Rio Secreto is also known as Mexico’s underground river. While just recently becoming a tourist destination, it’s likely that Río Secreto patrons will only grow. After all, with its thousands of stalactites and stalagmites along the river’s edge, visitors are left feeling as if they have traveled back in time, and to a place untouched by human hands. The underground passageways of seemingly endless tunnels stun the senses and will absolutely take your breath away."
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand. They are around the size of an average mosquito. Geological and volcanic activity has created around 300 known limestone caves in the Waitomo region over the last 30 million years."
Fort Bragg's Glass Beach California
Glass Beach is visual proof that beauty can be generated from the unlikeliest of sources. The Fort Bragg, California beach is the result of early twentieth century residents dumping their garbage over the cliffs. The refuse included glass (of course), appliances, and even automobiles. Periodically, beach patrons and authorities would light fires to reduce the amount of garbage on the beach. Over the decades waves pounded the shores and broke down everything but the glass and pottery. What was left was worn into the smooth and colorful glass and stone that cover Glass Beach."
Giraffe Manor in Nairobi Kenya
Giraffe Manor is a luxury boutique hotel located only 20 kilometers from Nairobi city center. Built in the 1930s, this luxury boutique hotel has maintained all the charm of the era and is now famous for its resident herd of Rothschild Giraffe. Giraffe Manor offers you an unparalleled experience of the giraffes, with them vying for your attention at the breakfast table, the front door and even your bedroom window."
Trolltunga Cliff is a horizontally hanging rock formation in Skjeggedal, Norway. Translated in English as “The Trolls Tongue”, Trolltunga lingers around 700 feet above the Norwegian lake known as Ringedalsvatnet.
The Vermillion Cliffs Utah
The surreal stripes and rolling rock hills of the Vermillion Cliffs look like something hand-sculpted by a pottery maker rather than a naturally formed landscape only touched by Mother Nature. A sandstone wonder that spans 280,000 acres in the middle of Kaibab National Forest and Glen Canyon, these swirly parts are inhabited by kondors, slithery rattlesnakes, and an occasional scorpion.
Turtle Watching in Grande Rivière Trinidad and Tobago
This small, rural village along Trinidad’s northern coast is home to one of the world’s most important leatherback sea turtle nesting beaches. Less than a mile long, this beach hosts more than 5,000 turtles per season and during peak season can have more than 500 nests in a single night. This beach is considered by some to be the most densely nested leatherback beach in the world."
The Škocjan Caves Slovenia
Škocjan Caves is a cave system in Slovenia. Due to its exceptional significance, Škocjan Caves was entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. International scientific circles have thus acknowledged the importance of the caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth. Ranking among the most important caves in the world, Škocjan Caves represents the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia."
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Alaska
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days or more. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today's highly competitive race. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2011 by John Baker with a time of 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, and 39 seconds.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival India
The exuberant Jaisalmer desert festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the sandstone city of Jaisalmer and surroundings at their magical best. For three days in late January/early February, you can enjoy a host of weird and wacky activities such as a parade of camels and fancily dressed locals, camel races and polo matches, turban tying competitions, and competition for the finest facial hair."
The Kila Raipur Rural Olympics India
The Kila Raipur Rural Olympics is a rural sports festival that's grown over six decades, to become a sports bonanza that attracts competitors from around the globe. Held for three days during February each year, over 4,000 sports men and woman participate in the festival. They're watched by around 1 million spectators."
The Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea Italy
Dressed up as middle ages kings' guards, a group of men ride in a horsedrawn carriage and pelt 'foot soldiers' with oranges as thousands of people gather to re-enact the battle when the townsfolk of the Piedmontese town of Ivrea near Turin overthrew an evil king. In a strange twist, instead of swords and crossbows, these days the weapons of choice are oranges."
The landscape of remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film but in fact has evolved to look so other-worldy as the 'lost world' island has been separated from mainland Africa for between six and seven million years.
Much like the Galapagos Islands, which are known for their incredible array of wildlife, Socotra Island is home to around 800 rare species of flora and fauna, around a third of which are found nowhere else on the planet."
Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, sprawls majestically over a hill above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct with an evocative history is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries."
Pingxi Lantern Festival in Taiwan Taiwan
While Chinese New Year tends to get all the attention, one of the more subtle and beguiling celebratory days in the Chinese calendar is the annual Sky Lantern Festival. In a blaze of luminous glory that lasts from the 12th through the 15th of the Lunar New Year, 100,000 to 200,000 hot air balloons emblazon a full moonlit sky. Although the holiday is celebrated all across Asia, nowhere in the world is it more recognized than Pingxi, a remote mountain town an hour-long drive from Taipei."
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival China
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival or simply called Harbin Ice Festival, which mainly consists of the snow sculptures show in the Sun Island, ice activities on the Songhua River, Ice Lantern Show in the Zhaolin Park, and the Ice & Snow World in the west of the Sun Island.
The festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution but had been resumed by 1985. Along with Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is listed as the top 4 ice and snow festivals in the world."
Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival South Korea
If you can’t get enough of the fluffy pink flowers, then Yeouido is the place for you. From Friday, April 12 until Thursday, April 18, the 2013 Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival (also known as the Spring Flower Festival) will be happening on the island in Seoul’s city center. While it may not be the most peaceful place in the city for a stroll under a canopy of cherry blossoms, it’s hard to deny that beauty of the trees flanking the Han River and the National Assembly building.
The Ushiku Daibutsu Japan
The Ushiku Daibutsu, located in Ushiku, Japan, is one of the world's tallest statues. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 meters (394 feet) tall, including the 10m high base and 10m high lotus platform. An elevator takes visitors up to 85m off the ground, where an observation floor is located. It depicts Amitabha Buddha and is made of bronze. It was built to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu or "True Pure Land School" of Buddhism."
Bojnice Castle is the most romantic, fairytale inspired castle in Slovakia. Its architecture and history are worth the visit, and the castle holds two main events each year. If you are travelling with your partner, a romantic St. Valentine’s Day weekend will give you the chance to spend a special day with them. If you are travelling with friends, then you shouldn’t miss the International Festival of Ghosts, held regularly in the end of April and beginning of May."
One of the most jaw-dropping places to visit in Turkey is Mount Nemrut. With a stupendous 50-meter high tomb hill, multiple statues, and a panoramic view of the surrounding landscapes, this is an iconic landmark of the country. Visit early in the morning as the sunrise is often cited as one of the most impressive things about this place."
The 14th century Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery Turkey
Sumela monastery is a Greek building built in the fourth century in the Northern part of Turkey. It is perched on the ledge of a steep cliff overlooking a green and fertile valley, filled with pine trees. With an affordable admission price to the monastery (8 Turkish liras), everyone should pay this place a visit. It can be reached on a day trip from the nearby city of Trabzon."
Attend the Braemar Gathering
The Braemar Gathering website states that there have been “Gatherings” happening at Braemar since the 4th century A.D., but the current Gathering was started in 1832 and is now a world-renowned showcase of highland games."
Zhangye Danxia Landform China
With its various reds, yellows, and greens, the oft-photographed Zhangye Danxia landform is known as the eye candy of Zhangye, China. This national geopark is filled with colorful hills and rock formations that look like an artist swept a rosy paint brush across the land. The multi-colored landscape was formed out of reddish sandstone that has eroded over 24 million years into the various mountains surrounded by curved cliffs and unusual rock formations that we see today."