25 best places to travel around the world in 2021
You like to travel? What makes you choose one destination over another? There are a thousand and one answers to these questions, arguments conditioned in any case by multiple circumstances: personal concerns, moods, economic situation, hobbies, age, social conscience, beliefs, companions on the journey, age, physical condition, economy … In short, the choice is not always easy, since it entails giving up alternatives that may be equally attractive.
From here, we do not intend to induce you to opt for one site or another. Consciously conquered by the Wanderlust syndrome, we have not resisted the selection of the 50 most beautiful places in the world made by the prestigious North American magazine Condé Nast Traveler. It is about fifty spectacular natural landscapes. Take your time and watch them calmly. In this article we present you 25. In the next installment, we offer you the remaining 25 sites.
- Angel Falls, Venezuela
Venezuela is a country that can boast of a thousand and one natural wonders and one of them is, without a doubt, Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. Considered a sacred place by the indigenous people, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1994.
The Antarctica, one of the last sanctuaries of wildlife, offers unexpected landscapes. In addition to the ice, which covers 99% of its surface, it has spectacular views not only of glaciers but also of volcanoes or channels that are practically inaccessible to man.
- Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Sometimes, the forces of nature sculpt spectacular forms with an almost supernatural appearance. This is the case of the Antelope Canyon, located in northern Arizona, one of the most peculiar gorges in the world, considered a sacred place by the Navajo Indians.
- Atacama Desert, Chile
Known as the driest place on the planet after Antarctica, the Atacama Desert – located in the north of Chile – fascinates for its diversity. Gigantic mountains, volcanoes, inhospitable plains or geysers offer a set that seems to be taken from another planet. An additional detail: the World Travel Awards – considered the Oscars of tourism – have recognized it this year as the most romantic destination in the world. Does it surprise you?
- Arashiyama bamboo forest, Japan
Although in recent times the presence of tourists in the Arashiyama bamboo forest has become common, the truth is that this is one of the places in Japan that could not stop appearing on this list. Located on the outskirts of Kyoto, in addition to its visual spectacularity beyond any doubt, more than two decades ago the Japanese authorities cataloged it as one of the 100 best soundscapes in the country, due to the creaking of its wood and leaves.
- Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar stands as a unique island. A former refuge for pirates, the country is still a great unknown, with surprises such as the surreal avenue of the Baobabs. These trees, which according to popular beliefs harbor spirits inside, are a natural treasure in danger of extinction that can reach 30 meters in height.
- The Azores, Portugal
Lost in the Atlantic Ocean, 1,600 kilometers from the European continent, this Portuguese archipelago dotted with ancient volcanoes , steep cliffs , dreamy beaches and beautiful green valleys is, in addition to a beautiful location, one of the last strongholds of peace in Europe.
- Banff National Park, Canada
If there is one corner of Canada that deserves to be among the most beautiful in the world, it is Banff National Park, in the Rocky Mountains. Famous for its spectacular landscapes and its countless lakes, such as Louise, Moraine or Mimmewanka, it is an ideal destination for the practice of activities related to nature.
- Boracay, Philippines
Considered by travelers one of the best islands in the world, Boracay embodies the image of the island paradise. Its popularity and excess of tourists forced the authorities to temporarily close it to the public last year. Since then, their access has been restricted to a limited number of daily visitors, who must adhere to strict rules.
- Boulders Beach, Sudáfrica
Boulders Beach, a beach near the fishing village of Simon (Cape Town), in addition to an incredible landscape, has a peculiarity that has made it famous: its colony of more than a thousand penguins, who have become the true owners of the place.
- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Crystal clear waters, an interesting marine life and unique landscapes, such as the one that makes up the legendary Arch Cabo San Lucas , make this place in Baja California one of the most beautiful in the world in the opinion of Condé Nast Traveler.
