Following on from our previous post, "œCalling All Experienced and Adventurous Backpackers", we wanted to bring you some more unusual trip destinations. These destinations should feature on everyone's bucket list!
Bolivia - Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa)
Salar de Uyuni is near the crest of the Andes and is the remains of dried-up prehistoric lakes. Originally formed during the uplift of the Andes mountains, the plateau includes both fresh and saltwater lakes as well as the salt flats. The Salar is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an amazing flatness.
The seasonal floods transform the large, dry, flat and reflective surfaces of the world's largest salt flat into one of the biggest mirrors on Earth. The result gives visitors the impression they are walking on clouds.
The flats are also used:
Mexico - Las Pozas, Xilitla
Las Pozas (the Pools) is a sculpture garden built by Edward James (a wealthy British poet), in a tropical rain forest in the mountains of Mexico.
In the early 1940s, James went to Los Angeles and decided that he "wanted a Garden of Eden set up". He decided Mexico had "far more room than there is in crowded Southern California.". In Cuernavaca, he hired Plutarco Gastelum, then a young manager of a telegraph office, as a guide. The two of them found Xilitla in November 1945.
James designed and built (with the help of Gastelum) a network of canals and pools, which he intermingled with bizarre sculptures and architectural structures to create a surrealist landscape. The has 80 acres of natural waterfalls and pools which were used to his advantage.
Think of it as a Salvador Dali painting come to life!
Chile - Torres del Paine
This National Park is situated in the Patagonia region. The actual Torres del Paine are three granite peaks which tower above a glacial lake.
There's a lot more to see than just these 3 beautiful mountains: the park offers soaring peaks, thunderous rivers, lakes, vistas, valleys with 360 degree panoramas of mountains, glacial views as far as you can see, fields of wild flowers and of course the local wildlife which includes the Condor and Puma.
The Park is open all year round. However, Spring and Summer are the best seasons to visit the park (October to April) as there are more sunny days with less rain and more than 16 hours of natural light.
Where else would be on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments!
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