It’s no secret that the world is a wondrous place. Just when we think we’ve seen it all, new places appear and make you question yourself if what you’re seeing is real. In this article we’re going to take a tour through the weirdest places around the world you must visit at least once.
1.Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
Bolivia hides one of the best kept secrets in the world. We’re talking about Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt pan. What makes Salar de Uyuni so amazing is that, once a little water is gathered on the surface of the salt pan, you can clearly see yourself in a huge natural mirror. This ancient, prehistoric, dried out lake is home to beautiful flocks or flamingoes.
2. Die Rakotzbrücke in Germany
Die Rakotzbrücke is the perfect combination between a man-made and a natural wonder. This bridge was built in the 19th century and its construction is so accurate it actually forms a perfectly angled circle when it reflects on the water, no matter the angle you see it from.
3. Underwater Park in Austria
Nature finds its way, at least for a few months a year. In Tragoess, Austria, there’s a park that goes completely underwater during springtime. The Green Lake’s water level goes up and it swallows the park, but you can still check it out by doing some scuba diving.
4. Eternal Flame Falls in New York, USA
In Western New York, there’s a park called Chestnut Ridge that includes the Shale Creek Preserve. Here, you can see a very simple waterfall that looks just like any other. What makes it different from the rest? Behind the waterfall’s base natural gases are emitted and a flame lights up all year round, just behind the water.
5. Christ of the Abyss in Italy
Another interesting underwater place you can’t miss is the Christ of the Abyss. This bronze statue of Jesus Christ is 2.5 meters tall and it was built by artist Guido Galleti. You can take a thrilling dive to meet this outstanding statue in San Fruttuoso, in the Mediterranean Sea. Chris of the Abyss is a real underwater wonder!
6. The River of Five Colors in Colombia
Its original name is Caño Cristales, and it’s a lake in Colombia where the waters turn red in the summer, thanks to a unique species of plants that live underwater. Not only is the water red, it also catches hues of yellow and green, giving it the nickname of “Rainbow River”.
7. Blood Falls in Antarctica
Can you imagine being in a beautiful snowy setting and have it interrupted by some creepy bloody waterfall? If spooky is what you like, you must visit Blood Falls in Antarctica. Among the snowy setting, you’ll notice bright red cascades of water, which happen because of the high concentration of iron in the brine saltwater.
8. Bioluminescent Waters in the Maldives
This phenomenon happens in several places around the world, but nowhere as beautiful as here. Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives is filled with bioluminescent sea plankton that shines bright blue at night; giving you a breathtaking show to admire and experience.
9. Giant Crystal Cave in Mexico
Northern Mexico is known for having some of the most exotic mines in the world. In Chihuahua, there’s a town called Naica, where you’ll find the Giant Crystal Cave. This mineral structure has been growing for the past 500,000 years and is made up of colossal natural crystal structures.
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10. Rainbow Mountains in Peru
One of the wonders of the world you can’t miss, the Rainbow Mountains of the Peruvian Andes are also called the Seven Colored Mountain or the Vinicunca. There’s still no scientific explanation as to why these mountains contain colors such as pastel blue, bright red, green, yellow and even pink.
11. The Crooked Forest in Poland
You might’ve seen this place, at least in horror movies, because it’s looks are pretty spooky. Near the town of Gryfino, Poland, the Crooked Forest is completely filled with curved-shape trees that don’t have an explanation to be the way they are.
12. Pink Sand Beaches in the Bahamas
Here’s a weird place that all pink lovers will want to visit on their next vacation! If you ever go to the Bahamas, you’ll have the luxury of seeing one of the very few pink-sand beaches in the world. Experts say its natural color is due to certain minerals and microorganisms that have a reddish-pink shell.
13. Great Blue Hole in Belize
They say the ocean is more mysterious than the space itself, and places like this are the perfect example of this hypothesis. In Belize, there’s literally a Great Blue Hole with an unknown depth, perfect for free-diving or just taking a tour around. If you’re interested in diving in the Great Blue Hole, we recommend you go with an expert, because it is said to be one of the most dangerous places to dive.
14. Mendenhall Ice Caves in Alaska
Water is responsible for some of the most breathtaking places in the world nad it doesn’t matter if it’s not in its liquid state. In a glacier named Auke, you can find the Mendenhall Ice Caves containing beautiful natural formations of ice crystals in all shades of blue you can imagine.
15. Ruby Falls in Tennessee, USA
Near Tennessee, there’s an underground waterfall known as Ruby Falls, that are beautifully illuminated in a purplish hue. These Ruby Falls are 145 feet tall and you can take a tour to visit the inside and check out the light effect created inside.
16. Doorway Railway in Vietnam
This place might not have much to do with nature, but it’s still a wonder to admire on your next trip to Vietnam. In Hanoi, there’s a railroad that passes just a few short inches away from the doorstep of homes and stores. People are used to hurrying and closing their doors and pressing against the wall everytime the railroad train passes by.
17. Giant’s Causeway in Ireland
Nature is weird, and sometimes it can be beautifully symmetrical. Around 60 million years ago, this part of Ireland was prone to very intense volcanic eruptions, which later cooled down and revealed perfectly smooth and symmetrical stones.
18. Red Beach in China
While beaches are most commonly recommended during summer, the Red Beach in China is a must see during the Autumn season. At this time of the year, a saltwater plant called Suaeda salsa flourishes and blooms bright red, leaving only thin strips of the sea.
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19. Cat Island in Japan
This remote Cat Island in Japan called Ehime Prefecture, is a mysterious place where you’ll find about 100 humans inhabiting the place and 10 times more cats all around the place. Brought in to fight rodents that stole the fishermen’s catches, the cats in Cat Island started to spread and now rule the place.
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20. Island of Dolls in Mexico
Right in the middle of Mexico City, there’s a place called Xochimilco that’s home to an ancient water canal system. You’ll find a small island filled with old, raggedy and roughed-up dolls hanging from the trees. Legend says one doll appeared on a tree after a little girl died in the water canals, and from that time on people started to hang more and more dolls from the trees.
What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and start checking out the weirdest places in the world from your checklist!