Some places in the world look so incredible that we hardly believe that they actually exist. Some of them look like they came out of a fairy tale, while others look like some nightmares have just come true. Anyway, we have been researching these places and here are ten most intriguing, mysterious places:
10. Caño Cristales, Columbia
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Caño Cristales or Crystal Channel is a Colombian river in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. Sometimes, it’s called the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow” and is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The water of the river is extremely clean and has the bright red – pink coloration. The color is caused by great quantities of endemic plant species Macarenia clavígera, red plants, adhered tightly to the rocks
9. Pamukkale, Turkey
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Pamukkale or “cotton castle” is a natural site in Turkey. This place has hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals. Hierapolis, an ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city, was built on top of the white “castle”. The pools have been attracting people for thousands of years. Pamukkale has 17 hot water springs where the temperature ranges from 35 °C (95 °F) to 100 °C (212 °F).
8. Surtsey, Iceland
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This volcanic island didn’t exist 55 years ago. It was formed in a volcanic eruption which lasted for 4 years. The eruption began 130 meters below sea level and the island reached its maximum size of 2.7 km2. It is believed that the island won’t disappear entirely in the near future, although it is getting smaller.
7. Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
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The Moeraki Boulders are strangely large and spherical boulders placed along a stretch of Koekohe Beach in New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. The most fascinating aspect of the boulders is their unusually large size and spherical shape. One-third of the boulders range in size from about 0.5 to 1.0 meter (1.6 to 3.3 ft) in diameter and the other two-thirds from 1.5 to 2.2 meters (4.9 to 7.2 ft).
6. Relampago del Catatumbo, Ologa, Venezuela
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Catatumbo lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. This unusual phenomenon is caused by storm clouds at a height of more than 1 km, and it occurs during 140 to 260 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour. It has been popularly known for centuries as the Lighthouse of Maracaibo, because it is visible for miles around Lake Maracaibo.
5. Eternal Flame Falls
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The Eternal Flame Falls is a small waterfall in the Shale Creek Preserve. This unusual waterfall hides a flame inside of it, which is very strange and the flame has appeared a year ago. The flame hidden behind it is an “obscure” attraction in the region, which attracts many tourists
4. Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
This is the most famous geyser in the park, and probably in the world. At least 1283 geysers have erupted in Yellowstone and 400-500 are active during the year. Also, earthquakes are common, so don’t be surprised to hear that thousands of small earthquakes happen every year there.
3. Danxia landform
The Danxia landform is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology in China. These mountains are also known as the Rainbow Mountains of China. Their color is so impressive that once when you see it, you won’t believe that this is true.
2. Stonehenge, England
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Stonehenge is one of the most famous and intriguing mysterious places. This prehistoric monument in Wiltshire is a ring of standing stones. Scientists believe that Stonehenge is more than 5000 years old and the questions how it was built remains a mystery. It is impossible to think that people with only primitive tools could build something this huge.
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most mysterious places. Scientists are still trying to uncover clues to the mysteries hidden here high in the Andes, covered with forests of the Amazon. Machu Picchu lies at the center of a network of related sites and trails—and many landmarks appear to align with astronomical events like the solstice sunset. The Inca had no written language, so they there is no record of why they built the site or how they used it before being abandoned in the 16th century.
Written by Marko T.