Peru’s Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is a marbled masterpiece of oranges, yellows, reds, and dusky pinks. This Andean peak has rapidly become one of Cusco’s main attractions after Machu Picchu. Once inaccessible to tourists, Rainbow Mountain is now open to everyone with an adventurous spirit and the desire to see what looks like a painted prism perched right at the top of the world.
9 Of The Most Stunning Natural Marvels Around The World
Our world is full of breathtaking natural wonders. Viewing them in person is an experience that forces us to reflect on how small we are and to slow down and enjoy the beauty surrounding us. Check out our collection of some of the most stunning natural marvels you may not have heard of and virtually soak in these incredible masterpieces.
In the late-1980s, a few of the more popular weekend trips for college students at the University of Arizona in Tucson was to road trip to either the Grand Canyon or the Coyote Buttes. I did both, but sadly, the long-haired, fanny-pack-wearing me of 1987 was in it for nature and the hike -- not owning a camera, I did not take one single photograph, but the impact of my visits remains to this day. Especially to The Wave.
The Painted Dunes can be found in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The 100,000+ acre park is located 130 miles north of Sacramento at the southern end of the Cascade Mountains. As remote as this park is, it is one of the most popular in the state, attracting hundreds of thousands annually, who come to see hot sulfurous gases rising from steaming fumaroles, picturesque meadows, and lakes. But the highlight for many is discovering the undiscovered -- the mysteries of the Painted Dunes.
The Marble Caves in southern Chile are a striking sight. Over the span of six centuries, the force of General Carrera Lake carved away at the belly of the caves, transforming their walls into a fusion of every shade of blue. The colors of the caves vary with the seasons -- sometimes, the caves lighten and transform into softer colors; other times, the cave has navy blue streaks. Whatever colors they’re exhibiting, the caves are something to marvel at any time of year.
According to Bolivian lore, the majestic salt flat is the result of an ancient tragedy. The goddess Tunupa was overjoyed to find out that she was pregnant and equally devastated when she delivered a stillborn child. Tunupa's tears mixed with her breast milk and flooded the land, creating the Salar de Uyuni. Today, Tunupa is a dormant volcano that watches over the flat.
Spectacular cave formations, crystal-like sandy beaches, and inviting water topped off with soul-warming Mediterranean sunshine give Benagil, Portugal, its well-deserved vacation notoriety. Benagil is a small fishing village on the Algarve coast of Portugal. While not on the Mediterranean Sea, as a next-door neighbor, the Algarve is part of the Mediterranean vibe, sun-loving culture, and gorgeous landscape. A popular tourist destination for Europeans for years, it is now attracting beachgoers and adventure seekers from around the world.
If you haven’t heard of Venezuela’s Angel Falls, just picture a real-life Indiana Jones adventure deep in the jungles of South America, and you’ll be off to a good start. Buried deep in the heart of the southeastern jungles of Venezuela is a natural marvel so phenomenal that it has to be seen to be believed. Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, explodes from the top of a pink-hued mesa thousands of feet above an emerald-colored jungle and plummets dramatically into a churning pool of water below. The waterfall, located within Canaima National Park, is impressive in its own right, but what makes it even more special is that it takes passion and determination to get there.