Top 10 Wonderful Rivers Around the World

Top 10 Wonderful Rivers Around the World

Flowing through mountains and valleys, and villages, and cities – rivers have been attracting settlers to build the civilizations around them for centuries. Today a lot of them attract tourists, who love to participate in the outdoor activities. Check out these ten choices we have this week.

10. Caño Cristales, Meta Department, Colombia

Also known as the River of Five Colors, Caño Cristales is the most spectacular natural wonder in the country. Found in the mountain range of Serranía de la Macarena, the river mesmerizes with amazing colors: vivacious yellow, green, blue, black and red shades quiver from the bottom. It is a result of a red plant – Macarenia clavigera – growing in the riverbed. Other colors come from black rocks, green algae, blue water and yellow sand, producing an iridescent effect.

Why go there?

A stunning natural wonder, very photogenic and nice to swim in, since there are no fish or other creatures, so visitors can enjoy uninterrupted bathing in Caño Cristales.

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9. The Gros Ventre River, Wyoming, USA

Only a 120 km (75 mi) long tributary of the Snake River, the Gros Ventre, however, mesmerizes with beautiful surroundings. It mostly passes the Gros Ventre Wilderness, which is famous for its unspoiled nature. The river is a popular site among the fishermen, who come to catch huge trouts. Horseback riding and kayaking are other favorite activities here, as well as hiking.

Why go there?

Many trails allow exploring this natural gem, embedded in the Teton Range, and admire the breathtaking landscape.

8. Radovna River, Bled Gorge, Slovenia

The river has carved an impressive gorge, which is found a few kilometers from town of Bled, which is famous for its beautiful lake. The wonderful gorge features a wooden hiking trail and bridges that run along the river, enabling to explore the site. The pathway ends at the stunning point – the picturesque waterfall Šum marks the finish line. The route offers an exhilarating walk on a hot summer day.

Why go there?

A refreshing activity once in the area. A truly beautiful, unspoiled natural site, loved by the tourists. The length of the path is only 3 km (1.8 mi) and is completed in about one hour.

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7. The Rapa River, Sweden

Only 75 km long, the river, however, passes some incredible sites, while it stretches from its source to Lake Tjaktjajaure. The most famous part of the river is the Laitaure Delta at the mouth of the lake. The river also flows through the Rapa Valley, which is surrounded by high mountains and also provides some incredible views.

Why go there?

Due to the unspoiled nature and rough landscape the area sometimes is referred to as the “Alaska of Europe”. There is indeed an impressive wildlife to discover.

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Photo by Sven Zacek

6. The Reuss River, Switzerland

The fourth largest river in the country passes some very impressive sites indeed. It runs through the beautiful historic city of Lucerne. It also passes the scenic Reuss Valley and the Schöllenen Gorge. Here the famous Devil’s Bridge is found. According to the legend, the Devil himself helped to build the bridge in this mountainous place.

Why go there?

If you would take a boat ride on the river, you would pass some picturesque and versatile places – from mountain villages, to big cities to unspoiled mountainous places.

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5. Li River, Guangxi, China

The river is famous for the beautiful scenery that can be best approached by taking a boat tour. This is the most popular attraction in Guangxi region and one of the top attractions in China. The tour guides introduce tourists to a variety of sections: each one of them has a compelling story about its origin. The tourists get to see an authentic fishing practice here: the local fishermen use cormorants, that dive into the water and catch a fish.

Why go there?

The cruise runs 83 kilometers (52 miles) between Guilin and Yangshuo and takes about 4 to 5 hours. Guilin itself is an impressive town with the stunning terraced gardens. After the tour, the tourists can explore Yangshou and stay at the luxurious Li River Retreat hotel.

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Photo by Eaton Zhou

4. Fjaðrá River, Iceland

The river has carved this amazing Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon – probably the most beautiful canyon we have ever seen! Visitors can easily hike up the canyon and along the river. The views are constantly changing and simply overwhelming. The flowing river complements the experience with a soothing sound of flowing water. You can walk along it, but make sure to wear comfortable hiking boots, since the surface is rough.

Why go there?

See this mesmerizing natural wonder once in Iceland. It provides a great hiking experience and an abundance opportunities to take great pictures.

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3. Krka River, Croatia

Krka National Park is one of the most famous natural attractions in the country. The beautiful park sprawls around the river Krka, which is the center of and gives the name to the park. The cascading waterfalls are the most popular and famous landmark in Krka. Probably the most exciting thing about the site is that unlike the most parks, that prohibit swimming, here visitors are encouraged to have a dip in the river!

Why go there?

Krka is also famous for its rich fauna and flora. The diversity of a landscape is astounding: waterfalls, lakes, hiking trails in the forests provide a day long sites and activities. The park has even received a Europe Golden Flower award for the variety of flowers.

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2. The Soča River, Slovenia

The river is obviously famous for its crystal clear turquoise water – its second name is the Emerald Beauty. Not many rivers in the world retain such color through all the length. The natural wonder attracts many adventurers: various water sports are very popular here, mainly kayaking and fishing. The unspoiled nature and canyons also provide great opportunities to hike or even paraglide.

Why go there?

A truly picturesque site, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, offering various outside activities.

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Photo by Reinhard Pantke

1. The Verdon River, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France

The incredible turquoise water of the Verdon River makes the Verdon Gorge one of the most beautiful in Europe. The river canyon attracts many adventurers. Rock climbers and hikers can choose from more than 1 500 routs. Rafting and canoeing in the river are another popular attractions since it provides with amazing sites. Moreover, bungee jumping, mountain biking, fly fishing and paragliding also fascinate those, longing for action.

Why go there?

Gorges du Verdon is considered a natural jewel of France – travelers from around the world come here to admire the sites and have fun. It is the best canyon in Europe, that offers a lot of action and beautiful landscapes.

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