There are a lot of strange alien-looking places in this world – landscapes that seem to come from another planet and another lifetime. I find these places absolutely fascinating, and would love to visit them all at some point in my life. Although I won’t be able to hit many of them on my trip later this year, they’re definitely on the list for my future travels.
This is one of the most insane places I’ve ever heard of in my life. Socotra island is found in the middle of the Indian Ocean and due to it being so isolated there are over 200 species of flora and fauna that are found nowhere else in the World!
The Bolivian salt flats are the world’s largest with an area of 4000 square miles, found over 3000 miles above sea-level. It was created due to transformations of a few prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which is so flat that it has an average altitude fluctuation of just one metre over the entire flat!
Coyote Buttes is found at the border between Arizona and Utah. The most popular area is known as The Wave and is an amazing multi-coloured chute that has been cut into a sandstone mountain.
4. Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are found in Bohol in the Philippines. There are said to be 1776 hills spread over a 50 kilometre area. The hills are usually green, but during the dry season they will turn to brown, giving them the name Chocolate Hills. The hills themselves are actually grass covered hills of limestone, and vary in size from 30 – 50m. There are lots of different theories and legends hypothsising how the hills appeared, but there is not one definitive answer. The most likely explanation would be due to coral reefs rising from the sea and being shaped by rain and erosion. The legends are much more exciting, however, claiming they were formed due to giants throwing boulders at each other!
The Rio Tinto is a river found in Southwestern Spain. Due to the large amount of iron and sulfur ionising bacteria the river has a bizarre colour of a very deep shade of red. The extreme conditions in the river are thought to be similar to that on Mars, with NASA scientists claiming the chemistry of the water is similar to the chemistry of rocks from the red planet.
There are lots more alien-looking destinations that can be found around the globe. What are some of your favourites?