Nature abounds with such beauty,yet we take so little time to appreciate the gifts that surround us. In an age of increasing pace, frantic technology and rapidly diminishing time, the ability to stop and take stock is a luxury few can afford. Or perhaps humans unwittingly make their lives complicated, busy and stressed ? At the end of the day a bit of introspection is needed. Looking back, will you remember the feeling of the soft cool spray of Victoria Falls on your hot face, the trembling of the ground beneath your feet as you watch the Zambezi cascading over the basalt, surrounded by the ethereal green rainforest, hiding monkeys and bushbuck in its shadows. Or will you remember that you made the board meeting on time ?
Wherever you are, nature provides marvels for you to enjoy, if you take the time to to do so. So grab your camera and get out there !
Here are the top 15 Surreal Places to Visit from Buzzfeed.com
1. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China
The rainbow formation is the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down for over 24 million years, according to the Telegraph.
2. The swing at the “End of the World” in Baños, Ecuador
At the edge of Ecuador sits a rickety tree house (casa del árbol) overlooking an active volcano in the near distance. With it comes a swing with no harnesses, inviting only the bravest of risk-takers to experience a killer view.
3. The Great Blue Hole in Belize
The Great Blue Hole is a submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It’s one of the top scuba diving sites in the world and the water is 407 feet deep.
4. Tulip fields in the Netherlands
Many people often mistake Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, as the designated space of the tulip fields. However, these majestic fields are located just outside the garden and are mostly privately owned.
5. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Son Doong is the world’s largest cave, created 2–5 million years ago. A half-mile block of 40-story buildings could fit inside it!
6. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan
The park is in full bloom during spring and tourists often visit to see 4.5 million “baby blue-eyes” flowers blossom.
7. Mendenhall Ice Caves of Juneau in Alaska, United States
The cave lies beneath the Mendenhall Glacier and it melts as you walk through it.
8. Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana
The tabletop mountains are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to roughly 2 billion years ago. The mountain also serves as a triple border for Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela.
9. Ancient Region of Anatolia in Cappadocia, Turkey
The area has become a popular tourist area and a favorite spot for hot air ballooning.
10. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives
What may appear as a mirror image of the stars above, the bioluminescence in the water is actually due to marine microbes called phytoplankton. The effect it has on the shore is absolutely breathtaking.
11. Victoria Falls bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa
This 355-foot waterfall lies at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is the widest waterfall in Africa. There’s also a famous feature on the Zambian side called the Devil’s Pool, which allows adventurous tourists to hang out at the edge of the falls.
12. Trolltunga in Hordaland, Norway
Trolltunga is a piece of rock that hangs out of the mountain about 2,000 feet up in the air. The Troll’s Tongue (translation in English) is available to hikers from mid-June to about mid-September.
13. Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island in Australia
This beach is known for its beautiful white sands, which are believed to have been brought to the beach from sea currents over millions of years. The sand is very fine and does not retain heat, making it comfortable for a barefoot walk along the shore. It can also damage electronics, so keep your cell phones and cameras in a safe place!
14. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States
This magnificent beauty is 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
15. Marble Caves at General Carrera Lake in Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
The Marble Caves, known as Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral, are located at the center of the lake and were formed by waves over the past 6,000 years.
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