No architectural design, landscape or man-made structure can surpass the breathtaking environments created by nature. From the Chilean Patagonia to the far corners of Crimea, we present twelve of the world’s most stunning destinations.
Salar de Uyuni
Located in the highlands of the Bolivian Andes, the Salar de Uyuni is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent natural landscapes of the region. The vast open spaces of this salt desert spread over an unmatched horizon.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Situated in the region of Lika, this place is known for its turquoise lakes, which are connected through majestic waterfalls. A stroll through the wooden bridges will take you to the deepest corners of this mystical place.
One of the most spectacular deserts in South America is home to the Huacachina lagoon. Also known as the Oasis of Huacachina, this body of water is surrounded by towering dunes of soft sand.
One of the preferred destinations for adventure tourism, Mount Ai-Petri is also a representative icon of the Crimean peninsula. A tour of its suspension bridges is an unforgettable experience for any traveler.
This sheltered beach is hidden inside a cave in the Marieta Islands. Its heavenly climate and clear waters have made it one of the most attractive destinations on the islands, especially for snorkeling and kayaking.
These impressive natural sculptures are located in the Chinese province of Hunan. Dubbed Tianzi Mountains, this rock formation consists of various peaks arranged one above the other that create a dizzying pattern in the landscape. The mountain range covers an area of over 23 square miles of splendid views.
Sentinels of Arctic
During the winter, with temperatures that can reach minus 40 degrees Celsius, the Lapland trees are covered with snow and frost and look like sleeping ice corals.
Sea of stars
On the shores of this island in the Maldives you can admire one of the most surreal sights in the world. Known as bioluminescence, this phenomenon occurs when the outside temperature is very high and a water microorganism called phytoplankton is disturbed by oxygen and tide. The result is the illusion of a celestial universe that seems to extend along the beaches.
This huge pink lake is located in Australia’s Recherche Archipelago. The sand and surrounding lush forest highlight the unusual color of its waters, creating a fantastic setting. Although no one knows exactly what causes the strange color of the lake, the fact is that it is one of the most beautiful attractions in Australia.
These vast marble caves extend across the border that divides the Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Carved over thousands of years by the action of water, the Marble Caves offer water passages that can be traveled in small boats. These monumental caverns are also known as the Marble Cathedral.
The Bamboo Forest of Sagano Arashiyama is located a few kilometers from the Japanese city of Kyoto. Although the beauty of its paths during the day is glorious and invites contemplation, the opportunity to admire the illuminated forest is also a unique spectacle that inspires serenity and gives peace to the soul.
This small canyon in the Arizona desert does not amaze for its size but for its play of colors. Located on the Navajo reservation, the canyon shows gentle formations that have been carefully carved by the wind, creating organic shapes with earthy and reddish colors. It is Nature at its best. ■