30 Most Beautiful Natural Wonders in the World (Part 1)
If you haven’t been able to travel recently, make sure to bookmark these breathtaking natural wonders for your next adventure.
1. Cano Cristales River, Colombia
Cano Cristales River in Colombia, also known as the “River of Five Colors” or the “Rainbow River,” undergoes a remarkable transformation from an ordinary river to a vibrant display of red hues from July to November. The riverbed is adorned with Macarenia clavigera, a plant species that turns the river into a mesmerizing flow of colors, complemented by crystal-clear water, green moss, and golden sand.
2. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China is composed of towering sandstone pillars. Serving as the inspiration for James Cameron’s film Avatar, some of these peaks reach heights of 1,250 meters and have existed for over 300 million years.
3. Antelope Canyon, USA
Antelope Canyon in Arizona is famous for its wave-like formations and sandstone walls. The canyon was formed through millions of years of water erosion, resulting in its stunningly sculpted passageways.
4. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The unique rock formation at Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is a natural wonder created by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The largest basalt columns stand at a height of 11 meters.
5. Socotra Island, Yemen
Located in the Indian Ocean, Socotra Island is home to plant species that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. One of the most remarkable is the dragon’s blood tree, whose umbrella-shaped canopy resembles an otherworldly spacecraft.
6. Chocolate Hills, Philippines
The Chocolate Hills on Bohol Island, Philippines, are known for their peculiar conical shapes. Varying in height from 30 to 120 meters, the hills turn brown like chocolate during the dry season.
7. Fly Geyser, USA
Fly Geyser in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, is the result of geothermal activity and human inadvertence. This geyser formed after a geothermal energy company failed to properly cap a test well. The heat from the geothermal reservoir caused the water to erupt, creating a stunning display. Over the past 40 years, mineral deposits have shaped the unique and captivating mound of colorful earth.
8. Thor’s Well, USA
Thor’s Well in Oregon resembles a seemingly bottomless hole. Named after a deity, it evokes the image of the sea monster Charybdis, who was known for engulfing sailors in its massive whirlpool. Scientists believe Thor’s Well formed when the roof of an underwater cave collapsed, giving the impression of the sea being sucked into a deep and mesmerizing chasm.
9. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand are home to thousands of glittering glowworms. Open to the public since 1889, the caves were known to the indigenous Maori people long before that. Waitomo originates from the Maori word “wai” for water and “tomo” for hole or entrance.
10. Pamukkale Terraces, Turkey
In Pamukkale, Turkey, terraced pools contain warm water flowing from natural hot springs. The terraces are formed from mineral-rich limestone deposits resulting from geothermal activity.
11. Kjeragbolten, Norway
Kjeragbolten is a 54-cubic-meter boulder wedged between two rock crevices in Norway. Though situated in an unusual location, reaching the area is not overly challenging, making it a famous Instagram-worthy spot.
12. Mount Fuji,Japan
Mount Fuji in Honshu, Japan, is an active volcano, with its most recent eruption occurring in 1707. Standing at 3,776 meters, it is Japan’s highest mountain and is often shrouded in dense layers of mist.
13. Lake Masazir, Azerbaijan
Lake Masazir, near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, turns deep pink during the summer. The color is the result of haophilic microorganisms thriving in the water.
14. Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, China
Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park in southwestern China is renowned for its colorful mountain formations. This natural wonder is the result of mineral and rock deposits fractured when the Indian subcontinent collided with the rest of the Eurasian continent. The park is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site.
15. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is a vast salt flat in Bolivia. When nearby lakes overflow, they create enormous reflective mirrors that beautifully mirror the sky and clouds.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world!