There are many rather strange points around the world for those who appreciate the quirky, original and downright weird. Even though you tend to be taller, some of these destinations should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. From extraordinary places with some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet to unique underground cities and towns, make sure you put them on your future travel itinerary.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos is 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific and has never been connected to the mainland. To achieve this, the species must have floated, swum or stolen. Large mammals at the top of the food chain to make the trip, the absence of predators allows wildlife to thrive. Many creatures here have never learned to fear humans and seem practically tamed. Snorkel along the marine iguanas that swim in the sea, then sniff the saltwater from their noses. Walk slowly among the sea lions and giant tortoise of the Galapagos, many of whom may be older than you, with a lifespan of 150 years or more. Other fascinating species, including Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, and flightless cormorants, who lose their wings through evolution. There is no other place like this on Earth.
Galapagos Islands Land-Based Eco Adventure with Hiking and Snorkeling 5D/4N
Santa Cruz, Ecuador
5 Day Galápagos Islands Land Tour
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Freetown Christiania, Denmark
Freetown Christiania is a unique community in Copenhagen, a must visit for hippies. An alternative neighborhood is a society within a society and open to the public, the inhabitants even offering guided tours. Founded by hippies in the early 1970s, this colony is completely car-free and ecologically independent of the Danish government. Enjoy live music in the local halls, browse art galleries, and check out the stalls selling handmade art and illegal hashes.
St. Michael’s Mount, England
While many people know Mont-Saint-Michel in France, Mont Saint-Michel is less known but just as impressive as one of the UK’s most spectacular historic sites. Located in beautiful Cornwall, at low tide, the road appears from the sea, making it accessible on foot. Follow the footsteps of the pilgrims from Godolphin Arms Beach, crossing the ancient paved road that stretches from the mainland to the island. At high tide, boats are available to visitors, who leave for the old port from the landing points along the coast to Marazion. Once here, there are fun restaurants and shops to sample, including some that sell mouthwatering Cornish fudge.
Coober Pedy, Australia
This really odd city was built underground, built from old abandoned mines. It is practically in the middle of nowhere in the Australian outback, about 500 miles from the coastal capital of Adelaide. The houses were built this way after the miners who worked in the world’s largest opal mine realized that it was the only option to stay away from the scorching heat of the sun. The temperatures are so hot here, up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, it would be impossible to live like the traditional inhabitants above the ground.
Aoshima “Cat Island”, Japan
It has a strange mix of abandoned buildings and countless felines, with more humans than cats. There are around 100 of the animals, outnumbering people six-to-one, and you won’t find any hotels, Airbnbs, restaurants, shops or even vending machines here. You may want to bring some treats with you as once you arrive, there will be plenty of new furry friends eager for your attention and food.
Spending the night in an all-ice hotel makes a unique experience. Icehotel Sweden offers this opportunity to the most adventurous travelers in one of the most beautiful winter landscapes in the world. To register, you will have to ride on a snowmobile or dog sled, but that’s part of the fun. When it’s time to lie down, you lie on a bed of ice, but do not worry, they come with thermal sleeping bags and reindeer skins to keep you warm. The deluxe suite includes a private sauna, while others have colorful northern lights projected onto the ceiling. The property is one of the best places to see the northern lights and hosts an annual art exhibition, as well as ice-carved bars and restaurants.
Nazca Lines, Peru
See you in Peru and you can witness one of the mysteries of human civilization. Located on an isolated and arid plateau less than 200 miles from the capital Lima, the ground plans measure up to 660 feet. The reason they exist is still unknown, but the precise artwork in the more than 70 “Nazca Lines” includes detailed animals like monkeys, fish, birds, and llamas, most of which can not be observed observation towers. The Nazca culture is supposed to have created them by removing red stones that covered the ground, leaving the white earth under visible, but the remains, how primitive civilization achieve such a feat on such a large scale when they had no way of visualizing them from the top?
El Valle de Anton, Panama
El Valle de Anton is a sleepy mountain village with a unique location. It is located in the second largest volcano crater in the world, three miles by five wide, surrounded by emerald slopes two hours from Panama City. Created five million years ago after a volcanic eruption, it now serves as a natural sanctuary filled with hiking trails and waterfalls, hot springs, butterfly farms and markets selling handicrafts. There are also the famous “square” trees, a group of poplars populated with square trunks and the golden frog almost extinct.