Beautiful Places to Visit Before You Die latest issue of AWAYN magazine

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kako nigeria Victoria Falls

One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than a hundred meters. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world.

 

The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water are rising to a height of over 400 meters and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”.The water level varies throughout the year; it is at its peak in April, at the end of the rainy season when on average 500,000,000 liters of water flow and it is at its lowest level in October and early November.

 

Interestingly, during the dry season, the water level in the Zambezi River drops sharply, and it becomes possible to walk through some parts of the waterfall. However, during the rest of the year Victoria Falls is a roaring machine that strikes anyone with its power.

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Persian Tourist Red beach Hormuz

Red beach on the Iranian island of Hormuz, Hormozgan Province, in Southern part of Iran, is one of the best hidden gems of the middle east. 

Hormuz Island is considered as one of the largest mines in the Red Land of the World, and it contains around 40,000 tons of iron oxidized soil.

If you've heard from teh natives that you can eat the soil don't be entirely surprised!it's true that the red clay of this area is nutritious and you can taste it.

It should be said that there is no concern for you to eat this soil because if you do not feel it yourself, you will eat it in local cuisine :)) . This soil, known among the locals as Gulak, has many spices in the area.

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AWAYN Editorial

Cajas National Park

Everyone who’s seeking for an otherworldly experience in the mist of the Andes will definitely find their peace in Cajas. One of the most extraordinary national parks in Ecuador, Cajas encompasses 3072 square feet at a height of 12975 feet which contributes to rapid weather changes. 

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Hidden Gems of Ecuador

One of the oldest civilizations in the region, the Cañari, lived on this land between the years of 500 and 1400, worshiping the mountains, the lagoons, and the Moon. 

The park has an extraordinary natural beauty wrapped in mist in the mornings and bathed in the sun during the day. Throughout Cajas, there are hundreds of natural lagoons (no swimming) that look like the eyes of Earth. The largest and most visited one is Toreadora lagoon, circled by a picturesque and well-marked trail. 

 


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Besides this one, the national park offers plenty of hiking opportunities, starting from trails that you can finish in two hours, up to the longest one that lasts 10 days. 

The mountains are covered in short and bushy vegetation and wildflowers. The only type of tree characteristic for the park is the paper tree that covers a huge portion of the landscape. 

 

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Around the Llaviucu Lagoon, there are families of black wild horses and llamas, as well as many varieties of birds, including ducks. 

The landscape of Cajas looks like a sci-fi movie set, and it shows the power of Nature’s flawless architectural abilities. Walking around the lagoons while the cold wind is blowing in your face is one of the most unique experiences in the province of Azuay, close to the city of Cuenca. 

 


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Cajas National Park is a treasure with incomparable beauty where people can meditate, explore, and re-define the meaning of life. Cajas is more than a park. It is a cultural heritage holding centuries-old secrets, waiting to be discovered.  

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Erik erikson Swim in Pamukkale Thermal Pools

Pamukkale is a place that feels straight out of a postcard. Turquoise colored thermal pools surrounded by enormous white travertine terraces. A spectacular geological phenomenon being true to its name Pamukkale- meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish. It also sites the ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis. 

Pamukkale is located near Denizli in Turkey. It’s a small town and its famous for its thermal pools and massive travertine terraces. Travertine is a form of limestone deposit formed from mineral springs. These travertines are also declared as UNESCO world heritage site. 

 

Swimming in the thermal pools-

As you walk here you will see miles of white cliff with multi-level pool. Swimming in this natural wonder is a surreal experience. People from all over the world come to Turkey, just to visit the hot thermal pools. Previously tourists were allowed to take a dip in these pools but now a special swimming pool has been constructed away from the cliff. You can swim in these pools just like the Romans used to. This step was taken as a measure to preserve this spectacular natural phenomenon. 

How to get there

Denizli is the closest town to Pamukkale, around 18kms. Denizli is well connected by train, bus, and plane through major cities like Istanbul and Cappadocia. From Denizli to Pamukkale there are frequent minibusses running throughout the day. The other option is you can take rent a car and drive on your own. 

Best time to visit

Pamukkale is a year-round destination. But summers are better if you are here specifically for the thermal pools. The temperature here in winter can go really low. 

So, if you are done visiting all the major attractions in Turkey. Head to this cotton candy paradise and be ready to get awestruck. 

 

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Andres Gonzales Explore the Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Beautiful place which showcases what Ubud is all about. The entry is free, and there’s green everywhere, really pretty for photos, and to sap up the local culture. It’s free to enter and walk around, but the swings are R.150,000 a go (loads to chose from) it was tranquil when we attended on a Sunday, and there was no queue for the swings. (The owner of the land request donations for the terrace as you meander your way through the maze of rice paddies.) 

 

Make sure you have the best sturdy shoes on since they might get stuck in the mud, and the steps are very, very steep, and some parts are just mud steps, so you need to be fit and mobile to get about. All in all, it is a pleasant hour out, but don’t set aside much more than 2 hours for this attraction as it’s not huge, and apart from the swing and restaurant, there’s nothing else to do alone from walk and admire the views.

 

Tip: if you go early, you don’t have to pay the “entry fee.”

 

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James C. Beckham Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Originally in-built 1889, Capilano suspension bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) on top of Capilano river. Since then much has been added to the twenty-seven acre park. CLIFFWALK is that the park’s newest attraction – a cantilevered paseo clinging to the granite geological formation high on top of Capilano canon. Treetops journey, seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to a hundred feet (30m) on top of the forest floor, offers a novel squirrel’s eye perspective of the forest. Guided nature tours, the Kids’ timber explorer program and the Living Forest exhibit enhance this unique rainforest encounter. Get pleasure from seasonal musical diversion and 1st Nations culture. Take photos at the Totem Park and with the Capilano Tramps. High it off with a visit to the gift shop full of quality merchandise from everywhere Canada and nice homemade fudge! Its beat a day’s fun at Capilano suspension bridge Park.

 

Appreciate nature from 3 breathtaking perspectives - Capilano suspension bridge, Treetops journey and therefore the exciting new Cliff walk.

 

The 450 foot (137m) long, 230 foot (70m) high Capilano span has excited guests since 1889. Whereas the wobbly bridge and beautiful location could be a Vancouver landmark, Capilano span Park offers an all-inclusive BC expertise. History, culture and nature are presented in distinctive and thrilling ways in which with knowledgeable employees and instructive collection providing as much, or as little, information as guests want.

 

The new Cliff walk follows a granite precipice on Capilano stream on a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms through timber vegetation. With sixteen anchor points within the cliff supporting the structure and 2 glass platforms, Cliff walk isn't for the faint of heart! Interactive exhibits demonstrate the necessity for water conservation.

 

Treetops journey takes guests a hundred feet into the mid-story of a coastal rainforest on seven suspension bridges hooked up to old-growth trees. It’s accessible to guests age two to ninety two. Nature guides offer hourly tours, explaining the importance of a West Coast temperate timber to the system.

 

1890's clothed employees provides diversion, conducts radio-controlled tours through the Story Centre and eco-tours within the rainforest. Guests move with 1st nations employees either at the large House or within the rainforest. Capilano suspension bridge Park has the world's largest non-public assortment of totem poles, together with early 1900's native Coast Salish within the Totem Park and Haida, Tsimsian and Tlingit poles that are lapidarian on-the-spot over the past twenty years in Kia'palano. The a hundred year-old trading post, which retains its early decade mercantile flavour, sells Canadian gifts and pull in reminiscences. Seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October and canyon Lights in December enhance the various experiences at this year-round destination.

 

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