Natural wonders to add to your travel bucket list

Time at home has made all of us appreciate the extraordinary natural diversity of planet earth a little more, and dream of the incredible scenes that we hope to visit again.

April 2020 • Jules Verne

Natural Wonders to add to your Travel Bucket List

We've put together a selection of some of the most impressive and awe-inspiring Natural Wonders to help inspire your wanderlust. 

Pamukkale, Turkey

Found north of Denizli, Pamukkale is a natural hot spring site. Water rises from the earth and cascades over a cliff, then as the water cools it has created travertines of bright white calcium, which then forms pools. This space has been a spa since the Roman-built city of Hierapolis around a sacred warm-water spring.

See Pamukkale on 'Grand Tour of Turkey'

Great Barrier Reef, Sydney 

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, as well as the only living thing on earth that is visible from space. It is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and offers some of the best snorkelling and diving opportunities around. The Great Barrier Reef is home to an abundance of wildlife including endangered species such as the Sea Cow and Large Green Sea Turtle.  

See the Great Barrier Reef on 'Iconic Australia'

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and is considered to be one of the most extreme and remarkable vistas in all of South America. This salt flat was created from a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert-like landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands.

 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia

On the Zambezi River, the Victoria Falls makes a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge. The Kololo tribe, who were living in the area in the 1800s, described the falls as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, but is now more commonly known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

See Victoria Falls on 'Victoria Falls to the Okavango'

Aurora Borealis, Iceland

The ultimate, literal highlight of an Icelandic adventure is the Northern Lights. With its ecologically-friendly environment and lack of atmospheric pollution, Iceland is the perfect vantage point to view the aurora borealis. The lights are the visual result of solar particles entering the earth's magnetic field at high atmosphere and ionising. 

See the Aurora Borealis on '"Ice" Land of the Northern Lights'

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The relative inaccessibility of the Galapagos Islands, situated some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, has helped to preserve its eco-system and wildlife. Charles Darwin’s ground breaking visit to the islands in 1835 helped to put the islands on the map. Having experienced hardly any threatening contact with humans, most birds and animals on the islands allow themselves to be observed from close.

See the Galapagos Islands on 'Splendours of Ecuador'

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

At the westernmost edge of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher tower almost 702 feet above sea level. The striated limestone cliffs stretch for five miles along the ocean and are home to over 30,000 birds, including colonies of Atlantic Puffin that usually make an appearance in late March.

See the Cliffs of Moher on 'Majestic Castles of the Emerald Isle'

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Northeast Vietnam will introduce you to the stunning Ha Long Bay, known for its incredible emerald waters and limestone islands. The whole of Ha Long Bay contains approximately 1,969 islands and islets made from karst limestone towering like skyscrapers throughout the bay, formed over millions of years.

See Ha Long Bay on 'Ha Long Bay and The Red River'

Iguassu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

The Iguassu Falls are located on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Consisting of 275 waterfalls, up to 70 metres high, the Iguassu Falls are found within the Iguazu National Park (Argentina) and the Iguaçu National Park (Brazil), both UNESCO heritage sites. On average, about 1,500 cubic metres of water flows through the falls every second. Depending on the time of the year, the rate of water flow can be as much as 13,000 cubic metres per second - enough to fill five Olympic swimming pools.

See Iguassu Falls on 'Grand Tour of South America'

Table Mountain, South Africa

Now recognised as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain is South Africa’s most photographed landmark. Table Mountain has a flat top with edges consisting of cliffs, just like a table, which is how it got its name. The rocks on the mountain are over 600 million years old, making it one of the oldest mountains in the world.

See Table Mountain on 'Highlights of South Africa'