Waterfalls are definitely the natural wonders on Earth. Visiting some of these waterfalls below might be a breathtaking experience, since they overwhelm with the stunning sight, as well as a splitting voice.
1.Victoria Falls in Zimbabve
The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya is a gorgeous waterfall, located on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border. The water of Zambezi river falls down in a straight line for 354 ft (108 m). It is wide ( 5,604 ft/1,708 m), therefore water spray raises very high and can be spotted from many kilometers away.
2. Iguazu Falls in Argentina
Iguazu Falls are found on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Not very high (285 ft/87 m), but very impressive: it has 275 cascades, that form a horseshoe and stretch for 8858ft (2700 m).
3. Angel Falls in Venezuela
Angel Falls is the highest in the world, which falls down uninterrupted for 3,212 ft (979 m). You can visit it in Canaima National Park, which is protected by UNESCO. It is named after its discoverer US aviator Jimmie Angel.
4. Kaieteur Falls in Guyana
Kaieteur Falls is found in Guyana. Water falls for 741 ft (226 m), then it reaches the first of the many steep cascades. It attracts many tourists, who like extreme trips, since the fall is in the middle of a wilderness with no urban amenities.
5. Niagara Falls in USA/Canada
Niagara Falls is probably the most famous in the world. It marks US and Canada border. Niagara is formed of two sections – the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side – that are separated by an island. The Horseshoe Falls are more impressive: water here drops 173 ft (53 m), while the American Falls drop only 70–100 ft (21–30 m).
6. Gullfoss (Golden Falls) in Iceland
Gullfoss is a magnificent waterfall located in southwest Iceland. Not particularly high (two 36 ft/11 m and 68 ft/21 m plunges), however, it is very beautiful. Due to a crevice, the river Hvítá seems to disappear into the abyss.
7. Plitvice Falls in Croatia
Plitvice Falls are found in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. They are not very high falls, but are stunning due to the many cascades water has to overcome. There are hundreds of waterfalls. The color of water varies from from crystal clear to azure, to turquoise.
8. Yosemite Falls in USA
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America. It drops 2,425 ft (739 m) in the Sierra Nevada, California. The source of water is melting snow, therefore sometimes the stream may cease due to a little amount of snow.
9. Sutherland Falls in New Zealand
Sutherland Falls are located in Fiordland, New Zealand. With its 1902 ft (580 m) plunge it is one of the tallest waterfall in the world. It falls in three cascades, that create this unique landscape. It was named after its discoverer Donald Sutherland in 1880.
10. Nohkalikai Falls in India
Nohkalikai Falls is found in India. Water falls down for 1100 ft (335 m). Although the feeding stream is only 1,5 mi (2 km) long, Nohkalikai is still very impressive. A pool is formed below the fall, in which water receives green color.
Mount Bromo, Java Island, Indonesia. One of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world Mount Bromo is active, but nevertheless attracts tourists, pilgrims and adventurers. This time the mountain was visited by the Red Bull Skydive Team. They have traveled to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park to complete a rather dangerous mission.
Of course the participators have waited for Bromo to erupt and then they have put on their wingsuits and jumped out of a plane above the active volcano crater. The crew has shot the stunt so that we can admire mesmerizing views as well. Even if you are not up for the challenge like this, you can definitely visit the park and the mountain once in Indonesia.
Why to go there?
One of the most popular natural attractions in the country. Mountain is regarded as sacred by the locals, who make pilgrimages here and sacrifice food, animals and flowers.
When to go there?
All year round.
How to get there?
Various tours are offered in Java, that will pick you up, drive to the park and around.
Lead photo by Sergey Shakuto
The Blue Pond, Biei, Hokkaido, Japan. Biei is a small town, surrounded with beautiful nature. Meanwhile the Blue Pond is a world-wide famous spot. It had become a desirable tourist attraction after Apple used a photo for their OS X Mountain Lion. With the protruding dry slim trees the pond exudes an enigmatic appearance.
It is an artificial lake, that has formed after building a dam in 1988 to prevent mudflow from the Bieigawa River. The striking blue color is claimed to be the result of aluminum hydroxide. However, it is not a definitive explanation. Moreover the color depends on the season and time of the day as water itself is not blue, but only an effect of diffraction.
Why to go there?
Travel around the region, which is popular for the unspoiled nature, Platinum hot springs and of course the pond itself.
When to go there?
Anytime, although the blue color is particularly bright as it contrasts with snow in winter.
