Top 10 Wonders of the Natural World

Top 10 Wonders of the Natural World

There are seven official wonders designated by CNN. However, we have added three more – the Milford Sound, Lake Hillier and Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Check out this list of ten great natural wonders, that are unique and unbelievably pretty!

10. Parícutin, Mexico

Deadly yet exciting, the volcano erupted from out of nowhere in the corn field in 1943. It covered a vast area under lava and ashes, destroying the villages of Parícutin and San Juan Parangaricutiro. Before that, there was no volcano at all, therefore its birth was observed for the first time in human history. It is not active. For now.

Why go there?

Explore this unfriendly terrain and observe the volcano from a helicopter. All that is left from the villages is San Juan Parangaricutiro’s church, standing lonely and abandoned.

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9. Victoria Falls, border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

A gorgeous and one of the most popular waterfalls in the world is found on the Zambezi River in Africa. The water of the river falls down in a straight line for 354 ft (108 m). It is wide (5,604 ft/1,708 m), therefore a water spray raises very high and can be spotted from many kilometers away.

Why go there?

Besides admiring its powerful plunge, also you can dare and visit the Devil’s Pool, which is a naturally formed pool on the Zambia’s side. From September to December the current becomes weaker than usual and some adventurers dare to swim in it just a few feet away from the abyss.

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8. Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Australia

Found in the Recherche Archipelago, the island has one of the greatest natural wonders in the world and the most beautiful pond of the kind – Lake Hillier. Not even the scientists know for sure why it is pink; they speculate it is caused by certain bacteria. The easiest access to the island is by plane – it is a two-hour flight from Perth.

Why go there?

Observe the extraordinary lake. There is also a variety of activities on the coast of Esperance, that include walking and cycling, horse riding, scuba diving, whale-watching, windsurfing, fishing, abseiling, kayaking and 4WD drive tours.

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7. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1502, when the Portuguese explorers discovered the bay, they were amazed by the astonishing bay. Weird shaped mountains and rocks were never seen before by the Europeans. Today it is one of the most recognizable sites in Brazil.

Why go there?

Visit the peak of Corcovado, where the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. From here amazing views to the harbor open.

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6. Aurora Borealis

Seen in the northern hemisphere, Aurora Borealis has recently been announced among the seven natural wonders of the world by CNN. Iceland, Finland, Sweden, and Norway are the best places to go watch it. In winter they are seen most often and almost from anywhere.

Why go there?

People have been mesmerized by the sky even before the civilizations were erected. Besides stargazing, watching the Northern Lights play provide a truly breathtaking experience.

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5. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

The Colorado River has carved the biggest canyon in the world. It provides numerous hiking, climbing and camping opportunities. Some places, like Havasu Falls and pools, provide a refreshing swim!

Why go there?

An indeed incredible site, an evidence of millions of year of geological processes.

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4. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil

The beautiful park is an unusual area, where wet, rainy climate and sandy landscape match, with almost no vegetation, however. Sand dunes, often accompanied by lagoons, define the landscape. The sandy scenery is not a desert, though. But it definitely looks like one, therefore, the pools add up to the uniqueness of the park.

Why go there?

This is indeed a unique site. Water is crystal clear, warm and perfect for swimming.

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3. Milford Sound, New Zealand

The fjord is a favorite tourist destination in New Zealand and owns a legendary appraisal by Rudyard Kipling, who called it the eighth Wonder of the World. The fjord has two waterfalls – Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls, accompanied by the hundreds of temporary falls after a heavy rain. Well developed tourism provides with the best service and tours to this magnificent place.

Why go there?

Number one site in gorgeous New Zealand. Scenic, Nature or overnight cruises are offered, as well as canoeing in Milford Sound. Also, it is one of the best places to explore by kayaking!

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2. Mount Everest, the Himalayas

Found on the border of Nepal, Tibet, and Chine, Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth. The Himalayan range itself provides amazing landscape, mountain lakes, scenic rides and of course opportunities to climb.

Why go there?

Only the professionals go climb the mountain and it is the life challenge. Nevertheless, anyone can find great trails to hike or climb.

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1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The most precious marine gem sprawls for over 2,300 kilometers (1,400 mi) in the Coral Sea. It is one of the most pristine and versatile marine colonies in the world. The colorful marine diversity attracts thousands of tourists every year, who love to explore it by snorkeling and diving.

Why go there?

Various tourist agencies provide lessons and facilities to dive and discover this breathtaking underwater world!

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