Amazing Unknown Places That Should Be On Everyone’s Bucket List
All throughout the world there are countless amounts of cities and places to explore and visit. However, narrowing down just where to go can be a difficult process. After all, how do you know what’s worth exploring and adventuring through? Well, if you’re looking for travel destinations that are more or less untouched and not as popular for tourists, then this list is for you. Here are 20 of the most beautiful hidden-gem destinations in the world.
20. LA MONTAÑA DE LOS SIETE COLORES, PERÚ
Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, Peru is a stunning array of different colored mountains. Many people head over to the area to hike through it and take in all of the sights and colors. If you’re looking for views of a lifetime then you’ll definitely want to check out Rainbow Mountain.
19. ANGEL FALLS, VENEZUELA
Angel Falls is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 metres and a plunge of 807 meters. Due to how tall the waterfall is the only way to gain access to it is via plane. There are several planes that actually fly tourists over the waterfall so that they can take a look at the untouched forests and rivers all around.
18. CASA PUEBLO, URUGUAY
This gorgeous sculptural hotel was designed by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. The artist actually lived here until the day he passed away. Now it serves as a hotel, museum, and art gallery for tourists to enjoy. For those who love art and travel this is a perfect destination!
17. SATURNIA HOT SPRINGS, ITALY
The natural thermal springs of Saturnia in Tuscany is a wonderful destination for those of you looking to relax in the midst of ancient Italian history. This small town is filled with a collection of pre-classical monuments and one of their biggest attractions if the huge natural hot spring. The water is rich in minerals, giving it a highly therapeutic quality.
16. BLUE GROTTO, MALTA
The Blue Grotto refers to a number of sea caverns on the south east coast of Malta. This area is known for its gorgeous crystal blue water and many people enjoying diving here and engaging in some snorkeling. The sea caverns are also perfect for exploring through and are great for when you’re looking for some quiet relaxation time.
Next, if you’re looking to travel through time and explore through a city that looks like it came out of a storybook, then you’ll love this next destination.
15. RIQUEWIHR VILLAGE IN ALSACE, FRANCE
If you’re looking to travel through one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, then look no further than Riquewihr Village in France. The village is filled with gorgeous cobblestone streets that were constructed between the 15th-18th centuries. The architecture of all of the buildings makes the area look like a Disney storybook. You’ll fall in love with this gorgeous city the minute you step foot in it.
14. THE NEEDLES DISTRICT IN CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
If you’re looking for an amazing backpacking experience then look no further than the Canyonlands National Park Needles District. The area is called The Needles due to the colorful sandstone spires that stand out from the ground. For those that love to hike, The Needles offer you canyons to hike through and tons of stunning sights.
13. BENAGIL CAVE, PORTUGAL
Beach lovers everywhere will absolutely adore heading over to the Bengali Caves in Portugal. The amazing caves are all accessible by either boat or kayak. You’ll find an array of gorgeous white sand beaches that you can lay out on.
12. SAMOS, GREECE
Samos is a beautiful Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea. The island is separated from Turkey by the mile-wide Mycale Strait. However, what makes it so unique is beautiful amount of vegetation that has been completely untouched by excessive tourists. The area is known for its lush resort hotels, making it the perfect travel destination for those looking to relax in the sun.
11. IGUAZU FALLS, BRAZIL
Are you looking for a magnificent sight that will take your breath away? Then the Igazu Falls will certainly be a prime travel choice for you. The falls are surrounded by trails meaning that you can hike around and take in the beauty from a dazzling height.
Next, we have a travel destination that is perfect for any history buff to scope out.
10. BUTRINT, ALBANIA
What makes this travel destination so unique is the ancient history behind it. Butrint has been inhabited since pre-historic times and has once served as a Greek colony. It has also been a Roman city and a bishopric, meaning that it was once under direct control by the bishop. In the above photo you can see a more well-preserved Greek theater that once stood there.
9. HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA
Hallstatt is a village on Lake Hallstatt’s western shore in Austria’s mountainous Salzkammergut region. This gorgeous town features 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways where you can find an array of wonderful cafes and shops to indulge in. Although the village is quite small, it is home to some natural beauty such as glorious waterfalls, mountains, and valleys.
8. KAINDY LAKE, KAZAKHSTAN
Lake Kaindy is a 400-meter-long lake located in Kazakhstan. What makes it so unique is the gorgeous turquoise shade of the water. However, what makes it even cooler is the fact that this lake was actually formed entirely by accident. It seems that the lake came about after an earthquake occurred over a century ago!
7. THAM KONG LO CAVE, LAOS
For those of you that happen to be adventurers at heart, the Tham Kong Lo Cave is a perfect travel destination. Hidden in the wilderness of central Laos, you’ll have a ton of fun exploring through this area. You can only access the caves via small boats and, however, once you get on be prepared for some amazing views.
6. TATEV MONASTERY, ARMENIA
Hidden away in the lush greenery in southeastern Armenia is the Tatev Monastery. This monastery was built sometime during the 9th century and it stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. The monastery is a great location to visit if you’d like to adore the architecture and learn more about the history behind it.
5. LAS POZAS, MÉXICO
Las Pozas is a surrealistic group of structures created by English poet, Edward James. The gorgeous structure happens to sit 2,000 feet above sea level. You can find it in a subtropical rainforest hidden away in the mountains of Mexico. This is the perfect spot to visit if you have a keen idea for sculptures and art!
4. UGLJAN ISLAND, CROATIA
We doubt that many of you have heard of the island of Ugljan, but we can bet that you’ll definitely want to visit now. The current population living on the island can trace their roots back to the Neolithic period. This is a fantastic spot to visit if you’re on the lookout for secluded beaches and just want to relax from the pressures of everyday life.
3. DJEMAA EL FNA, MOROCCO
This next pick is the complete opposite of our last one. If you want to get lost in the hustle and bustle of a big city, then you’ll love the Djemaa el Fna Square in Morocco. The square remains open from morning into the evening and there is always something to see. There are a wide variety of vendors selling tons of souvenirs, fresh food, and anything else you could think of! The Djemma el Fna Square is definitely worth a visit.
2. MINDO, ECUADOR
Are you an absolute adrenaline junkie? Then you’ll want to check out Mindo, Ecuador. This village in the Andes Mountain features a fast flowing river where you can kayak, water tube, and engage in a wide variety of water sports. Since you’re in the mountains there’s also zip lining and you can also bet to spot out some beautiful birds and butterflies there.
1. BATAD RICE TERRACES, PHILIPPINES
We know that the idea of visiting a rice terrace may not come off as a hot travel destination, however, you’re gonna want to check this out. These rice terraces happen to be a landmark feature in the Philippines. If you happen to take the hike out to see them you’ll notice the distinct cascading feature of the rice paddies that follows all along the hillside. This is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a hike that ends in a well-worth view.