The most beautiful landscapes in the world, unique natural wonders, and different interesting spots manage to touch the human spirit with their undisturbed nature and architectural structures that were discovered years ago. We have compiled 10 of these amazing places for you.
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1. Yucatan Cenotes, Mexico
The Yucatan Peninsula is composed of porous limestone rocks that were pierced by the infiltration of rainwater years ago. Over time, the surface of the limestones collapsed in the regions where the cavities expanded, and deep natural wells with green and blue waters emerged in this area.
The belief that the Mayan rain god Chac lived here led to the establishment of religious centers and cities around the Cenote. Such natural wells, which are among the ruins of the city of Chichen Itza, are also known as ‘Holy Well’ or ‘Sacrifice Well’.
As a result of the studies carried out to date, human skeletons, gold, copper, silver objects found in the wells here show that those sacrificed in the name of invocation to the Rain God Chac were thrown into these natural wells. The Azul Well, which is a dark royal blue color covered with lush trees near the Mexican city of Chetumal, is one of the most visited places.
This well, which is connected to the multi-colored ‘Bacalar Lagoon’ by underground channels, is said to be between 200 and 300 meters in diameter and 90 meters high. It welcomes tourists from many parts of the world to swim and have a good time.
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2. Flying Geyser, Nevada, USA
The colorful geyser located in Nevada, USA is a natural wonder that was formed as a result of drilling by a farmer who wanted to obtain a geothermal energy source in an old lake bed…
As a result of the intervention of the farmer, the minerals and waters coming out of the ground rose to form this magnificent view today. Travertine, located at the exit point of the geyser, is home to many fish and bird species.
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3. Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake is a lake located in the Ten Pack Valley in Banff National Park in western Alberta, Canada. The most important feature is that it is a lake fed by glaciers, and it is very rich in biodiversity.
Surrounded by glacial mountains, this lake, which has a closed basin, offers a beautiful visual feast to its visitors in springtime. You can take a canoe ride in the lake and enjoy the wonderful harmony of green and blue.
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4. Hveravellir Hot Springs, Iceland
A geothermal field called ‘Hveravellir’ or ‘Hot Springs’ is located in the middle of Iceland. Hot springs, a nature reserve located 650 meters above sea level, are known as the pearls of Iceland. Encountering such a view after hiking in wide mountainous terrain offers the opportunity to relax for visitors.
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5. Moeraki Boulders Beach, New Zealand
These gigantic rocks between the Otago and Moeraki beaches can reach 50 meters in diameter and 4 meters in length. The rocks, which come in different colors and hues, were formed at the bottom of the ocean 60 million years ago as a result of a mixture of minerals and mud, according to scientists. As a result of years of erosion and withdrawal of water, they are today in the middle of the coast.
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6. Great Blue Hole, Belize
A large underwater sinkhole with a diameter of 300 meters and a depth of 125 meters, located in the center of the Lighthouse Reef, 70 km from Belize. According to scientists, it started to form as a cave during the Ice Age when the sea level was lower and was flooded with the rise of the sea level.
The underwater cavern, which is thought to have been formed about 10 thousand years ago, is considered one of the fascinating diving centers today. It also draws attention with its rich underwater flora.
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7. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA
It is the third-largest hot spring in the world after Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in Dominica. In addition to its size, it offers a fascinating view with its rainbow colors with the minerals and bacteria in the water.
It is not possible to enter the lake, which has a depth of 50 meters and a width of 90 meters. However, excursions and tours are organized here in Yellowstone National Park.
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8. Hell’s Gate, Turkmenistan
It can be called a natural gas pit formed as a result of the collapse of the natural gas drilling in 1967, located in the middle of the Karakum Desert, near the Derveza region of Turkmenistan.
Turkmen geologists say that it started to burn as a result of the pressure applied from the wrong side during the natural gas exploration. The flames of the huge pit, which has been burning continuously for 50 years, can be seen and heard hundreds of meters away.
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9. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Located between the cities of Split and Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes National Park is surrounded by the Plijesevica, Mala Kapela, and Medvedak mountains, which are part of the Dinaric Alps.
There are 16 lakes connected to each other by waterfalls and cascades. Park; It has diverse, interesting, colorful flora and fauna. While wandering around, visitors enjoy hiking the many trails or exploring the lakes by boat.
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10. Cappadocia, Nevsehir, Turkey
It was formed as a result of the erosion of tuffs with the wind by the floodwaters descending from the valley slopes over time as a result of the lava spraying of Erciyes and Hasan Mountains, which were active in the region.
The hard layers on the tuff have taken their current shape because they are more resistant to abrasion. Among these structures are Christian houses and places of worship.