered the world’s most stunning cave network, and the walls are of marble, as the name implies, while the surrounding azure water boasts a breathtaking blue due to the finely ground glacial silt.
Water itself has created the unusual shape of the walls and many will travel hundreds of miles to see the spectacular light display produced by the reflection on the marble walls of the crystal-clear waters.
4) Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – China
The National Forest Park of Zhangjiajie consists of a special national park situated in Southern Hunan, China. The pillar-like forms that have formed as a result of many years of erosion are the most visible characteristic. The Southern Sky Column is one of most popular.
This quartz-sandstone tower stands 3,544 feet high and its peak is bestowed by a small oasis of trees. It became the inspiration for “Avatar” by James Cameron and was consequently renamed in honour of the film “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.”
5) Coves del Drach – Mallorca
In Porto Cristo, Mallorca, the Coves del Drach (Dragon Caves) consist of four large caves, called the Black Cave, the White Cave, the Luis Salvador Cave and the French Cave.
The aforementioned caves were created by water being pushed through the Mediterranean entrance and have resulted in some impressive natural formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, and Martel Lake, one of the largest underground lakes in the world.
6) Lake Hillier – Australia
Lake Hillier is situated on Western Australia’s Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago.
The pink color of the water, which does not alter even if removed in a container, is the most outstanding characteristic of this special lake, surrounded by a dense forest of paperbark and eucalyptus trees. With respect to the lake’s curious bubble gum color, there are numerous hypotheses.
Some think it is due to a dye formed by two micro-organisms named Halobacteria and Dunaliella salina, while others believe that the red halophilic bacteria that live in the salt deposits of the lake are responsible for the very distinctive color of Lake Hillier.
7) Caño Cristales – Colombia
Caño Cristales is a rare river situated in the Serrania de la Macarena, in Colombia’s Meta province.
Thanks to the striking colours it has such as black, blue, green, and yellow, it is often referred to as The River of Five Colours,” “The Liquid Rainbow” and even the Most Beautiful River in the World.” Red, originating from the Macarenia clavigera lining the river bed, is the most prevalent colour.
In particular, during the short time between the wet and dry seasons (September to November), when the water level is just right, this rare plant species turns a dazzling red, turning Caño Cristales into a beautiful festival of colours!
8) Fairy Pools – Scotland
The stunning Fairy Pools are located south of the Isle of Skye in Glen Brittle, Scotland. They consist of vibrant blue-colored pools fed by busy waterfalls from the water that flows down into the Glen from the Black Cuillin mountains.
Beautiful purple trees line the banks of the river and the perfectly clear water makes it possible to see every pebble and contour of the Fairy Pools by passing hikers bewitched by its unrivalled beauty.
9) Tunnel of Love – Ukraine
In Klevan, Ukraine, the Tunnel of Love is found. It consists of a three-kilometer railway segment leading to the fibreboard factory nearby.
This enchanting leafy green corridor is a product of the transformation of the local forest by the train that brings wood there three times a day over the past few years.
The trees, which were permitted to grow freely along the track, were formed into this special natural passageway as it traveled back and forth. Finally, not only does the tunnel act as a train line, as the name implies, but it is also highly popular with lovers. Local tradition has it that it would come true if they make a wish there and are sincere in their love.
10) Wisteria Walk at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan
Finally, about 150 beautiful wisteria flowering plants ranging from pink, violet-blue, purple, blue and white are housed in the beautiful Kawachi Fuji Gardens, located near Tokyo, Japan.
Without a doubt, the Wisteria Walk is the most beautiful feature of the garden. It includes a floral passageway created by the plants of Wisteria hanging overhead for a beautiful walk through this explosion of color.