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When it comes to the Earth's diverse destinations, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, but there are some countries that have the upper hand when it comes to their natural resources. While humankind can take credit for world-class art and modern buildings that serve as archaeological masterpieces, it's hard to compete with the beautiful structures and environments created by Mother Nature herself.

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List of 15 most beautiful & unique natural wonders in the world 2021/2022

(Ranked by Kuoni)

1. Peyto Lake, Canada

2. Meeru Island, Maldives

3. Jurassic Coast, England

4. Yosemite, USA

5. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

6. Niagara Falls, Canada/USA

7. Snowdon, Wales

8. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, Philippines

9. Marble Caves, Chile

10. El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

11. Aurora Borealis, Iceland

12. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

13. Lake Matheson, New Zealand

14. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

15. Grand Canyon, USA

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Which are the 15 most beautiful & unique natural wonders in the world 2021/2022

1. Peyto Lake, Canada

Photo: TripAdvisor
Photo: TripAdvisor

Peyto Lake is the most famous lake in Banff National Park you may have heard of. It’s a turquoise blue glacier-fed lake 40 km north of Lake Louise and a popular stop on the famous Icefields Parkway. The brilliant display of blue is fed by the Peyto Glacier high above the lake and part of the Wapta Icefield.

Similar to many other glacier-fed lakes in Banff National Park, Peyto Lake is a brilliant blue. This is a natural phenomenon found in many glacier lakes as the glaciers grind rock down into the rock flour, carried downstream into the lake. This rock flour then refracts the light and gives off a vivid blue or teal color.

It’s a breathtaking sight to see, and there are several blue lakes around Banff National Park, such as Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, Sherbrooke Lake, Bow Lake, and Hector Lake, all accessible to most visitors.

2. Meeru Island, Maldives

Photo: Arenatours
Photo: Arenatours

This tropical paradise located in the Maldives was one of the most eye-catching destinations according to the research and it’s easy to see why. With its clear blue water and bright white sands, it really is a dreamy destination for those looking to escape to somewhere beautiful as Meeru is only accessible by boat.

The small island features a luxurious resort, with beach and water villas for visitors to unwind and experience the trip of a lifetime.

3. Jurassic Coast, England

Photo: Leisure First
Photo: Leisure First

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 due to the global importance of its rocks, fossils and geological landforms, the Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile stretch of coast from Orcombe Point in Exmouth, Devon to the Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage in Dorset.

The site provides an almost continuous sequence of rock formations covering the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, known collectively as the Mesozoic Era, and is internationally renowned for its contribution to the study of earth sciences over the past 300 years.

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4. Yosemite, USA

Photo: Peakpx
Photo: Peakpx

Famous conservationist and wilderness writer John Muir called Yosemite nature’s temple. Gazing up at towering granite monoliths such as El Capitan and at Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall, you’ll know exactly what he meant.

Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site for its unique geological features carved by glaciers, Yosemite also sustains a variety of rare wildlife inhabiting California’s craggy Sierra Nevada mountain range.

5. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Photo: Pinterest

If you’re looking for a postcard-perfect image during your time in New Zealand, look no further than Lake Tekapo. Nestled in the heart of the Mackenzie Country, Lake Tekapo is not only one of the most scenic landscapes in the country, but it also provides hydro electrical energy to the neighboring towns.

Explore the town that faces the turquoise lake and enjoy the snow-capped mountain backdrop until the sun goes down to marvel at the star-filled sky.

6. Niagara Falls, Canada/USA

Photo: Imgur
Photo: Imgur

The most famous falls mark the border between Canada and USA. The natural wonder is made of three falls, that are sprawled in the Canadian and American territories. The waterfall attracts millions of tourists every year. It also serves as a source of hydroelectric power due to the incredible volume of water, that drops with immense power.

During a warm season, Niagara Falls is often visited in the evenings, since it is illuminated and fascinates with a show of colors. During the especially cold season this year, though, it got half frozen and visitors could admire the amazing ice structures.

7. Snowdon, Wales

Photo: Ten Penny Dreams
Photo: Ten Penny Dreams

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, standing at 3,560 feet above sea level. The mountain and the area surrounding it has been protected as Snowdonia National Park and as a national nature reserve to conserve its native plant and animal species. The mountain is generally covered in snow during a large part of the year. Climate change, however, has affected the amount of snowfall in this area. In 2004, for example, the mountain saw 55% less snow than in 1994.

Visitors can climb to the top through a number of routes, although the most popular is Llanberis Path. For those who would rather not climb, the Snowdon Mountain Railway is available. This train takes over 130,000 visitors to the summit annually.

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8. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, Philippines

Photo: Escape
Photo: Escape

One of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River is located in a protected national park in Palawan, about 50 miles north of Puerto Princesa City in the Philippines. The national park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains the world’s most amazing limestone karst landscapes, which includes an 8-km underground river and cave system that opens directly into the sea.

