Ten Strangest Places In The World To Visit. Where words fail, pictures do the trick.
This post and accompanying video (see link below) shows the photographic evidence to understand the baffling beauty and sublime grace of some of the strangest places on earth. Enjoy travelling to ten of the strangest places on earth to visit.
#1 Avatar Mountains, Zhangjiajie National Park, China
Located in the Hunan province of south-central China, the park is more commonly known as “Avatar Mountains”, thanks to its uncanny resemblance with Pandora Mountains, featured in James Cameron’s “Avatar”. Zhangjiajie is located in the northwest of Hunan Province, over 1,000 kilometres from both Shanghai and Beijing.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park was established in 1982 and is part of the greater Wulingyuan Scenic Area which holds the esteemed title of being China’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
#2 Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. Under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. But what is really special is its population of Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand.
A tour of the glowworm caves includes a walk and a boat ride through the cave system, followed by a gentle float underneath a million sparkling glowworm lights that line the caves’ top.
The cave guides have such a good understanding of the cave system and the eco-system that has formed inside it, so it’s amazing to get a glimpse of glowworm life from them.
#3 Derweze, Turkmenistan-The door to hell
Derweze is a village in Turkmenistan of about 350 inhabitants, located in the middle of the Karakum Desert, about 260 km north of Ashgabat. According to the Smithsonian magazine, a group of Soviet geologists accidentally created the crater, searching for oil, which has been burning since 1971 caused by the methane.
Darvaza gas crater tours are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is recommended that you visit the “Door to Hell” in the dark to really appreciate the vista and capture your spectacular photographs.
#4 Deadvlei-The Dead Marsh
Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. This area boasts some of the largest sand dunes in the world and is a major tourist attraction in Namibia.
The river flooded during a particularly severe rainstorm, generating a shallow surface layer of water over the clay pan. Camel Thorn trees were able to grow and mature as a result of the water. During a drought, however, the water evaporated, and sand dunes along the clay pan’s edge prevented the river’s flood passage into the area. Around 700 years ago, a drought caused the trees to die.
Regardless of the trees’ death, their skeletons remain, and despite being darkened by the light, they appear architecturally the same as they did when they died. Their lack of decomposition is down to the absence of water, as trees cannot decay without it.
#5 Underwater waterfall, Le Morne, Mauritius
According to the Scienceblogs website, the underwater waterfall, is actually sand from the shores of Mauritius being driven via ocean currents off of that high, coastal shelf, and down into the darker ocean depths off the southern tip of the island.
It plunges 11,500 feet (3,505 meters) straight down from the Greenland Sea into the Irminger Sea, carrying around 175 million cubic feet (5 million cubic meters) of water per second — which is considerably larger than any giant waterfall on land.
#6 Firefall, Yosemite National Park, California
“Firefall” is the name for the natural phenomena that creates the illusion at the park in California. It comes to life when the setting sun causes light to hit the waterfall at just the right angle. This can only see “Firefall” for a short time in February, which draws hundreds of visitors each night.
In mid- to late-February, the Firefall only happens around dusk. During that moment, the sun sets at just the correct angle in Yosemite Valley, illuminating the upper reaches of Horsetail Fall. The “peak” is usually February 17-19, though the Firefall can light up beautifully 6-7 days before or 3-4 days after the peak.
#7 Spotted Lake, northwest of Osoyoos
Spotted Lake is located northwest of Osoyoos in the eastern Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, Canada. It is a small lake rich in a variety of minerals, including calcium, sodium sulphates and magnesium sulphate. During the hot summer months, much of the water in the lake evaporates, leaving concentrations of these minerals that form the spots visible in the lake.
The Spotted Lake is only a short drive from some of the world’s most famous Okanagan Valley wineries and is about 4.5 hours from Vancouver. Although the lake is on private land, the public can see it from the gate next to Highway 3 west of Osoyoos.
#8 Manpupuner rock formations, Northern Urals, Russia
The Manpupuner rock formations (“Seven Giants” or “7 Strong Men” or “Poles of the Komi Republic”) are seven randomly shaped stone pillars of weathering located inside the Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve, the Northern Ural, Russia. Local legend has it that they are the remains of seven Samoyed giants. They were on a forced march through the Urals, heading across the mountain ranges to decimate the Vogulsky people.
Their Shaman, the largest of the seven, beat a drum to keep his comrades moving relentlessly on towards their quarry. However, when he caught sight of the holy Volgulsky Mountains, he let go of his drum and all seven giants froze to the spot.
#9 Dallol, Ethiopia
Dallol is a cinder cone volcano in the Danakil Depression, northeast of the Erta Ale Range in Ethiopia. The term Dallol was named by the Afar people and means dissolution or disintegration, describing a landscape of green acid ponds and iron oxide, sulfur and salt desert plains.
The Dallol craters are dangerous places to visit because their surface can be covered by a crust of salt with pools of hot acidic water just inches below. Toxic gases are sometimes released from craters.
#10 Rainbow River (Caño Cristales), Columbia
The Rainbow River is a tributary of the Guayabero River in Colombia. It is located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. The river is also known as the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow” because of its vibrant hues.
The Liquid Rainbow is caused by a unique phenomena: a red plant – Macarenia clavigera – growing in the riverbed. Other colours come from black rocks, green algae, blue water and yellow sand, producing an iridescent effect.
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