Top 5 Natural Wonders
We’ve been to some pretty incredible places in our travels and have seen some unbelievable landscapes. We are constantly being blown away by the beauty of our planet. Although this was a nearly impossible list for me to make I was finally able to whittle almost two and a half years of wonder into this top 5 list.
Here are our Top 5 Natural Wonders in descending order:
5. Halong Bay, Vietnam
We’re fresh off our trip to Halong Bay and full of good things to say. It’s easy to see why it is such a huge attraction in Vietnam and in South East Asia. There are over 3,000 limestone cliff islands in the bay and when you’re there they look like they go on forever. The bay is also amazing because there are numerous caves and beaches to explore. Although we only had a chance to see one of each it felt like there were endless possibilities in this UNESCO World Heritage site. It was recently named one of the world’s seven new natural wonders so we’re obviously not the only ones who are blown away by it.
Turkey is home to two our favourite natural wonders, the first of which is Pamukkale. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been used as a spa since the 2nd century and is famous for its warm, cascading pools and general snow-like appearance. Although it may look like snow, it is actually made up of calcium carbonate and limestone. I have never seen anything like Pamukkale. What makes visiting the site even better is that admission includes the gorgeous ruins of the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis. If you ever get a chance to visit Pamukkale, make sure you stick around for sunset!
3. Sossusvlei, Namibia
It was the biggest pain in the@$$ ever to get here, but it was so worth it. These stunning sand dunes in Namibia’s Namib Desert were one of our Africa must-see’s and they did not disappoint. We spent several hours hiking up a few of them, then sliding down which is unsurprisingly much easier. Although we’ve been to a few deserts, the dunes at Sossusvlei remain incomparable. Everyone who has the chance should go to see for themselves. Just promise me you’ll rent a 4×4 to get there!
2. Haleakala, Maui
When most people visit Maui they usually stick to the amazing beaches. We were on the island long enough to stray a little further and found ourselves several times on the resident dormant volcano, Haleakala. One of my favourite experiences of all time was our overnight hike down into the crater. This was probably the most otherworldly landscape I have ever experienced; it truly feels like another planet. This is largely due to the fact that there are almost no living things aside from a few plant and bird species living on the crater. Because there is nothing and nobody there the silence is deafening. It was completely awe-inspiring to be in such a place. After spending the night sleeping in our tent amongst the clouds, we hiked up to the summit in the morning. It was truly an unforgettable experience in nature.
1. Cappadocia, Turkey
The Cappadocia region of Turkey is by far and away one of my favourite places in the world. What makes it so unique and interesting is its surreal landscape made up of rock formations known as “fairy chimneys”. These geological wonders are a major attraction and it is so easy to see why. The area is rife with tourist activities centering on these beautiful rocks and there are many different ways for visitors to experience them and the magic of Cappadocia. You can sleep inside one of the area’s many ‘cave hotel’s’ built into the rocks, you can go on a variety of beautiful hikes, you can ride horses, or you can take a hot air balloon ride at dawn over the formations. However you choose to experience Cappadocia, I can guarantee you will love it.
Because we can’t put everything in the Top 5 here are our honourable mentions: The Okavango Delta (Botswana), Miford Sound (New Zealand), The Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Tongariro (New Zealand), Geothermal Rotorua (New Zealand), Waitomo Caves (New Zealand), Table Mountain (South Africa), Victoria Falls (Zambia), The Himalayas (Nepal).