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6 INCREDIBLE NATURAL WONDERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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March 2022

SIX Incredible Natural Wonders from Around the World 

Spoiler: We couldn’t stop at SIX! 

wonder : something or someone that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. *

 

Starting with the definition of “wonder” was necessary because we are not here to challenge the various “Wonder of the World” titles (natural, man-made, ..) nor the yearly editions of these. We simply want to share with you some dreamy, natural, scenic and simply jaw-dropping wonders that we found to be…wait for it…out of this world! 

 

We will be taking you on a journey across continents where you will be reminded of destinations that you were planning to visit pre COVID-19 and where you may learn about new destinations to put on your bucket list. Are you ready? 

 

Here are the awe-inspiring destinations we’ve retained: 

 

AURORA BOREALIS

 

The name itself is so beautiful, it makes you want to discover everything about it! Aurora Borealis, also known at The Northern Lights, is not an actual place but rather, a phenomenon. 

 

“On a very basic level, the phenomenon is quite simple to explain. It is created from a collision between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the atmosphere of the earth.”- www.visitnorway.com 

 

So if you want to witness a theatrical sky, where lights come together and dance in a beautiful choreography boasting a color palette of green and blue as well as pink and violet, then Aurora Borealis is for you. Though it can be seen from many Nordic countries, research shows that Norway may be the most ideal to witness this phenomenon. 

 

“Tromso in northern Norway may be the best place to see the northern lights. The city of Tromso, 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, is located on an island that is connected to the mainland with tunnels and bridges. The ideal period for watching the northern lights in the Tromso region is from September to April.” – www.goworldtravel.com 

 

For recommendations on where and when to experience the Aurora Borealis in Norway, check out www.norway-lights.com.

 

GREAT BARRIER REEF

It’s quite difficult to put into words the magnitude and splendor of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. So instead of words, here are some numbers about the Reef that will just blow your mind: 

  • Composed of approximately 3000 individual reef systems 
  • Made up of approximately 900 hundred islands 
  • Home to thousands of species of marine life and amazing creatures 

 

If that’s not enough, imagine this: 

“The Great Barrier Reef is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.”-  www.greatbarrierreef.org 

 

While you let that soak in, we want to remind you that you can enjoy its numerous un-spoilt islands and beaches while experiencing some pretty cool activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, a helicopter tour, a glass-bottomed boat tour, a swim with dolphins, etc. 


For recommendations on how to experience the Great Barrier Reef, check out www.greatbarrierreef.org.

HA LONG BAY

If you’re looking for scenic and unscathed beauty with a very interesting biodiversity, then Ha Long Bay should be on your bucket list! Located in Northeastern Vietnam and nearing the Chinese border, this impressive area of 1,553 km² is composed of approximately 2000 islets. These islet are rising from a drowned bed of limestone and commanding a majestic presence, like a Maestro commanding the stage, surprising its visitors with its breathtaking beauty, including spectacular elevations of greens and naturally formed grottos.

 

Almost unspoiled, this area is like a sculpture chiseled by nature.

 

To plan a trip to this extraordinary place, check out www.vietnam-guide.com   

 

IGUAZU FALLS

“My poor Niagara …” That is what Eleonor Roosevelt said when she saw Iguazu Falls.

Located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, together they make up the largest waterfall in the world. Poor Niagara indeed. Some went as far as comparing Iguazu Falls to this popular falls’ destination (and others). Here’s a snippet of how Iguazu fares next to Niagara: 

 

 Iguazu 

 Niagara

 Height 

 82 meters 

 54 meters 

 Width 

 2700 meters 

 945 meters 

Though the falls are the main attraction, tourists tend to forget that the falls are actually part of a national park (Two actually, one on the Brazilian side and one on the Argentinian side). And if you needed more reasons to visit this place, then listen to this: 

Legend has it that a deity planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In a rage, the deity sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.


If chasing waterfalls is your thing, then Iguazu is a must destination for you. To learn more or plan a trip, check out www.iguazufalls.com

THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

 

If your inner explorer is seeking to discover awe-inspiring landscapes and incredible marine species, you may want to consider these amazing islands. Imagine this: They are located at the junction of not one, not two, but three ocean currents and they house a fusion of amazing marine life not likely to be found elsewhere. How amazing is that? 

The Galápagos Islands have been called “a living museum and a showcase of evolution”. The volcanic activity that produced these islands and that continues to shape them today as well as their isolation from the rest of the world, resulted in the unusual and rather extraordinary animal life that is found on them, such as the land iguana and the giant tortoise among many others. 

Fun fact: The findings of uncommon marine life on these islands inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection after his visit in 1835. His publications were one of the precursors that put the Galápagos Islands on tourists’ radar. 

If you want to know how to reach these islands and explore them fully, go to www.galapagosislands.com

THE SAHARA DESERT

 

When talking about the Sahara Desert, we’re not talking about a typical destination; in a way it’s actually many destinations as this desert covers most of Northern Africa. 

 

Fact: It extends over an area of 9,200,000 square kilometers and is the world’s largest hot desert (its size is comparable to that of the United States of America). Wow! 

 

Though not full of lush greenery and practically devoid of human life, the Sahara Desert will take you in a different kind of awe-filled adventure. Imagine beautiful areas of sand that extend beyond what our eyes can see and which are complimented with intricately sculpted dunes…It’s one of those things that humbles us human beings and make us realize the immensity of the world we live in.  

 

Though some areas of the desert are off limits (due mostly to political unrest in some of the countries where the desert extends), just do your research and get yourself ready for the trip and exploration of a lifetime. 

 

  • Orange dunes? Check! 
  • Star filled skies? Check!
  • Camel Trekking? Check! 
  • Archeological & paleoethological wonders? Check! 

 

Planning a trip to the Sahara Desert is not easy; you must be aware of the best times to go, of what is considered appropriate clothing and of poisonous plants among others. To research a potential trip to the Sahara, you must consult different sites and your travel agent of course.

 

THE BLUE GROTTO

If you’re looking for something a little more accessible but that is equally mesmerizing, the Blue Grotto in Capri is the way to go. The grotto is known for its ethereal blue hue that some have even called “the loveliest blue that can be imagined”. This magical blue light is caused by the deflection of sunlight through the cave’s opening. And, as if this weren’t enough, apparently the acoustics inside the cave are beautiful as well. 

 

You can forever be part of this magical place by leaving a “grafitti signature” as visitors have done over centuries in the Sala dei Nomi (“Room of names”), which is at the back of the grotto. 

 

This grotto is no stranger in Italian history given that it was used as Emperor Tiberius’ personal swimming pool (despite that swimming is not allowed in the grotto nowadays). Legend has it that the openings at the back of the caves may have been pathways to the Emperor’s pleasure palaces. 

 

Entering the grotto is no easy feat and certainly not for everyone; the entry is 2 meters wide and only 1 meter high at low tide. Visitors are required to lie flat on the bottom of a rowboat to be able to enter. 


In addition to the grotto, you can plan you trip in beautiful Capri and its surroundings. To know more about planning you trip to the Blue Grotto, check out www.capri.com