25 Greatest Natural Wonders of the World
Massive, glaciers staggering, mountains plainsdotted with wild, animals We sure live in a big beautiful world And while pinpointing allof Mother Nature’s greatest, hits could takea. Lifetime we think these out-of-this-worldlandscapes and awe-inspiring wonders from Arizona to, Antarctica need to moveto the very top of your travel. List Number 25 Angel Falls The tallest waterfall in the world Angel Fallsin. Venezuela certainly makes for one of the mostspectacular sights imaginable.
Shootingoff, the summit of a table top mountain, the fall plunges 807 metersuninterrupted to the jungle below with much of the water turning tomist before it reaches the ground.Adding in its other cascades and rapids and AngelFalls’ total height is a whopping 979 meters.Due to its remote location in Canaima NationalPark Angel Falls is quite hard to visit, though its stunning setting and awe-inspiringscenery certainly makes it well worth the effort.
Number 24 Giant’s Causeway Situated at the base of steep cliffson the northeast coast of Ireland. The Giants Causeway is a natural rock formationthat does indeed look as if it were fashioned. Bygiants
The honeycomb formation of hexagon-shapedbasalt columns appears too geometrically. Perfectto have been shaped by nature: It actually took60 million years of tectonic plate movement, lava flows and erosion to fashion thestepping-stone columns into their present shape.Cliff-top trails offer great views of the rocks and a flight of steps leads down to sea level.
Number 23 N Pali Coast
Dominating and defining the northwest of Kaua’ i, the Na Pali Coast, is one of Hawaii’s. Most famousand photographed sights Its gigantic jaggedcliffs rise to 1,200 metres above the sparklingwaters of the Pacific Ocean, with scenic beachesand, coves, hidden below As the rugged terrainis so inaccessible. The only way to visit is byhiking, kayaking or helicopter with phenomenalpanoramas. Wherever you look, While it is famedfor having featured in Jurassic Park, the grandand gorgeous stretch of coastline has appearedin numerous films and TV shows over the years.
Mount Everest As the highest mountain in the world MountEverest attracts climbers of all levels from well experienced, mountaineers to noviceclimbers willing to pay substantial sumsto professional mountain guidesto, complete a successful climb.Although other eight-thousanders suchas K2 are much more difficult to climb. Mount Everest still has many inherent dangerssuch as altitude, sickness weather and wind Atthe base of Everest Sherpas and mountaineers workovertime to prepare for their trip to the summit. Number 21
Pulpit Rock One of the most famous and phenomenalsights in Norway, the prominent Pulpit Rock liesin, the southwest of the country overlooking thelovely Lysefjorden Formed during the lastice age. The sheer cliff towers, 604 metresabove its surroundings with staggering viewsof, the deep dark waters and dramatic landscapesbelow. Due to the outstanding beauty, PulpitRock attracts hordes of tourists. Every year Number 20
Wadi Rum In Southern Jordanis, Wadi Rum, a desert valley known for itsbreathtaking scenery. There are no permanentsettlements in this secluded desert region. Butnomadic tribes do occasionally pass through.Although. Deserts are often imagined as dunes Wadi Rum boasts sandstone mountains and toweringgranite cliffs
The distinctive reddish-orangecolors that lend the area an otherworldly qualityhas brought severals science-fiction filmshere to replicate the Red Planet.
Visitorscan ride a camel across the amazing desertand camp out under the clear star-filled sky Number 19 Lake Baikal, The deepest and oldest lake on Earth. Lakebaikal is reputed to boast some of the clearestand cleanest waters around. To top it all off. The enormous freshwater lake contains morewater than all the Great Lakes in North Americacombined
With so many accolades to its name, its no wonder that Lake Baikal isnicknamed the’Pearl of Siberia, .’While, the lake makes for fabulous viewing. Whenthe summer sun glints off its dark waters, itis no less impressive in winter, when it freezes uptwo meters deep in parts, Whether its ice, skatingacross, the surface or hiking along the scenicshoreline Lake Baikal is a nature. Lover’S dream.
