Around 4.6 billion years ago, the gases and clouds of dust condensed, and then it took several million years after that for planet Earth to come into existence - as we know it. And what a planet it was From scenic beaches to laze around in to rolling valleys and magnificent mountains, the natural wonders of our planet will keep your gaze arrested. Taking the beauty levels a notch higher, our Earth has some places that are surreally beautiful. Here are five places that have a compelling beauty which will make the traveller in you wanting more.
Spotted Lake, Canada
You can find the Spotted Lake In the northwest of Osoyoos in British Columbia. This is a salty endorheic alkali lake which plays host to a variety of extremely concentrated minerals - including the highest levels of calcium, sodium, and magnesium sulphates in the natural world. Over the course of the summer, the lake's water evaporation leaves all the minerals behind, creating large spots. These take on a variety of colours, creating natural pathways, depending on the mineral makeup at the site. Incidentally, the minerals from the lake were utilised in manufacturing warfare during World War I If you are looking for some spectacular photoshoots, this is the right place for you.
Champagne Pool, New Zealand
The Champagne Pool, a well-known hot spring in New Zealand's thermal Wonderland Waiotapu Geothermal Area, is not really filled with champagne. It has a continual outflow of CO2 gas resembling bubbling champagne, hence the name. One of North Island's most unusual natural geothermal activities, this 213 feet crater is filled with geothermal fluid that is rich in minerals and silica. These give it a hue of beautiful colours - from turquoise to orange to emerald.
Red Beach, China
Do golden sands come to your mind when talking about beaches That's not always the case. Take China's "red beach", for instance. The sueda red plant is what gives this place its crimson hue. It begins to grow in April and May, remains green throughout the summer, and then gradually turns a blood red in the fall. This place is supposed to have the largest wetland and reed marsh in the world. And it is home to more than 260 different bird species and 399 other types of wild animals. It is also referred to as the "home of the cranes" because of the rare Crown Cranes and Black Beaked Gulls that may be seen here.
Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia
The Salar de Uyuni is Bolivia's most well-known tourist destination and the largest salt flat in the world. It is a must-see destination for breathtaking photos reflecting the sky and clouds on the mirror-like flats. It is sometimes described as the biggest mirror in the world, and true to its name, everyone can vividly see oneself in the reflection. This 10,582 square kilometre stretch of cracked white salt was left behind after the ancient salt lake known as Coipasa dried up thousands of years ago.
The major destination to visit after or before Machu Picchu in Peru is the Rainbow Mountain. The mountain, which towers 5,200 metres above sea level, is renowned for its kaleidoscopic natural splendour which are due to the deposition of minerals across the region. These lend the mountain its gorgeous rainbow hues of turquoise, lavender, gold, and other colours. This place was recently uncovered as a result of the melting of snow. Local communities support tourists in their exploration of the coloured mountain, and you can find llamas, horses, and alpacas around the range.