The Dead Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, Uluru, Iguazu Falls and 23 other natural wonders of nature — try to pick just seven of them! Is there any point in discussing or evaluating the superiority of one miracle over another? However, a list of seven new wonders of nature has been announced, no matter how objectively we evaluate it. Everyone who wished to take part in the voting could choose a certain place by voting for it on the website or via SMS. So, we present to your attention a selection of natural wonders that are hard not to call magnificent and breathtaking. On the pages of LifeGlobe you will find stories about each of these places, as well as many other interesting corners of our amazing planet. Share your impressions, as well as write about other places that should be included in this rating.
We have already written about 7 ancient wonders of the world, as well as about 7 new wonders of the world. Here we will focus on the miraculous creations of nature.
1. Amazon River
Covering seven million square kilometers and spread across nine countries, the Amazon Basin is home to some of the most amazing and most unusual rainforest species on Earth. Over 500 mammals, 175 lizards, over 300 other reptile species, one-third of the world’s birds, and approximately 30 million insect species compete for survival in the Amazon jungle. The lifeblood of the rainforest, the Amazon River is the largest river in the world. At full flow, it exceeds the ten deepest rivers in the entire world combined. The currents of the Amazon carry approximately 105 billion liters of water into the Atlantic every minute. There is not a single bridge crossing this mighty river — a real miracle of nature, the main water artery of the planet.
2. Halong Bay
Countless tourists flock to Vietnam with the sole purpose of visiting the amazing Ha Long Bay. Approximately 1,900 islands, mostly uninhabited and untouched by human presence, occupy approximately 1,553 square kilometers of land with stunning sea views. Huge caves and numerous lakes found in some of the islands are another factor that makes Ha Long Bay one of the most beautiful places in the world. Numerous floating villages of fishermen against the background of majestic rocks, these landscapes will remain in the heart forever. Such wonders of nature are definitely worth a visit.
3. Iguazu Falls
No words can describe the majesty and beauty of the 275 waterfalls that make up Iguazu. Located on the border between the Brazilian state of Parana and the Argentinean Misiones, Iguazu Falls stretches over 2,700 meters and is surrounded by two national parks with rare species of wildlife. Two viewing paths are available to tourists. Choose the lower one leading to the base of the falls, or the upper one with amazing panoramic views — both options will leave you in complete awe.
4. Jeju Island — Korean Pearl
There are natural wonders in Korea too. Located near the southern tip of South Korea, Jeju Island is the perfect getaway for those keen on hiking, watching sunsets against the ocean, horseback riding, or just relaxing on the sandy beaches. Although tourism to Jeju is on the rise, the island manages to maintain its heavenly tranquility and many places are kept intact. Jeju’s central attraction is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in South Korea and a dormant volcano that rises 1,950 meters above sea level. The pearl of Korea Jeju is a real miracle.
5. Komodo National Park
Originally created to conserve the native Komodo dragon, the National Park in Indonesia now protects the biodiversity of the three larger islands Komodo, Rinka and Padar, as well as numerous smaller volcanic islets. Rocky slopes, lush vegetation, white-sand beaches and blue waters with coral reefs all add to the serene tranquility of the National Park. The presence of giant aggressive lizards, however, gives the park a certain vibe of edginess and thrill.
6 Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa flows through a cave about 50 km north of the city of the same name in the Philippines. A clear, inviting lagoon surrounded by ancient trees will lead you to an amazing underground river. On a tour of the 8.2‑kilometer navigable river, tourists enter a dark, ominous kingdom of overwhelming silence and gigantic karst formations. Formed over hundreds of years, imposing stalagmites and stalactites often resemble real objects and creatures. Prior to the discovery in 2007 of an underground river in the Yucatan Peninsula, Puerto Princesa was considered the longest underground waterway in the world. It was probably included in the list of natural wonders because of the unusual landscapes and mysterious atmosphere.
7. Cape Town Table Mountain
Table Mountain is a South African symbol and the most recognizable landmark of Cape Town. The peaked, flat-topped mountain reaching 1,086 meters above sea level is the result of six million years of erosion. The hallmark of a unique ecosystem is the richest and at the same time the smallest flower kingdom in the world, which includes 250 different varieties of daisies. The mountain is visible from anywhere in Cape Town, and from the top you can see the incredible beaches of Cape Town. The cable car ride to the top is an unforgettable experience that will forever be remembered as one of the best memories in life. Read more about table mountains in a separate selection on LifeGlobe.
Natural wonders from this list undoubtedly deserve attention, but this does not mean that the list is final. New voting and competitions will be held annually, where the nominees may turn out to be completely different. We will continue to tell you about the most beautiful places on the planet.