The Blue Planet is home to hundreds of natural wonders, which have been captivating mankind since time immemorial. While a lot of these places are popular tourist destinations, some of these are rarely visited by people. Only the rarest of the travel junkies traverse to these corners of the world to witness the picturesque beauty of Mother Nature. Here, we have compiled a list of 10 lesser-known natural wonders which are unbelievably stunning.
Bryce Canyon (United States)
Technically not a canyon, the Bryce Canyon is mostly unknown to the tourists who mostly flock towards the more popular Grand Canyon. The Bryce Canyon is full of bizarre looking pillars created by water erosion and frost weathering. This naturally occurring amphitheater is indeed a beauty to witness.
Blue Lagoon (Iceland)
As if Iceland wasn’t endowed with some mesmerizing places already, the Blue Lagoon is one of the lesser known secrets of this tiny frigid country in the North Pole. The waters in the Blue Lagoon always have the temperature hovering around 37-39 degrees, thanks to the nearby lava flow. Also, the waters are rich in minerals and are claimed to have healing properties against skin disorders. But be warned, tourists have to bathe naked in the community shower before dipping into the magical waters.
Colca Canyon (Peru)
The Colca Canyon in Peru is home to the original inhabitants who maintain their pre-Inca terrace cultivation for their livelihood. This Canyon also has subterranean pools which are rich in minerals. On top of that, the Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the famous Grand Canyon in the United States.
Erg Chebbi (Morocco)
The Erg Chebbi is part of the Moroccan Sahara desert. It stretches over 22 km and has sand dunes as tall as 150 meters. The dizzying winds in the desert make it look quite outlandish. On top of that, the sands are supposed to have healing abilities for joint pains. Every year, the Moroccans bury themselves till their necks to get the best out of these healing sands.
Brazil is home to the dense Amazon rainforests and some dangerous wetlands. Despite the dangers associated with it, Pantanal, the largest wetland in Brazil is quite exquisite. It is home to the giant ant-eaters and capybaras.
Valle de la Luna (Chile)
If landing on the moon is one of your unfulfilled wishes, then you wait is nearly over. Instead of travelling to the moon, you can pack your bags and visit Chile, home to the incredible Valle de la Luna. Due to strong winds and waters, the entire texture of this landscape resembles that of a moon. Also, the dry lakes look like craters, increasing the appeal of this lesser-known wonder.
Tsingy de Bemaraha (Madagascar)
The rarely known Tsingy de Bemaraha has some of the best limestone formations in the entire world. The name Tsingy is derived from the local dialect, which signifies the amazing limestone formations. This place also has preserved mangroves and is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Wai-O-Tapu (New Zealand)
New Zealand is quite famous for its picturesque sceneries and being chosen for the shooting of the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. But one of the lesser known wonders of this island is Wai-o-Tapu. It is considered as one of the finest thermal lakes. From brightly colored lakes to hot geysers, Wai-o-Tapu is a must visit for travel junkies as well as health freaks. The place also has mud pools and bush paths, along with the famous champagne lake, which has an orange hue for its outer ring.
Playa Ostional (Costa Rica)
The Playa Ostional is home to a rare breed of turtles. As it is a nesting ground for these magnificent creatures, thousands of turtles can be found at once on the beach, if you plan your travels accordingly. Currently, this place has been turned into a national park for the protection of these rare turtles.
Jiuzhaigou Valley (China)
The Jiuzhaigou Valley is a paradise which has beautiful rivers, fresh lakes and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Jiuzhaigou literally translates into 9 villages, owing to the nine Tibetan villages found in the valley. The occurrence of such a majestic wonder has earned itself the title of a World Biosphere Reserve.