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Natural wonders that need to be seen to be believed

Published July 26th, 2013

You know the saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words?’ Well in the case of these pictures, they tell a thousand reasons why you need to travel. Some of them you may have heard of. Some of them may have flown completely under the radar. Either way, these natural wonders really need to be seen to be believed. Which one will you visit first?


Ik Kil Cenote, Mexico

I can proudly say that I’ve actually visited this incredible wonder. Wandered down the cave steps and swam in the fresh water. And I can honestly vouch that it’s one of the most beautiful places you’ll probably ever see. A magical swimming hole bathed in sunlight and surrounded by vines. And Mexico is home to thousands of these cenotes, or sinkholes, each one offering a picture-perfect swim.


Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

The name says it all really. Like a freakin real-world Mordor, Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell is a natural gas fire that has been burning continuously since it was lit by a petrochemical scientist in 1971. Talk about epic! Granted, it doesn’t quite have the same relaxing vibe as Mexico’s cenotes, and I’m told the potent smell of burning sulfer isn’t too kind to the nostrils, but there’s something about staring into the Door to Hell that certainly has an appeal to it.


Yellowstone National Park, USA

The colours! How do they get like that? Mother Nature you flirt! She really shows off inside Yellowstone National Park, particularly at the park’s hot springs, some of which are a blaze with bright colours due to bacteria that inhabits the water. Needless to say, the pools really need to be seen, admired and photographed, to be truly believed.


Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

It’s official name may be Sala de Uyuni, but most people know this incredible landscape as the largest salt flat in the world. Spanning an amazing 10,582 square kilometres, the salt flats in Bolivia are a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. While being incredible to see and walk on, Salar de Uyuni is also an incredible place to photograph, with plenty of tourists recreating heaven-on-earth type images.


Uluṟu, Australia

I know since we’re Australian and all, we’re kind of used to seeing images of Uluṟu. But no matter how many images we see of the sandstone formation, none can really do it justice. It really is a place we all need to get out and see for ourselves; its changing colours during different parts of the day, it’s completely flat and desolate surroundings, it’s fascinating shape.  And it's all waiting for us in our own backyard.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.