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28 Amazing Natural Wonders of the World

Some are natural. Some are artificial. Others are underwater. Some are recent. Some are older (like really ancient). They all have the quality of being breathtaking to observe and experience. Even if seeing them all could be challenging, it’s worthwhile to establish a goal to visit as many as you can.

Some incredible natural wonders may be found on our lovely planet, which has been created over millions of years due to volcanic activity, water and wind erosion, and other causes. More offshore wonders, such as the Galapagos Islands, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Great Blue Hole of Belize, are located beyond our shores.

It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the internet’s virtual travel opportunities since the majority of travel plans have been put on indefinite hold. You may easily travel to the world’s marvels without getting up from your sofa thanks to websites like Google Earth. While man-made structures like the Great Wall of China, the Burj Khalifa, and the Egyptian pyramids surely inspire awe in us, many of the world’s most notable structures were created by Mother Nature.

28 Amazing Natural Wonders of the World

1. Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is among the most stunning of the country’s several volcanoes. Arenal is a stratovolcano, which means that it maintains the classic symmetrical cone shape associated with volcanoes. At 5,437 feet, Arenal dominates the surrounding area with amazing height. Arenal suddenly erupted in 1968 after a protracted dormant period, engulfing a wide area of nearly 15 km in lava, boulders, and ash. After this massive eruption, Arenal frequently lit up the sky with minor explosions for a number of years, and it rose to fame as a tourist destination. Arenal Volcano National Park, where you can go trekking in the rainforest, take canopy tours, and go rappelling, is located all around the spectacular volcano.

2. Bay of Funda, Canada

The Bay of Fundy, one of North America’s seven natural wonders, is situated on Canada’s wonderfully beautiful east coast about midway between the equator and the North Pole. This specific bay is unique because it experiences the greatest tides on Earth, which have carved out stunning rocky outcrops, sea caves, and tall cliffs. In addition, the region is widely known for its rare minerals and gemstones, as well as dinosaur remains from the Triassic period. The bay draws a great deal of migrating seabirds and rare whales (whale-watching cruises in the Aquarium Zone are highly popular). The best way to discover this natural beauty is through kayak trips.

3. Great Belize Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Belize Blue Hole is a sizable underwater sinkhole close to the center of the Lighthouse Reef, some 60 miles off the Belizean mainland. The Blue Hole is the biggest structure of its sort in the world, with a diameter of around 900 feet. One of the greatest places to go scuba diving in the area is The Blue Hole, which is more than 400 feet deep and is a member of the UNESCO World Heritage Barrier Reef Reserve System. Divers may anticipate seeing some really distinctive underwater scenery as well as a wide diversity of marine life, such as several different types of sharks, enormous groupers, and many others. One dive in the Blue Hole and two more reef dives are often included in day tours.

4. Yosemite, California

Yosemite is one of the most well-known and well-liked national parks in the US, famed for its breathtaking cliffs, burnt-orange sunsets, and boiling waterfalls. El Capitan in Yosemite was featured in the 2018 Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo,” but you may also be familiar with the granite because it served as the standard background on several Mac computer generations.

5. Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is a vast geological marvel that glaciers carved out millions of years ago. Any photographs would look stunning against the backdrop of its red rocks, which change color depending on where the sun is. According to the National Park Service, visitors enjoy rafting on the Colorado River and hiking the mile down into the canyon. 

6. Galapagos Islands

About 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean, sits the legendary Galapagos archipelago. The secluded islands are among the best places in the world to see wildlife and are on many adventurers’ bucket lists. Because of the extraordinary diversity of species that resides on the islands, most of which are unique to the planet, tourism is strictly regulated to preserve the delicate ecosystem. Scuba diving in the region is one of the highlights of every trip since the seas around the islands are home to an abundant variety of marine life. You have two options for exploring the islands: either live aboard a boat or hop from one inhabited island to another while taking day trips to the farther-flung uninhabited islands. 

7. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway is a region of approximately 40,000 neighboring basalt columns produced by a succession of prehistoric volcanic eruptions. It is situated in County Antrim on the picturesque north coast of Northern Island. These amazing “stepping stones” are unique because each and every one of them is symmetrical and interlock with the others as if they were placed there with great care by a huge hand. Before leaving to tour the site, you may learn more about the causeway’s 60-million-year creation in the visitor center by watching an interactive video display there. You should wear supportive walking shoes since many of the stones have been polished to a flawless sheen through thousands of years of natural weathering.

8. Glencoe, Scotland

The stunning Glencoe valley, located in the Scottish region of Argyllshire, is called for the River Coe that flows through it. The Campbells and the English massacred the MacDonald clan there in 1692, but today’s tourists may expect to discover a very tranquil, lovely, and historic valley encircled by magnificent mountains that are a part of the Western Highlands. It is a beautiful area for mountain climbing and trekking, and tourists may engage in a variety of water activities on the River Etive. A chair lift will take you to one of the overlooks at the Glencoe Mountain Ski Resort. Other fun things include trips on Segways and Land Rovers, guided hikes, and a lot more.

9. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and is high on many people’s lists of places they absolutely must see. Imagine the biggest reef in the world, which is made up of more than 3,000 distinct reef systems, hundreds of idyllic tropical islands, and some of the nicest beaches in the world, all tucked away in azure-colored waters. Millions of tourists go to the reef system every year to enjoy the unparalleled marine experience, which is home to an amazing diversity of marine species. In addition to scuba diving and snorkeling, you can also go whale watching, swim with dolphins, sail, and island-hop while taking in the marine life from a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible. Cairns, Port Douglas, Rockhampton, and Townsville are among the most popular coastline departure locations. 

10. Sahara Desert, North Africa

Sahara, is the world’s biggest desert (from the Arabic word ar, “desert”) It occupies almost all of northern Africa, stretches 3,320,000 square miles (8,600,000 square kilometers) in overall size (the actual extent changes as the desert expands and contracts over time), and is around 3,000 miles (4,800 km) long (east to west) and 800 to 1,200 miles (north to south).

The Sahara is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on its western side, the Atlas Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea on its northern and eastern sides, the Red Sea on its eastern side, and the Sahel on its southern side. The Sahel is a semiarid region that serves as a transitional area between the Sahara to the north and the belt of humid savannas to the south.

11. Dead Sea, Israel

The Dead Sea sometimes referred to as the Salt Sea, is about an hour’s drive from Jerusalem and is said to be roughly three million years old. It’s a popular travel destination for good reason—floating in the Dead Sea is unlike anything else. Because of its high density, salt water keeps swimmers afloat. Since individuals may apply the mud to their bodies and the mineral-rich seawater is supposed to offer therapeutic properties that are helpful for the skin, people with skin disorders are especially drawn to the area. Just be careful not to shave one to two days before your visit as the salt may burn any wounds, and avoid submerging your face in the water as well.

12. Mud volcanoes, Gobustan, Azerbaijan

The mud volcanoes of Gobustan National Park, which are situated in the center of Azerbaijan, gurgle with a mixture of mud and methane. But occasionally the gas builds up and the cones catch fire. 

13. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam’s Quang Ninh Province is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, a well-liked tourist attraction. Near the Chinese border in northern Vietnam is the stunning natural marvel known as Halong Bay. The Bay, which has a surface area of more than 1,500 square km, is studded with 1,600 islands and islets made of limestone.

The property’s great value is concentrated on the drowned limestone karst landforms, which exhibit impressive pillars together with a variety of coastal erosional features including arches and caves that create a magnificent natural landscape. Over the course of geological time, the sea repeatedly regressed and transgressed over the limestone karst, creating a mature environment with groups of conical peaks and lone towers.

14. Iguaza Falls, Brazil-Argentina

These well-known falls, which are located in both Argentina and Brazil, are constantly filled with drama and beauty. They are situated in Iguaz National Park, a subtropical rainforest that provides a variety of waterfall viewing locations. Either take a boat tour to observe them up close as you navigate the Lower Iguaz River or take a stroll around the park, but be prepared to get wet!

