by nobert soloria bermosa on 02/08/08 at 9:17 am
Let’s tour the world and see these unique places.
Tired of the usual and common tourist destinations? Then try these 10 unique tourist spots from the different corners of the Earth. Enjoy and have a lot of fun.
Let’s begin our travel in the third largest continent – North America.
Dinosaur Provincial Park: Canada
The first destination in our list is Dinosaur Provincial Park. This unique tourist destination which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Alberta, Canada.
The park is famous for being one of the greatest dinosaur fossil beds in the world, attracting more than 350,000 tourists annually. Thirty-nine dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums across the globe.
From North America, let’s slide down to South America – the land of the Incas, who were regarded as “Romans of Americas” because of their ability to conquer.
Salar de Uyuni, Salt Flat: Bolivia
Second on the list is the Salar de Uyuni. This is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 km² or 4,085 square miles. It is located in the southwest of Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, 3,650 meters high. The major minerals found in the salar are halite and gypsum.
Due to its large size, smooth surface, high surface reflectivity when covered with shallow water, and minimal elevation deviation, Salar de Uyuni makes an ideal target for the testing and calibration of remote sensing instruments on orbiting satellites used to study the Earth.
Salar de Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, of which less than 25,000 tons is extracted annually. Every November, Salar de Uyuni is also the breeding grounds for three species of South American flamingoes: the Chilean, James’s and Andean flamingoes.
From South America let’s proceed to Asia, the continent with the largest population.
Chocolate Hills: Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills is the most famous tourist attraction in Bohol. This popular tourist spot is currently ranked number 6 in the list of New Seven Wonders of the world. Chocolate Hills consist of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped haycock hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters. The Chocolate Hills is a wonder of nature The Hills are considered as a Philippine National Geological Monument.
During the summer, the dome-shaped, grass-covered limestone hills dry up and turn brown transforming the areas into rows and rows of chocolate “kisses,” hence the name.
There is no natural formation like these in the world. From a distance, they look like half a ball grown out of the ground. The molehill-shaped and almost uniformly sized hills dot the landscape with green and brown.
Fansipan Mountain: Vietnam
For mountain climbers, Fansipan Mountain is one of the best mountains to climb. This tourist spot is currently ranked number 12 in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the world. Fansipan Mountain is located 9 km south-west of Sapa Townlet in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. Fansipan is branded “the Roof of Indochina” with a towering height of 3,143 m. Fansipan had been proposed to be one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species.
The peak of Fansipan is accessible all year round. The best time to make the ascent is from mid-October to mid-November, and again in March, when the flowers all flourish and the climbers may behold the carpets of brilliant blossoms, violets and orchids, rhododendrons and aglaias. Fansipan Mountain also contains rice terraces like the famous Banawe Rice Terraces in the Philippines.
Mount Mayon: Albay, Philippines
The majestic Mount Mayon, which is considered as the world’s near perfect cone-shaped volcano, is one of the candidates of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and is currently ranked number 9 in the list. This scenic volcano is located south of Manila, in the province of Albay, Philippines. Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most active volcano (47 eruptions since 1616) and is considered to be the world’s most perfectly formed volcano for its symmetrical cone.
Pamukkale Springs: Turkey
Do you want to experience a new kind of bathing? Well, then try taking a bath in a hot springs at Pamukkale. Pamukkale which means “cotton castle” in Turkish, are located in south-western Turkey. It is a natural site and a famous tourist attraction. This unique hot spring is 2,700 meters long and 160 meters high and can be seen from a great distance. About 250 liters of hot water that contains large amount of hydrogen carbonate and calcium rises from the spring every second. This natural phenomenon leaves thick white layers of limestone and travertine cascading down the mountain slope, which resemble a frozen waterfall.
From Asia let’s move to Europe, the second smallest continent.
The Burren: Ireland
This place is truly a unique place to see. It is a place where there are no trees to hang a man. A place where there is not enough water to drown him. And if you finally succeeded in killing him, it’s too rocky to bury him. This place occupies an area of approximately 300 sq. kilometers.
Burren’s landscape is special. The limestone is split and weathered. Everywhere are traces of Megalithic Tombs (like this famous Poulnabrone), ring forts, souterrains, cairns, holy wells and stone rows. There are relics of human habitation dating back almost 6000 years. In this area alone there are more than 60 wedge tombs and the densest concentration in Ireland.
The Burren is situated south of Galway in County Clare, Ireland. Burren means “stony places.” The vast amount of stone works on the imagination of people. Not only 3000 years BC, but even today stones are piled up into nice shapes, maybe even with some (unknown) purpose.
There are also different rock formations in this place. This area is also rich in historical ecclesiastical sites.
Camargue Marsh: France
The Camargue is home to more than 400 species of birds, the brine ponds providing one of the few European habitats for the greater flamingo.
The marshes are also a prime habitat for many species of insects, notably (and notoriously) some of the most ferocious mosquitoes to be found anywhere in France. It is also famous for bulls and the Camargue horse.
From Europe, let’s go down to the hottest continent in the world – Africa.
Djoudj Sanctuary: Senegal
The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It lies on the southeast bank of the River Senegal in Senegal, north east of St-Louis. It provides a range of wetland habitats which prove very popular with migrating birds. Situated in the Senegal River delta, the Djoudj Sanctuary is a wetland of 16,000 ha, comprising a large lake surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters.
It forms a living but fragile sanctuary for some 1.5 million birds, such as the white pelican, the purple heron, the African spoonbill, the great egret and the cormorant. There are about 400 species of birds and a wide range of wildlife that inhabit the park.
From Africa, let’s sail our way to Oceania.
Mariana Trench: Pacific Ocean
This is the right place for those who are fond of underwater or deep-sea adventure – the Mariana Trench. It is good place to see some of the most unique deep-sea creatures too, like the amphipod above.
Marianas Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans, and the deepest location on the surface of the Earth’s crust. It has a maximum depth of about 11 km (6.8 mi), and is located in the western North Pacific Ocean, to the east and south of the Mariana Islands, near Guam.
Where would you like to go? Pick your choice and see some of these unique tourist attractions in person. Bon Voyage.
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