Heaven’s on earth! Now we have all the reasons in the world to argue on that and here are the facts: a whole list of the most psychedelic places on earth that you won’t believe that exist until you get there! From dreamy rainbow mountains to the most inspiring, picturesque and colorful views, here are some of the wonders of Mother Nature you’ll definitely want to see in real life!
1. Danxia Landform Geological Park, China
Take a look at this jaw-droppingly beautiful view and take your time to decide whether what’s illustrated on the photo exists in reality or not. Well, believe it or not this actually is a picture taken in Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China. Located near the city of Zhangye in China, this scenic area always attracts tourists with its breathtaking landscapes and layers of colored sandstones that have a history of million years. An inspiring place that reminds us of scenes that we’ve only seen in surrealistic films!
2. Abandoned Mines, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Yes, they’re real! These abandoned mines are deep beneath the city. The colors on the walls of this cave aren’t an optical illusion but they are the result of a chemical reaction caused by carnallite (a mineral used in fertilizers). Seriously, the colors of carnallite remind us of the canvas paintings of famous artist Vincent Van Gogh.
3. Kamchatka Ice Caves, Russia
This is almost a kilometer long ice cave with a mystic atmosphere that inspires the most talented photographers from all over the world. Kamchatka Ice Caves are located in the east of Russia. This region stands out for its unique beauty sights, breathtaking volcanoes and astonishing wild rivers. Kamchatka Ice Caves attract attention due to the strange icy structures that they have inside. This place gets even more interesting during daytime when the sunrays enter through the walls illuminating the tunnel.
4. Tulip Fields in Lisse, The Netherlands
If heaven exists, then this is probably how it should look. Holland’s tulip fields have become the symbol of the country. This picturesque view of the fields and the stunning bright colors give the impression that this area is covered with luxurious carpets designed by famous designers. The flower field’s season begins at the end of March and lasts until the second week of May. Although a lot depends on weather conditions, locals claim that the best time of the year to admire the ethereal beauty of the fields is the end of April.
5. Dead Vlei in Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
Is this a photograph or a painting? Can you guess? We doubt you’ll give the right answer, as this actually is a photograph. Captured by photographer Frans Lanting, this surreal landscape image is a real piece of art! According to the photographer, this photo is a result of the lighting in the frame that makes it look like a painting. As the photographer claims this image illustrates the way the sand reflects the color of the sky when the light of the sun is illuminating the area. As for the white dots that can be clearly seen on the background, Frans Lanting adds that that’s how the sand dune is dotted with white grass. Also we would like to highlight the fact that the photographer didn’t do any additional editing, but kept the picture the way it looked in reality.
6. Caño Cristales, Colombia
Also called “the River of Five Colors”, this river is located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. It is also known as “Liquid Rainbow” due to its amazing color splash. Caño Cristales is one of the most beautiful rivers in the whole world. The characteristic colors of the river are yellow, green, blue, black, but the most shocking tone is the dark red color caused by Macarenia clavigera (Podostemaceae), a certain type of riverweed that is formulated at the bottom of the river.
7. Lake Hillier, Australia
Western Australia is well known for its phenomenal pink lakes. Lake Hillier is a great example of such natural wonders. It is a beautiful pinkish lake in Middle Island, on the south coast of Western Australia that no photographer can pass by indifferently. The lake is 600 meters long and it’s surrounded by dense woodland that makes this place one of the most exotic destinations in the whole world. The reason of the color of the waters still remains mysterious for scientists, although they claim that it has to do with a certain type of bacteria that lives in the water. An interesting fact about this lake is that its color may change depending on the weather conditions. It should be noted that this place was discovered by explorer Matthew Flinders in1802. To explore the whole area Flinders had to get to the island’s highest peak in order to have a perfect view. Nowadays that place is called “Flinders Peak” and it has a historical value for locals.
8. Fly Geyser in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada (US)
If you look at the pictures, you’ll notice the rich color blocks covering the Hills of Devecser. Although this place looks like a miracle of nature, it is actually the result of the failure of a geothermal test that was made back in 1964. Nowadays this place is considered as one of the most amusing sights in the entire world and one of the most attractive traveling destinations for professional photographers.
