The world is still very much a mystery to even the most traveled people. That means that there are many mythical and mysterious places on our planet for you to visit. Some of which we’ll be sharing with you in this post. These beautiful locations are so enchanting and magical. It’s overwhelming to the human eye and hard to explain them in mere words and pictures but we’re going to do our best anyway. Here are the 12 places so mythical you won’t believe they exist welcome. So, let’s go and find out the 12 most beautiful places in the world.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
You might know them better as the Cliffs of Insanity from the 1987 film The Princess Bride. However, this seaside wonder is actually located on the shores of Ireland stretching for five miles along the Atlantic coast. The 400 ft. high cliffs offer one of Ireland’s most breathtaking views. What makes these cliffs even more unique and magical is the local wildlife that calls them home. Furthermore, those with a love of bird watching will be spoiled here as the area is home to over 3000 colorful bird species.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Stretching across 4050 miles, this beautiful reflective surface is considered one of the most extreme and remarkable landscapes in all of South America and perhaps even on planet earth. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. It was created from prehistoric lakes that evaporated millions of years ago. This mythical location attracts millions of tourists and visitors from all across the world each year who seek to drive across this most fascinating place. If you’re looking to cross one of the most stunning places in the world off, your travel list Salar de Uyuni deserves to be on it.
Lake Retba, Senegal
The list of most beautiful places in the world include Lake Retba. This vivid pink lake lies just an hour away from Senegal’s capital. Certainly, this lake will catch anyone’s eye right away. The lake is just barely separated from the Atlantic by a couple of dunes. This is what gives the lake its high salt content. The salt content attracts a type of bacteria called the Tuna Allele. This gives the lake its unique coloring. The coloring becomes increasingly strong during the dry season between November and June. And this is the best time to visit if you want to take pictures of the world’s only glowing pink lake.
Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia
If Las Lajas Sanctuary looks magical, it’s because miracles inspired it. In 1754, a young girl was cured of her deafness right here after seeing the virgin Mary’s image on the rocks of the gorge and later a blind man regained his sight too. To honor these series of miracles, the people built this 1949 neo-gothic basilica and it remains a pilgrimage site to this day. For those of you who want to visit, it’s located in the Southern Colombian department of Mourinho in the municipality of Apollo and is almost magically built right inside the canyon of the Guaitara river.
Rainbow Mountains, China
The mythical Rainbow Mountains of China within the Zhonye Dakshiyad Landform geological park are a geological wonder of the world indeed. These Chinese mountains are famous for their otherworldly colors that mimic a rainbow painted over the tops of rolling mountains. The colorations are caused by various diagenetic and mineralogical processes that make up the reds, greens yellows, and blues. Some will argue that this is one of the coolest places on earth and the planet seems to agree. Seeing as the area was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2009.
Moraine Lake, Canada
Set in the rugged valley of Canada’s ten peaks is Moraine lake. It is a place surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning. It almost seems unreal. The lake’s waters are the most magical color. A vivid shade of turquoise that changes in intensity through the summer as the glaciers melt. Its brilliant blue-green color is a result of light refracting off fine particles of rock in the glacier runoff which flows into the lake. Because it’s at an elevation of 6183 feet, the lake doesn’t begin to melt until June, which is when water levels rise and its magical color peak and make for some pristine photography. Definitely, this is worth visiting.
If you didn’t think paradise could exist in the middle of nowhere then check out this Peruvian desert oasis five-hour south of Lima. Huacachina is a tiny village with green waters. At its center, forming the Huacachina lagoon ringed by palm trees and thought to have therapeutic properties. The lagoon shores are dotted with bars and clubs. Dune buggies run across the high rolling dunes surrounding the village. This jaw-dropping place allows tourists to witness the breathtaking dunes from an entirely different perspective. And anyone adventurous enough can try sandboarding down the dunes for an unforgettable experience. For surely, this is surprisingly beautiful.
Northern Lake Baikal, Russia
If you thought the Huacachina lagoon was something, then lake Baikal is going to blow you away. Located in Russia, it is considered the largest lake by volume in the entire world and also the deepest. Furthermore, it is also the oldest lake in the world, home to 1800 endemic plant species. And more incredibly, it holds 20 percent of the world’s freshwater supply. It’s no wonder UNESCO named it a world heritage site back in 1996. The lake is situated in south-central Russia, very close to the Mongolian border, and represents an unspoiled beauty. Furthermore, locals refer to it as the ‘sacred sea’.
Naica Mine, Mexico
If you’re into trippy places, then here’s a hidden gem you should definitley visit. In Mexico, this stunning crystal cave known as Naica Mine is situated in Chihuahua and extends up to 985 feet below the surface. The crystals are said to have been formed by underground magma approximately half a million years ago. Because this fascinating cave is so deep below the ground, it can only be visited under direct professional supervision. But this once-in-a-lifetime experience is surely worth getting a guide.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sites and for good reason standing amid. These soaring stalks of bamboo are like being in a whole other world. Sadly, there are no bamboo-eating pandas to be seen in Arashiyama. However, the walking paths that cut through the groves, make for an otherworldly walk or bicycle ride. They are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. Naturally, bamboo has been used to manufacture various products such as baskets, cups, boxes, and mats at local workshops for centuries. Indeed, this looks incredibly beautiful.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Now it may not look exactly like the imaginary waterfall in the picture but the real-life Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur that would have landed them on this list either way. Located on the Zambezi river these, magical falls form the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kololo tribe who lived in the area in the 1800s described these falls as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates to the ‘smoke that thunders. It’s no wonder, they gave it such an impactful name. Considering Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Columns of spray can be seen from many miles away and at the height of the rainy season, over a hundred billion gallons of water over the edge every minute, over a width of 1.2 miles into a valley more than 100 meters below.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
Yellowstone national park in Wyoming is in and of itself one of the most beautiful places on the planet. but without a doubt, its most mythical and inspiring feature is the Grand Prismatic Spring. The unbelievable colors on its beach give the scene an otherworldly appearance that makes a visit feel surreal. The Prismatic itself is 165 feet deep, making it not only the most colorful but also the largest lake in the entire United States. It is also the third-largest lake in the world. For obvious reasons, the Grand Prismatic Spring is the most photographed feature of Yellowstone. It needs no explanation why this enchanted spring made it to the top of our list. It is definitely worth a visit.
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