Want to take a trip but don't know where to go? Why not try to see some of the natural wonders of the world? Some of the most remarkable sights on earth, these natural phenomena and places make a truly unforgettable trip.
The Colorado River in Arizona, USA, has carved the Grand Canyon over 17 million years. It is perhaps the best-known canyon in the world, due to its powerful visual impact and beautifully preserved layers of strata holding millennia of geological history. Native Americans have lived along the canyon for thousands of years. Some groups consider the site to be holy, which is why they make pilgrimages to it.
Great Barrier Reef
The North-East coast of Australia is home to the Coral Sea, where thousands of visitors head every year to experience the largest system of coral reef in the world. Comprising a little under 3,000 types of reef, the Great Barrier Reef extends 2,600 kilometres into the sea. Remarkably, the reef is so large that it is visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef is an important spiritual site for local Aboriginal groups and Torres Strait islanders. It is home to a range of sea life and happens to be a nesting spot for many varieties of bird.
Harbour in Rio de Janeiro
The Harbour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was created by Atlantic Ocean erosion and is surrounded by stunning mountains. It was named by Portuguese explorers after the date they found the harbour, the 1st of January in 1502, the harbour still goes by its Tamoio name, Guanabara, 'The arm of the sea', the imposing statue of Christ on top of the mountain is a drawing attraction for many tourists.
Measuring 29,029 feet, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain, above sea level, on Earth. Climbers first made an attempt to conquer the Himalayan mountain in 1885, but it was not until 1953 when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reached the peak.
The Northern Lights appear when charged particles from the sun are drawn to the Earth's magnetic poles, colliding with atoms in the upper atmosphere in the process. The result is arguably the best light show on the planet, the display is usually green, however the lights can also be pink, violet, white and sometimes red. The Aurora Borealis can be seen as far south as Scotland, but is more commonly seen in places circling the magnetic pole further north, such as Alaska, Norway, Canada, Sweden and Finland.
Known by locals as 'The cloud that thunders', it forms the largest sheet of water in the world, with a width of 1,708 metres and a height of 108 metres. Located on the Zambezi river in Africa, the waterfall is between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The area has seen human habitation for many thousands of years, with Stone Age tools found nearby.
This volcano in Michoaccn, Mexico, is particularly interesting as it was witnessed from its inception on the 20th of February 1943. The youngest of more than 1,400 volcanoes in Mexico, there are fascinating eye witness accounts of its beginnings and effect on the area as two villages were covered in ash and lava. Its last eruption was in 1953, but it is thought to be dormant now.