15. Jeju Island, Korea

Jeju Island, a volcanic island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its exceptional natural resources, which include the world’s best lava tube system. The island is home to Mount Hallasan, the tallest peak in Korea, which contains waterfalls, woods, and a crater filled with a lake in addition to the amazing Manjanggul Lava Tube Cave, which has a variety of colorful carbonate ceilings, floors, and lava walls.

You may spend a little more time on the island and visit Mount Halla National Park, where you can trek along a very gorgeous 9-mile shaded forest route, or you can take a guided day trip from Seoul to learn everything there is to know about the amazing geology of the island.

16. Victoria Falls, Zambia-Zimbabwe

The world’s greatest curtain of falling water creates a thundering sound and a cloud of vapor that can be seen from kilometers away, earning Victoria Falls the nickname “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” among the natives. The falls are almost 300 feet tall and about one and a quarter miles broad, dropping into a little canyon below. On the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, are Victoria Falls, which is accessible from both sides of the border.

Visitors may try their hand at a variety of activities in the region around Victoria Falls, which is known as the Adventure Capital of Southern Africa. These activities range from bungee jumping and whitewater rafting to canopy experiences, canyoning, rappelling, and much more.

17. Waitaki Whitestone Park, New Zealand

Picking only one New Zealand natural marvel is difficult, but Waitaki Whitestone Park comes in first. This park could be the most beautiful outdoor wonderland you’ve ever played in with its magnificent rolling green hills, beautiful bike pathways, and an abundance of wildlife. Look out for interesting rock formations as you stroll, ride a bike, or drive around the park.

UNESCO will be evaluating this New Zealand treasure this year, so it won’t be flying under the radar for much longer.

18. Mount Everest, Nepal

Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth, towers over the Nepal-China border. This enormous Himalayan peak can be climbed, but few have attempted it and even fewer have succeeded.

In 1953, the first summit attempt was made, and by 2013, 4,042 successful climbers had accomplished the feat. Visit Everest Base Camp, the starting place for climbers, and take in the magnificent view of the mountain. The highest monastery in the world, Rongbuk Buddhist Monastery, is accessible via trek or eco-bus from Base Camp.

19. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The largest peak on the African continent, towering Mount Kilimanjaro towers majestically above the surrounding Tanzanian countryside. The mountain is made up of three dormant volcanic summits, with Kibo peak rising to an astonishing height of more than 19,000 feet above sea level.

Visitors to the mountain come from all over the world to take on the challenge of climbing to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the rim of the Kibo Crater since it is a well-known trekking and mountaineering destination. Trekkers may see elephants, buffalo, and several other smaller species at lower elevations because the mountain is bordered by Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.

20. Paricutin Volcano

Paricutin is just another of the world’s natural wonders. The Mexican state of Michoacán is home to the cinder cone volcano. The cone, which is the youngest volcano in the Northern Hemisphere, has only been in its current location since 1943 when it erupted out of the ground in a relatively flat cornfield. It exploded simultaneously with its surge and continued to do so for nine years. The volcano is a well-known tourist destination and is now thought to be inactive. Visitors can ascend the volcano’s top to see the enclosed ruins of the San Juan Parangaricutiro Church and the hardened lava flows.

21. Northern Lights

There are natural wonders both above and below the surface of the ocean. The Aurora Borealis, more formally known as the Northern Lights, is a natural occurrence that ranks as the seventh wonder of the world. When electrically charged particles brought on by solar flares or other intense solar activity reach the gaseous particles found in the Earth’s atmosphere, they produce the Aurora, which is a light display of stunning dancing colors that are typically greens, blues, and purples. The end product is a breathtaking rainbow of changing colors that must be seen to be fully appreciated. This is a natural wonder because it is an impressive illustration of how naturally occurring phenomena, like a solar flare, may lead to awe-inspiring results. 

22. Grand Prismatic Spring, USA

The third-largest hot spring in the world is located in Wyoming, which is also home to many other well-known natural marvels of the world, such as Grand Teton National Park and Devils Tower National Monument. The magnificent Grand Prismatic is the park’s single biggest hot spring and is bigger than a football field, making it difficult to overlook. Yellowstone National Park

The rainbow-colored hot spring is a feast for the eyes, with an intense blue core and orange spider legs extending outward. By ascending the new route to an overlook on a neighboring slope, you may avoid the throng and enjoy the scenery for only 0.6 miles.

23. Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines

The Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, is situated in a protected national park in Palawan, Philippines, some 50 miles north of Puerto Princesa City. The national park is home to the most incredible limestone karst landscapes in the world, including an 8-km subterranean river and cave system that empties into the ocean. It has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You may join an escorted Underground River Tour that will take you deep within the cave system for the experience of a lifetime. After your Underground River Tour, some groups offer an optional zipline adventure.

24. Cano Cristales, Colombia

The Cano Cristales River in Colombia’s Serrania de la Macarena mountain range is without a doubt the most fascinating river you will ever witness. Visitors are mesmerized by the stunning display of vivid colors produced by a special fusion of natural forces at the River of Five Colors.

The Macarenia clavigera plant, which thrives in the riverbed, is responsible for the intense red hue, while the black rocks, green algae, dazzling blue water, and bright yellow sand are responsible for the other colors. The river is a popular location for all nature enthusiasts since it has waterfalls, tunnels, and pools. Between July and November is the ideal time to travel.

25. Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is among the most stunning of the country’s several volcanoes. Arenal is a stratovolcano, which means that it maintains the classic symmetrical cone shape associated with volcanoes. At 5,437 feet, Arenal dominates the surrounding area with amazing height. Arenal suddenly erupted in 1968 after a protracted dormant period, engulfing a wide area of nearly 15 km in lava, boulders, and ash.

After this massive eruption, Arenal frequently lit up the sky with minor explosions for several years, and it rose to fame as a tourist destination. Arenal Volcano National Park, where you can go trekking in the rainforest, take canopy tours and go rappelling, or simply unwind in a natural setting, surrounds the magnificent volcano.

26. Table Mountain, South Africa

In Cape Town, near the southernmost tip of the African continent, the recognizable flat-topped Table Mountain keeps watch over one of the most fascinating and diversified landscapes in the whole world. Table Mountain National Park, which is home to the Cape Floral Region and one of the numerous types of endemic plants that are exclusive to the region, surrounds Table Mountain, which was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2012.

The spinning cable car may take you back to the foot of Table Mountain after your hike to the peak, which is a highly popular hiking destination. Fantastic 360-degree views of the stunning Cape Peninsula may be had from the peak.

27. The Blue Grotto, Capri

Tiberius the Roman Emperor built a marine shrine at the Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzura). The name of this sea cave, which is situated on the Island of Capri off the coast of Sorrento, comes from the unusually vivid blue hue of the water, which is brought on by sunlight entering the cavern through an underwater aperture that situated just above the cave entrance. (On a sunny day, the optimum time to witness this amazing phenomenon is about midday.)

It is indeed an unforgettable sensation to suddenly find oneself immersed in the dazzling blue light of the inner grotto while your rowing boat meanders into the complete darkness of the outer cavern. Tours run all day, weather permitting, although demand is at its peak around noon.

28. Pamukkale-Hierapolis, Turkey

Pamukkale (Cotton Palace), an extraordinary natural marvel in Turkey, was created by calcite-rich waters from springs that were situated on a cliff wall, more than 600 feet above the lowlands. A sequence of sparkling white travertine terraces and basins with mild azure waters, petrified waterfalls, and unusual mineral forests was left behind as the waters made their way down the high cliffs.

A magnificently preserved man-made marvel, the remains of the ancient Greco-Roman spa town of Hierapolis, which include bathhouses, temples, colonnaded streets, and more, are located next to this stunning natural wonder. Come take a dip in the waters, which are rich in minerals from long ago, and marvel at the astounding levels of civilization that were in existence then.

Conclusion: 

A new perspective on a natural occurrence that has occurred or is now occurring on Earth may be found in each of the seven wonders. We may learn to appreciate the beauty around us and be in awe of the incredible natural occurrences all across the world by thinking about these beauties.

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