Generally, a sustainable tourist chooses exotic places to visit. Most of the time, those places are still clean as well as untouched by irresponsible people. That's why it is delightful to meet some of these paradises still unknown to most people and where nature is even more alive!
1. Kirkjufell Mountain, Iceland
Kirkjufell Mountain is located on Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It is one among many volcanoes that have given the country a reputation for producing a third of all the world's basaltic lava. Better yet: it is a great opportunity to see the wonders of the mysterious aurora borealis!
2. Cano Cristales, Colombia
Known by its inhabitants as the "river of five colors", Cano Cristales is a paradise unknown even by tourists of Colombia. The incredible colors of the river are produced because of the combination of algae with the natural hue of its rocks along with the blue of the water. The reddish hue is due to the profusion of an aquatic plant called Macarenia clavigera. Its rocks are considered the oldest on the planet, as they were formed approximately 1.2 billion years ago. That is why there is a wide range of biodiversity.
3. Okanagan Valley, Canada
The Okanagan Valley lies on the border of British Columbia, a province in southern Canada. There is a large concentration of different minerals on-site, including calcium and magnesium sulfate, titanium, and silver. In summer, when part of the lake water evaporates, these minerals precipitate and form rounded "holes". It gets pretty cool when each hole takes on a different color, depending on which minerals are in the highest concentration in each of them. A spectacle never to forget!
4. Panjin Red Beach, China
This stunning place is located on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Panjin and sits right in the middle of a large area of wetlands in the Liaohe River Delta. It is really neat when instead of sand, the beach gets covered with a highly alkaline soil, which is fundamental to the survival of local plants. This detail allows for more space and little competition for Suaeda, a species of seaweed that has taken over the 1.4 million hectares of the Red Beach area. Another crazy stuff is that in summer, the seaweed is with a dark green color and it is in autumn it gets a reddish hue.
5. Beppu Hot Springs, Japan
Despite being located in Japan, a country with a pretty cold climate, this lake is considered one of the hottest in the world and belongs to the second-largest set of hot springs in the world. The trade around the springs has always been quite crowded, because of the hot steam that rises from the waters of the lake. In this way, traders were able to sell freshly cooked vegetables and even boiled eggs! The average temperature of the lake is about 150 degrees Celsius, which makes it impossible for tourists to bathe.
6. Cave Park, Brazil
Not too many Brazilians are aware of this wonderful natural set of 350 caves, known as PETAR (Alto Ribeira Touristic State Park) that lies between the cities of Apiaí and Iporanga, in the São Paulo State. In addition to the caves, there are dozens of waterfalls, trails, as well as traditional communities and archaeological/paleontological sites. Being hidden between valleys and mountains, this beauty is completed with the greenest location of the Atlantic Forest, with various species of birds, mammals, bromeliads, and orchids.
7. Tropea, Italy
The ancient town of Tropea is located right on the edge of a cliff, with stunning views of the deep blue waters of the Gulf of St. Euphemia. It is totally cool and charmy, mainly because of the breathtaking views, like the beautiful sandy beaches just down below!
8. Bohey Dulang Islands, Malaysia
Bohey Dulang Islands are a set of many islands off the coast of Semporna, a Malaysian town that survives from fishing in its greenish and crystal clear waters. Because of this purity, the practice of diving rolls on straight. It's so amazing and grateful to dive into those waters!
9. Huacachina, Peru
Another unknown paradise is located in a desert in southeastern Peru. It is an authentic oasis full of lush palm trees, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon of greenish waters. The balance of nature is so intense that even the average population of Huacachina does not vary, staying around 100 inhabitants.
10. Marietas Islas, México
Another wonderful place that is still a little frequented by tourists in general. The Marietas Islands, located in Mexico, have already been declared by UNESCO as Biosphere Reserves, as it is a region formed by an archipelago full of volcanic formations. One of the most frequented spots by the crowd that discovered the place is Playa Escondida, known as "The Love Beach".