How to get there?
Go there by car or bus from Biei.
Lead photo by Kent Shiraishi
The beautiful Naka Island, Phuket, Thailand. The five star resort is located in the most desirable place in Thailand – always warm and sunny Phuket island group. Meanwhile the Naka Island enjoys the privacy, allowing to completely get lost in the splendid natural surroundings of green coconut groves, soft sandy beaches, emerald warm Andaman Sea, complemented with world-class service.
Private villas, embedded in this tropical paradise, boast open-air bathrooms, private pools and terraces. Spa Naka is said to be the largest one in Phuket and offers botanical treatments by experienced therapists. Two restaurants spoil the with international and traditional cuisine, with a contemporary twist. Guests can enjoy their dinner on the beach, admiring the sunset – an indeed romantic resort!
Why to go there?
The exquisite location and brilliant service makes it one of the top resorts in Phuket. It is loved by the couples and spa enthusiasts.
When to go there?
The climate is pleasant all year round, apart from September and October, when rainy season takes place.
How to get there?
By a private speedboat from Phuket International Airport, which is only 25 minutes away.
10. Fjords, Norway
This is a real hikers heaven in Europe! Hikers also get to admire the wonderful landscapes. The steep Preikestolen cliff or Trolltunga are favorite among tourists.
09- Fjordland, New Zealand
The area is considered to be one of the finest walks on the planet. The mystic landscapes served perfectly for „The Lord of the Rings“ saga.
8. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Hiking around 33 kilometer canyon reveals wonderful sites. The exotic biodiversity also adds up to the explorations.
7. Hua Shan (Mount Hua), China
Although many non professional climbers come here, the hiking tracks are very dangerous. The unreliable trails and railings open an unforgettable scenery, though.
6. Andes, South America
Besides wonderful nature and many treks of various complexity, the ancient city of Machu Picchu can be reached by hiking.
4. Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
The beautiful landscape can be rather deceiving: the dramatic coastline could be a real challenge for the hikers.
3. Alps, Europe
Besides Mont Blanc – the highest peak on the continent – the mountain range has many tracks. The 100 miles Tour du Mont Blanc spreads through Switzerland, Italy and France.
2. Mount Rainier, WA, USA
The 4,392 m (14,411 ft) height peak adds up to a beautiful landscape of Seattle. It requires professional equipment to climb it, but there are plenty of paths for the beginners, as well.
1. Himalayas, Nepal
The highest peaks in the world are found in this mountain range. It is, of course, the most difficult mountains to climb, challenging adventurers for decades. The rough landscape holds some very picturesque sites, though, like Pangong Tso Lake.
It is the holiday destination chosen by millions of Britons every year and the Mediterranean coast boasts some truly spectacular beaches.
But if you want to get away from it all, where should you be setting down your towel to enjoy the most jaw-dropping stretches of sand?
The Ionian Islands offer some of the most staggeringly beautiful sandy coves imaginable, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, while the Albanian Riviera is a little-known slice of paradise, infused with a local ethnic Greek influence.
No matter what your budget, there’s a beach holiday for you.
It’s hard to believe that no Instagram filter was used for this image, but it’s true: the stunning turquoise water is really just this impossibly blue.
Located on the south-western coast of the island of Lefkada in Greece, Egremni has become one of the most popular tourist destinations – despite its remote location.
2- Cala Mitjaneta – Menorca, Spain
This picturesque cove is, unsurprisingly, one of the most popular beaches for both tourists and locals in the summer.
With its shallow, calm waters, the fairly secluded favourite, which is located on the southern coast close to Cala Galdana, is revered for its clear snorkeling and swimming conditions.
Parking does fill up rather quickly, so it’s advisable to arrive early.
3- Navagio Beach – Zakynthos, Greece
Also known as Shipwreck Beach, this exposed cove on the coast of Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands is accessible only by boat.
Sometimes referred to as ‘Smugglers Cove,’ the sandy strip, which is surrounded by stunning limestone cliffs, got its nicknames back in 1983, when the Panagiotis ship was wrecked on the beach while transporting cigarettes.
While many are content to simply lie on the gorgeous white sand beach, the area is also a renowned BASE jumping destination to visiting adrenaline junkies.
4- Elafonissi Beach – Crete, Greece
Elafonissi is perhaps best known as being a tiny island of white sand separated from the shore by a lagoon that is no more than a metre deep.
