7 Most Unique Travel Destinations in the World
The Earth is one mysterious place, and with every passing day, places that were once hidden are being discovered by the mortal. A major part of travelling is the feeling that one gets while seeing something completely new, experiencing something for the first time, exploring a place he’s never been before. Many such remote spots in the world are off the beaten road and offer an exotic experience. The following list will give any traveler the perfect reason to grab cheap airline tickets and unearth these truly unique destinations.
Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay
There are few such natural attractions in the world which make you feel you’re in a different world altogether. Mosquito Bay is one such spot which will make you feel that you’ve left earth and are floating in the stars. It captures and stores significant amounts of the naturally occurring dinoflagellates, a large group of flagellate protists that glow when disturbed. Just take a tour group and had out to the middle of the bay at night and catch an experience which would be nothing less than “Majestic.”
Cancun Underwater Museum
Located in the Mexican city of Cancun, this is the largest underwater museum in the world. Brainchild of the British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor; the museum features 400 statues created and sculpted by him, in an impressive array of poses and features. This recently opened sculpture park sits in the shallow waters of Cancun allowing scuba divers, swimmers, and snorkelers to cherish the beautiful site of the sculptures growing barnacles and seaweed and forming a supplementary reef for the area’s fish.
The only inhabited volcanic caldera in the world, Santorini is arguably one of the most beautiful of Greece’s more than 6,000 islands. The seafood lovers are in for a treat as Perissa Beach is home to the best seafood in all of the Mediterranean. Offering some stunning views, Santorini is also said to be one of the most sought after places in the world for a romantic getaway. The island also has a growing reputation as a “wedding destination.”
Pamukkale means cotton castle; it is also referred to as the white castle owing to its vast whiteness caused due to the high concentration of calcite in the water. Travertine sedimentary deposits have resulted in a formation of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and white terraces making up the landscape. There are 17 hot springs in the area that are heated by an underground volcano. Due to the healing properties of this beautiful area, it has also been used as a healing spa for thousands of years.
Considered a sacred place, Sanqingshan believed to lead to immortality and is used for meditation by the Taoists. It is shrouded in mists for more than 200 days in a year. The mists give a magical feel to the mountain combined with thousands of streams filling the pools, uniquely shaped pine trees and granite formations resembling silhouettes that of animals and humans. The vegetation and the pools create a sublime environment that lures numerous species of exotic and rare birds and animals to build their homes. Sanqingshan is also home to about 2,500 species of flora.
Caño Cristales, Colombia
Located in Serrania de la Macarena Mountains, Caño Cristales is a river filled with hollows, rapids, waterfalls, and wells, with water so clear that one could see the ground surface of the river. The region where the river is located is so remote that it could only be reached by a donkey, horse or on foot. Most of the year, the river seems just like a typical river as the water courses over green algae rocks. But during the period between wet and dry season i.e. between September and November, the river transforms its color. The algae in the water generate a riot of different colors; red, blue, black, yellow and green. The river is thus also referred to as “The Liquid Rainbow,” “The River That Ran Away From Paradise” and “The River of Five Colors.”
Savor the spectacular natural beauty and the bounty of crater lakes in this nexus of nine volcanic islands in the center of the North Atlantic. Portuguese by language, it has its own cuisine and culture. Relish on the geothermally heated hotspots referred to as cozido das furnas, which are a feature of an area near the island of Sao Miguel comprising of mixtures of stews and meats. Visiting the archipelago in the off-season more than doubles your odds of finding affordable flight and hotel deals alongside bargained last minute travel deals.