Hi guys! As you know, travelling is one of my favorite things to do at all. Even if there are times when the only thing I want to do is coming home (you know, nothing is like home), when I travel around the world I feel incredibly free. #mdvaroundtheworld is something I can’t live without!
But there are some strange places that, since I found them on the web, I want to see once in my life! Super strange, these places look like something from an Avatar movie (actually, the location of Avatar is inspired by one of these places), and I definitely love them! They’re insanely weird! Well, that’s the strangest places around the world!
1 SPOTTED LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Spotted Lake has long been revered by the native Okanagan (Syilx) people and it’s easy to see why they think of it as sacred. In the summer the water of the lake evaporates and small mineral pools are left behind, each one different in colour to the next. The unique lake can be viewed on Highway 3, northwest of the small town of Osoyoos, although visitors are asked not to trespass on tribal land.
2 THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, NORTHERN IRELAND
Sixty million years ago a huge volcanic eruption spewed out a mass of molten basalt, which then solidified and contracted as it cooled, creating the cracks that can be seen today. A World Heritage Site, there are an estimated 37,000 polygon columns so geometrically perfect that local legend has it they were created by a giant.
3 BADAB-E-SURT, IRAN
These beautiful travertine terraces in Northern Iran are an incredible natural phenomenon that developed over thousands of years. Travertine is a type of limestone formed from the calcium deposit in flowing water, and in this case it’s two hot springs with different mineral properties. The unusual reddish colour of the terraces is down to the high content of iron oxide in one of the springs.
4 THE TIANZI MOUNTAINS, CHINA
Found in the northwest of the Hunan Province in China, these staggering limestone pinnacles are covered in lush greenery and often shrouded in mist. A cable car goes as far as Huangshi village and from here there are plenty of trails to take in the breathtaking views of Tianzi (‘son of heaven’); unsurprisingly the inspiration for the floating mountains in the blockbuster movie Avatar.
5 SOCOTRA ISLAND, YEMEN
Separated from mainland Africa more than six million years ago, this remote island looks like the set of a sci-fi film. Socotra’s incredible and unique biodiversity means that there are plants and trees here not found anywhere else in the world. Particularly bizarre are the ancient and twisted dragon’s blood tree and the bulbous bottle tree.
6 CHOCOLATE HILLS OF BOHOL ISLAND, THE PHILIPPINES
Bohol’s 1700-odd conical hills dot the middle of the island; they range in height but are so regular in shape that they could be mistaken for being man-made. However, according to UNESCO they are the uplift of coral deposits and a result of rainwater erosion. The hills only earn their ‘chocolate’ nickname in the dry season when the foliage goes from lush green to brown.
7 GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK
No, this is not Mars but an uninhabited valley 216 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. Soft sandstone has for many years been eroded by wind and water to form strange pinnacles or hoodoos that some think resemble goblins. The eerie landscape is only about a mile across and two miles long and it’s well worth exploring the marked trails to get up close to the bizarre formations.
8 FLY GEYSER, NEVADA, USA
This otherworldly geyser is on private land on the edge of Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Created accidentally in 1964 after an energy company drilled down into geothermal waters, today a scalding fountain erupts up to five feet high and the resulting mineral build up means the cone is growing by several inches each year. The brilliant hues of red and green are down to thermophilic algae.
9 RED BEACH, PANJIN, CHINA
Very cool and very weird, this beach is covered in a type of seaweed called Sueda, which turns bright red in autumn. Thirty kilometres southwest of Panjin, these tidal wetlands are an important nature reserve for migrating birds. Only a small section of the beach is open to the public, but it can be explored via a wooden walkway that stretches out to sea.
10 LAKE HILLIER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
This remarkable lake was discovered in 1802 on the largest of the islands in Western Australia’s Recherche Archipelago. The lake keeps its deep pink colour year-round, which some scientists say it’s down to high salinity combined with the presence of a salt-loving algae species known as Dunaliella salina and pink bacteria known as halobacteria.