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10 incredible landscapes that don't seem to come from our planet

The land offers landscapes of breathtaking beauty. And some of them look like they're straight out of a science fiction movie. Soils, rocks, mountains, volcanoes, sometimes associated with the ocean, can form unexpected and unsuspected panoramas. These landscapes take place in the four corners of the globe, in Asia, Africa, Australia or South America, and arouse the curiosity of many travellers. Le Petit Futé has selected 10 natural sceneries from another world, which you might want to visit one day and photograph

1- The geysers of Sol de Mañana, Bolivia

These incredible geysers are located at an altitude of more than 4,850 m. They are fed by an important volcanic activity, which is itself the result of the friction of the American plate with the South Pacific plate. On a trip to this field of geysers, one discovers bubbling mud craters and large fumaroles rising into the sky. Be very careful because the water expelled can reach 200 degrees! The spectacle offered is magnificent, especially on days with big blue skies, and it is also possible to come across fauna that has acclimatized to the climatic conditions, including flamingos

2- Death Valley, United States

You could almost say it's a classic, but Death Valley in the United States is a must-see for anyone who wants to enjoy almost surreal panoramas. There are endless desert landscapes, lush forests and steep cliffs. The contrast is striking and while sand dunes are common, snowy peaks can also be seen. In any case, whether you decide to walk, cycle or ride a horse, the Death Valley National Park never ceases to surprise and seduce landscape photography enthusiasts from all over the world.

3- Yuanyang Rice Terraces, China

These rice fields in China are breathtakingly beautiful and have even been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. The most impressive is probably when you climb to the top of a viewpoint. There are several viewpoints that offer the possibility of contemplating the three zones: Bada, Duoyishu and Laohuzui. It is from there that one can best distinguish the shapes of the terraces and it is also the time to take some great shots. But for walkers, it is also possible to hike directly through the rice fields. The impression, for a moment, of being in another world

4- A lava field in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Direction the Hawaiian archipelago for a spectacle of all beauty. Volcanoes indeed have the power to create landscapes that give the feeling of being far, very far away. On the Big Island of Hawaii, the Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the most active volcanoes in the world: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The volcanic landscapes on offer reveal surprising geological formations, and seeing the lava flows pouring into the Pacific Ocean really does give the impression of being on another planet. In this chaotic landscape, there are still some endemic species and rare birds

5- The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

In the extreme south of Bolivia, not far from the Chilean border is the province of Sud Lipez. And it is here that you will find the unmissable Salar de Uyuni, one of the most fascinating landscapes in the world. Situated at an altitude of 3,658 m, this salt desert, the largest in the world, covers an area of more than 10,500 km². Between the white colour of the desert and its cracked effect, and the blue of the sky, the atmosphere is spectacular and the contrast of colours striking. From the Salar, you can also see peaks in the distance and islets populated by cacti. Not forgetting the rainy days, when the Salar of Uyuni appears like a giant mirror when it is covered with water

6- Cappadocia, Turkey

In the heart of Turkey, Capadocce offers breathtaking lunar landscapes. It is here that one can observe pierced cliffs, gorges, pillars, chimney-shaped columns and totally surreal rock formations, formed millions of years ago by erosion and volcanic eruptions. It is also here that real troglodytic villages have been dug by man into the white rock, with the presence of dwellings, monasteries and churches. To discover all their splendour, how not to mention Göreme, one of the emblematic sites of Cappadocia

7- The Valley of Desolation, Dominica

On the occasion of a stay in the West Indies, and more precisely here on the island of Dominica, one should not miss to visit this valley whose name, certainly, could slow down some of them. Indeed, it offers a striking contrast with the surrounding lush forest. You can see a steaming river, fumaroles, small geysers and hot springs of many colours. There is no doubt that volcanic activity is very real here! An excursion to the Valley of Desolation must necessarily include a visit to another curiosity of nature: Boiling Lake, the second largest boiling lake in the world.

8- Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island is about 350 km from Yemen in the Arabian Sea. If this island is surprising, it is largely due to the presence of its trees from another world. Why is that? They are umbrella-shaped, with prickly green leaves. They also have a red sap colour. It's simple, it almost looks like they were put there to sit in the shade on a set of garden furniture. Which will prove difficult since they are in the heart of a desert landscape. The whole forms a truly incredible panorama

9-Legzira Beach, Morocco

Between rock formation and sea, Legzira beach is well known in Morocco, but no one can doubt its surrealist character. Indeed, the one in the Souss region, near Sidi-Ifni, has superb cliffs with ochre-coloured rock whose colour contrasts with the blue of the Atlantic Ocean. During a walk on this beach that stretches as far as the eye can see, one even has the opportunity to pass under an impressive arch. The sea and its tumults, the cliffs, the place is splendid and popular in Morocco. However, swimming is not recommended

10- The Pinnacle Desert, Australia

When looking for confusing landscapes in Australia, you usually have a choice. But we must stop on the particularities of the Pinnacle Desert. Located in Western Australia, there is yellow sand as far as the eye can see and, above all, a multitude of limestone peaks and rocks in various shapes and forms. For information, these rock formations are 30,000 years old! Some of them are also massive, with a height of up to 4 m. To access this lunar landscape, you have to enter through the Nambung National Park, located north of the city of Perth

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