Our planet is truly wonderful place to live. Every devoted traveller’s bucket list has world’s hottest destinations as Machu Picchu, pyramids of Giza or Grand Canyon, but Mother Nature has so many other breathtaking creations across the globe that are sometimes overlooked.
These are natural phenomena or geographical formations that leave visitors speechless at their unsurpassed beauty.
Look4ward’s picks prove that nature always does it better!
Caño Cristales, Serranía de la Macarena, Colombia
Absolutely unique biological wonder Caño Cristales is commonly called the “River of Five Colours” or the “Liquid Rainbow”. It has been referred as the most beautiful river in the world due to its striking colours. In the end of July through November the river is variously coloured in yellow, green, blue, black and especially red. This bloody red colour caused by the riverweed (Macarenia clavigera) growing on the bottom of the river. The river is near La Macarena in Meta province, deep in the Colombian grasslands. Once an area associated with cocaine production, it has only recently become a safe tourist destination.
The Last Incan Grass Bridge, Huinchiri, Cusco, Peru
This type of bridges were used by Inca people as simple suspension bridges over canyons and rivers. There was wheeled transport in the Inca Empire so the traffic on the bridges was limited to pedestrians and cattle. Made of woven grass, the bridge spans 118 feet and hangs 60 feet above the canyon’s rushing river. The Incan women braided small, thin ropes, which were then braided again by the men into large support cables. The bridges have been part of the complicate road system for over 500 years. They are an example of Inca greats skills and innovation in engineering. This bridge is very well preserved and honours the history of great ancient civilisation.
Cave of the Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico
One of the most spectacular caves Giant Crystal Cave is located in Chihuahua, Mexico and connected to the Naica Mine. It goes around 300 meters bellow the surface. The cavern was discovered while the miners were drilling through the Naica fault, which they were worried would flood the mine.
The main chamber contains the largest selenite crystals ever found, some of them reaching 11 meters in length, 4 meters in diameter and about 55 tons in weight. The crystals are said to be 500,000 years old and were formed from the underground magma (situated below the cave) which maintained the water at a stable temperature of 50°C, saturating it with minerals, including gypsum. This process allowed the selenite crystals to grow to the unbelievable sizes that we see today. Geologists report that these natural crystal formations are incredibly complex, yet so simple. They have a magical or metaphysical personality independent of their chemical structures.
Boiling Lake, Roseau, Dominica, Caribbean Sea
Dominica’s Boiling lake is located at the bottom of a large sinkhole-like basin. It is a territory of Morne Trois Pitons national Park, Dominica’s World Heritage site. It is literally a flooded fumarole, an opening, crack or hole, in the Earth’s crust, generally located within the vicinity of a volcano, which emits steam and gases escaping from molten lava below. It is filled with bubbling greyish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapour. The lake is approximately 61 m to 76 m across.
The lake’s grayish-blue water is easily viewed in its perpetual rolling-boil state – looking like a giant pot of water cooking and steaming on a stove. The basin’s water is replenished by rainfall and two small streams which drain into the area. The water then seeps down to the lava and is heated to the boiling point.
Abandoned Plymouth, Montserrat, Caribbean Sea
Formal capital of volcanic island in the Caribbean, the Georgian-era city of Plymouth was turned into modern day Pompeii by Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills volcano eruption in 1995. Since then the only inhabitant part of the island has been in the North. The volcano remains active, at varying levels. During periods of less activity, on the other hand, there may be fewer restrictions on viewing/visiting the destroyed settlements of the south. Today the remains of the now forbidden port town litter the landscape, the land now unusable due to pyroclastic lava flows which have destroyed everything in their path.
Fly Geyser, Gerlach, Nevada, USA
Located on a patch of private land in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, the Fly Ranch Geyser (known commonly as the Fly Geyser) is one of the state’s coolest attractions, though many residents still do not know it exists. Fly Geyser, which spews waters about five feet high, lies about a third of a mile from State Route 34. The property is generally off limits to visitors because of liability and vandalism concerns.
The Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon, and was accidentally created in 1916 during the drilling of a well. The well functioned normally for several decades, but then in the 1960s geothermally heated water found a weak spot in the wall and began escaping to the surface. Dissolved minerals started rising and piling up, creating the mount on which the geyser sits, offering an eerie, out-of-the-world sight. The mound is still growing to date.Fly Geyser has attracted a substantial amount of interest since it developed from a leaking geothermal well into a striking colorful spouting statue, sitting on a dais of mud amidst ponds of warm water and thriving plants. The property is generally off limits to visitors because of liability and vandalism concerns.
White Desert , Farafra, Egypt
The Farafra Oasis is located in the western desert of Egypt inside the borders of the governorate of Al Wadi Al Gadid, 627 km away from Cairo and 370 km from the Mediterranean Sea.The White Desert boasts an amazing chalk-white landscape dotted with several lunar-like formations. The large, gravity-defying chalk rock formations in the area are wonders to behold.
People living in this very remote area are famous until today for practicing their old traditions and customs.
Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines
The Chocolate Hills are the group of geological formations located in the middle of the island of Bohol in Philippines. On the area of more than 50 square kilometres may be 1,776 hills spread all over the island. The hills are not huge; the highest one barely reaches 120 meters in height. Even so, most hills are between 30 and 50 meters. They are covered in green grass that turns brown like chocolate during the dry season, this is why they have got this tasty name.