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40+ of the Most Otherworldly Spots on Earth

Insider Guides
by Carlo Alcos Nov 16, 2016

Peninsula Valdes, Chubut Province, Argentina

This nature reserve was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

 Peninsula ValdesPuerto Madryn, ArgentinaAt about one hour drive from Puerto Madryn, Peninsula Valdes is one of the most amazing natural sites of Argentina. The landscape – vaste planes swept by the strong Patagonia winds – reminiscences the desert. The ocean is of incredible shades of blue. And as if this was not enough, it’s one of the best places to observe wildlife. Depending on the season, orcas, whales, sea lions, seals and penguins can be seen. Not to mention, the vigoñas and the foxes!

Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam

There are near 2000 islets in the bay, most of which are limestone.

 Hạ Long Baytp. Hạ Long, VietnamOne of the world wonders. There are 1969 islands.

Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada

 TablelandsBirchy Head, CanadaA prominent feature in Gros Morne National Park, the Tablelands is the earth’s exposed mantle. The walk in is flat and easy but you can go off and explore off the path so it’s as difficult and long as you want to make it (like if you wanted to scramble up to the top of one of them). I recommend downloading the Park’s app to get a guided tour with your phone. #grosmorne #nationalpark #hiking #geology

Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

 Cholla Cactus GardenRiverside County, United StatesLocated 20 miles north of Joshua Tree National Park’s Cottonwood Visitor Center along the Pinto Basin Road and at the south end of Wilson Canyon. 1/4th mile loop trail through striking multi-colored “jumping” cacti; otherworldly spectacle, but do not go near the plants, as they will slice into your skin at the slightest touch. #extreme

Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

It’s an active volcano, check local notices before hiking there!

 Mount BromoNgadisari, IndonesiaSmoking and shaking

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Unusual in that, unlike most glaciers around the world, it’s advancing, not retreating.

 Perito Moreno GlacierLago Argentino, ArgentinaOne of the most impressive things you’ll ever see (promise). This glacier rises 150 ft above the water, extends 600 ft below and has a width of 3 miles. You can drive yourself there or take a tour. We took a boat tour which included a hike on the glacier itself (highly recommend!). Perhaps the best thing about Perito Moreno is the fact that it is one of the few glaciers in the world that is not receding. In fact, it is ever expanding. Amazing place. #patagonia #argentina

Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai, UAE

Not so much out of this world, but an alternate universe?

 Dubai Miracle GardenDubai, United Arab EmiratesSuch an interesting concept! Everything is made of flowers and stunning.

Salar de Uyuni, Potosi, Bolivia

Here it is, the world’s largest salt flat (over 4000 square miles).

 UyuniDaniel Campos, Bolivia#extreme

 Salar de UyuniUyuni, BoliviaThe largest salt flats in the world are on a lot of people’s bucket list for good reason! It’s just really really cool. You can drive yourself there from Uyuni or take a tour. We chose the three day tour option and while we’re very non tour-y people we really enjoyed this one. #uyuni #bucketlist

Playa Loberia, San Cristobal, Galapagos

 Playa LoberiaPuerto Baquerizo Moreno, EcuadorMost people come here for snorkelling, but this is a better place to photograph the sunset without man-made obstacles. If you keep walking past the beach and hike on the lava rocks for 25 minutes, you’ll see bird colonies (lava gulls) along the edge of the cliff. Also there are more marine iguanas if you walk past the beach. Make sure to bring water and snacks as there are no restaurants. You can walk, bike, or take a taxi here from town.

Bruarfoss Waterfall, Brekkuskógur, Iceland

 Bruarfoss Waterfall, IcelandThis waterfall isn’t the biggest in size but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with its color.
The water there was this amazing blue shade that I could hardly believe was real.

Los flamencos National Reserve, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

 Los flamencos National ReserveSan Pedro de Atacama, ChileYeah, there’s thousands of flamingos here. They are cool. Check them out, take some photos, but then meander down the paths away from the tourists and feel wonderfully in the middle of nowhere, bathing in really pretty light and tranquility.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

 Lower Antelope CanyonLeChee, United StatesExplore one of the most famous slot canyons in Northern AZ #hiking #extreme

 Lower Antelope CanyonLeChee, United StatesWalking through this canyon feels like you are on another planet. Bring your tripod and get the photographer entry. They let you in a little earlier than the rest of the iPhone carrying hoards. #photography

Erg Chebbi, Morocco

These amazing looking sand dunes are created by the wind and rise up as high as 150m.

 Bivouac Erg ChebbiKsar Tanamouste, MoroccoRiding a camel to and then hiking up the Erg Chebbi dunes of the Moroccan Sahara is an incredible experience not to be missed! From Marrakech be sure to book a 3 day or longer trip so you can get to these incredible dunes which are a little further out than 2 day tours. You can book it on a budget, but when you spend a little more, you get a lot more. #protip #hiking #morocco #sahara #desert #tour #gogirl

Salar de Atacama, Chile

The largest salt flat in Chile, and third largest in the world.

 Salar de AtacamaSan Pedro de Atacama, ChileThis is the largest salt flat in Chile and it’s hardly ever jam packed with tourists. Fun fact: it contains 27% of the world’s lithium reserve base. To the east there’s the Andes and a bunch of volcanoes, to the west, Cordillera de Domeyko. Sweet views 360. #hiking

Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Viti Levu, Fiji

Excavations in the area have unearthed pottery dating back over 2500 years.

 Sigatoka Sand DunesYadua, FijiThese beautiful dunes take some effort to reach the top of but the views are spectacular. Beautiful sunset spot out over the ocean.

Reynisdrangar, southern Iceland

Legends of trolls abound at these basalt sea stacks.

 ReynisdrangarSouthern Region, IcelandThese basalt columns near the town of Vik were such a unique thing to get to experience.

Lancelin Sand Dunes, Western Australia

Sand boarding is a popular activity on these dunes down under.

 Lancelin Sand DunesLancelin, AustraliaIf you can’t make it to Bolivia’s Salt Flats just yet, this is a good place to witness some otherworldliness. It’s quite a drive from Perth, but isn’t anything gorgeous worth all the effort? :) #free #desert #white

Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon, southeast Iceland

This icy lake has been the set for Hollywood movies including Batman Begins and A View to a Kill.

 Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon, IcelandIt’s the prefect time of year to start planning an #Iceland #roadtrip. Be sure to include #Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This 18 sq km lake is full of icebergs broken off from the glaciers. I loved walking along the lake shore and watching the crystal blue icebergs floating around the lake. I got lucky and got to see a couple of seals in the lake. Be sure to check out my blog for more into on this amazing place.
#girlsvsglobe #traveladdict #travelphotography #travelstoke #iceberg #winter #landscape #instatraveling #adventure #worldcaptures #worldplaces #passionpassport #everythingeverywhere #lp #natgeo #bbctravel #lovetheworld

Quilotoa, Latacunga, Ecuador

You can hoof it yourself through the Andes to this water-filled caldera on the Quilotoa Loop, or pay to get driven up.

 Quilotoa LoopLatacunga, EcuadorTerrific hiking and view in the Quilotoa loop. I got there by bus from Quito, a shorter option is to depart from Latacunga.
Watch out with the donkeys and the dusty road. In the way up , you will fell the 3.900 meters of altitude. Slow your pace. #hiking #extreme #camping

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