While the world is full of incredible tourist attractions, there still remain a plenty of lesser known places which are yet to be discovered by the popular media. Nevertheless, this doesn’t make them any less attractive. From striking waterfalls, to relaxing oasis to flourishing flower fields, they are just as breath-taking as their more eminently known counterparts. Here’s a list of the 10 hidden gems that deserve a place on your bucket list:
Can you imagine a lush green patch catering to crystal clear waters amidst the far-reaching stretch of sand? A strikingly beautiful oasis, Huacachina is nearly 5 hours’ away from Lima. Surrounded by palms, the central water body of Huacachina lagoon is enriched with therapeutic properties.
Adventure junkies could opt for riding a sand board through the desert to unveil this stunningly beautiful oasis lit up in crimson at the sunset.
Lake Hillier, Australia
A complete travel destination, Lake Hillier features long sandy beaches and a host of the eucalyptus trees lined along its marvelous pink-hued water. Discovered in the beginning of the 19th century, this picturesque wonder could only be accessed via air.
While the lake remains pink throughout the year, it is believed that the secret lies in the perennial bacterial activity.
3. The Silfra Fissure, Iceland
Located amidst Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park, this hidden gem has the potential to be a sensation among travel buffs, adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.
The fissure contains glacial waters so pristine that you can see clearly up to 100 meters as if the water is filtered through pours of lava walls. Moreover, you can also dive down to soak in the beauty of this natural wonder.
4. Popeye Village, Malta
A hidden treasure of Malta, Popeye village is full of vibrant sights and host of activities. Originally, a set for the 1980s musical Popeye, It is now a theme destination with amusement parks, resorts and stunning cruises. So, what are you waiting for? Just pack your bags and get ready to revisit Popeye at the Popeye village.
5. Flores Island, Portugal
Flores Island is unique in the world for its flora and fauna resources. Considered to be the part of the famous Azores islands, it is a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Lying near the stunningly beautiful coast of Portugal, it houses the breath taking views of the volcanic lakes, pristine white waterfalls, and much more.
6. Hidden Beach, Mexico
Originally, a bomb testing site, the hidden beach remained untouched for years, until Mother Nature worked its magic to recreate it as a secret romantic place for lovers. Yes you need some heart as the only access to this wonderland is swimming underwater. But your reward would be an experience to cherish for a lifetime.
7. The Cave of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, France
Encompassed by the majestic French Alps, the cave of Saint Marcel D’Ardeche was first discovered in the 19th century. With an easy access and an all-weather connectivity, this series of caves feature pristine water and rocks of various dimensions.
8. Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia
Built between 1916 and 1949 on the canyon of the river Guaitara, the Las Lajas sanctuary rises 100 meter from the bottom of the gorge. The wonderful artistic impressions in the interiors are simply amazing. While the other end of the canyon is connected to a bridge, this wonderful manmade creation in mid twentieth century is truly incredible.
9. The Marbles Cave, Chile
The waters of Lake General Carrera have worked wonders on the marble rocks over the years and created these natural caves inscribed into the marble rocks. The lake extends along the argentine-Chile border. There are three different naturally created caverns that are christened as the cave, the chapel and the Marble Cathedral that’s a water filled cave.
10. The Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
Situated on Atlantic coast, The Lencois Maranhnses is a national park in Brazil. While the entire landscape is a vast desert, the rains pave the way for a number of lagoons in the rainy season. The sight is a pleasure to watch and seems to pop up from the middle of nowhere. Surprisingly these lagoons are not devoid of life, as fishes and other sea creatures sneak into these lagoons mysteriously.