Underrated South American tourist attraction: Brazil’s Sea of Dunes

A protected area in Brazil, Lencois Maranhenses National Park is one of the world's most intriguing locations to visit. Why does this place have such a unique importance in the country? Unique to Brazil and South America, the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park has been left untouched by human development and has remained in pristine condition. … Continue reading Underrated South American tourist attraction: Brazil’s Sea of Dunes

Beacon of Maracaibo – Catatumbo Everlasting Lightning Storm

In northwestern Venezuela, where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo, a unique natural spectacle in the world can be seen almost every night. The phenomenon is known as the "Catatumbo Everlasting Lightning Storm", the "river of fire in the sky", the "Maracaibo Lighthouse" or the "eternal lightning in Catatumbo"

DESTINATION: ROMANIA: ‘The Living Fire’ of Andreiasu de Jos, Vrancea County’s wonder of nature

In the Mountains of Vrancea, approximately 37 kilometres from Focsani, on the Milcov River course, in an area including localities with resonant names (Mera, Reghiu, Tulnici), but unpopulated, a few tens of thousands Romanian and foreign tourists go to the centre of Andreiasu de Jos Commune, where, right under the lower limit of a very … Continue reading DESTINATION: ROMANIA: ‘The Living Fire’ of Andreiasu de Jos, Vrancea County’s wonder of nature

Caño Cristales River in Colombia – “the river of five colors”

Caño Cristales (English: Crystal Channel) is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, and is a tributary of the Guayabero River. The river is commonly called the "River of Five Colors" or the "Liquid Rainbow," and is noted for its striking colors. Over the years some have said the … Continue reading Caño Cristales River in Colombia – “the river of five colors”

A dancing forest

The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia, and it’s here the Dancing Forest is found. The trees in the Dancing Forest are twisted and deformed into loops and spirals. The trees were said to have been planted in 1961 on a dune near a village to strengthen the sands. The exact cause of their deformity is not known, but there are many theories —mostly paranormal— that try to explain it.

Mother Nature’s answer to Photoshop: Zhangye Danxia Landform – Rainbow Mountains

Zhangye's Danxia landscape has lots of precipitous red cliffs, most of which are several hundred meters high, and multicolored ridges of weathered strata, sometimes stretching to the horizon. These formations, sometimes smooth sometimes sharp, stand out against the greens or grays of the plains , looking grand and magnificent, vigorous and virile. Across the danxia … Continue reading Mother Nature’s answer to Photoshop: Zhangye Danxia Landform – Rainbow Mountains

Socotra Island – the most alien-looking place on Earth

Legend has it the otherworldly dragon’s blood tree first grew on the spot where two brothers, Darsa and Samha, fought to the death. In Arabic, it is known as dam al akhawain - “the blood of the two brothers”.

Wildlife in The Danube Delta

After the continental journey through several countries and absorbing countless lesser waterways, the Danube empties into the Black Sea south of the Ukrainian border. The Danube Delta, included on Unesco’s World Heritage list, is one of Romania’s leading attractions.

Glow in the ocean

Incredible bioluminescent waves have been creating remarkable scenes at Southern California's beaches. The phenomenon is caused by dinoflagellates, microscopic marine plankton. "Occasionally they are found in high concentrations, resulting in red tides, so called because the high abundance of organisms discolors the water," explains the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on its website. "If the dinoflagellates … Continue reading Glow in the ocean

Underwater waterfall

MAURITIUS is well known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs; but at one corner of the island there is a breath-taking sight that appears to defy the laws of physics, one of the most stunning natural phenomenons - an underwater waterfall.