9. Hills of Devecser, Hungary
In October of 2010 an industrial accident lead to the partial destruction of the area. Almost one million cubic meters of liquid waste from red mud covered the nearby villages and the surrounding forests causing serious damages. Ten people were dead and 150 people got injured. Today a horrifying picture of the practically dead nature is all that we’re left with. Although this accident left a traumatic memory, the evidences of it are very intriguing for professional photographers from all over the world. Fascinated by the view of the location, photographers never miss the chance to capture the mystic atmosphere of that location.
10. “Door to Hell”, Turkmenistan
As the locals call it, Derweze is also the result of human intervention. “Door to Hell” is actually a natural gas fire identified by Soviet engineers in 1971. It is notable that before it was discovered it had been just an oil field. However once they discovered it, Soviet engineers started their studies that led to a miscalculation with its further effects. Nowadays this place is one of the most tourist-attracting destinations in the whole world. In fact, due to the legend of ”the Door to Hell”, Turkmenistan welcomes around 12,000-15,000 tourists every year.
11. Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan
From the first sight it seems that this picture is the result of the inspiration of a famous painter. However this heaven-like garden exists in reality and it’s actually located in Japan. Including over 150 trees and more than 20 species, this magical garden is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Note that the most scenic spot of this garden appears to be the captivating tunnel in an inspiring soft violet color.
12. Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
No, this is not the result of Photoshop effects applied by a professional. This is exactly how the famous Morning Glory Pool looks. Named by Mrs. E. N. McGowan, wife of Assistant Superintendent Charles McGowan, 1883 (who called it “Convolutus”, which is the Latin name of morning glory flower) this pool stands out for its enchanting color. According to the results of studies, the color is a result of a certain bacteria, found in the water.
13. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama, Japan
This is a district in on the Western part of Kyoto, Japan that stands out for its historical value as well as scenic beauty. To experience the beauty of this place and get the positive vibes from Mother Nature you have to get there during the spring and fall seasons. In that time of the year you get to see the insane color changes that appear due to the weather conditions.
14. Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Only looking at the pictures of this astonishing place you can feel the relaxing atmosphere, hear the calming sounds and imagine how it feels to be there. Undoubtedly this is a perfect destination to choose if you want to escape from the stressful routine of your daily life. What we especially like about this place is the contrasting picture of the exotic nature and the surrounding pictograms.
15. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land, which is on the East of Page, in Arizona. This place always attracts professional photographers due to its fantastically beautiful view. Also it is a very popular travel destination for sightseers and a great source for the development of tourism.
16. Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China
Nope, this isn’t a scene from a fantasy film, but it’s a tourist attraction located in Guilin, China. It appears to be a natural limestone cave with a colored lighting that creates an intriguing atmosphere. Note that this is one of the oldest tourist-attracting places in China, as according to the survey this cave has been a popular tourist attraction since 792 AD.
17. Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
This fairy tale track is located in Klevan and it is one of the most popular touristic centers in the country. The scenic beauty of this place and its romantic atmosphere make it great for an unforgettable date. According to a legend, couples that ride together through this green tunnel and make a wish, they can be sure that it comes true. So there’s another reason why you should consider visiting this place with your beloved one.
18. Chamarel, Mauritius
This is a village in Mauritius in Rivière Noire District. This is the only place on earth where you can see seven colors at once and all that is due to the breathtaking multi-colored dunes that can be found in the village of Chamarel. After all, it is not accidental that this scenic place is one of the most visited places on earth.
19. Dallol, Ethiopia
No, this isn’t a photoshop filter applied to a photo. This place does exist in reality and it’s in Northern Ethiopia. Standing out with its neon colors and unbelievable beautiful surroundings, Dallol is one of the most beautiful places on earth. However, it is also the hottest place on earth, which is why it is a remote area.
20. Lake Retba, Senegal
Pink lake? Sounds more like a movie title, doesn’t it? Well, it does exist in reality! The latter has super cute bubblegum color, which by the way is due to the existence of a specific type of bacteria in the water.