10 Of The Most Exotic Places In The World

The world is a strange and intriguing place that offers a myriad of exotic options to the curious traveler. The following are destinations we found to be exceptionally unique in all different ways from canyons to cities to ruins, there is a little something for everyone.

Tulum Beach, Mexico

Tulum Beach, Mexico Imagine stone ruins over 500 years old standing next to the cotton candy blue of the Caribbean Sea. Tulum Beach in Quintana Roo, Mexico offers one of the most unique white sandy beaches located beneath a Mayan temple. You can float on your back on the serene Caribbean Sea while gazing up at the Mayan ruins. It is about a two mile hike out to this beach from the parking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Lamu, Kenya

Lamu, Kenya In this fishing village that is part of the Lamu Archipelago is one of the best preserved Swahili settlements. When you walk through the town you’ll be struck by the simplicity of the elaborate carved wooden furniture and buildings. To get around the village’s narrow street the only way of transport is a donkey or by foot. Explore the town and the golden sandy beaches. Just as a warning there is strong Islamic influence on this island, so make sure if you bring any lady friends that they cover their arms and legs up so as to not offend the locals.

Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

Peter Island, British Virgin Islands On this privately owned island there are more staff members than guests. Five beautiful beaches come out to the sea from the lush tropical mountainous terrain. Perfect for someone who is seeking undeveloped serenity and seclusion from the public. This vacation spot is popular among the elite, and it has a price tag to match. You can only get to it by helicopter or boat.

Mount Merapi, Indonesia

Mount Merapi, Indonesia Mount Merapi is the most active volcano in Indonesia, you can see smoke coming out of the peak 300 days a year. Nestled among the volcano is the famous Borobudur Monuments that are stone and latticed Buddhist Stupas. Stupas are pyramidal shapes stone shrines with tiers and platforms, and there are 72 of these sacred Buddhist monuments located here. Each Stupa contains a Buddha statue on the inside at this particular location. These Stupas were constructed around the 8th or 9th century and amazingly still stand today despite their delicate positioning on a volcano. A wall with low reliefs surrounds the Stupas in a large area that gives us insight into the craftsmanship that existed in Indonesia over twelve hundred years ago.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon, Arizona It is hard to put the beauty of orange slot canyons into words. It is a smooth curving surface that allows sunlight to slip into to create unique lighting that is perfect for photographs. The beauty of this place is like a spiritual experience, and the Navajo even used to treat Antelope Canyon like a cathedral. They would enter peacefully and ask nature to bestow gift upon their lives feeling uplifted from the serenity of the surroundings.

Bay of Fundy

Bay of Fundy One hundred billion tones of sea water come in and out of the Bay of Fundy in just one tide. To give you an idea of how much water that is, it is all of the worlds freshwater rivers combined. This is the home of the highest tides in the world with a bay that stretch 270 km long. Consider staying in the City of Saint John in New Brunswick, the oldest incorporated city in Canada. You can enjoy the record breaking tidal waves in Saint John, and also take in some of Canada’s unique history.

Campania, Italy

Campania, Italy Escape the Italian crowds out in this state of Italy that offers a diverse selection of fishing towns, cities, national parks and beaches. You can either immerse yourself in the crowds in Campania’s bustling capital of Naples or you can seek seclusion with a lodge in the middle of Cilento National Park. In Campania, you walk where the Greeks used to walk, and you can witness many of the ancient sites like Pompeii, Hercalaneum, Paestum and Velia to peek into the past. The culture of Campania boasts fine dining, music and architecture to feed all of your senses.

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Ubud offers a huge amount of cultural adventures in a tiny sized area, so it is a great spot for travelers who do not have to worry about transporting around a lot to see things. Visit the lavish palace, Puri Saren Agung, where you can see traditional and unusual dance performances by the locals. The town is littered with an art district, ancient temples, river terraces all centered around the river. Great for the traveler looking for a bargain and a sophisticated, cultural experience that gets you away from the drunken beach goers in Kuta, Indonesia.

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia, Italy Come visit the odd match of medieval history and Mediterranean blue waters that define this large island off the coast of the mainland of Italy. The wine making tradition alone is enough to make the flight out here, but the coastline that may out-compete the Caribbean will please the beach goers. Don’t forget the fantastic culinary scene that is made with the fresh and ripe local produce, the best cheese and delicious seasoning. For the historians, you can visit the ruins here that go back all the way to 1500 BCE from Nuragic civilization. Civilization started several hundred years on Sardinia before people started settling down on the mainland of Italy.

Jiuzhaigou Sichuan, China

Jiuzhaigou Sichuan, China These lands are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Quiang people, and as you gaze up the lakes and plants you’ll see why. UNESCO added it to the world natural heritage site list in 1992, and it hosts a whole bunch of fancy titles due to how amazing the nature in this area is. Jiuzhaigou holds some of the most endangered flora and fauna in the world. Some of the Tibetans and Quiang locals still live here. The locals give performances; sell food and other goods that give you an insight into this unique corner of the world.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China Shanghai is a city that draws attention from all over the world due to its economic, technological and cultural influence on the world. There is a vast blend of culture where old meets new, Western meets Oriental, atheists meet the spiritual, and to fathom all the identities of Shanghai would take more time than most of us can allow. It is a very bustling city, so not great for people who don’t like being immersed in a crowd. It is one of the most popular destinations in China for visitors, so you can find tours and packages that are catered to people who’ve never been to China. Holly Williford is an avid traveler, who loves to seek out new and interesting places. She is now planning a tour to Kenya to see the beauties of Maasai Mara National Park.

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