You like to travel? What leads you to choose one destination over another? 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 awareness, beliefs, companions on the journey, age, physical condition, economy … Ultimately, the choice is not always easy, since it involves giving up alternatives that may be equally attractive.
From here, we do not intend to induce you to opt for one place or another. It is about fifty spectacular natural landscapes. Take your time and look at them calmly. In this article we present you 25. In the next installment, we offer you the remaining 25 sites.
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 highest waterfall in the world. Considered a sacred place by indigenous people, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1994.
The Antarctica, one of the last sanctuaries of wildlife, offers unexpected landscapes. In addition to the ice, which covers 99% of its surface, it has spectacular views not only of glaciers but also of volcanoes or channels practically 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, located in northern Arizona, one of the most peculiar gorges in the world, considered a sacred place by the Navajo Indians.
4. Atacama Desert, Chile
Known 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 to be extracted 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. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan
Although in recent times the presence of tourists in the Arashiyama bamboo forest 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 spectacular beyond doubt, more than two decades ago, the Japanese authorities classified it as one of the 100 best soundscapes in the country, for the creak of its wood and leaves.
6. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar stands as a unique island. Former pirate shelter, the country is still a great unknown, with surprises such as the surreal Avenue of the Baobabs. These trees, which according to popular beliefs harbor spirits inside, are an endangered natural treasure that can reach 30 meters in height.
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 pockets 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 its countless lakes, such as the Louise, the Moraine or the Mimmewanka, it is an ideal destination for practicing nature-related activities.
9. Boracay, Philippines
Considered by travelers to be one of the best islands in the world, Boracay embodies the image of the island paradise. Its popularity and the excess of tourists forced the authorities to temporarily close it to the public last year. Since then, its 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, an 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, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
12. Cappadocia, Turkey
In Cappadocia, nature reflects its most 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 Irish coast has corners of true vertigo, such as the Cliffs of Moher, a rocky structure over 300 million years old that stretches along eight kilometers of the Atlantic coast. From its highest point – reaching 214 meters – you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay or Connemara County.
14. Denali National Park, Alaska
The tallest peak in North America, known for decades as McKinley, is located in Denali Nature Park in the Alaska Range. Its proximity to the Arctic Circle, added to the height – reaching 6,194 meters – make it one of the coldest mountains in the world, one of the reasons it was not crowned for the first time until 1913.
15. Disko Bay, Greenland
Freezing and mysterious, Greenland is one of the most beautiful corners of the Arctic, and Disko Bay, with its large icebergs and frozen fjords, is a prime example of this.
16. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos, the most diverse Ecuadorian archipelago in the world, is a paradise with simply unrivaled 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 in the United States, which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary as a national park, stretches over 5,000 square kilometers of gorges and natural formations. The huge reddish walls of the Grand Canyon bear witness 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 over 2,600 kilometers – can be seen from space – is one of the great objectives of diving enthusiasts. On the surface, it’s worth not to miss Whitehaven Beach, an almost virgin seven-kilometer beach, considered last year by instagramers the best in the world.
19. Faroe Islands
This Danish Atlantic Ocean archipelago, made up of 18 volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway, is a haven of peace surrounded by green landscapes. The authorities, aware of the fragility of its ecosystem, threatened by tourism, have implemented some measures aimed at its protection.
20. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Composed of 21 small islands of volcanic origin of very high natural value, the small archipelago has restricted access areas, which allows preserving an ecosystem where dolphins and sea turtles coexist in warm waters. Among its incredible beaches, Baia do Sancho stands out, considered among the best in the world.
21. Halong Bay, Vietnam
Since it became popular after appearing in the 1992 film Indochina, starring Catherine Deneuve, the number of tourists has continued to grow, 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 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 beautiful country in the world”, gives us wonders like the Isle of Skye, with corners 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 shape of an elongated leaf 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 main tourist guides, a route that invariably passes through the mythical Trans-Siberian, the centuries-old railway line that connects Moscow and Vladivostok, crossing the heart of Siberia.
24. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Located in the Mackenzie River basin in the south of the island, Lake Tekapo is one of the most photogenic corners of New Zealand, especially in spring, when its surroundings fill with 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 lupins.
25. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
The algae sediments are responsible for the spectacular tones adopted by the waters of the Laguna Colorada, a shallow Salt Lake of the Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve of Andean fauna, next to the Chilean border. Nesting center for more than 30,000 flamingos is usually a crossing point on the already mythical route from San Pedro de Atacama to the Salar de Uyuni.
26. Machu Picchu, Peru
Considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, the sacred city of Machu Picchu was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. The ancient Inca citadel, discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, stands on a granite mountain at 2,500 meters above sea level. Accessing it through the most famous section of the “Inca Trail” is quite an experience.
27. Milford Sound, New Zealand
The natural beauty of New Zealand has in Milford Sound – known as Piopiotahi in the Maori language – one of its greatest exponents. Located in the Fiorland National Park, on the west coast of the South Island, it is the most famous fjord in the country. Some scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy were shot in this area.
28. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, stands majestically, like a mirage were on the plains of northern Tanzania. Covered by perpetual snow, this stratovolcano, which reaches 5,895 meters, was crowned by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. Its beauty has made it one of the iconic images of the continent.
29. Mount Fuji, Japan
Surrounded by legends, Mount Fuji is one of the three sacred mountains in Japan. The highest peak on the island of Honshu and in the entire country – it is 3,776 meters above sea level – is actually an active volcano that oozes beauty from all four sides. Spring is an ideal time to get to know it, when the cherry trees are in full bloom.
30. Namib Desert, Namibia
The Namib Desert, off the coast of Namibia, hides the highest dunes on Earth. And is that some of them reach a height of 300 meters. The sandbank is a vast extension of 1,600 kilometers, 65 million years old, with very deep reddish tones. The place has, in addition to the dunes, other peculiarities such as a curious valley, known as “the dead lagoon “, a cemetery of trees blackened by desertification and the passage of time.
31. Na Pali Coast, Hawaii
Vertigo cliffs – some reach 1,200 meters – and amazing waterfalls make up the almost inaccessible landscape of Costa Na Pali State Park, in the Hawaiian archipelago. Bathed by the waters of the Pacific, its 25 kilometers of virgin coastline is a real treat for the eyes.
32. Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem in the world. During the river floods it can reach 22,000 km2 . Declared a World Heritage Site, this vast territory in northern Botswana is home to giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, jackal lions, and birds, among many other animal species.
33. Pamukkale, Turkey
A trip to the southwest of Turkey passes by visiting Pamukkale , the spectacular natural pools next to the historical city of Hierapolis, in the province of Denizli. Its name means “the cotton castle ” and perfectly describes the limestone formations and turquoise hot springs that make up an almost supernatural setting.
34. Los Pitons, Saint Lucia
The peaks of the twin volcanoes of the Pitons Mountains, surrounded by pristine rain forests, make Saint Lucia a perfect Caribbean paradise for nature lovers. The options are very varied: from excursions to the top of the mountains to baths in Sugar Beach, or dives to discover colorful seabeds of sponges, corals and gorgonians.
35. Playa de las Catedrales, Spain
Present in the rankings of the best beaches not only in Spain but in the world, Las Catedrales beach makes up one of the most spectacular landscapes in Galicia. Located near Ribadeo , in Lugo, it has cliffs over 30 meters high in amazing ways that, when the tide goes out, offers a majestic image. It is time to walk barefoot on the white sand between its ” vaults ” and contemplate the spectacular blue of the sea.
36. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Lakes, springs, waterfalls and waterfalls make up the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site since 1979. The visit to this park, one of the busiest places in Croatia, of 30,000 hectares is limited to eight square kilometers of dense vegetation. All the natural architecture made up of 92 waterfalls and 16 lakes – where the largest can reach 2.5 kilometers – can be seen from boats and wooden bridges.
37. Provence, France
The southeastern French region, which stretches from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Alps, falls in love with its landscapes, its lavender fields, its charming villages, its colors and its smells. Any time of the year is good to immerse yourself in Provence.
38. Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
This Indonesian archipelago of more than 1,500 islands is located off the west coast of West Papua. Although it is a true paradise for divers – it is the heart of the Coral Triangle – and one of the favorite places for photographers, the truth is that Raja Ampat is not off the beaten track. The green jungle covered lava peaks and the climbing vegetation on the cliff walls offer a certainly peculiar image.
