Planet earth. I love our planet, I love everything about it. I love the oceans, the green fields and the desert plains. I love the glaciers, the mountains and the coastlines. We have everything we could ever need, all around us, all the time. But there are some places on this planet that look as though they really shouldn’t be here at all. They look other worldly, almost from a completely different solar system, and not like they should be on this earth with us. I’ve been looking at some of these destinations and they’ve been giving me alllll the wanderlust feels, so much so that I’ve teamed up with Netflights, one of the UK’s leading internet based travel companies supplying flights, hotels and more, to put together a little inspo list; let’s see what you think of these out of this world landmarks…
Salar de Uyuni (The Salt Flats), Bolivia
Located amid the Andes in South West Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is home to the world’s largest salt flat, a prehistoric lake that turned dry over thousands of years, leaving behind an 11000 square kilometre landscape. Filled with unique rock formations, bright white salt and stunning islands, this incredible landmark stands almost 12000ft above sea level and is surrounded by mountains. Covered by several metres of salt crust, the flats give the most amazing reflections in the bright sunshine and they’re also a major breeding ground for a number of different flamingo species.
Las Coloradas (The Pink Lagoon), Rio Lagartos, Mexico
Possibly the most instagrammable place I’ve ever seen, this baby-pink-cotton-candy natural lagoon is located on the Yacatan Peninsula in the tiny fishing town of Las Coloradas, just 3 hours away from Cancun. Surrounded by amazing white salt banks and dreamy blue skies, this Barbie pink lagoon gets its beautiful colour from the micro-organisms, such as red plankton and shrimp, which live there and dye the water with their chemicals. If pink is your thing you HAVE to check this place out – it’s giving me serious wanderlust!
The Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon, (Diamond Beach), Iceland
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Located in south east Iceland, this enormous glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park was formed when the glacier started to recede from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. At almost 250 metres in depth, the lake has recently become the deepest in the whole country. The icebergs get their differing bright blue and wonderful white colours depending on how much air is trapped within the ice, and the lake is home to a variety of sea life too. Diamond Beach lies the other side of the road and is filled with ice cubes, illuminated ice crystals and icebergs and complete with beautiful black sand.
Vinicunca (The Rainbow Mountain), Peru
An undiscovered land in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, the Ausangate Mountain, also known as the Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, is striped with bright and beautiful colours giving the most amazing landscape. Sitting at over 6000 metres above sea level, and located 100km from the busy city of Cusco, this geological wonder gets its rainbow like colours from its rich and varied mineralogy. During your trek across the mountain you’ll find herds of llama and alpaca waiting to greet you while you fumble for your camera trying to get the photograph of the year.
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Zhangjiajie, China
Said to be the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora in blockbuster Disney film Avatar, this 266 square mile scenic forest-like attraction is home to more than 3000 quartzite sandstone pillars, natural skyscrapers as tall as the Empire State Building. The tree like figures in this UNESCO World Heritage Site were formed over 400 million years ago through a series of geological events giving us some of the most unique rock formations on planet earth. Standing amongst lakes, ravines, gorges, waterfalls, natural bridges and over 40 incredible caves, this place creates the most incredible landscape in the Zhangjiajie area of China.
So there we have it, five of my favourite other worldly destinations. Have you ever been to any of these places before? They’re all now firmly planted high up on my bucket list, so I’d love to know if you’ve visited any of them. Speaking of other worldly destinations, did you know that Netflights has launched the NEW TS48 spacecraft running flights to outer space? Yes, you heard me right, actual REAL OUTER SPACE!! Operating out of a top secret location in the Lake District, you can now fly from earth to infinity and beyond. To become a pioneer of the Netflights outer space journeys, register your interest and find out more here: https://www.netflights.com/blog/space/
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