But its mainland beach is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful in all of Crete thanks to its white sand, shallow water and all of the shells that give the ocean just the subtlest hint of silver.
Best of all? You can quite literally walk to ‘Deer Island’ on a nice day, all the while admiring the views of the nearby Chrissoskalitissa Monastery, which is perched on a large rock.
5- Monterosso Beach – Cinque Terre, Italy
As the area’s only sandy waterfront, the town of Monterosso el Mare along the Italian Riviera is a must-visit for all beach lovers.
One of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre, this western-most beach, which runs along most of the town’s coastline, is located in the centre of a small natural gulf.
For those planning a holiday, it’s worth noting that the beach is extremely popular during the summer months, so early June or late August is preferably if you don’t want to have to wait for a sun lounger.
If you are an adventure-seeking hiker who has no problem with acrophobia and you are sure-footed, then challenging five of the world’s most dangerous hiking trails might be appealing, even upon learning one trail is referred to as the Hike of Death.
They are steep, scary, spine tingling, and treacherous, but very much captivating.
Mind you, there may be several others that are more dangerous, but these five hiking trails certainly rank right up there in difficulty. Clearly, none can be considered a walk in the park. They are definitely not for the faint of heart. See for yourself:
Mt. Huashan Cliffside Plank Path, China
Often labeled as the most dangerous hike in the world, the breath-taking cliffside plank path has wooden boards bolted into the side of a sheer cliff. Located near the top of the South Peak of Mt. Huashan, the path is said to be a couple hundred feet long and 2,000 feet down. Just getting to the plank path is challenging with many vertical climbing steps.
The 7,070-foot South Peak has religious history dating back centuries and features a temple at the top. It is a two-hour bus ride from Xian, China, and is near the city of Huayin.
A concessionaire at the entrance to the cliffside plank path offers safety harnesses to clip into a guide wire, but one brave soul traversed the daunting path without one, despite the obvious danger.
2. El Caminito del Rey, Spain
El Caminito del Rey means King’s little pathway. It’s also referred to as Camino del Rey, or King’s pathway, and, like Mt. Huashan cliffside plank path, has been called the world’s most dangerous hike.
Construction of this trail began in 1901 and was finished in 1905. It was built because workers at the hydroelectric power plants of Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls needed a walkway to cross between the falls and provide transport of materials.
The trail is 3 feet, 3 inches wide and rises more than 350 feet above the river, though it sure looks higher.
Its name was established in 1921 when King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway to inaugurate the dam Conde del Guadalhorce. It’s doubtful he’d use the trail today.
Like things that are more than 100 years old and not maintained, the route has fallen into disrepair and is reportedly off limits, but the government began a restoration project this year.
3. Taghia, Morocco
In May, famed solo climber Alex Honnold posted a photo of himself on Facebook on a tenuous trail in Morocco and wrote, “Still my favorite trail in Taghia!! Can’t beat Berber stonework.” Uh, sure.
A Newsweek story in 2013 described Tahia, Morocco, as the Yosemite of North Africa, only without the people. Whereas Yosemite gets 4 million visitors annually, Taghia, a remote village in the High Atlas mountains, sees 500 visitors annually, if that.
“For trekkers, the mountains and canyons are unforgiving and steep,” Newsweek’s Alex Lowther wrote. “Water is scarce up high. Trails are often exposed to great heights, where a wrong step could mean a big, bouncing, rag-doll fall. This far into the mountains, accidents, even minor ones, can be serious. For climbers there is very little that is easy; you should be experienced leading long routes rated 5.10 and above to enjoy yourself.”
Kristoffer Erickson of Atlas Cultural Adventures lives in nearby Zawiya Ahansal and often guides groups on the Taghia hiking trail, “given how spectacular it is.”
4. Maroon Bells, Colorado
The Maroon Bells, made up of Maroon Peak (14,156 feet) and North Maroon Peak (14,014 feet) and located close to Aspen, are said to feature the most photographed spot in Colorado.
They are also referred to as “The Deadly Bells” in a U.S. Forest Service sign on the access trail, describing the “downsloping, loose, rotten and unstable” rock that “kills without warning.”
HikingInTheRockies.com detailed a traverse to North Maroon, saying it was an 11-hour hike that was “long, dangerous, and very challenging mentally, physically, and technically.”
It also said that once on the ridge, “the trail gets down to business. At this point we put the poles away and the helmets on.”
5. Huayna Picchu, Peru