Which of the most exceptional places on Earth amaze us with their beauty and deserve to be among the seven wonders of the world for 2020?
1. Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico
Mosquito Bay is probably the best place in the world to admire a fascinating natural phenomenon - bioluminescence. The protected section on the island of Vieques is home to a special type of plankton that emits blue-green light when disturbed. Although the phenomenon occurs spontaneously around the world, there are only six places where it occurs regularly. However, it is the brightest in Mosquito Bay.
2. Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Son Doong is the largest cave in the world. It is hidden deep in the jungle of Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park and is so large that it can comfortably fit a whole block of New York skyscrapers. The cave even has its own specific weather. Clouds gather around colossal natural skylights, through which the rays of the sun enter. It is in bright places that life grows. This underground jungle will amaze you with rare plant species, interesting insects. Son Doong is home to a group of monkeys. Every year, only a handful of tourists are allowed to enter on a five-day expedition, who can camp for two nights in Son Doong itself.
3. Meteor Crater, Arizona
Barringer Crater is considered to be the best preserved meteor impact site. About 50,000 years ago, a huge piece of stone weighing 300,000 tons penetrated the atmosphere. It hit the earth with a force a thousand times greater than the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima. The soil immediately melted, leaving a hole almost 1.6 km in diameter and 168 meters deep. To this day, you can see the moment of impact frozen in time. Barringer Crater was the first site of impact convincingly caused by a meteor.
4. Marian Trench, Marianas Islands
The Marian Trench is the deepest part of all the world's oceans. The deepest place called Challenger is about 11,000 meters deep. If you threw Mount Everest inside, its summit would not disturb the sea waves. Down there is still something to discover: strange creatures glowing in the dark, thermal vents that may be the clue to the origin of life on Earth. In fact, we know very little about the world there. Fewer people visited the local depths than landed on the moon's surface.
5. Don Sheldon Amphitheater, Alaska
The near-perfect semicircle of jagged snow peaks that surround the Ruth Glacier is one of the most inspiring countries in America, even though you've probably never heard of it before. It is located in Denali National Park and has been inaccessible to everyone for years, except for a few hardy climbers. Now, however, in the middle of all this snow-covered beauty, the luxurious Sheldon Chalet has opened, so even those who are not in love with the freezing weather can enjoy the wonderful views in peace.
6. International Space Station
NASA has announced plans to allow regular tourist visits to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2020. An attractive offer, though? The ISS (International Space Station) is not only the largest and most complex machine ever launched into space, but also our first real colony in the stars. Moreover, it was not built by one country, but by a family of cooperating nations. Visiting this first real planetary success will not be the cheapest. Applicants are expected to pay more than $ 1 million for the trip.
7. Caracol, Belize
The ancient Mayans were able to build vast stone cities in the middle of one of the densest jungles on Earth without advanced tools. Chichen Itza and Tulum are the most famous in Mexico, but they get lost under an avalanche of tourists and souvenir stalls. Caracol's rainforest in western Belize, on the other hand, is authentic. Less than a dozen people visit it every day. I recommend the heavenly palace of Caana, a pyramid whose peak brings the same view as more than 1500 years ago: no tourists or souvenirs, only jungles and stone pyramids where the eye can see.