6 Best Natural Wonders of the World
Have you always wanted to the see the world, but never known where to start? We don’t blame you; there are so many places to visit that trying to decide on one can be quite overwhelming. We suggest starting with some of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world. Prepare to be blown away by the sheer beauty and scale of these natural formations.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and includes 900 islands, 2,900 individual reefs and is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. The actual reef is composed of and built by billions of coral polyps. The reef, which stretches over 344,400 square kilometers, can be even seen from outer space. If you’re a water baby, there are few locations that are a better sight than the Great Barrier Reef.
Redwood National Park, USA
This national park has some of the oldest and the tallest trees on earth. The tree that is known to be the tallest amongst these redwood trees is 600 years old and more than 350 feet tall. Situated in California, there is nothing more awe-inspiring than standing under the canopy of these tall, ancient trees. Plan a camping trip in the park and marvel at the sheer size of the trees today.
Also known as Northern Lights, this is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the higher latitudes. It refers to a light display in the sky that is more spectacular than any manmade light show in the world. The Northern Lights appear as diffused light or waves of colour across the night sky. The best places to observe the Aurora Borealis are Iceland, Norway, and Finland. The lights are ethereal and are named after Aurora, the Roman Goddess of Dawn. Imagine yourself sitting under the ethereal night sky, surreal right?
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The largest salt-water lake in the world, it covers 12,000 square kilometers at a height of 11,985 feet. Needless to say, it is a stunning sight, and is part of a lake from prehistoric times – Lago Minchin. The lake, which is reflective like a mirror, and smooth as glass, makes for a unique photo opportunity that should not be missed.
Mount Everest, Nepal
The highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal. Although climbing Mount Everest is a difficult feat that is best left to the professionals, visiting the valleys below is a good way to take in the magnificence of this mountain. Fun fact: The name Everest comes from Welsh surveyor Sir George Everest who served as the surveyor-general of India from 1830 through 1843 and the mountain stands at a majestic 8,848 m.
Crystal Cave, Bermuda
This underground cave is filled with striking pools of azure-blue water. The cave ceiling is filled with crystal formations that make the whole experience of walking inside, otherworldly. The cave is thought to be at least 30 million years old, but it was discovered in 1907 by two boys who were searching for a cricket ball in the grass.
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