15 Alternative Tourism destinations: Impress Yourself

If you are tired from planning the typical travel itineraries and visiting places frequented by most tourists you should try to get to know peculiar places that are generally not the domain of all the public.

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Gloseeker Article Writer

Today we have made a list of some places of everyone that could be defined as unique, interesting, historical, or curious that is worth visiting and knowing once in a lifetime.

This world count with wonders: from incredible geysers, mysterious caves, rock formations, and beautiful lakes referred to as miracles of Mother Nature. They are places that generally do not appear on maps and in travel agency advertisements, so it is about alternative tourism

Here are 15 alternative tourism destinations:


1.  The Hotel del Salto, Colombia 

The Hotel del Salto. Photo by Gokhan Muisc / flickt.com

It is located near the Tequendama Falls on the Bogotá River. It was inaugurated in 1924 and closed in 1990; It was known as the Salto de Tequemada mansion with a significant influence from the French architecture of that century, in 1950; It was decided to rebuild the building to transform it into a hotel, but these works never started.

One of the attractions and the peculiarity of these facilities are the many ghost stories that have been created around this mansion, ideal for a horror story, as it is based mostly on the number of suicides that have occurred in its environments.

2.  La carretera de la Muerte, Bolivia

La Carretera de la Muerte Photo by icaro580 / flickr.com

The old way to reach a region called the Yungas, known as Carretera de la Muerte, which means "road to death," was built in the 30s by prisoners from Paraguay, who were captured in the war, is considered the most dangerous road in the world, the kilometers that connect it with the capital (LA PAZ) registers about 200 road accidents. Nearly 150 deaths a year, this title of the death road has aroused travelers' interest who seek adrenaline and not fear death.

It is characterized by its narrowness, lack of rails, cliffs, and dark atmosphere. Its danger is also given by trucks that agricultural transport products to the city and passengers who go to the capital.

3. The Monastery of the Tiger's Nest, Bhutan  

The Monastery of the Tiger's Nest Photo by Gordon Murray / flickr.com

There are still places capable of surprising Taktshang monastery is on that list. It was built in 1692 and rebuilt in 1998 after a fire. We are talking about a Buddhist temple that is hanging on one side of a vertical wall.

Usually, the few agencies that organize the visit to this temple include a day to walk to the monastery or mules to get there. They are entirely in charge so that the visitor takes an unforgettable experience of this small place lost in the Himalayas.

4. The stone forest of Shilin, China 

The stone forest of ShilinPhoto by Marcel Holyoak / flickr.com

Sometimes Nature leaves us curious formations that inevitably attract our attention. This is the case of this place. There are more than 400 kilometers of an enormous stone forest. This forest is a set of limestone structures, you can find it in Shilin Yi, china about 86 kilometers from Kunming, the provincial capital. Many of its impressive rocks look like petrified trees that give the impression that it is a forest of stone. In total, the Shilin forest has 350 square kilometers and count seven scenic spots, including mixed forests.

5. The Dark Hedges, Ireland 

The Dark Hedges Photo by Pawel Klarecki / flickr.com

The Dark Hedges is an exceptional stretch of Bregagh Road. A path that looks like something out of a horror movie due to the effect of the tree branches that form a kind of tunnel, with a play of light and shadow. The Stuart family made it to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House, and they undoubtedly succeeded; currently, this site in a golf club. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you will remember this place, where Arya uses an escape route, a path between dark and spooky.

6. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska 

Mendenhall Ice Caves Photo by adam_gulkis / flickr.com

This place is a large ice formation; it is 12 kilometers long in Alaska. And thousands of visitors come to contemplate it from afar, but some take the risk and explore it from a different angle, from within. Due to the increase in temperature, this glacier has caused the retreat. This carves caves inside it, creating a beautiful and fantastic place inadvertently with turquoise tones that change due to sunlight.

This journey is delicate since, to reach them, you must make a kayak trip, walk, climb the ice. It must be borne in mind that it is a dangerous expedition since, at some point, the sections of the caves may collapse. So if you are a lover of extreme and dangerous this place is for you.