39. Reynisfjara, Iceland
On the south Icelandic coast, surely the most interesting part of the island, it has places like Reynisfjara , an incredible black sand beach, basalt columns and caves. Long and lonely, we locate it 20 minutes from Vik, and it could be familiar, since it is one of the locations of Game of Thrones.
40. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
It stretches over almost 12,000 km2 in southwestern Bolivia and is the largest salt desert in the world. We are talking about the Uyuni Salt Flat, a natural wonder that offers unsuspected landscapes. During the rainy season, this infinite plain is flooded becoming a gigantic mirror, the effect of which resembles that produced by an authentic glacier.
41. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Dream landscapes, romantic sunsets and incredible fauna are just three of the ingredients that make the Serengeti National Park – baptized by the Maasai as “the endless plain” – an exclusive paradise. In May, with the end of the rains, the dry season comes to this immense Tanzanian savannah , at which point a long journey for the survival of some 3,000 kilometers begins , where endless herds of wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebras, gazelles, antelopes and other herbivore species roam in search of fresh grasses.
42. Socotra, Yemen
Known as “the extraterrestrial island “, Socotra has a unique ecosystem made up of some 700 species of flora and as many species of fauna that do not exist anywhere else on the planet, which has earned it the inclusion in the catalog of natural heritage of the UNESCO. Located in waters of the Indian Ocean, just 300 kilometers from the Asian continent, right in the Horn of Africa, it occupies a surface that does not reach 100 kilometers long and 45 wides.
43. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
The Patagonia with its glaciers, high mountains, and forests and steppes, becomes infinite and wild experience. One of the best-known places is Torres del Paine National Park, in the region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, a paradise for mountaineers, often called “the eighth wonder of the world “.
44. Trolltunga, Norway
Trolltunga – the troll tongue – is the most photographed cliff in Norway; a rock formation that juts out into the void at a height of 700 meters above Lake Ringedal. The route to Trolltunga, which is completed 27 kilometers round trip, is ideal for expert hikers. The authorities recommend caution to those who approach the end of the rock, since an oversight could have – as it happened recently – deadly consequences.
45. Ubud, Bali
The landscapes surrounding Ubud are heavenly. The town, one of Bali’s main performing arts centers, is within walking distance of tiny towns, tangerine fields and traditionally cultivated rice paddies, a delight to be toured without haste, preferably by motorcycle.
46. Uluru, Australia
Those who have had the opportunity to visit Australia’s most famous red monolith can consider themselves lucky. And it is that the Uluru, a sacred place for the aborigines and one of the main attractions of the country, has been closed to the public. The Anangu have won the battle against tourism 40 years after they were recognized as the traditional owners of this piece of land. From now on it will only be possible to observe it from a distance.
47. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) are considered some of the most spectacular in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than two kilometers wide at this location, is precipitated by a series of gorges creating a cloud of iridescent dew that can be seen more than 20 kilometers away. The best time to visit them is between February and May, when the increase in flow reaches 500 million liters of water that falls on the falls every 60 seconds.
48. Wulingyuan Scenic Area, China
This attraction in the Chinese province of Hunan is characterized by the peculiarity of its natural landscape, made up of countless sandstone pillars, caves, lakes and deep ravines surrounded by vegetation. The most recommended time of year to visit the area is between the months of April and October, when temperatures are more pleasant.
49. Zante, Greece
Green dominates a large part of Zante, an island whose beaches can boast of being some of the most photographed in the country. It has innumerable cliffs and coves of emerald waters, such as that of Navagio , only accessible by sea, which was the scene during the 1980s of a shipwreck of which these are still preserved on the beach. Much of the island’s southern coastline is a nature reserve in which endangered loggerhead turtles hatch their eggs in the sand.
50. The relief of Zhangye Danxia, China
The landscape of Zhangye Danxia, in the Chinese province of Gansu, gives us over 300 km2 an endless chromatic range of ocher, blue, reddish, green and violet that seems unreal. And it is that 24 million years of erosion have sculpted original forms that the natural pigments on the rocky layers that the tectonic movements brought to the surface have dyed them with color in a surreal spectacle.