We’ve been lucky enough to see some absolutely stunning landscapes on our travels. From deserts and salt flats to glaciers and canyons, taking in such beautiful places has been a huge highlight of our trip.
In honour of these incredible spots we’ve compiled a list of our all time favourite landscapes (so far!). We know we’ve missed off Europe, and we know there are still so many places that are famous for their scenery we’ve yet to visit… Iceland, Canada and Nepal to name a few. I guess you can say this is an initial list from our travels to date and hopefully we’ll be able to add many more.
We don’t usually do too many list based blogs but you may see more coming up as it’s such a good way for us to remember all the experiences we’ve had as our round the world trip starts to come to an end.
Special mention to Bolivia and New Zealand for being quite the most stunning countries we’ve been lucky enough to explore so far and having multiple mentions in this collection despite their relatively small size!
Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia
The largest salt flat in the world, formed by a prehistoric underwater lake, this is an otherworldly landscape. Standing on a small island littered with huge cacti with only miles of salt visible as far as the eye can see, visiting the salt flats was surreal to say the least.
The White Lagoon – Bolivia
In a similar area of Bolivia en route to the salt flats we spent 2 days driving through the desert, seeing everything from active volcanoes to arid deserts populated mainly with llamas. The highlight though had to be the white lagoon, where flamingos fished in the shallows and mountain ranges lined the horizon.
The Grand Canyon – USA
An early stop off on our travels, but still so memorable, was our day trip to the Grand Canyon. Still so keen to head back here for some adventure as you just don’t get the scale of it from visiting the rim.
Yosemite National Park – USA
Our three days hiking in Yosemite National Park was another highlight of our time in the US. We were familiar with the landscape after working in a web agency where the Mountains took pride of place on so many of our company’s Macs, but seeing it in person was awesome.
Blue Mountains – Australia
We hadn’t been too enamoured with our time in Australia but when we reached the Blue Mountains this changed overnight. Two days of hiking, exploring and staying in a gorgeous cabin style hostel left us seriously impressed.
Fox Glacier – New Zealand
One of our best adventures was heli hiking Fox Glacier. The whole of New Zealand is pretty special but the glaciers were unlike anywhere we’d been before and a real one off hiking experience.
Rotorua – New Zealand
Another unique spot was Rotorua in central north Island and the surrounding countryside – a geothermal area with hot springs, volcanoes and all manner of strange natural sights. Visiting the geothermal parks here showed us some beautiful landscapes.
Tongariro National Park – New Zealand
Sadly the weather was too poor for us to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (another reason for us to go back to New Zealand). We still managed a couple of short hikes though and seeing this famous landscape is another great memory from our travels.
Atacama Desert – Chile
One of our favourites was the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the driest places on Earth. Here we saw incredible rock formations, sand dunes, mountain ranges and a really beautiful sunset.
Fernandina Island – Galápagos Islands
Pretty much the whole of the Galápagos Islands fits into the category of amazing landscapes but if we had to pick one it would probably be Fernandina Island. The youngest island in the archipelago and famous for its striking volcanic landscapes and lava fields – and iguana eating snakes.
Acongagua National Park – Argentina
It turned out to be a surprising day when we headed to the mountains in Argentina, having been in the desert on horseback the previous day. Home of South America’s highest mountain and one of the world’s deadliest peaks for climbers to attempt, Aconcagua National Park is truly a place of beauty.
Vang Vieng – Laos
We were left pretty much speechless when we rolled into Vang Vieng at sunset and saw how beautiful it was. We hadn’t done a lot of research and were expecting a grotty party town but as it turned out the mountain ranges and countryside surrounding the town were so stunning we didn’t want to leave.
Halong Bay – Vietnam
Kind of like the ocean based version of Vang Vieng, Halong Bay was another place where our expectations were diminished based on what we’d heard and read before visiting. Safe to say we love cruising around these awesome limestone islands and wish we could have stayed longer.
Chocolate Hills – Philippines
More limestone! Turns out we’re big fans. These limestone hills are located on Bohol Island and are strange rounded hills in the middle of tropical countryside which are famous for their resemblance to chocolate in the dry season. Even out of the dry season they were pretty impressive.
Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantations – Sri Lanka
A little further back in our memories are the tea fields we explored in Sri Lanka, in the heart of the area known as Little England. It was the first time we’d seen anything like them and we were left amazed at how they slotted into the hillsides and just how extensive they were.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces – Bali
Last but not least, another agricultural landscape. This one the rice terraces of beautiful Bali. These are a bit of an Instagram favourite but for good reason – they really are stunning, especially when you visit early morning before the other tourists are out in force.
So those are our top choices for now – these landscapes are so memorable for us and if you love seeing unusual and beautiful landscapes when you travel we’d recommend all of these destinations.