Despite the numerous achievements of the human race there’s nothing that can rival the magnificent beauty of the natural world. Nature can amaze us with its endless beauty and humble us with its power. The spectacular wonders of the world like the Grand Canyon and Mount Everest are well known however the worldwide public in the recent years has voted on a few lesser known natural wonders as part of the New7Wonders project.
Here are a few which have been confirmed winners by the voters:
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Halong Bay, Vietnam
The Halong Bay with an area of 1553 square kilometers is a picturesque and popular travel destination and includes 1,960 to 2000 islets of soaring limestone formations. According to a legend the formations were formed when a dragon sent by the god’s crash landed on earth. Visiting the bay at any time is a delight, during the day when the shimmering waters create glorious reflections among the vast network of islets or at twilight when the fading sun covers the karst formations with its rich colors. A boat cruise through the Bay reveals the numerous caves which are specially illuminated to reveal their spectacular beauty.
Jeju Island, South Korea
South Korea’s southern province holds the country’s valuable treasures and Jeju Island is paradise on earth. Located in the southwest, the oval shaped island measures 73 kms from west to east and is volcanic. The weather is warm even in winter and distinctive of volcanic locations you will find numerous craters and black lava cliffs. Korea’s tallest peak Hallasan is located here while east of the island lies the cavern of Manjanggul, the world’s longest lava tube caves and to the south lie the sacred mountain of Sanbangsan and its grotto temple.
Iguaçu Falls, Argentina
A geological fault on the Paraná River turned the outlet of the Iguassu River into a cascade 80 meters high the result of which is the monstrous Iguaçu falls. The waters of the river tumble endlessly over 23 km of cliffs into a gigantic gorge leaving a thick mist. Nothing can prepare you for the spectacular view which reveals the force of nature. The falls which are 275 in number were once a burial site for indigenous tribes. Both Argentina and Mexico claim a share to the falls and the surrounding area. You can also visit the devil’s throat which is an impressive cascade via a 2080 meter catwalk that showcases the landscape.
Puerto Princesa – Underground River, Philippines
A trip of the Underground River of Puerto Princesa in Philippines is a surreal and otherworldly experience. A series of limestone caves twist and turn for five miles of darkness before emerging to the vast sea. Boating through the caverns is an amazing experience you cannot miss as you can have an up-close look of the stunning color and rock formations along the walls.
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