The world is full of fascinating places that amaze anyone lucky enough to visit them. Even if that is not your case and you are not able to travel that often, you probably still know many of these places through their beautiful photos on Instagram or Pinterest.
Whether it’s the breathtaking landscapes or the impressive architecture, here is the list of the most beautiful places on earth for you to visit… Or to dream about.
Lake Hillier (Australia)
A pink lake sounds like a fairy tale landscape, but it’s very real. It is located in Australia, and the origins of its pink colours are still uncertain for scientists, but it is believed to be a pigment that some bacteria segregate.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
These ancient Inca ruins in Peru are one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit, and in fact, are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world by the UNESCO.
This impressive work of architecture is located on terraces on top of a hill more than 2490 high, and it is considered one of the most amazing works of engineering of the history of humankind. The views of the mountains surrounding this ancient city leave visitors breathless. You can plan your visit to these ruins and get your tickets online, for example with the official website of Macchu Picchu, or with a guided tour.
Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
The Salar de Uyuni is a salt desert located in Bolivia, which occupies an extension of more than 10,000 km ². It is the largest and highest continuous salt desert in the world, making it a unique place where heaven and earth seem to unite. When the salt is covered with water, it creates a mirror effect and reflects the clouds, forming a landscape as curious as spectacular that makes you feel that you are walking on clouds.
Zhangye Danxia Geological Park (China)
These spectacular colourful mountains in China form a magical landscape unique in the world that makes an impression on everyone. Thanks to their curious geological formation, these mountains present a relief of multiple colours that makes them seem more like a painting than a real landscape.
Blue Lake (Iceland)
This beautiful geothermal phenomenon is found in Iceland and its extremely blue water looks like it has been taken out of a fairytale. The water owes its bright and intense blue colour to its high silica content. This lake is not only beautiful to see but also beneficial for your health to swim into because the thermal water has healing properties.
The natural pools at Pamukkale – which means “cotton castle” in Turkish- are a huge white geological formation that has been originated from calcium carbonate precipitations from the thermal waters flowing through this place over the years. They have become a great tourist attraction highly recommended to see because they truly look like a real cotton castle.
Cenotes of Yucatan (Mexico)
Cenotes are one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world. It is in Mexico, on the Yucatan peninsula, and are deep natural wells where the Mayas performed sacred rituals. Today, they act as beautiful natural pools in which to take a relaxing bath while enjoying a breathtaking landscape… It feels like swimming into a cave!
Fire Waterfall in Yosemite Park (United States)
Around the second week of February, the twilight hits Horsetail Fall at the right angle to illuminate the upper parts of the waterfall making it look like if it was made out of flames. Due to the growing popularity of the Natural Firefall, which now attracts thousands of spectators, Yosemite National Park has created new accessibility rules. The park service has created a restricted area between Yosemite Valley Lodge and El Capitan Crossover. This area offers some of the best autumn views of the waterfall.
Antelope Canyon (United States)
Located in Navajo Nation, in the city of Page, northwest Arizona, this canyon of groove, composed of the orange rock feels magical when the sunlight falls inside there and helps to build a magical atmosphere and makes the images even more impressive. In fact, it is a very popular destination for photographers from all over the world.
Darvaza Hell Gate (Turkmenistan)
The name’s intriguing, isn’t it? It does justice to the place. It’s a natural gas crater located in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan. Soviet geologists discovered it by accident in 1971 and tried to set it on fire to eradicate the gases and prevent harmful leaks. They estimated that it would be extinguished in one day, but the truth is that it has been burning for more than 40 years. And there have already been several failed attempts to extinguish its flames.