7. Geyser Fly, United States 

Geyser Fly Photo by Geo Rising / flickr.com

According to history, the Fly Geyser did not form naturally as many believe. The real story is that after excavations in search of alternate energy in 1994, the site had small holes that did not seal well, and the liquefied minerals inside they crowded, causing peculiar and beautiful shapes with millions of colors. This is why this phenomenon is one of the events that show the creative and mysterious Nature can be.

Although you are looking to see more natural geysers, you can take a route and get to Yellowstone Park. There you can enjoy the wonders of geothermal energy.

8. Lake Hillier, Australia 

Lake Hillier Photo by AndreaMaizzi / flickr.com

You find it on Middle Island, the largest island of La Recherche, in Australia. This lake surprises everyone with its pink color, and it is not yet known for sure what the color of its water is due to, but the most fundamental theory is that saline microorganisms live in it. This, in contrast to the green of the forest that surrounds it, together with its white sand and the beautiful blue of the sea that borders it, makes it a place that is surprising for its beauty and originality.

9. The door to hell, Turkmenistan 

The door to Hell Photo by Stefan Schinning / flickr.com

The Darvaza Well is a hole whose diameter is 60mtr and 20 deep burnings non-stop for more than four decades. This place that nature gives us, in excavations in the year 70 that were looking for gas, an accident occurred where the ground sank, leaving this crater. For the gases to evaporate, the experts set fire to this cave to eliminate the gases, thinking that the fire would quickly go out in days. But today, years later, this place is still on fire like the right door to the devil's house.

10. The Ideal Palace, France  

The Ideal Palace Photo by INDIGO WOLFSBANE / flickr.com

This incredible work, which demonstrates human creativity, was built by a postman, Ferdinand Cheval, who reflected in reality what his dreams reflected as an ideal palace. It is located in the Hauterives Gardens. In it, you will find a bird, an elephant, fairies, and mythological gods from different cultures. It is a lovely structure to see and more for the history behind its construction. Currently, the ideal palace is France's cultural representative and the province where this small palace is located.

11. The Blue Hole, Belize 

The Blue Hole Photo by Larry / flickr.com

This place is almost a perfect round shaped hole with a diameter of 1,000 feet and a depth of approximately 412 feet deep this place, over time, became the ideal place to practice diving throughout Belize. Many people come here to do this activity and explore the waters of this hole.

This water-filled cave has transparent walls with stalactites and stalagmites that decorate it at a depth of 120-150 feet. If diving is not your thing, you can also snorkel as it contains corals, making it the perfect place to explore these small depths.

12. The Plitvice Lakes, Croatia 

The Plitvice Lakes Photo by Klark&Kim Kays / flickr.com

The park where you find the Plitvice Lakes is one of the largest in Croatia. The best thing about the place is that the lakes are located in a way that creates waterfalls between them, giving the place an atmosphere of paradise worth seeing. The lakes can be visited by boat or by walking on the walkways that connect to the trails.

13. The picturesque mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China 

The mountains of Zhangye Danxia Photo by Angela Lyly / flickr.com

The impressive colorful cliffs are known for their bright and abstractly shaped formations. Rocks surround China from north to south with accentuated relief, called Danxia, but the most famous and impressive is Zhangye. The view seems from another world. It is one of the most beautiful places that you must visit as an alternative destination.

14. The DeadVlei Sea of Clay, Namibia  

The DeadVlei Sea of Clay Photo by Ann Collier / flickr.com

This bright white clay plain is surrounded by red dunes, which is a lovely color contrast. The dark acacias that dry out at times give the landscape the finishing touches to make it a postcard scene. This place was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded the area, creating temporary pools that allowed trees to grow. When the weather changed, drought hit the area, and Deadvlei was formed, one of the world's 20 most spectacular places.

15. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia  

Salar de Uyuni Photo by sandeepachetan.com travel photography / flickr.com

It is the largest salt desert in the world. It has a territory of 10,582 kilometers. Its warm and cold climate has the appearance of a frozen lake in which the landscape around it is reflected, creating the most beautiful images before the views. There are approximately 11 layers of salt with a variety of thicknesses.


To finish, we hope that this list of places has opened your mind and motivated you to plan a trip different from what you were used to, which will fill you with good times and memories that you will remember for a long time and who knows if you dare to repeat it and visit it a few more times. And the lesson of this is that there are wonders that are worth visiting in every corner that we do not know.

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