Boulders Beach, South AfricaThrow away that notion that Africa is all about safaris and desserts. Boulders Beach in South Africa begs to differ. The granite boulders and white sand contrasting with the bright blue waters show off Cape Town’s charms. But the most charming point of this beautiful coastline is that you can swim just a few feet away from the colony of African penguins you can see there any time of the year.
Laguna Colorada, BoliviaMagnificent waters have always been associated with turquoise blue but Laguna Colorado sparkles in blood red because of all the algae in it that thrive especially in the heat. The salt lake here is also home to the pink flamingos. So when the sun sets and the water is at its reddest, the flamingos give off cute pink accents to the enthralling red-orange scenery.
Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaAnother Bolivian gem, Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat there is in the world. Here you can recreate photos you took between different seasons since the salt flat is a landscape of blinding white salt tiles in the dry season and a shallow lake that reflects the vast sky in a surreal infinity allusion during the wet season.
Zhangye Danxia Landform, ChinaThe 50 square kilometer-area of rocks and ridges in a kaleidoscope of red took more than 20 million years to be what is now. Millions of years of red sandstone and mineral deposits later, the geological park has come to be famous as “Rainbow Mountains”. You can explore the “Rainbow Mountains” through various trails and from various viewpoints.
Hundred Islands, PhilippinesHave you ever been to an archipelago whose island count differs at certain times of the day? Well, the Hundred Islands National Park has a count of 123 islands during high tide and 124 islands during low tide. You can take a boat tour to island-hop and explore the flora and fauna of the islands. There’s also a spot for a 20-ft cliff jump in Marcos Island and a trek to the peak of Governor’s Island for an unobstructed view of the entire park among other things you can do here. Mother Nature has more than the Seven Wonders of the World and we deserve to explore and enjoy this huge, captivating world we live in.