The world’s top 15 countries owing the most impressive natural beauty (Part 1)

Untouched beach in French Riviera

According to the travel and tourism competitiveness report 2017, 136 countries possessing the most impressive natural beauty have been compared to find the top 15. See the top 15 list in below:

1. Kenya

Kenya is ranked 15th in this list and anyone who have been in this beautiful country will understand the reason why it is listed 15th among 136 nations. In the Southwestern part of this country, Kenya Lake System lying in the Great Rift Valley is home to many wild animals as zebras, desert gazelles, leopards, lions and black rhinos. Mount Kenya- the second highest mountain in Africa is located in the East-western of Nairobi city. Being home to Nile crocodiles and hippos, Turkana Lake is one of the most attractive destinations in Kenya. Visiting to this country, visitors will be overwhelmed when witnessing the herds of rare antelope.

Kenya
Kenya

2. Indonesia

Indonesia is home to the Komodo dragon and it is the only place where this huge and aggressive lizard lives in. Built on volcanic islands, Komodo National Park is the shelter of more than 5,700 Komodo lizards. Indonesia also includes many beautiful islands with breathtaking sceneries as Bali’s beaches and the rainforests of Sulawesi.

Komodo Dragon in Indonesia
Komodo Dragon in Indonesia

3. France

Thanks to its stunning and charming landscapes as the vineyards in Bordeaux and the beaches of the French Riviera, this European nation still keeps its position in the list of top world’s most impressive nations. Some popular off-shore destinations contributing to the France’s position are La Réunion National Park, the east of Madagascar-the perfect combinations of rainforests and rugged forests, New Caledonia lagoon- great spot for underwater life and coral reefs.

Untouched beach in French Riviera
Untouched beach in French Riviera

4. Italy

Many visitors often come to Italy to learn about its culture such as the fall of Rome, drinking wine or eating pizza. Besides, this romantic nation also owns compelling natural sceneries really worth to explore. Mount San Giorgio comprises of the largest number of marine fossils of the Triassic. The Dolomites of Italy is described as one of the most beautiful mountains with towering and steep cliffs and a series of narrow, deep and long valleys by UNESCO.

Italia
Italia

5. Ecuador

Owning two active volcanoes, glaciers, tropical forests and many endangered species including rare mountain hogs, Sangay National Park is one of the most attractive destinations of Ecuador that visitors should not skip when coming to this nation. The famous Galapagos archipelago is a part of Ecuador. Its volcanic islands are home to plenty of rare mammals and reptiles. Traveling there, visitors will have opportunity to explore its amazing marine life.

Ecuador
Ecuador

6. The United States

Covering the large and vast area, from the Redwood Forests to the Gulf Stream, the United States is truly spectacular. With 58 national parks consisting of Grand Canyon, Papahānaumokuākea (Northwest Hawaii) and the Glacier National Park, it takes countless hours to explore and visitors will never be disappointed to spend time for them.

Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

7. Spain

Way of St. James or Route of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain is an ideal place for any travelers who love height to explore. Traveling with train network running along the country, travelers can admire plenty of stunning landscapes from the start to the final destination located in northwestern Spain. Some tourist attractions in Spain highly recommended are Doñana National Park- home to five endangered bird species and Garajonay National Park located on Canary Island.

Spain-Santiago-de-Compostela-Cathedral
Spain-Santiago-de-Compostela-Cathedral

8. Tanzania

As a nation located on the east coast of Africa, Tanzania possesses a variety of natural beauty such as the white smooth sandy beaches with blue clear water that are considered as “Miami” in Africa. Tanzania owns Mount Kilimanjaro- the highest peak in Africa. It is also home to rare zebras and zealots.

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

9. Thailand

Traveling to this country, visitors can find easily compelling beaches, from its gorgeous islands stretching from the Gulf of Thailand to the mountainous system of Krabi. Besides its stunning beaches, travelers can explore many more interesting places such as Huai Kha Khaeng Wilderness Sanctuary – home to elephant and lion. The fact that Thailand is listed in the top 10 nations owing the most attractive natural beauty all over the world does not surprise many travelers, in particular those who have been in this beautiful and hospitable country.

Koh Lao Liang in Thailand
Koh Lao Liang in Thailand

(To be continued)

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