Sometimes you’re scrolling through Instagram and see a travel bloggers’ photos and you think “this HAS to be photoshopped, a place like this simply does not exist”. Well now, you can be one of those Instagrammers when you visit these unreal looking locations with your friends on your next group trip.
1. Rainbow Mountain, Peru
The Rainbow Mountain near Cusco, Peru – also called Vinicunca – has quickly become a major tourist attraction after being discovered for tourism only two years ago. It is a natural geological phenomenon caused by the sedimentary mineral layers in the mountain that have been exposed due to erosion.
This day trip is not for the faint of heart, due to the altitude and accessibility of the colourful Andean landscape at 5,200m. After driving through one of the world’s most dangerous roads for three hours from Cusco, you have to trek your way up to the mountain so you can admire all of its colours.
Are you adventurous enough to take on this challenge?
2. Las Coloradas, Yucatán, Mexico
There is something magical about hidden bodies of water as it is, but make them pink and you will have the most Instagrammable, magical photo background for you and your friends to remember forever. The Las Coloradas lagoons are located in the Yucatán region in Mexico. The name of the small town literally translates to “the red”.
The reason for its beautiful and unusual colouring? Salt. And lots of it. The region produces over 500,000 tons of it a year! Due to its saltiness, red-coloured algae, plankton and brine shrimp thrive in the water, making it pink.
Fun fact: these are the same organisms that flamingoes eat to obtain their pink colour.
3. Hitsujiyama Park, Japan
Hitsujiyama Park (羊山公園, Hitsujiyama Kōen) is a park in Chichibu, Japan.
The reason for its vibrant pink hue is the growth of a rare pink moss – called shibazakura – between late April and Early may.
This phenomenon attracts thousands of visitors each year. The park has a large variety of flora, with the pink moss being located at the southern end of it along with purple and white fields. In proper orderly Japanese fashion, the shibazakura has been strategically planted to form beautiful patterns that are sure to mesmerise you.
4. Caño Cristales, Colombia
Often called the most beautiful river in the world or the river of paradise, Caño Cristales is one of Colombia’s natural wonders. But beware: you won’t be able to see all of the colours anytime of the year.
The river blossoms only during the short span between the wet and dry seasons when the water level is just right. A unique species of water plant called macarenia clavigera turns bright red, while the sand is yellow and green and the water blue. These colours appear as a living rainbow in water form! For your best chance at seeing Caño Cristales in all its glory, go there between September and November.
5. Fly geyser, Nevada
Deep inside Nevada’s Black Rock Desert lies the Fly Ranch Geyser or Fly Geyser. This is one of the least known attractions in the state despite its unusual appearance, as it is located on a patch of private land. Many residents do not even know it exists!
The only way to see the Geyser is from about a third of a mile from State Route 34, since the location is not open to the public.
The Fly Geyser spews boiling hot water about five feet high, so getting too close would probably be a terrible idea anyway. You can however get in touch with the land owners and arrange a private viewing for free – if you dare!
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