Our world is made up of so many amazing locations; it would be hard to see them all in one lifetime. While the well-worn path to Asia, the Caribbean and the South Seas are well worth travelling, there are many incredible places that travellers don’t think to visit. Here are just five.
Alaska is one of the last true wilderness areas on our planet. The pristine wilderness is home to thriving populations of wildlife including polar bears, grizzly bears, lynx, moose, gray wolves, orcas, blue whales and humpbacked whales. It is a wildlife adventure. From the Inside Passage to Fairbanks to the freezing waters of the Arctic Oceanf to the tip of the Kenai Peninsula you will experience some of the most beautiful sights imaginable. You can white water raft on world-class rivers or kayak rugged coastlines, take a fishing trip or just drink in the spectacular scenery. Because of the geography of Alaska a cruise is the ideal way to explore this stunning location. Cruiseabout Australia runs a variety of cruises to Alaska.
Chile is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. On a tour through Chile you will encounter fjords, forests, volcanoes, magnificent mountains, beaches and deserts. The foothills of the Andes are great skiing spots, while the Maipo and Casablanca valleys offer exquisite wineries for the keen wine buff. The Humboldt Current is a penguin reserve and flocks of flamingos can be found in Verde and Santa Rosa. In San Pedro de Atacama in Chile’s vast northern desert, you will find antiquated adobe villages. You can have fun sand-boarding the extensive desert sand dunes and the crimson landscape of the Valley of the Moon is indescribable.
Antarctica is a dramatic land of icebergs, mountains and glaciers and the amazing wildlife that has adapted to the extreme conditions. It is essential to visit in the summer when the Antarctica experiences a few brief months of light. Penguins, seals, whales and an amazing variety of birds can be seen during a visit to Antarctica. For a sense of nature, wonder and timelessness, Antarctica is the best place on the planet.
Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China
The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces were included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2013. This stunning agricultural feat was established over 1,300 years ago and is part of a complex farming system that includes buffalo, cattle, fish and eel along with the cultivation of red rice. The rice terraces cover more than 16,000 hectares of the Southern Yunnan. The spectacular terraces seemingly cascade down the slopes to the Ailao Mountains and reach the Hong River. The locals inhabit 82 villages with feature traditional thatched houses. This area is renowned for the harmonious balance between man and environment.
Bolivia is an incredibly diverse country in both geography and ethnicity. It is a remote country in the South of America and 60% of its inhabitants are of pure Native American origin. Bolivia offers a taste of authentic indigenous culture and rugged scenic beauty.