Sometimes when you travel you just want to see something that few have seen. There are incredibly surreal landscapes scattered around the globe that give the appearance more of a work of art than an actual location. If you wish to find yourself in the real life equivalent of a surreal painting then these are the places to go.
Salar de Uyuni
You may not have heard of this spot located in Bolivia but once you see it you will never forget it. This location is a breathtakingly white collection of salt flats that set the stage for contrast as the other elements in this location show off their bold colours.
The skies are a brilliant blue. There are lagoons of reds and greens. Pink flamingos serve as additional points of colour in this picture perfect location. There are also volcanoes pouring out smoke, giant cacti, and hot springs to enjoy.
Purnululu National Park
This park is located in Western Australia may be a remote spot to visit but is another picturesque backdrop for a vacation of beauty. It features plains and hills interspersed with gullies, cliffs, domes, and ridges. This locale is home to aboriginal artwork and burial sites. It combines history with natural beauty in a striking way and was virtually unknown to most travellers until a few short decades ago.
The Petrified Forest in Argentina may not be the only forest of its kind in the world but it stands out for its surreal appearance. The area is covered with stumps of petrified trees. These stumps found their beginning as forests of araucaria trees 130 million years ago in the Jurassic period. When the Andes Mountains were being formed there was volcanic activity that covered the region in ash and these forests were turned to stone in the process.
This famous location in Jordan was the setting for Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. The endless sandy landscape punctuated by valleys and dunes certainly makes for an impressive sight. It is also dabbled with natural arches, narrow canyons, and a sky filled with stars at night.
These landscapes must be seen to be understood. Each brings with it something special. There are many nature settings that can grab the attention of travellers but these rare surreal landscapes can bring new meaning to natural beauty. These settings each have their own unique qualities that will truly take your breath away.