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7 Surreal Places On Earth You Wont Believe Exist

28 October 2016

The team at Buzzfeed have rounded up 7 of the most unbelievable travel destinations that really need to be seen to be believed.

1. ANATOLIA – Cappadocia, Turkey

The Cappadocian Region located in the centre of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valleys, canyons, unusual rock formations and lava-covered plains is also home to ancient troglodyte dwellings carved out of the rock, and cities dug out underground. This mesmerising place presents an otherworldly appearance and is best viewed from a hot air balloon ride at sunrise or sunset.

2. TULIP FIELDS – The Netherlands

Since the first tulip was planted in The Netherlands in 1593, the beloved bulb has gone on to define the landscape of western Holland. See the astounding carpets of colour from the air, or get amongst it on a self-guided bicycle tour.

3. SALAR DE UYUNI – Southwest Bolivia

The Salar salt flats sit at an altitude of 3,656 meters above sea level and is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. The world’s largest salt flat becomes a gigantic mirror during Southwest Bolivia’s rainy season. Imagine a place where heaven and earth collide? This is it.

4. TUNNEL OF LOVE – Klevan, Ukraine

Ukraine’s Tunnel of Love is a section of an old industrial railway line engulfed in a green arch of leaves, about five kilometers in length. Whilst tourists love to wander through and capture fairytale photos, they need to keep an eye out for trains which also frequent the tunnel.

5. KELIMUTU CRATER LAKES – Flores Island, Indonesia

The summit of Kelimutu volcano is home to three astonishing crater lakes of varying colour. ‘Tiwu Ata Bupu’ (Lake of Old People) is usually blue and is the westernmost of the three lakes. The other two lakes, ‘Tiwu Ko’o Fai Nuwa Muri’ (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and ‘Tiwu Ata Polo’ (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red respectively. The lake colors vary on a periodic basis.

6. ANTELOPE CANYON – Arizona, U.S.

Antelope Canyon is the result of centuries of Navajo Sandstone erosion at the hands of monsoonal flash flooding. Antelope includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as ‘Upper Antelope Canyon’ or ‘The Crack’; and ;Antelope Canyon’ or ‘The Corkscrew’.

7. BAMBOO GROVES OF ARASHIYAMA – Kyoto, Japan

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world. Just a stones throw from urban Kyoto lies this hidden paradise – a giant bamboo forest where visitors are completely surrounded by swaying bamboo.

Video credit: Buzzfeed

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