Our world is filled with amazing sights, and some of the most spectacular are also the most secluded. We’ve compiled a list of the
10. Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Pamukkale, Turkey
We’d all like to laze around in an infinity pool, but what about one formed by nature? The chalk cliffs above Pamukkale, Turkey are just that. Made by a high concentration of calcium build up on the mountain’s hot springs, these huge pools of water are steaming hot tubs of high concentration mineral water. Visitors come to enjoy the alleged health properties of the hot mineral spa.
9. St. Paul’s Underground Cave, Palawan River, Philippines
Puerto Princesa National Park in the Philippines has been an attraction for adventurous tourists for many years now, but the real treasure is hidden beneath the surface. St. Paul’s Underground Cave is around 50 miles long, and it is the primary route of the Cabayugan River. This is truly a magnificent sight to behold. It is full of stalagmites and stalactites that are very old. It is the home of the Italian Chamber, one of the largest cave chambers known to man.
8. Chan-Chan, Peru
Chan-Chan is constructed completely out of adobe and is ornately carved. It was the largest city in South American before the Spanish migrated there. Built by the Chimor people around 850AD, the city was inhabited by the Chimor people for about 600 years before it was conquered by the Incan Indians. The carved adobe structures are a mesmerizing sight and definitely worth a visit.
7. Chocolate Hills Bohol, Philippines
Located at Bohol Island these 2,000 plus hills are miraculously perfectly round and are covered with vegetation. The distance between each hill is almost perfectly even creating a symmetrical look of the hills. Until today there aren’t clear explanation how these hills came about and how they’re so symmetrical.
6. Lake Retba, Cap Vert, Senegal
This lake is bright salmon pink! And naturally so. The bright pink color is caused by the pigment released by Dunaliella salina, native algae. It reacts to heat and sunlight, both of which are abundant in this area, by releasing pink pigment. This makes Lake Retba very high in salt content, around 40% salt during the dry season! Rest assured, though, the lake is perfectly safe for occasional swimming. Locals who make their living harvesting salt take special care to lather themselves with shea butter or other body oils to prevent their skin from drying out due to long term salt exposure. Lake Retba is certainly one of the ancient wonders of the world.
5. Nan Madol, Micronesia Islands
Another ancient wonder of the world is the uninhabited floating city of Nan Madol in the Micronesian Islands. It is made up of many man-made basalt islets separated by canals. It is located over 3600 kilometers east of the Philippines, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. For this reason, it remains an unknown treasure. There is nothing known about the civilization that lived there, or what happened to them, so it’s rather mysterious. Historians may theorize, but the truth is we will probably never know who lived in this magnificent floating city.
4. Mud Volcanoes, Gobustan, Azerbaijan
While we might know people who have enjoyed a warm mud bath in a luxury spa, we’re willing to bet you don’t know anyone who’s bathed in the warm, rejuvenating mud pools of the Gobustan. These mud puddles are the result of natural volcanic activity, and visitors come from far away to soak in these natural mud baths. If you decide to go, it will definitely be your most memorable spa experience!
3. Luray Caverns, Virginia, USA
Luray Caverns hosts the largest musical instrument in the world, the Great Stalacpipe Organ. Each key of the organ is connected to a nearby stalactite by a rubber mallet, that when pressed, causes the mallet to strike the stalactite, producing beautiful sounds. It resembles the sound of bells. Of course, the Luray caverns are full of other amazing sights as well- Saracen’s Tent is considered to be one of the best-formed draperies in the world.
2. Derinkuyu, Turkey
A list of little known ancient wonders of the world simply wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Derinkuyu, Turkey. The mesmerizing part is below ground, under the conventional city. Underground Derinkuyu is the largest system of caverns ever built by hand. It has everything a city could need- schools, churches, and farming area- all underground! Carved into soft volcanic rock approximately 200 feet below the surface, this amazing town is big enough for 20,000 inhabitants and all their livestock and food sources. It was only intended as temporary shelter, but it remains just a magnificent still today.
1. Newgrange, County of Meath, Ireland
Newgrange is home to an unbelievable massive dome rising from the plains of the County of Meath in Ireland. Built over 5000 years ago, the structure is a grass topped dome made of alternating layers of earth and stone. It covers over 48,000 square feet, which is just over an acre. It is over 35 feet tall, as well. It is rimmed with white quartz and is extremely accurate in telling time. The dome is aligned with the rising sun and the inner chambers are flooded with light during the winter solstice. As the sun rises, the whole room begins to glow with bright light.