The best naturalistic destinations are often accompanied by fame, hotels, selfies and tourists. Often … but not always. Here are 10 places where nature gives spectacle, but which still offer spaces of (contemplative) silence.
1- ICE CAVES OF MENDENHALL, ALASKA
These cathedrals with blue flashes are the favorite destinations of geologists all over the world. Visiting them you have the rare opportunity to study a glacier from the inside. But the show may be long: the glacier, about 20 km long, is gradually retreating two to global warming.
2- HILLS OF CHOCOLATE, BOHOL (PHILIPPINES)
By the mole punctuate the provinces of Bohol, in the Philippine islands. It would be the first to be a part of the soil. There are up to 1776, with a height of between 30 and 50 meters (but some close to 120). From their peak, the surrounding landscape, is breathtaking.
3- HELMCKEN FALLS, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA)
The fourth highest waterfalls in Canada (141 m) rise in the Wells Gray provincial park, established in the middle of a thick pine forest. In winter the landscape is even more spectacular: under the waterfall there is in fact a cone of ice up to 50 m high, which melts again in spring, when the weather becomes milder.
4- CANYON TARA, MONTENEGRO
The deepest canyon in Europe is about 1300 meters from the American Grand Canyon (1600 meters). 82 km in length on a canoe, or a rafting raft (the last stretch is home to about twenty rapids).
5- SEA CAVES OF BENAGIL, PORTUGAL
These rock formations in the heart of the Algarve create a series of natural stone arches just a few dozen meters from the Portuguese town of Benagil. And you can swim.
6- CAÑO CRISTALES, COLOMBIA
For a few weeks a year, between September and November, this Colombian river turns into a real “liquid rainbow” (this is the meaning of its name). In fact, sunlight stimulates the growth of the Macarenia clavigera , of a bright red color. The blue-green reflections of the water and the golden colors of the sand.
7- WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES
A starry sky in a cave. Possible? For those venturing into these caves of the North Island of New Zealand. Artifice , an insect of the order , from the ceiling like pearl necklaces, the bioluminescent larvae of luminous him, intrigued by the lights.
8- SALTSTRAUMEN, NORWAY
This small town near the town of Bodø in the North Lands boasts the most intense and dangerous sea currents in the world. 400 meters long, with a speed that can reach 41 km / h. The vortices that are created can reach 10 m in diameter and are able to resist their fury (but if you suffer from seasickness).
9- LAKE OF THE JELLYFISHES, PALAU
We have already dedicated a photogallery to this lake in the South Pacific . If the millions of jellyfish that populate it were dangerous to humans, plunging into its waters. Instead of these creatures in jelly, they are almost completely harmless.
10- CENOTE OF IK-KIL, YUCATÁN
This 40-meter-deep natural cavity, surrounded by 26-meter-high rock walls, is located on the road to Chichen Itza and is considered sacred in Mayan culture. Climbing plants that surround it offers the opportunity to perform even more spectacular dives.