From one edge of the map to the other, the world is certainly filled with an endless assortment of interesting and beautiful places. While this is enough for most travelers, the more discerning among us demand more.
They seek out unique natural wonders that defy what one would consider to be possible on this planet. Thankfully, being the wonderfully weird place that Earth is, there is no shortage of amazing natural attractions to check out.
At the end of the day, the problem is knowing where to start; the following five unique natural wonders will grant you the travel experiences that you crave and deserve.
1) Adrspach Teplice Rocks, Czech Republic
Covering over seventeen square kilometers of land in the northeastern Bohemia in the Czech Republic, the Adrspach Teplice Rocks are a series of freestanding sandstone formations that stand out markedly from the rest of the landscape in the region.
If walking amidst these seemingly out-of-place stony monoliths is a touch too boring for you, rock climbing is also a popular activity, as is birdwatching due to the fact that this reserve is home of one of the largest breeding sights of falcons in Europe.
2) Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
Count yourself a fan of forced perspective photography? If this describes you, make sure you include a trip to Salar De Uyuni during your South American adventure. The flat salt plain stretches infinitely into the horizon in spots, which makes sense considering that it sprawls over 4,000 square miles. Take all sorts of crazy pics with you and your travel friends against one of the world’s most friendliest backdrops for this art form.
Even if you don’t understand what all the fuss is about regrading this style of photography, the otherworldly reflections caused by rainfall and the mind-melting colors at sunrise and sunset will still give you plenty of envy-inducing images here.
3) Lake Hillier, Australia
Most of us have been raised on the assumption that water should look blue in rivers, lakes and oceans. While most of us express amazement with the powder blues of the Caribbean, or the bluish-green glacial lakes of the Canadian Rockies, it is usually amazement of a positive nature.
Colors like pink usually lead us to suspect that human intervention has corrupted nature’s balance, but it is in places like Lake Hillier where a naturally occurring body of water does indeed that on that alien hue.
Found on Middle Island off the southwestern corner of Australia, the lake is thought to be given its hue by bacteria that has evolved to live in the highly saline lake. Despite this and the off-putting color, the lake ‘s water has been deemed not to be harmful to people.
4) Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Formed by the massive explosion of a volcano over 2 million years ago, the former caldera that now forms Ngorogoro Crater is home to a well-protected and insulated ecosystem filled with flora and fauna both common and unique.
With thick forests on its slopes and savanna-like grasslands all along the flat center of the crater, the area is almost like a microcosm of Africa in one place, and with a limited footprint, it offers the visitor their best chance to see many of Africa’s major animals in one spot, such as elephants, lions, and rhinos.
*Image of Ngorongoro Crater via Shutterstock
*Image of Salar de Uyuni is largest salt flat in the World via Shutterstock