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The 11 Most Beautiful Places in the World to Visit When the Sun Goes Down

The world is filled with visual delights. And when the sun goes down, a different kind of beauty unfolds.

From Iceland’s iconic Hallgrimskirk to the black-and-white buildings of Santorini, these destinations offer a unique nocturnal aesthetic that inspires wanderlust. But the list also includes otherworldly natural wonders, like bioluminescent bays and a dormant volcano that serves as a gateway to the universe.

1. Torres del Paine National Park

The soaring mountains, glaciers and golden pampas (grasslands) of this Patagonia park are a hiker’s dream. Watch for llama-like guanacos and other rare wildlife, including the elusive Patagonian puma.

The park’s most famous feature are the three granite towers called Torres del Paine and horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos del Paine. Hike to their base viewpoint on the W or O circuit treks.

2. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is considered a masterpiece of architecture, renowned for its perfection in composition, balance and proportions. From a distance the temple appears as one colossal mass but up close its layout reveals itself in a series of towers, covered galleries and porches on various levels.

The most famous panel of bas-reliefs at Angkor Wat shows the deities and gods churning the Ocean of Milk to generate the elixir of life. Angkor Wat is located about 5 miles from the modern town of Siem Reap.

3. Kruger National Park

The park’s north section has a special mesmerising wilderness feel to it. It’s a bit more open and wild than the rest of Kruger, which is why many people love it.

Kruger is also home to several local tribes with distinct cultural heritages and traditions. There are various cultural experiences you can take part in, which can add a whole new dimension to your trip!

4. Atacama Desert

The hub town of San Pedro de Atacama attracts a mix of dust-covered backpackers and well-heeled tourists. Several tours depart from here, including a visit to the El Tatio geysers where dozens of bubbling water geysers shoot steam into the air at regular intervals.

The otherworldly landscape of Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) offers other memorable excursions, such as stargazing in an area renowned for its night sky. Or you can trek to the Tara Salt Flat and marvel at the eerily glowing landscape.

5. Zhangye Danxia

Located in northwest China, Zhangye Danxia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists each year. The rock formations are best viewed on bright sunny days.

The colorful formations have earned the nickname “China’s Rainbow Mountains.” They are alive with hues of blue, emerald, yellow, orange and red.

Arrive at the park early to see the sunrise and beat the crowds.

6. Rainbow Mountains

Previously known as Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain (or Montana de los Siete Colores in Spanish) went viral after photos of its mineral-striped surface became popular online. This new tourist attraction is a must-visit for travelers interested in unique experiences and scenic landscapes.

The famous site offers a range of activities for visitors, including trekking to the summit and visiting local villages. However, it’s important to acclimatize before heading here as the altitude is quite high.

7. Lake Titicaca

The world’s highest navigable lake enchants with its deep blue waters that seem to meld with the sky. Visit the enchanting islands and towns that line its shores.

On Isla Suasi, stay in a luxury country house hotel for serenity away from the crowds. In nearby Copacabana, explore the impressive Basilica of Nuestra Senora del Carmen and stroll along its laid-back waterfront.

8. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is Peru’s premier tourist destination, enthralling travelers with its archaeological heritage and spiritual mystery. Its exquisite stone masonry and sublime mountain views are a testament to the Inca’s tactical acumen.

The Temple of the Sun stands out for its curved walls, which break away from the typical Inca straight lines. Moreover, the design reflects the Inca’s dedication to the sun and its cycle.

9. Southern California

Both Northern California (NorCal) and Southern California (SoCal) offer stunning scenery. NorCal features iconic redwood forests and majestic rock peaks while SoCal offers sparkling beaches and picturesque desert areas.

Disneyland is one of the most famous attractions in the USA, but it’s definitely not your only option. Balboa Park in San Diego is a cultural oasis where you can take a tour of museums and see all sorts of other things.

10. Devil’s Cauldron

The Devil’s Cauldron is a beautiful sight where the Nile forces itself through a narrow 7 meters space. This is a must visit for travellers on a Murchison Falls National Park Safari.

The hike is moderately steep but short and provides great coastal views. It shares the same parking area as the Elk Flats trail and is south of Short Sand Beach.

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