Are you looking for cool places to go and visit this year? Then how about visiting some of our planet’s most surreal natural wonders.
These incredible places below look more like works of art rather than places you can visit. Molded by nature, these beaches, landscapes and geological parks make up an entire atmosphere that does not seem to have much explanation.
1- Marble Caves, Chile.
In Puerto Rio Tranquilo – in the south of Chile are these surreal Marble Caves. These stunning marble tunnels were formed from thousands of years of wind and water attack.
These marble caves are one of the best cool places to go but to get there you need to board a ferry from Chile Chico which will take you to and through the Marble cave and its tunnels.
2- Spotted Lake, British Columbia.
Another cool place to go is Spotted Lake, this is one of Canada’s great natural attractions. It is located about 100 km east of Vancouver and is very close to the United States border.
Its peculiar appearance is caused a high concentration of different minerals, such as magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulfates. But it is in summer, when the sun evaporates part of the volume of water of the lake, when it offers its most spectacular image.
There, the water turns to steam leaving behind these huge “spots” of minerals. Depending on the mineral composition, these spots can be white, pale ocher and even yellow, green or blue. The mineral crystallizes forming natural footbridges that makes it easier access to see strange formations.
3- Travertine Pools at Pamukkale, Turkey
This set of thermal pools are of calcareous origin and located on a mountain more than 200 meters above sea level. The crusts look white like snow and is why it is called Pamukkale which in Turkish means “Castle of Cotton”.
It’s unique appearance makes it look like something from another planet. Nearby, in the same complex, the Romans created the bathhouse of Hierapolis, where there are ruins of the old hot springs, temples and other monuments.
4- Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand.
The stone spheres of the Moeraki Boulders Scenic Reserve have been the object of legends and curiosity for many years. Almost perfectly round, with a circumference of approximately 4 meters, the stone balls are scattered along a stretch of 164 meters of beach.
It is believed that they were formed on the seabed about 60 million years ago as limestone salts that gradually accumulated.
The Maori legend says the stones are the food baskets that were taken by the sea to the beach after the wreck of an ancient canoe making its epic journey to New Zealand from Hawaiiki.
5- The Eye of the Sahara, Mauritania.
This strange structure was discovered by astronauts during the first space missions. Before then no one even knew this place existed.
While the enigmatic Nazca lines can be perfectly appreciated from an airplane, to see the Richat Structure in its fullness it is necessary to contemplate them from outer space.
It has a diameter of 50 kilometers and is formed by spiral lines. It is undoubtedly of enormous size. For this reason, astronauts use the Eye of Africa as a point of reference in their missions.
6- Caño Cristales River, Colombia.
Very close to the municipality of La Macarena, in the department of Meta (Colombia), is what today is considered by many to be the “most beautiful river in the world”: Caño Cristales.
It is also known by the name of the “River of the Five Colors” (yellow, blue, green, red and black), because in its transparent and pure waters you can see aquatic plants, sand and beautiful rock formations on its bed.
7- Zumaia, Spain.
This geological treasure can be found near the town of Zumaia on the north coast of Spain. The formation is present on the beach of Itzurun and extends over a distance of about 8 km, between the cities of Deba and Getaria, with Zumaia lying in the middle.
These rocks are also the largest set of continuous rock strata in the world.
8- Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil.
There is nothing comparable to the fascinating Lençóis Maranhenses. The Lençóis Park, located on the eastern coast of Maranhão, involves the municipalities of Humberto de Campos, Primeira Cruz, Santo Amaro and Barreirinhas, the last one is the main gateway to this fantastic natural beauty.
9- The Salar de Uyuni, Bolívia.
One of our favorite cool places to go is the salt desert in Bolivia. On sunny days, it is a white sea of salt but when it rains, it becomes the largest mirror in the world that seems infinite.
10- Puerto Vallarta beach, México.
If you are looking for a bit of romance then “Playa Del Amor” is one of the best cool places to go. The name actually translates to Beach Of Love but is also known as the Hidden Beach.
This secluded beach is part of the Marietas Islands, located west of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A hole in the surface of a paradise island exposes a secret beach, with wide shade, sun and crystal clear water.
But don’t tell too many people about this spectacular destination or it won’t be secret anymore.
These cool places are so spectacular that, even with very difficult access, they attract hundreds of tourists every year.