Have you made a travel “bucket list” yet? You know, a list of the places you want to visit before your time is up. If you need some ideas, I found a video that might add a few places to that list of “must see” destinations. The only problem is, you won’t find any four star hotels or fancy restaurants near these attractions. These natural wonders are located in some of the most remote and inhospitable areas on the planet. Check out the video below – Ten Lesser Known Natural Wonders – and brush up on your survival skills before you plan a trek to these spots.
In case the video went a bit too fast to catch all the names, here’s the list again –
10 – The Gates of Hell – Turkmenistan – This is a seventy meter-wide, gas-filled cavern that’s been constantly on fire for forty years.
9 – Slot Canyons – Utah, U.S.A. – Over 1,500 square miles of narrow canyons and sandstone formations caused by thousands of years of wind and water erosion.
8 – Tsingy of Bemaraha – Madagascar – This protected nature reserve contains a “forest” of huge limestone formations.
7 – Belize Barrier Reef – The largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Scientists believe 90% of the species are still undiscovered.
6 – Grand Prismatic Spring – Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A. – The third largest hot spring in the world was named after its vivid colors that are produced by algae and bacteria in the water.
5 – Wulingyuan National Park – Hunan Province, China – This site was once an ancient tropical sea floor, and is known for its approximately 3,000 gigantic sandstone columns, some of which are over 800 meters (2,600 feet) high.
4 – Namib Desert – Namibia – The oldest desert in the world contains giant sand dunes over 300 meters tall.
3 – Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia – The world’s largest salt flat covers approximately 4,000 sq miles. It is extremely difficult to visit because it’s located almost four kilometers high in the Andes Mountains.
2 – Richat Structure – Mauritania – Also known as “the Eye of the Sahara”, this is a strange, fifty kilometer-wide feature in the Sahara Desert, and is believed to be caused by uplift and erosion, not a by a meteor.
1 – Socotra Archipelago – Yemen – This is an isolated group of four islands in the Indian Ocean that is so remote, 33% of its plant life is found nowhere else on Earth.
Image courtesy of Brocken Inaglory