5 incredible nature reserves that are breathtakingly beautiful
There are many nature reserves around the world with incredible natural wonders untouched that are worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. Here are five fascinating places that will amaze you to the core.
Grand Canyon, USA
Every second inhabitant of the planet has at least once heard about this wonder of the world located in the state of Arizona. The Canyon is over 440 kilometres long and took over ten million years to form!
The reserve covers almost 5 000 sq km, but not all of the area is open and safe for travellers. The most popular tourist destination is the southern part of the gorge, where one can approach the edge of the abyss. There are also viewing platforms that offer magnificent views of the preserved reservations of the Havasupai and Valapai indigenous tribes.
You can explore one of America's most spectacular National Parks on foot or by bus.
For the more adventurous, you can whitewater raft down the Colorado River in an authentic canoe. The views from the Grand Canyon are very different, but no less spectacular.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
The stunningly beautiful national park attracts travellers from all over the world with its fabulous scenery. The emerald cascading bodies of water, surrounded by centuries-old spruce and beech forests, fall in love at first sight.
There are 16 large and about two dozen small lakes and over 140 waterfalls in the reserve. By the way, the latter figure is rising every year, as the extremely soft rocks make it easy for water to find its way through. Curious travellers can also find one or more of the 30 caves well hidden by nature.
The water here is so clear that you'll have no problem admiring whole flocks of trout, which are not allowed to be caught in the reserve.
The national park is beautiful at any time of year. Hiking to Medvednica is recommended in summer, and there are several cycling trails for extreme sport enthusiasts. In winter, there is a ski resort nearby.
One of the most fantastic nature reserves in the world is famous for its unusual pillar rocks covered in dense rainforest. This is where James Cameron filmed incredible footage of the planet Pandora for the legendary film Avatar.
In all, the park has about three thousand such peaks, a third of which are over 200 metres high, and the highest point in the area, Mount Doupeng, reaches 1890 metres.
Here you will have the unique opportunity to walk across the bridge that connects the peaks of two cliffs at a height of 357 metres. There are also man-made glass suspended structures in the reserve. They are not for the faint-hearted, as the transparent surface gives the impression of flying over an abyss.
There's also the world's tallest lift, the Dragon's 100 Lift, which offers an unforgettable experience.
Established in 1872, it was the first National Park in the world. The giant reserve covers almost 900,000 hectares, spread over three states at once: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
Yellowstone is famous for its supervolcano, whose eruption could change the face of the planet forever. Locals noticed strange bison behaviour back in 2014, which may indicate an imminent danger.
The park's unique landscape will amaze you, with forested mountain ranges, a canyon where the Yellowstone River flows, and scenic waterfalls. There are also hundreds of geysers, some of them up to 30 metres high.
The Grand Prismatic Spring, with a constant temperature of over 70 degrees, is the reserve's calling card. It is famous for its colourful water, ranging from orange to blue in different seasons. The change in colour is due to the effects of special bacteria that have been living on the planet for millions of years.
The name of the park translates from the local Maasai dialect as 'endless plains'. Although the terrain is varied, with rolling hills on one side and endless savannah on the other, the park is also home to the majestic Kilimanjaro volcano.
The national park is renowned for its huge range of wildlife. It is home to wildebeests, zebras, elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, hyenas and many others. It was in Serengeti that the largest pack of lions on the planet, a Pride of 41 big cats, was discovered.
Once you've seen the annual zebra migration, when whole herds of animals rush across the vast plains, you'll remember the sight forever. Elton John has even written a song called 'Circle of Life' about the phenomenon.
In addition to traditional safaris, you can enjoy the exotic scenery of the African savannah, explore the cliffs where the Maasai tribe's drawings are preserved or take a tour of the continent's largest body of water, Lake Victoria.
Let these natural wonders once again remind you of the beauty and diversity of our planet, and inspire you to preserve these unique places for future generations. Feel yourself a part of the great and unique nature!
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