The 25 most beautiful places on the entire planet
Do you like to travel? What leads you to choose one spot instead? There are a thousand and one answers to these questions, arguments conditioned in any case by multiple circumstances: personal concerns, moods, economic situation, hobbies, age, social conscience, beliefs, companions in the journey, age, physical condition, economy… In short, the choice is not always easy, since it entails giving up alternatives that may be equally attractive.
1. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Venezuela is a country that can boast a thousand and one natural wonders and one of them is, without a doubt, Angel Falls. The tallest waterfall in the world. Considered a sacred place by the locals. It was declared a world heritage site in 1994.
Antarctica, one of the last sanctuaries of wildlife, offers amazing landscapes. In addition to ice, which covers 99% of its surface, it has spectacular views not only of glaciers but also of volcanoes or channels almost inaccessible to man.
3. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Occasionally, the forces of nature sculpt spectacular forms of almost supernatural appearance. This is the case of the Antelope Canyon, nestled in northern Arizona, one of the most peculiar gorges in the world, considered a sacred place by the Navajo Indians.
4. Atacama Desert, Chile
Famous as the driest place on the planet after Antarctica, the Atacama Desert – located in northern Chile – fascinates with its diversity. Gigantic mountains, volcanoes, inhospitable plains, or geysers offer a set that seems drawn from another planet. An additional detail: the World Travel Awards – considered the Oscars of tourism – have recognized this year as the most romantic destination in the world. Are you surprised?
5. Bamboo forest of Arashiyama, Japan
Although in recent times the presence of tourists in the bamboo forest of Arashiyama has become commonplace, the truth is that this is one of the places in Japan that could not fail to appear in this list. Located on the outskirts of Kyoto, in addition to its visual spectacularity beyond any doubt, more than two decades ago the Japanese authorities cataloged it as one of the 100 best sound landscapes in the country, for the creaking of its wood and its leaves.
6. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
In the heart of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar stands as a unique island. Old pirate shelter, the country is still a great unknown, with surprises like the surreal avenue of the Baobabs. These trees, which according to popular beliefs are home to spirits, are a natural treasure in danger of extinction that can reach 30 meters high.
7. The Azores, Portugal
Lost in the Atlantic Ocean, 1,600 kilometers from the European continent, this Portuguese archipelago dotted with ancient volcanoes, steep cliffs, dreamy beaches, and beautiful green valleys is, in addition to a beautiful location, one of the last redoubts of peace in Europe.
8. Banff National Park, Canada
If there is a corner of Canada that deserves to be among the most beautiful in the world, this is Banff National Park, in the Rocky Mountains. Famous for its spectacular landscapes and countless lakes, such as the Louise, Moraine or Mimmewanka, it is an excellent destination for practicing the activities related to nature.
9. Boracay, Philippines
Considered by travelers one of the best islands in the world, Boracay embodies the image of a paradise island. Its popularity and the excess of tourists forced the authorities to temporarily close it to the public last year. Since then, their access has been restricted to a limited number of daily visitors, who must respect a series of strict rules.
10. Boulders Beach, South Africa
Boulders Beach, a beach near the fishing village of Simon (Cape Town), in addition to an incredible landscape has a peculiarity that has made it famous: its colony of more than a thousand penguins, who have become the true owners of the place.
11. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Crystal clear waters, interesting marine life and unique landscapes, such as the one that makes up the legendary Cabo San Lucas Arch, make this place in Baja California one of the most beautiful in the world in the opinion of Condé Nast Traveler.
12. Cappadocia, Turkey
In Cappadocia, nature reflects its more capricious face: among depressions, canyons, and ravines, the “fairy chimneys” stand out, rock formations that present the most original forms. The image of infinite colored dots on the sky has become one of the most iconic postcards of the interior of Turkey.
13. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The coast of Ireland has corners of authentic vertigo, such as the Cliffs of Moher, a rocky structure of more than 300 million years that extends along eight kilometers of the Atlantic coast. From its highest point – it reaches 214 meters – you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay or Connemara County.
14. Denali National Park, Alaska
The highest peak in North America, known for decades as McKinley, is located in the Denali Natural Park, in the Alaska Range. Its proximity to the Arctic Circle, coupled with the height – it reaches 6,194 meters – makes it one of the coldest mountains in the world, one of the reasons why it was not crowned for the first time until 1913.
15. Disko Bay, Greenland
Frosty and mysterious, Greenland is one of the most beautiful corners of the Arctic, and Disko Bay, with its large icebergs and icy fjords, is a clear example of this.
16. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos, the most diverse Ecuadorian archipelago in the world, is a paradise with simply unmatched flora and fauna. The giant tortoises, reptiles exceeding half meters and can weigh 250 kilos, attract tourists from around the world. On its beautiful white sand beaches, you can also see marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches, and the popular blue-footed boobies.
17. Grand Canyon, Arizona
This essential destination of the United States that this year marks its centenary as a national park extends over 5,000 square kilometers of gorges and natural formations. The huge reddish walls of the Grand Canyon testify to the history of the world in the last two million years
18. The Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef, a gigantic reef that stretches along 2,600 kilometers – it can be seen from space – is one of the great goals of scuba diving enthusiasts. On the surface, it is worth not to miss Whitehaven Beach, an almost virgin beach of seven kilometers, considered last year by instagramers the best in the world.
19. Faroe Islands
This Danish Atlantic Ocean archipelago, formed by 18 volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway, is a haven of peace surrounded by green landscapes. The authorities, aware of the fragility of their ecosystem, threatened by tourism, have implemented some measures aimed at their protection.
20. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Composed of 21 small islands of the volcanic origin of very high natural value. The small archipelago has restricted access areas, which allows preserving an ecosystem in which dolphins and sea turtles coexist in warm waters. Among its incredible beaches, the one of Baia do Sancho stands out, considered among the best in the world.
21. Halong Bay, Vietnam
Since it became popular after appearing in 1992 in the Indochina film, starring Catherine Deneuve, the number of tourists has not stopped growing, reaching 5.2 million foreign visitors last year and becoming the tourist icon of Vietnam. As in previous scenarios, the will to preserve the beauty that surrounds the blue waters and the stone islands of Halong Bay has led to the prevention of the use of plastics that damage the ecosystem.
22. Isle of Skye, Scotland
Scotland, “the most charming country in the world”, gives us wonders like the Isle of Skye, with places like the incredible geological forms called The Storr, in the northernmost part of the island. There you can see the Old Man, a huge rock in the form of an elongated blade 50 meters high.
23. Lake Baikal, Russia
The largest lake, oldest and deepest of the world, the Bikal, is the last great natural reserve of the planet. Discovering it is an adventure outside the great tourist guides, a route that invariably passes through the mythical Trans-Siberian. The centennial railway line that connects Moscow and Vladivostok, crossing the heart of Siberia.
24. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Located in the Mackenzie River basin, south of the island. Lake Tekapo is one of the most photogenic corners of New Zealand, especially in spring, when its surroundings are full of flowers. And it is that the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps and the turquoise waters contrast with the violet, blue and pink colors of the lupines.
25. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Algae sediments are responsible for the spectacular tones adopted by the waters of Laguna Colorada. A shallow salt lake in the Eduardo Abaroa Andean National Wildlife Reserve, next to the Chilean border. Nesting center of more than 25,000 flamingos is usually a place of passage on the already mythical route from San Pedro de Atacama to the Salar de Uyuni.
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