Only a small number of places in the world can claim to have unrivaled or so exceptional natural glamour on the planet ranging from shattering sandy beaches, high mountains, spectacular wildlife and plant species, splendid forests, volcanoes, glaciers and just natural scenic beauty among other attractions. These are the things that make a place a preferred destination for those who love nature.
This is a list of some of these places that offer you some of the richest ecosystems which make them the most bio-diverse places on the planet, these are the places where nature manifests itself in its purest forms.
Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with spectacular sandy beaches, rugged mountainous landscapes, striking meadows, lakes, outstanding seascapes and also the quite remarkable cities all throughout the country. Italy has 24 national parks which are home to over 100 mammalian species, over 100 bird species, over 1300 plant species.
Renowned parks include Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park which hosts a series of mountain ranges known as the dolomites, Gran Paradiso National Park with its wildly rugged landscape and the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park which is the oldest national park in Italy. All these make the country a top destination for all wildlife and nature lovers.
China is one of the largest countries in the world and it unsurprisingly contains numerous and unmatched nature attractions and sceneries spread all through the country. One of the favorite destinations here is the Five Great Mountains which are known as Wu Yue to the natives.
The five mountains are; Mt. Tai in Shandong, Mt.Huashan in Shaanxi which is good for hiking and is the most popular of the five mountains, Mt.Hengshan in Hunan, Mt. Songshan in Henan famous for being the origin of martial arts and Mt. Heng in Shanxi.
Despite having amazing sceneries these mountains also have a lot of cultural and religious significance to the Chinese people.
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Being the largest country in Central and South America and among the largest in the world, Brazil varies widely in biodiversity. The country hosts the Amazon forest with 60 % of the forest within its boundaries. The forest serves as a natural habitat so it comes as no surprise that there is so much wildlife here.
Another spectacular scene is the Pantanal which is one of the planet’s biggest freshwater wetlands. Brazil is also the home of many endemic plants, reptiles, mammals, birds and fish. Other favorite destinations to tour in the country are the breathtaking Iguassu Falls, Trancoso in the southern coastline and the sandy southern beaches.
Mexico is a mine when it comes to plant and animal species and ecosystems making it one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet and a popular destination for nature lovers as well as scientists and researchers. The country boasts of vast tropical rain-forests, volcanoes, rugged terrains and canyons, cenotes, beaches, deserts, coral reefs and over 1500 species of animals among other attractions.
Popular sites in the country are like the Yucatan Peninsula which has over 2000 cenotes in it. The Mesoamerican barrier reef which is one of the largest in the world, the Copper Canyon, the Sumidero Canyon in southern Mexico and the Monarch Butterfly reserves just to mention a few.
Costa Rica located in Central America, just between Mexico and South America is known for its biodiverse nature, volcanoes and beautiful beaches which make it a top tourist destination for nature lovers. Despite it being a very small country it is said to hold approximately 4 % of the total species in the world most of which can only be found in this part of the planet.
The country boasts having two coastlines (the Atlantic and The Pacific), mangrove forests, tropical rain forests, and volcanoes some of which are active. It’s the natural habitat for over 800 bird species. It also has 26 national parks but the most famous ones are Manuel Antonio National Park and the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
Australia is known as the place on the planet where nature divulges itself in the most exceptional forms. This is mostly because the wildlife here has evolved in seclusion in some of the most ruthless climates that are found around the country. This means that there are many endemic species of plants and animals in this part of the planet.
Some of these animals are like the Tasmanian Devil, the Quoll, and the Numbat.
The country also has over 800 bird species, half of them endemic. You can’t talk about Australia without speaking of its Kangaroos and Koalas as it is home to most of them. The Great Barrier Reef, the Kakadu National Park, the Ningaloo coast and the Greater Blue Mountains Area are some of the favorite tourist destinations in the country.
For animal and wildlife lovers Thailand is one of those destinations you should definitely consider touring. It is the natural habitat to 10 % of all the animals on the planet containing vast forests to house all of them. It boasts of numerous fish species, over 280 mammalian species inclusive of tigers and elephants, scores of amphibians and reptiles including snakes, tortoises and lizards.
For birdwatchers Thailand is the place to be with over 900 bird species. In total Thailand has over 100 national parks the best-loved ones being Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park, Similan Islands, Khao Sok National Park, Erawan falls, Thi Lo Su Waterfall and Khao Yai National park just to mention a few.
Nepal is a country found in the south of Asia and is positioned mainly in the Himalayas. The country is most famous for hosting 8 out of the 10 highest peaks on the planet with Mt. Everest being the highest at 29,029 feet or 8848 meters above sea level.
This makes Nepal a favorite spot for mountain climbers.
It is also a very popular place for hiking with already very well set trails as it is the best way to enjoy its picturesque natural sceneries and mountainous terrains, the valleys and also gives you a chance to experience the diverse and incredibly rich culture of the people of Nepal.
It is no secret that some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world can be found in the USA which comes as no news as it is the world’s 3rd largest country. The country hosts a network of numerous and vast national parks (58 in total ) all of them full of majestic natural beauty in all forms.
With the varied selection of landscapes in the country this means that the parks are widely diverse including vast and heavy forests, rocky terrains, outstanding desert landscapes and also valleys. The parks are habitat to numerous plant and animal species. The more prominent parks include Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Saguaro National Park, Sequoia National Park and the Olympic National park.
For nature lovers New Zealand is arguably one of the best destinations for you. The natural sceneries and the wildlife here are like no other decorated with exclusive and diverse species of wildlife such as the brown kiwis and the crested penguin, spectacular rain-forests, gorgeous sandy beaches, active geothermal glaciers, beautiful landscapes, volcanic mountains, glacial lakes, and deep fjords.
On top of that you also get to learn a few things about the Maori culture.
Some of the top destinations here are the Fiordland National Park, Queenstown, Tongariro National Park, and Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers in the South Island among others.