For the adventure of your life, you can go on an escorted Underground River Tour, which will take you deep inside the cave system. Some tours offer an optional zipline experience after your Underground River Tour.

9. Marble Caves, Chile

Photo: Fun Life Crisis
Photo: Fun Life Crisis

Located in Patagonia on Lake General Carrera, Chile's Marble Caves (also known as the "Marble Cathedral") were created more than 6,000 years ago by waves that eroded the rocks. The caverns' stunning colors vary as water levels fluctuate throughout the year.

10. El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

Photo: PR Treehouse, Yunque Hotel, Rainforest Resort, Glamping, Eco Lodge
Photo: PR Treehouse, Yunque Hotel, Rainforest Resort, Glamping, Eco Lodge

El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service, and its name is a reference to Yuke, what the indigenous Taíno people defined as "white lands."

With an average rainfall of 120 inches a year, El Yunque has a very diverse ecosystem, hosting hundreds of unique plant and animal species, including the Island's famous coquí frog.

11. Aurora Borealis, Iceland

Photo: Travel + Leisure
Photo: Travel + Leisure

Just as there is a natural wonder below sea level there is also one above it, in the sky. The Northern lights, more scientifically called the Aurora Borealis, is a natural phenomenon which marks the seventh natural wonder of the world. The Aurora appears as a light show of beautiful dancing colours - usually greens blue and purples - when electrically charged particles caused by sun flares or extreme sun activity reach the gaseous particles found in the Earth’s atmosphere. The result is a moving and awe-striking rainbow of moving color that has to be seen to be truly taken in. This is a natural wonder as it is a striking example of how a naturally occurring phenomenon - such as a sun flare - can result in a beautiful event on Earth.

Generally the northern lights can be seen more clearly and frequently closer to the Arctic Circle. Polar regions have some of the most phenomenal displays, especially as light pollution from cities is virtually nonexistent there. However, the aurora can be seen in several countries including the US state of Alaska, large sections of northern Canada, as well as Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Each of the seven wonders offers a different look at a natural phenomenon that has occurred or continues to occur on Earth. By reflecting on these wonders, we can help to appreciate the beauty around us, as well as marvel at the stunning natural phenomena around the world.

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12. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

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Photo: Pinterest

Iguazu Falls are without doubt one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders, located on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The impressive waterfalls span an awesome 1.7-mile width, broken up by several islands, which causes the mighty curtain of water to separate into hundreds of individual waterfalls and cataracts, which vary in height between 170 and 260 feet.

The waterfalls are shared between Iguazu National Park (Argentina) and Iguacu National Park in Brazil, both of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the Argentinean side, you can access the falls using the Rainforest Ecological Train, while on the Brazilian side there is a canyon walkway and scenic helicopter flights are available for a bird’s-eye view.

13. Lake Matheson, New Zealand

Photo: WordPress
Photo: WordPress

With so many lakes to choose from, picking one for a list of natural wonders was not easy. In the end it came down to this; not only is the rock itself a natural wonder. What is reflected in the lake is also one of New Zealand’s natural wonders. On a clear day, Lake Matheson offers up a perfect reflection of the magnificent Mount Cook as well as the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

Not too shabby for one little lake. It’s a cracking little walk around the lake which will take you around an hour.

14. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Photo: Colossal Vacation
Photo: Colossal Vacation

Between Phuket Island and Krabi on Thailand’s mainland is a remarkable 400-square kilometre inlet known as Phang Nga Bay. Named after the indigenous people (pangan) of the Malay Peninsula and its surrounding islands, the province of Phang Nga is rich with stories of pirates, sea-gypsies and Malay fisherman dating back hundreds of years. Many people of Phang Nga still maintain the humble, traditional way of life of their forefathers, pulling fresh lobsters from the sea to sell in Phuket, whilst others have embraced the area’s growing tourist trade and now work as guides.

While Phang Nga Bay is rich in folklore, it is most widely famed for the hauntingly beautiful limestone karsts that jut out of the sea, many resembling unfinished clay vessels upon a potter’s wheel. These colourful islets with their toupees of lush tropical vegetation were carved out over millions of years, and now host some of the world’s most spectacular sea caves, along with Thailand’s largest mangrove reserve.

15. Grand Canyon, USA

Photo: GreenSmartEco.com
Photo: GreenSmartEco.com

The Grand Canyon is Arizona's most well-known natural beauty, and for good reason: between its immense size and breathtaking views, this natural phenomenon is a must-see.

The canyon stretches on for 277 river miles and spans 18 miles from side to side. While the South Rim is open all year round, the North Rim is open to visitors on a more seasonal basis.

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