5 natural paradises that you’ve never heard of
1. Baracoa, Cuba
Baracoa is a place that you will see once and never tell anyone about because it is too good to share. In addition to being the oldest and most isolated town in Cuba, here you will find lush vegetation, high mountains overlooking the sea and coconut trees along the Toa River. But shh, don’t tell anyone!
2. Lake Hiller, Australia
Western Australia is home to a number of pink lakes, with the most famous of these being Lake Hiller. No one knows exactly why the lake has this distinctive bubblegum pink colour, however, some scientists believe that this is due to a dye created by the bacteria that live in the salt crusts.
3. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
The incredible Lake Tekapo is a few short hours away from Christchurch and it is here that you can see this turquoise lake nestled amongst the Southern Alps. As the lake is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, it is the perfect place to visit and admire the flowers by day and gaze at the stars by night.
4. Wulingyuan, China
The World Heritage listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area covers over 690 square kilometres and is known best for its rugged beauty, strangely-shaped peaks, and almost constant fog. If you look carefully while exploring this area, you might come across the dawn redwood, a tree which was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered here in the 1940s.
5. Kawasan Falls, Philippines
The Kawasan Falls are found only two hours away from the hustle and bustle of Cebu. They are a series of three falls, each one cascade into the turquoise water below. The falls are hidden amongst tropical greenery and the cool rock face of the mountains.