The world is full of jaw-dropping nature, but only certain locations get promoted to the tourism industry, leaving the others as hidden gems. OROGOLD brings you some of the most spectacular natural attractions around the world that you are likely to have never heard of.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, in southwest Bolivia, is the largest salt flat on the planet. It was formed when a pre-historic lake ran dry, leaving behind a desert-like landscape featuring 11,000 sq km of bright white salt, rock formations and islands studded with cacti. Resembling the vast, empty landscape of the moon, the Salar de Uyuni is one of the most striking natural wonders of the world, especially after a couple of centimeters of rainfall has hit the ground, because the whole landscape turns into a giant mirror that reflects the sky and everything else around. However, since rainfall is extremely low in the area, the best chance to catch this mystical giant mirror is in January, as this is when precipitation is the highest.
Tianzi Mountains, China
With peaks in their thousands, dramatic rocks and rolling ridges, the Tianzi Mountains is a sight not to be missed, making it surprising that they aren’t already more popular. However, this could be due to the fact that photographs simply fail to capture the intensity of the landscape, as the sheer size and depth of these mountains need to be seen in order to be fully taken in. The winding hills and deep valleys are great for exploring, and the many different waterfalls dotted through the region make for great photography opportunities.
The Luminous Lagoon, Jamaica
Located in an estuary just east of Falmouth, the Luminous Lagoon has one extremely special feature that OROGOLD absolutely loves – it glows an eerie shade of green whenever it is disturbed. The glow is caused by a photochemical reaction that occurs when the water is stirred, and the concentration of these microorganisms is so thick that even the fish swimming through the lagoon look like glowing green lanterns. Swimming in the lagoon is not to be missed, especially on a starry night, as this makes it difficult to tell where the sky ends and the water begins, making the whole experience almost hallucinogenic.
Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar
Also known as the stone forest, Tsingy de Bemaraha is a vast labyrinth of stone spikes. In the past, it was virtually impossible for humans to make their way through the sharp vertical blades of stone, the deep underground tunnels and the many sinkholes, but now, a project founded by the European Union has opened up more of the area to visitors, with 8 trekking circuits featuring varying difficulties. The stone forest is located in a national park, and since access to the area can be tricky, OROGOLD recommends camping out in the park for a few nights to fully experience the wonders of Madagascan nature.
The internet is a fantastic resource to use when planning a trip, as it can reveal amazing destinations that you may not have previously thought of. Although each of the seven wonders of the world are spectacular in their own right, OROGOLD recommends doing a bit of research into other natural attractions before planning a trip, as you never know what may catch your interest.