10 Surreal Places That You Need to Explore

The world is peppered with hauntingly beautiful landscapes, from alien-like terrain to tiny insects that light up the dark. Some of these places are so special that throughout the years they have inspired myth and legend, confused scientists and captivated travellers from all corners of the Earth - and now many of them are completely accessible.

Our guides have the enviable job of getting out and showing our guests these vistas daily, which is why you won’t meet a more passionate bunch. We make it our mission to seek out the best of the best and we're calling out to all those that have an adventure streak that won’t sleep, the people that are itching to explore and are willing to put in the hard yards to reach an epic view.

Check out some of the landscapes we visit below and decide which trip is next on your list!


1. Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc 

Trip: 'Tour du Mont Blanc'

The Aiguille du Midi is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps - this photo was taken from the cable car and the views from up top are incredible, here you can see the French, Swiss and Italian Alps all in one swift turn of your head!

Mont Blanc

 

2. Milford Sound, New Zealand 

Trips: 'Rimu', 'Manuka', 'Tui', 'Winter Rimu', 'Kiwi', 'Takahe'

Milford Sound is a classic example of how a picture is worth a thousand words, and yet it is notoriously hard to photograph so pictures rarely do it justice. Nestled in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound has been described as one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Learn more here... 

sunset at milford sound

 

3. The Annapurna Massif, The Himalayas  

Trip: 'Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - AST'

The Annapurna Massif has to be seen to be believed. With one peak reaching over 8,000m, thirteen peaks over 7,000m and sixteen more over 6,000m, all within a 55 kilometer stretch - this is natural geography on a titanic scale. Learn more here... 

The Annapurna Massif at sunset

 

4. The sky caves, Mustang, Nepal 

Trip: 'Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Trek - Mustang'

There are around 10,000 man-made caves dug into the sides of valleys in the Mustang region of Nepal. Mummified bodies, valuable Buddhist paintings and artifacts have been recovered since their discovery and the secrets of these structures are attracting archaeologists from around the world. 
the cliff caves of the mustang region

 

5. The Salt Flats, Uyuni, Bolivia

Trip: 'Titicaca and Bolivia Adventure - Chinchilla'

The salt flats, or Salar de Uyuni, were formed when Lago Minchin dried up, a prehistoric lake that once covered the majority of southwest Bolivia. Uyuni is the land of the endless horizon and not just one of the most interesting places to visit in South America, but the world - you'll want to make sure you have a few extra batteries for your camera here. 

salt flats Uyuni

 

6. Machu Picchu, Peru

Trips: 'Peru and Galapagos Explorer - Iguana', 'Ultimate Peru - Jaguar', 'Peru Lodge to Lodge Trek - Alpaca'

Call it cliche to label it the jewel of Peru's crown but Machu Picchu has remained in the limelight since its discovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The whole city was hidden from thief's and invaders for centuries and its high remote location makes if feel like it is floating on a sheet of mist. Learn more here...Machu Picchu

 

7. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentinian Patagonia

Trip: 'Patagonia Hiking Adventure - Condor'

Perito Moreno is one of the largest glaciers in South America, with a wall of over 200 vertical feet or roughly the size of a 15-story building that goes back 3 miles. Part of the beauty of the glacier is that it's constantly changing and unlike just about every other glacier in the world, this one is swelling and growing steadily at a rate of up to 7 feet a day. Learn more here... 

grey glacier in patagonia

 

8. Skógafoss waterfall, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland 

Trips: 'Iceland Hiking Adventure - Stelkur', 'Essence of Iceland - Lundi'

Vatnajökull National Park covers 14% of Iceland and is home to powerful waterfalls, three volcanoes and Europe's largest glacier outside of the Arctic. The ancient glaciers and waterways here have carved out the land you'll see before you and will stop you in your tracks over and over again. 

Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland

 

9. The Amazon Rainforest, Peru

Trips: 'Ultimate Peru Adventure - Jaguar', 'Ecuador Volcano and Jungle Adventure - Tapir', 'Peru Family Adventure - Capybara'

The Amazon rainforest stretches out into 9 different nations, with the biggest sections found in Brazil and Peru. It is alive with wildlife, mysterious locals and a huge winding river system - in an ever shrinking environment, this should be on your bucket list if it's not already! Learn more here...

the Amazon rainforest

 

10. Waitomo Caves, New Zealand 

Trip: 'Ultimate North Island Adventure - Kauri'

Beneath the quiet hills of Waitomo, thousands of glow-worms light up the underground labyrinth of limestone caves. They put on an incredible light show and are as awe-inspiring in real life as they are in the photos. Here you can float beneath the seemingly starry sky in complete silence, it is an unforgettable experience. 

glow worms newzealand

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