Number 18: The Maldives, Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean theidyllic Maldives archipelago, is spellbindinglybeautiful
Close to the equator, the Maldiveshas, a warm and tropical climate thatsperfect for lazy beach days all year round, Thislow-lying island group is celebrated for its highlevel of luxury and emphasis on the slow life.Perfect for honeymooners. The Maldives, designeraccommodation is out of this world. Take yourpick of underwater villas, over-water villas andeverything in between Theres, even an underwaterrestaurant for those looking to dine surroundedby schools of tropical fish As relaxation is keyin the Maldives, you can spend your days sippingon cocktails and sunbathing interspersed witha diving excursion to keep things interesting.
Number 17 Banff National Park, Canadas oldest national park Banff, is chock full of awesome scenery.Set amongst the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The park contains several beautiful lakes, including Lake Louise, the gem of the park and the much photographed Moraine Lake.Its, also a good place to see. Glaciers, icefields and wildlife, including elk deer mooseand, bears
As a year-round tourism destination, the park draws three million visitors annually. They come for the winter sports and summer hiking and camping Number 16 Salar de Uyuni, Located in the Andes Mountains, Salar de Uyuni, isthe largest salt flat in the world. The expanseof salt creates an unending white landscape duringthe dry season, but the area is most breathtakingin the rainy season when it is covered, inwater
The reflection of the blue sky, createsa, spectacular and surreal landscape, though sometourists insist on seeing the salt
One of themost unusual places to visit in South America its also a major breeding ground for flamingoes Number 15 Yellowstone. The granddaddy of American national parks. Yellowstone, is the oldest in the United States andthe world having been founded in 1872.
When itwas first discovered stories of the magnificenceof, the area were passed off as lies and talltales. You can see why erupting geysers, herebelch steam and water, such as the clockworkOld, Faithful. There are boiling hot springs like the Grand Prismatic Spring, thanks todiffering temperatures and minerals as thewaters spread out. This is a veritable rainbow ofunbelievable colors
Theres, even the Grand Canyonof Yellowstone, a natural wonder in granite.This place, is a true icon of must-see nature.
Number 14 Iguazu Falls Made up of some 275 differentcascades falls and drops. Iguazu Falls on the Argentine-Brazilian borderis, the world’s largest waterfall system. As such, it is the only waterfall that can rivalor, possibly even surpass Victoria Falls.For almost three kilometres in total gorgeous falls course over the Parana Plateau, with the undoubted highlight being Devil’s ThroatCanyon
This is best witnessed from the Brazilianside’s viewing platform where you are greetedwith: teeming sheets of water, a deafening roar and a fine spray With lush rainforest lyingaround it the falls, are a treat to visit.Visitors, can take boat trips along the IguazuRiver or explore the nearby paths and Trails: Number 13 Sahara Desert
The Sahara is the worlds largest hotdesert covering most of Northern Africa, making it almost as large as the United States.Contrary to popular belief, large sand dunesform, only a minor part of the Sahara Most of thedesert consists of largely barren rocky plateaus with very little sand. The Sahara receives lessthan three inches of rain a year on average Evenin, the Saharas wettest areas it may rain onlyonce or twice a week and not rain again for years.
Number 12 Galapagos Islands. If you want to get a glimpse of whatprehistoric animals may have looked like head to the Galapagos Islands. The animals arelike no other place on earth and include gianttortoises and scary-looking iguanas. They werethe impetus for Charles Darwins controversial19th century book On the Origin of Species.
This archipelago of 18 major islands about550 miles off the coast of Ecuador, was formed and are still being formed by volcanic action.
Number 11 Pamukkale, Pamukkale, meaning cotton castle in Turkish is an unreal landscape. In western Turkey, famous for its white terraces Theterraces are made of travertine a sedimentary rock deposited by water with avery high mineral content from the hot springs.
People have bathed in itspools for thousands of years.The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built ontop of the hot springs by the kings of Pergamon.The ruins of the baths, and other Greekmonuments can still be seen at the site. Number 10 Zhangjiajie National Forest
Located in northwest Hunan Province, ZhangjiajieNational Forest boasts some of the most impressiveand spectacular landscapes in China.Part of the Wuling Mountain Range. The scenic area is particularly famous for thethousands of pillars and peaks that punctuatethe park.
