15 Dec The 5 Most Beautiful Natural Landscapes of the World – Official Ranking 2018
5 – Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
Often ranked among the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Iguazu Falls are undoubtedly the most visited and one of the most impressive natural attractions in Argentina and the world. Located in the Iguazú National Park, about 20 km from Puerto Iguazú in the north of the province of Misiones in Argentina, the falls are shared with the territory of Brazil. The river Iguazú was born in the state of Paraná in Brazil and, after having crossed 1,200 km through a plateau where it receives numerous tributaries, reaches a series of faults that force it to make a jump of 80 meters in the canyon called Gola del diavolo, where the water produces a thunderous sound and then flows into the waters of the Parana.
A legend tells of a large snake called ” Boi ” that lived in the river. To calm his ferocity, the aborigines used to sacrifice a woman in his honor every year. But once a brave Aboriginal guaranì subtracted the chosen woman, saving her from the terrible rite. The Boi snake raged, bent his body and divided the river through the falls, separating the two fugitives forever.
4 – Caves of Benagil, Portugal
The Benagil Caves are a true gem of the whole Algarve coast . They are located 150 meters east of the small Benagil beach near the village of the same name. The sea cave has two magnificent entrances , a huge collapsed roof, a secluded sandy beach and a circular inner cave. This place really deserves a visit by all those who have a particular interest in the wonders of nature.
3 – Isole Galápagos, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands inspire those who are lucky enough to visit them with a different vision of life. Here inhabit unique creatures in the world , and human beings are considered simple paparazzi, even a bit ‘annoying. These islands are not the Bahamas and these are not typical tropical paradises, in fact, most of the islands are devoid of vegetation and some look more like the Moon than Hawaii. This group of islands of volcanic origin and its fragile ecosystem have assumed the almost mythological status of a showcase of biodiversity . There is no need to be an evolutionary biologist or an ornithologist to appreciate one of the few places left on the planet where the human footprint is reduced to a minimum .
2 – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is an expanse of 3,800 square miles of salt, the largest expanse of salt in the world . The cracks in the ground form an endless sheet of hexagonal tiles dotted with salt pyramids. Despite the drought of the desert and the extremely low nighttime temperatures this landscape is not without life: pink flamingos, ancient cacti and rare hummingbirds all live in the Salar de Uyuni.
During the rainy season the salt desert turns into a huge salt lake , shallow, passable both by boat and by four-wheeled vehicles. During this period, the shallow salt lake perfectly reflects the sky, creating bizarre illusions of infinity .
1 – Cappadocia, Turkey
As if it had been taken from a fairytale place and positioned on the plains of Anatolia , Cappadocia is a geological strangeness composed of honeycomb hills and imposing boulders of a seemingly otherworldly beauty. The fantastic topography is combined with the human history of the place, here people have long used the soft stone of the region to create underground shelters and leaving the countryside dotted with fascinating architecture made up of hundreds of caves. Have you come here for excursions, for the history of the place or for the thrill of becoming a primitive man for a night? No matter the reason, a visit to this panorama that reminds you of the lunar surface will remain forever in your memories. Its craggy rocks, in a palette of colors ranging from sand-orange to cream, are an epiphany, worthy of the best psychedelic dreams.