For an article on places where you can admire the fabulous views of the world came to my mind first known destinations such as Mount Everest, Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, the Alps or the famous island of Bora Bora … but these are not a destination no surprise, they talk about all the tourist guides are long on top of world travelers. Yet, if we think of how big this beautiful planet, you must be other places that awaits guests eager to discover, to admire and photograph them.
This article is a review of only a few such facilities less known, and the subject of the most spectacular scenery in the world is far from being exhausted.
Erta Ale, Ethiopia
In 1928 british explorer Ludovico M. Nesbitt along with two Italians, became the first Europeans to have “visited” Erta Ale volcano, in a daring trip which included attending approximately 640 km crossing the Danakil Depression.
Erta Ale in local dialect means “smoky mountains” and is actually a set of five volcanoes that form an arc 80 miles long. Despite the strange landscapes breathtaking and colorful games which comes in front, Nesbitt remained insensitive, calling this place “a landscape of terror”
His reaction may be explained through the harsh conditions that explorers had to face them: high temperature (about 75 degrees Celsius during the day), the sand so hot that it burned through the soles of boots and, most likely because of thinning of the water reserves.
Depression Dankil volcanic chain that hosts Erta Ale is an area that meets one of the harshest places on Earth:a scorched plain, with a high salt content in soil composition, which lies below sea level.
In the past, this was part of the Red Sea, Danakil plateau to rise. Nearby are Lake Karume, who is among other things a substantial source of income for families outside the area, especially people living in the exploitation and sale of livestock and salt from the lake.Not very deep, but with a high mineral content, the lake is 120 meters above sea level.
Tsingy formations, Madagascar
Detached from a landscape seems alien, limestone formations on the island of Madagascar are not nearly as harmless as they seem in pictures. Sharp like daggers, they reach heights of up to 180 meters. Although they seem to compose a lonely landscape, things are not so far.
Crocodiles hiding in underground caves, pairs of curious eyes watching lemurs that hidden in tree foliage…And make sure your step! It is enough to crush a bee only to be attacked by a swarm full, eager for revenge.
If you are going on all these things mean that you are on Ankaran plateau in northern Madagascar.
Ankaran Plateau is a karst landscape par excellence. Bizarre shapes of the rocks is due to heavy rains, on average 1800 mm rainfall per year. They dissolved the soft rock solid top and the base, forming peaks increases and very sharp.
Water has infiltrated to the depth, creating caves stalagmites and stalactites that exhibit that defies imagination, while the chains of tunnels and underground caverns have remained largely unexplored.
However, the most frightening and at the same time, the landscape is the most dangerous area right in the heart of the island and is composed of formations tsingy.They were named after the sound you are out when hit, reminiscent of the sound of bells.
Springs of Pamukkale, Turkey
Any traveler unaware that reach the Asian side of Turkey, and, more specifically, near Pamukkale, will be surprised to see just in this area a large expanse of ice. Certainly not the wrong road to Turkey, through Antarctica. Most likely came from the springs of Pamukkale.
These terraces are in the form of white, big and wavy, dotted with pools of water reflecting the same time, the sky and white walls. Healing properties of water crossing the area’s history until it was beyond us. In 190 BC, Eumenes II, king of Pergamon Greek city founded the city of Hierapolis even on this plateau.
Beyond the therapeutic properties of thermal water, two sanctuaries have been discovered here, constructed in antithesis. One belongs to the god of darkness and death, Hades, and other, nearby, he is dedicated to Apollo, god of sun, music and medicine.
Pamukkale means “cotton castle”, which perfectly explains, at least from a visual standpoint. All this fantastic landscape made up of walls, heights, terraces and stalactites covers a distance of 2.5 kilometers long, with a half a kilometer wide. The color white is on high content of lime and dissolved minerals that are found in water from volcanic hot springs.
Almost everything that is achieved is covered with lime water and submerged objects turn into stone in a few days.
Lakes Band-e Amir, Afghanistan
Who would have thought just the arid lands of Afghanistan can accommodate one of the most beautiful natural dams? River Band-e Amir stopped to rest at the foot of the Hindukush mountains, the place where he made the bed.
And not only … contrasts of color and height resulted in the formation of a fabulous landscape at 3,000 meters altitude. Even if a lot of photographers would be motivated enough to get to these places, access is difficult, because it only works on a mountain road, which has a length of 80 kilometers.
Upon arrival you will be pampered with a view to a landscape almost paradise: lakes spread across a large portion of 11 kilometers, bounded by cliffs of limestone and clay, which is combined into a game of crazy colors, from white to red and from blue to green shades most unexpected. From the lakes, the water flows over natural stone dams, following different paths, which form a true network of streams, which in turn shelter vegetation.
Even in summer temperatures reach up to 36 degrees C, the lakes are always cold because they are refreshed every year from water resulting from melting glaciers.
Yellow Mountain, China
Each of us has heard at least once in a lifetime a remark like “is a fairytale land” to refer to various beautiful corner of our planet. Few of us have the opportunity to see with their eyes a place that is not a fairy tale land, but a story in itself … a Chinese philosophy perfume. A breathtaking view, made of rugged peaks that pierce the clouds, with nothing scary, but rather, an image that urges you to dream.
This is Yellow Mountain. With heights up to 1800 meters, some peaks have names that stand to confirm the origins of the story of the place: Lotus Flower Peak, the Heavenly Capital Peak are only three of the 72 peaks that make up the Yellow Mountain. Consisting of granite crystallized from molten rock, these rocks have been shaped over time by nature, the same that he has endowed with a strange beauty.
That unique beauty of the landscape was the ultimate muse for generations of Chinese artists who have not been enough to restore wildness and innocence and surprise this place.
Yellow Mountain is open to those who want to feel the beauty and majesty. Marked trails lead trips to temples, castles, lakes, rocks and bizarre, but some routes are recommended only for professionals. In China, se spune ca fiecare chinez trebuie sa urce macar o data pe Muntele Galben.