Often shrouded in mist these karstformations look incredible and many of themtower over two hundred meters high Covered insub-tropical rainforest. They rise above plungingravines and deep gorges with sparkling rivers, lakes and waterfalls found here and there Number 9
The Northern Lights, An incredible natural phenomenon, the polarlights and their captivating colors shapes andswirls appear when there is solar activity, Thebest chance to spot them will be in the winter when the nights are longer The further north yougo and the further you travel away from cities. The better, your view will be Besideswatching them out of your window. You can also take tours into the wildernessto, see the shimmering lights from secluded light-free spots and stay atcosy cabins and campgrounds
Number 8 Great Barrier Reef, The largest coral reef system on the face of theearth. The Great Barrier Reef is simply colossal.Stretching for over 1,400 miles. It is remarkablyvisible from space with 900 islands, dot thisenormous ecosystem, Snorkeling and scuba divingare. The best ways to experience the joys of therich underwater world, while boat trips, kayaking and even helicopter rides offer another view. Ofthe reefs gargantuan proportions,
Gently sailingthrough, the perfect turquoise waters, dolphins, sea turtles and the reef itself are visiblebelow. The waves is an unforgettable experience. Number 7 Antarctica Antarctica on average is the coldest driest and windiest continent on the planet and has the highest average elevation of all thecontinents. Although about 98 % of Antarctica iscovered by ice, it is technically a desertwith, very little precipitation.
Antarcticais colder than the Arctic, because much of thecontinent is more than 2 miles above sea level and because the Arctic Ocean covers the northpolar zone, transferring the oceans relativewarmth through the icepack
Sea life of Antarcticainclude, penguins, blue whales, orcas and seals Number 6 Mount Bromo. Mount Bromo is an active volcano andpart of the Tengger massif in East Java.At, 2,329 meters. It is not the highest peak of themassif, but it is the most well known
The area isone of the most visited tourist attractions inJava. The top of the volcano has been blown offand the crater inside constantly belcheswhite smoke. It is surrounded by theSea of Sand of fine volcanic sand. Theoverall effect is unsettlingly unearthly. Number 5.
Victoria Falls: If you thought that Niagara Falls was large. Well, Victoria Falls dwarfs it with its colossal curtainof water that stretches for 1,708 metres reaching108 metres in height,
It is these epic proportionsthat make Victoria Falls the largest waterfallin the world Breathtaking to behold. The endless flow of water that tumbles overthe cliff almost defies belief, Fittingly the cacophonous roar that rises from the gorgebelow and the fine spray that hangs in the airsaw. The falls named’The Smoke That Thunders’in the local Lozi language,
Nestled on theborder between Zambia and Zimbabwe, VictoriaFalls truly needs to be seen to be believed. Number 4. Grand Canyon. Renowned the world over, the Grand Canyonneeds no introduction. One of the largestcanyon in the world really has tobe seen to be properly appreciated.
Whether you visit the North, South East or West Rim areas its always a giant sculpture of light and shadowthat barrels its way across an awesome landscape.Around. The national park that encompasses itthere are a whole host of trails and viewpoints. Cape Royal on the North Rim is a top vista, ofmany major parts of the Grand Canyon
You caneven reach down to the canyon floor over a miledown in some places via steep meandering trails, Number 3 Ha Long Bay.
Located in northeastern Vietnam, Ha LongBay resembles a scene from a fantasy storywith its thousands of limestone karstislands of different shapes and sizes.Halong means descending dragons, which isindicative of the silhouette of the limestoneoutcrops that poke out from the water. Some ofthe islands contain lakes while some are hollow,with a colorful fairyland of grottoes inside.An overnight boat trip is a spectacular way toexperience the beauty of the bay and tosee as many of the islands as possible.
Amazon Rainforest: If you lived long enough to countthat high, you could count 390billion trees in the Amazon. Rainforest.This statistic is mind-boggling to be sure, but then the Amazon rainforest is one awesomepiece of nature covering about of the AmazonRiver basin. It is the worlds largest tropicalrainforest. Sixty percent of the rainforest islocated in Brazil, with sizeable chunks in Peru, andColumbia bordering countries, have small shares.
For sure the rainforest is loadedwith, unique flora and fauna.
Number 1. Serengeti Migration. The Serengeti ecosystem is located innorthwestern Tanzania and extends tosouthwestern Kenya. The region hosts the largestmass movement of land mammals on the planetand one of the most breathtaking eventsin the animal kingdom.
Every year,one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra make a300 mile round trip from the Southern Serengeti inTanzania to the northern edge of the Masai MaraNational Reserve in Kenya. The Great Migrationis probably Africas greatest safari spectacle andthe most exceptional natural wonder of the world..