There’s no shortage of wonders in this world. While we can’t feature them all, our travel photo series here at Blenders has covered glacier-cut valleys, treacherous ocean-spanning roads, rainbow-colored mountain peaks, and more.
Today, we’ve got another bunch of wanderlust-inducing vistas that will have you positively aching to catch a flight. From ancient, temple-strewn vistas to pool-filled, glistening salt flats, here are a few more of our favorites for you to marvel at:
Within the People’s Republic of China’s Zhangjiajie City is the stunning Hunan Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. What makes this spot special? Just look at it. There are jaw-dropping, natural quartz-sandstone pillar rock formations that stretch thousands of meters into the air, formed through natural physical erosion. Notably, the 1,080-meter “Southern Sky Column” has officially been renamed "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in honor of the James Cameron film. Park officials say the formations helped inspire the floating mountains from that movie.
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This ancient city area nestled within central Myanmar (formerly Burma) is home to more than 2,000—yes, two thousand—Buddhist temples and monuments. One of the sites includes the Ananda Temple, built in the wayback of 1091. Perfectly, you can even grab a hot air balloon ride over this sensational vista.
You’ve never seen sand dunes like these. The towering red sand mountains rise up out of the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia salt and clay pan. There’s absolutely awe-inspiring scope here.
First discovered by explorer Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595, Mount Roraima is the highest of South America’s Pakaraima chain plateaus. Once thought to be unscalable, you actually can climb to the top of this distinctive, breathtaking anvil-shaped peak to peer through the clouds at the mesas and rainforest below. As if that wasn’t enough, Mount Roraima represents as one of our blue orb’s oldest geological formations, throwing it back to the Precambrian period roughly two billion years ago!
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The Salinas Grandes flats are sodium and potassium mines located approximately 3,450 meters above sea level in northwest Argentina. Despite the crazy dry heat and remote location, this destination is absolutely beautiful. The floor of the salt flats and their rectangular mining pools reflect the boundless sky.