- Cappadocia, Turkey
In Cappadocia, nature reflects its most capricious side: among depressions, canyons and ravines, stand out the “fairy chimneys”, rock formations that present the most original shapes. The image of infinite colored dots on the sky has become one of the most iconic postcards of the interior of Turkey.
- Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The coast of Ireland has corners of true vertigo, such as the Cliffs of Moher, a rocky structure of more than 300 million years that extends along eight kilometers of Atlantic coast. From its highest point – it reaches 214 meters – you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay or the county of Connemara.
- Denali National Park, Alaska
The highest peak in North America, known for decades as McKinley, is located in Denali Nature Park, in the Alaska Range. Its proximity to the Arctic Circle, added to the height – it reaches 6,194 meters – make it one of the coldest mountains in the world , one of the reasons why it was not crowned for the first time until 1913.
- Disko Bay, Greenland
Frozen and mysterious, Greenland is one of the most beautiful corners of the Arctic, and Disko Bay , with its large icebergs and frozen fjords , is a clear example of this.
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos, the most diverse Ecuadorian archipelago in the world, is a paradise with simply unmatched flora and fauna. The giant tortoises, reptiles exceeding half meters and can weigh 250 kilos, attract tourists from around the world. On its beautiful white sand beaches, you can also see marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches and the popular blue-footed boobies.
- Grand Canyon, Arizona
This essential destination in the United States, which this year celebrates its centenary as a national park , stretches along 5,000 square kilometers of gorges and natural formations. The huge reddish walls of the Grand Canyon bear witness to the history of the world in the last two million years
- The Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef, a gigantic reef that stretches for 2,600 kilometers – can be seen from space – is one of the great objectives of diving enthusiasts. On the surface, Whitehaven Beach, a seven-kilometer nearly virgin beach, considered last year by instagramers the best in the world, is worth noting.
- Faroe Islands
This Danish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, made up of 18 volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway, is a haven of peace surrounded by green landscapes. The authorities, aware of the fragility of its ecosystem, threatened by tourism, have implemented some measures aimed at its protection.
- Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Made up of 21 small islands of volcanic origin of high natural value, the small archipelago has restricted access areas, which allows the preservation of an ecosystem in which dolphins and sea turtles coexist in warm waters. Among its incredible beaches, Baia do Sancho stands out, considered among the best in the world.
- Halong Bay, Vietnam
Since it became popular after appearing in the 1992 film Indochina , starring Catherine Deneuve, the number of tourists has not stopped growing, reaching 5.2 million foreign visitors last year and becoming the tourist icon of Vietnam . As in previous scenarios, the desire to preserve the beauty that surrounds the blue waters and the stone islands of Halong Bay has led to the prevention of the use of plastics that damage the ecosystem.
- Isle of Skye, Scotland
Scotland, “the most beautiful country in the world”, gives us wonders such as the Isle of Skye , with corners such as the incredible geological forms called The Storr , in the northernmost part of the island. There you can see the Old Man, an immense rock in the shape of an elongated leaf 50 meters high.
- Lake Baikal, Russia
The largest lake, oldest and deepest of the world, the Baikal, is the last great natural reserve of the planet. Discovering it is an adventure outside of the great tourist guides, a route that invariably passes through the mythical Trans-Siberian, the centuries-old railway line that connects Moscow and Vladivostok, crossing the heart of Siberia.
- Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Located in the Mackenzie River basin, in the south of the island, Lake Tekapo is one of the most photogenic corners of New Zealand, especially in spring, when its surroundings are filled with flowers. And it is that the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps and the turquoise waters contrast with the violet, blue and pink colors of the lupins.
- Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
The sediments of the algae are responsible for the spectacular tones that the waters of the Laguna Colorada adopt, a shallow salt lake in the Eduardo Abaroa Andean fauna national reserve, next to the Chilean border. Nesting center for more than 30,000 flamingos is usually a passing place on the now mythical route from San Pedro de Atacama to the Salar de Uyuni.
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