- Petra, Jordan
This terrestrial Atlantis, an ancient hardstone desert city, was once home to the Nabataeans, an AD civilization that specialized in stone temples and monumental tombs. Guests arrive through a narrow, dim, 1.2 km long canyon called the Siq, which suddenly opens to reveal the enormous Khazneh, a 40-meter-high treasury perched on top of a pillar. The rocks are attractive, the scale is impressive, and film fans can see many locations from Indiana Jones 3.
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Owned by Ecuador but cooped up in the East Pacific, the islands that inspired Charles Darwin are as unique as ever. The so-called “Evolution Laboratory” where iguanas still bask on the jagged rocky beaches, sharks and turtles are still present at every session, and the famous Galapagos turtles still fight among the island’s grassy scrub. The ecosystem is fragile and tourism is tightly controlled, which makes it even more attractive.
- Uluru-Kata Tuta National Park, Australia
Deep in the reds of Australia, the monolith, formerly known as Ayer’s Rock, rises above the desert, surrounded by an endless sea of sand. The rock was permanently closed for climbing last year after years of campaigning by Anangu residents who believe that the spirits of their ancestors were found inside the rock. Perhaps the rock’s most prominent feature is that two thirds of it is mostly underground.
- Delta Okavango, Botswana
Uluru and Petra are top of the list, but we will assume you are less familiar with the fourth option – the swamps in Botswana on the Okavango River. This stunning desert, swollen every year by the flood waters of the Angolan mountains, is one of the world’s most underrated safaris that you can enjoy from the prow of a motorboat or from an engraved canoe. Lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras and buffalo roam the endless delta islands, while local leopards have adapted to their habitats by learning to hunt giant catfish. Visits are strictly regulated to protect flora and fauna. Book in advance.
- Yellowstone National Park, USA
A center of geothermal activity in three states and 8,991 square kilometers, Yellowstone was designated the world’s first national park in 1872 and remains one of its most impressive. Attacking all the senses, the smell of sulfur filled the nostrils and a bubbling gust of geyser filled the air. The wildlife here is large, healthy, and mostly brown – from crocheted buffalo to elk, clumsy grizzly bears to wandering wolves.
- Lake Bled, Slovenia
This original postcard is the only European entry to break into the top 10. It has a castle on one bank, the president’s house on the other, and a pretty little white brick church on an island in between. A constant stream of tourists can cross the 6 km long coast, ride a gondola or take a leisurely swim, surrounded by pine trees and the peaks of the Slovenian Alps. Everyone will enjoy the panoramic view twice – once with the lake view and once on the neat mirror surface.
- Iguazu Falls, Argentina-Brazil
You’ve heard of Angel and Niagara Falls, but maybe you’ve never come across this giant waterfall on the Argentina-Brazil border. As the largest waterfall system in the world, you can hear the thunder floods long before you see it and a thin mist of moisture fills the air. It is not easy to get to, but fearless travelers will be rewarded with howling monkeys, hoarse parrots, and wildly uncontrollable forests.
- Angkor Temple, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, the crown jewel in a series of temples and shrines with more than 1,000 inhabitants, has a notorious reputation for having a large moat that leads to a 55-meter central tower surrounded by lush Cambodian jungle on all sides. obtained. Most guides recommend visiting at sunrise, as morning light falls over the complex, illuminating the intricate carvings and reliefs with bright orange light.
- Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Part natural wonder, part optical illusion, part perfect plane. The crystal-clear surface of these Bolivian salt flats looks like a post-apocalyptic desert crack during the dry season, unlike anything else in Mad Max. After the rain, a thin layer of water turns the apartment into a perfect glass mirror that blends salt and sky into the illusion of a cloudy blue. Take note of where the horizon is prior to your visit as you may not be able to see it while you’re there.
- Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
If you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, you’ve come to the wrong place – the Annapurna Circuit is a hard work destination. Epic transitions around Nepal’s Himalayas – from rice fields at the foot of mountains to snow-capped Thorong La Pass – climate change from tropical to arctic and culture from Hinduism to Tibet. However, their grafts feature some of the greatest views in the world and mountain huts serving hot tea which tastes better because it’s hard to come by.