Not everything will be idyllic landscapes of wonderful beaches to take cocktails with umbrellas while you’re in the shade on the sand. The same your choice is to visit forested areas of giant trees. All this is fine but if every time you see a science fiction movie and you get fascinated with the lunar landscapes, with Mars or the planet that is these are the 10 places to go if you want to feel on another planet. And some of them are just around the corner.
1. The Pinnacles – Australia
The Pinnacles Desert in Australia West is full of limestone formations that are rooted in accumulations of mollusk shells landscape. The upswing in tourism was in 1960 when they added the Nambung National Park. If you decide the best time to visit is in spring (August to October) because temperatures are much milder. The park is bordered by secluded white sand beaches, great for swimming, snorkeling and surfing. They charge entrance to the park but is rather symbolic.
2. Erongo – Namibia
Let ‘s go now to Namibia, the Namibian region of Erongo and will visit a place that totally looks like the surface of the moon, although somewhat redder. In addition to landscapes, in the coastal area you can fish and relax on the beach, if you too exhausted those hills you went to visit.
3. Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia
The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert continued high world and is within the highland region of the Andes. If 40,000 years ago was a lake, it is now an accumulation of salt that reaches beyond the view of anyone, and is the largest lithium reserves in the world. Touristically, which is what concerns us I tell you that you can stay in a completely made of salt and be one of the 60,000 tourists who pass through this area hotel Bolivia a year.
4. Lake Natron – Tanzania
Located in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania, the Lake Natron has a nearly 800 km2 and appears stained red by the accumulation of algae. Spiral formations sodium carbonate arising from the depths through geysers is also appreciated. It has its dark history because there who says that animals petrify to touch the water, but the fact is that fish and flamingos find their algae consume.
5. Cappadocia – Turkey
Balloon flying over Cappadocia in Turkey is a wonderful awakening. Geological formations are unique in the world and since 1985 are protected by the Declaration of World Heritage of UNESCO area. The quasi lunar landscape of tufa have acquired capricious forms over thousands of years and people still live in houses carved into the rocks instead of buildings. Must if you want to also feel in a movie ‘Star Wars’
6. Lake Mývatn – Iceland
Tourists began to arrive en masse to this region of Iceland to visit the volcanic formations (we know that that country is full) Most striking are the craters of Skútustaðir. They failed to issue never washed, but were caused by explosions produced when the lava came into contact with the lake water. Of course, one can imagine an astronaut stepping there for the first time.
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7. Moon Valley – Chile
A 13 km west of Atacama, in Chile we have this wonderful Desert Valley of the Moon. Geological studies say it had to be a lake or inland sea millions of years ago. What we found is full of peaks with peaks, gullies, mounds of gray and ocher colors, which give the moon look so characteristic place.
8. Danakil Depression – Ethiopia
It also has its origin in the Rift Valley and call it hell on earth due to its weather and landscape. Dallol volcano region has many hot springs with a fascinating range of colors, orange, green, white or yellow, because of sulfur and other minerals. Temperatures reaching this area of Ethiopia almost better not talk.
9. Park Bardenas – Navarra – Spain
In Spain we also have our landscape of another planet in the Park of the Bardenasin Navarra , an area declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The clay soil erosion has created whimsical shapes throughout the ages, with ravines, flat plateaus and solitary hills. Yes, the desert of ‘The World is Not Enough’ is this desert us.
10. Waiotapu – New Zealand
Its Maori name translated means “holy water” Waiotapu is a fascinating geothermal area in New Zealand. Hundreds of craters, most of them formed in the last 900 years and have names as attractive as ‘Crater Rainbow’, ‘Residence Devil’, ‘Crater of Thunder’ … a place that certainly is a must if you spend traveling up down there. The page web of the park is not wasted.