Top 10 Natural World Wonders You May Have Never Heard About
APRIL 19, 2013 Here are 10 awe-inspiring natural wonders that will surely bring on a serious case of wanderlust.
Belize Barrier Reef, Belize City
Also known as “The Great Blue Hole,” the Belize Barrier Reef is one of largest barrier reefs in the world. It creates a natural ecosystem that includes atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. It’s so vast that much of it remains undiscovered and only 10 per cent of the marine life on this reef has been identified. Every year, over 260,000 tourists scuba dive in the Belize Barrier Reef, and the crystal clear and warm, protected waters make it ideal for snorkelers and novice divers.
Mount Roraima, Guyana/Brazil/Venezuela
This massive sandstone plateau stretches across the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. The impressive plateau is surrounded on all sides by 1300-ft. cliffs, creating an isolated and unique ecosystem. At the top are amazing rock formations have been carved by wind and water, and there are crystal beds that contain large, crystal formations. Stunning views from the top over the Gran Sabana of Venezuela, provides the best cloud cover lifts. At the moment, visitors can only approach from the Venezuelan side, and the Paratepui Route is the easiest for non-technical climbers.