The world is inundated with the most prolific beauties of nature ever witnessed. Nearly everywhere there are inhabitants, an amazing piece of Earth’s wonder is never too far away. From huge forests to enormous collections of marine life, our planet shares its natural glory with us in some of the most astounding areas imaginable. Here are 12 of the most impressive and natural beauties of the Earth, in no particular order. Take a look, and plan your next trip. Here are just a few of the Earth’s natural beauties.
Jeita Grotto, Nahr Al-Kalb Valley. Lebanon
Home to the biggest stalactites in the world (those icicles hanging from the roofs of caves) in a 9-kilometer cave on the outskirts of Beirut, Jeita cave was re-discovered in 1836 by an American missionary and has since fascinated tourists and the locals alike. Its vivid colors, hues and stalactite formations dazzle the viewer continuously, especially since the cave is only accessible through an underground river. Now that is cool.
Gran Salar de Uyuni. Bolivia
One of the must-see sights when visiting Bolivia is the Gran Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, located 533 kilometres south of La Paz. Although it is technically a lake, it looks and feels more like a desert, causing optical illusions and shining colours all around. The area has its own salt hotel, of course, and an island with wild cacti.
Uluru – Ayers Rock. Australia
The sacred site of the aboriginal Anangu people of Australia is not off limits to tourists. The Anangu guard this spiritual sandstone rock and lead tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush foods, the Aboriginal dreamtime stories of the area and their culture in general. The great rock is located in the Ulu?u-Kata Tju?a National Park and is full of springs, waterholes, caves and ancient paintings.
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Iceland
Iceland has one of the most beautiful and wild landscapes in the world, and one of the main attractions in this mythical land is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. At 63 m, it’s certainly not the highest in the world, but the roar of its cascading water running off the cliff face in the wild Icelandic landscape is an unforgettable experience.
Moraine Lane, Banff National Park, Alberta. Canada
The glacially-fed Moraine Lake deep in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, together with its sister Lake Louise, is one of the most photographed landscapes in Banff National Park. When the lake is full, usually in mid-June, it reflects a distinct shade of blue due to the refraction of light off of the lake’s rocky floor.
Angel Falls. Venezuela
With a 979-meter drop from top to bottom, the water that runs down Angel Falls in Venezuela turns to mist before it hits the ground. Tucked away deep in the Canaima National Park in southern Venezuela, it cascades over one of the biggest table-top mountains. The local Pemon people call it Devil’s Mountain, and the falls are aptly called “Kerepakupai Vená”, meaning “waterfall of the deepest place.”
Lake Titicaca. Bolivia, Peru
Straddling Peru and Bolivia at an altitude of 3,820 meters above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the second largest lake in South America by volume after Lake Maracaibo. It is often called the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, but that is not really true. However, at that altitude and its spectacular beauty, it’s certainly one worth visiting. For centuries it has been the home of indigenous people including the Aymara and the Quechua. Its vast expanse of water is often cloaked in light mist and has inspired numerous local legends.
Halong Bay. Vietnam
Slowly sailing through Halong Bay on a traditional Chinese junk fills you with peace and inner-strength as you drift across emerald water and gaze at the giant karsts, overgrown with green shrubbery, protruding from this mysterious bay. “Descending dragon bay,” as Halong Bay translates, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular travel destination, in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam.
Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawai. United States
You would think that the green lushness with a blue background visible as you approach the Napali coast is a clear indicator of what to expect, but nothing can prepare you for this sight. The drama and scale of the Napali coast of Kauai, along the 17-kilometer Kalalau trail, is nothing short of heart stopping, with its mountains and ridges rippling down 1,300 meters before sinking into the Pacific. Hawaii is already famous for its breathtaking landscapes, but this one is the icing on the cake.
Set in one of the harshest environmental conditions on the planet, the Arctic touches Canada, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. Its ice-covered tundra, frozen seas, freezing temperatures and endless days and nights have not, however, deterred man and beast from making it home. Both Inuit and Westerners, along with polar bears, seals, the Arctic hare, lemmings, muskox, and caribou, among many others, dwell in this white, winter fairytale land.
Cascate del Mulino, Saturnia, Tuscany. Italy
The healing effects of Saturnia’s sulphurous water have been praised ever since the Etruscans. The peacefulness of the area, the 800 liters per second of sulphurous water at 37 °C gushing into a large natural pool, flowing over a waterfall and down to a series of natural pools carved in the rock, along with the places hallowed antiquity make for a rare retreat into bodily and spiritual wellbeing.
Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord. Norway
Some of the most spectacular places to visit on this planet are the Norweigian fjords, especially Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, located in southwestern Norway. Their exceptional natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400 m from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500 m below sea level.