I’m sure you’ve heard of the Great Barrier Reef or Machu Picchu or the Empire State Building. They are just some of the world renowned landmarks that thousands (maybe millions?) of tourists flock to each year. It can get so crowded that you have to book months in advance or queue for hours to enter. I’ve personally seen the queue for the Empire State Building snake around the block! And the odds of getting that photo with you and no one else in it at any of these places? Quite slim.
However, all is not lost. There are still stunning places where busloads of tourists are rare or non-existent. In some cases, you may not even see another human soul for a few hours. Here are 5 natural wonders that you can have almost entirely all to yourself:
Ningaloo Reef, Australia
Whale sharks and sea turtles are just some of the sea creatures you might come face to face with on this pristine reef on Australia’s west coast.
The Catlins, New Zealand
Encompassing the very bottom of the South Island, the Catlins has waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, and unique wildlife. The main road is called the Southern Scenic Route for good reason.
Semuc Champey, Guatemala
This gem in Guatemala is not easy to get to, but once you see it from above you’ll know why you endured the long bumpy ride.
Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador
At 3800masl, this spectacular crater lake takes you by surprise when you walk up the 10m path from town to the crater’s rim, looking down hundreds of metres to the lake’s surface.
El Cocuy National Park, Colombia
This Andean National Park is unspoiled, uncrowded, and unbelievably breath-taking. And it’s not just because of the altitude.
Been to any of these places or have a suggestion for another beautiful and hard-to-come-by place? Please leave a comment below!