The Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu fall on every devoted traveler’s bucket list, but Mother Nature has so many other breathtaking creations across the globe that are sometimes overlooked. From bright pink lakes and underground rivers to ice caves and the “Door to Hell,” this list is bound to have you booking flights and outlining itineraries in no time.
This gorgeous canyon resulted from erosion caused by glacier water flowing through the rocks over thousands of years. At about 100 meters deep and 2 kilometers long, its beauty is amplified by the Fjaðrá river that runs through it.
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Location: Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines
The cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines, Kayangan Lake must be one of the most beautiful as well. Its clear, emerald green water attracts snorkelers and scuba divers alike, offering some unbelievable diving spots with several Japanese shipwrecks from World War II. Some of the wrecks don’t require much of a dive at all — depths range from 10 feet to about 80 feet.
Location: Waikato region of North Island, New Zealand
Although “Arachnocampa luminosa” is the name of a genus of fungus gnats and not, in fact, a Harry Potter spell like it sounds, many travellers attest to its magic. Only found in New Zealand, the “glowworm” larvae glow phosphorescent to attract prey that might be tricked into thinking they’re flying toward the outdoors. You have a few options if you want to experience this New Zealand cave: a five-hour trip that involves abseiling and climbing, a three-hour black water tubing trip or a boat.
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