5 More Places To Add To The List

It’s amazing how many little known and yet incredibly awe inspiring places there are in the world. The following list covers just a few of them. Most are relatively easy to get to and well worth the effort. Add some of your favorite locations in the comment section and share the post to spread the word.

 

fjordlands national park new zealand

fjordlands national park new zealand

Fjordlands National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Says Patricia Schultz: “Think fjords, and one usually thinks Norway, or even Chile. But visit Milford Sound—one of the 15 fjords that make up New Zealand’s largest national park—and you’ll see why Rudyard Kipling claimed it as the Eighth Wonder of the World.” Both North and South Islands stood in for Middle Earth during the filming of Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring series. Watch the movie and you’ll find an impressive array of landscape ranging from snow-capped mountain ranges to vast marshes. The South Island is the less inhabited of the country’s two islands, meaning lots more open areas of astonishing beauty to yourself.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

“Looking across the lake from the Explora Lodge you see one of the most magnificent mountainscapes in the world,” says Friedman, citing his favorite spot from which to take in this, one of the newest and grandest parks in South America, and a UNESCO World Heritage Reserve. The 598,000-acre park, tucked at the far south end of the Andes, offers stunning mix of landscapes and fauna, making it a gem. Say the folks at Geographic Expeditions (who had it on their shortlist, too): “Paine’s unique physical attributes of glaciers, lakes, gnarled Magellanic trees, and dramatic mountains offer some of the most awe-inspiring hiking in the world.”

Plain of Temples, Bagan, Myanmar

Plain of Temples, Bagan, Myanmar

“One of the great sights of Asia, Bagan’s Plain of Temples displays pagoda after pagoda, large and small, rising up from the green delta plain,” notes Geographic Expeditions, which chose this sacred spot. The kings of ancient Bagan built more than 4,400 Buddhist temples here in only 230 years. Today, around half of the red brick works of artistry are still standing; many of them, such as Anando Pahto, are on every visitor’s hit list, though the more obscure ones offer thrills, too, from hidden frescoes to spectacular views of the landscape.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

“A tributary of the mighty Zambezi, the Okavango River creates a unique ‘water in the desert’ ecosystem – considered the world’s largest inland oasis and a magnet for wildlife,” notes Schultz. “Explore it by dug-out canoe (makoros), jeep, by foot or on elephant-back—a safari here promises birdlife second to none.” Add to that: legions of elephants, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes and hippos.

The Lau Archipelago, Fiji

The Lau Archipelago, Fiji

“Most people define beauty by sunsets. In this incredible group of islands, it’s the sunrises as well,” notes Greenberg of this remote collection of 50-plus atolls and islands located 200 miles from the mainland of Fiji. The region sees few tourists, but those who make it are rewarded with a mind-blowing array of marine life and a gentle, carefree vibe. “No phones, no Blackberries, no TVs—just the intoxicating sounds of a cappella harmonies sung by the islanders each morning and each evening,” Greenberg adds. “Great storytelling, and a never-ending feeling of community and love that lives with you forever.”

 

 

Source: See the full story at: forbes.com

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