Let’s start off with a small disclaimer that the most beautiful places in the world are not always beautiful just by their beautiful nature. These beautiful cities would be considered ‘ugly’ and ‘boring’. It is not necessarily because of the amount of natural beauty, but the people living at these incredible sights and the amazing place that they live too.
You can either find some great sights in your own country or travel to any other country to see what kind of environment and scenery you can expect to see if you live there. Not only that, but it’s also more about the food you will experience when visiting them, and how good and tasty everything tastes.
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
Now let us get into our list of the most beautiful places in the world! This majestic volcano in Peru is known as ‘Machu,’ and it is no wonder for this reason as not many people know about its existence. There are different kinds of peaks and valleys. For example, its northern peak is called Huayna Picchu, which is one of the largest peaks in Peru and a spectacular sight.
A beautiful road has been built on its sides so that tourists are allowed to explore without getting lost. If you want to see it from afar, you may visit in May and October every year when there is less darkness. There are two ways to view Machu Picchu, the western side, where you have few views of the volcano.
The north side faces the mountain and its slopes, and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains as well as its waterfalls and lakes. However, the southern side can be seen from certain angles, and you will have to reach the summit of Machu Picchu in order to get a better view. To reach Machu Picchu cost around the US $ 990 dollars, which is quite expensive as there is no entrance fee.
But don’t doubt that if you are very lucky, these prices may end up being worth it for you.
2. St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome
Now we get to another city of the world with lots of famous monuments that many tourists take pride in visiting, one of them which is Roman’s basilicas, St. Peter’s Basilica simply referred to as Basilica. It was completed in 1623 after Pope Paul IV consecrated it as a national basilica after he visited it in his later years.
The Basilica is made of marble, marble and limestone, and the total height is 8,000 millimeters. Visitors can witness it from various parts of Rome and even from all over the world because the Basilica belongs to Rome and is situated in the center of Vatican City. Due to its structure, it gets very hot during summer, and it is mostly covered with glass.
As the Basilica is used over 60 days a week for Christian pilgrims or daily religious gatherings, it has become part of Rome’s heritage with its unique architecture. So what do you think is the best Basilica? Well, it can be said that the Basilica can be viewed as a church of love, although sometimes compared to a cathedral, its uniqueness does not give it much value. In fact, the Basilica looks more like a church than an office building.
The Basilica is open day and night and can be illuminated throughout the week as per the schedule it follows. It is divided into four sections, first, second, third and fourth. While the first, second and third sections represent the sacred and sacramental courts, respectively, the fourth section represents the main church hall called piazza San Pietro.
Each of the four sections has its unique features, such as magnificent statues of Jesus Christ, crucifixion and the pope’s birthplace with magnificent paintings of Catholic saints. But you should not miss the chance to experience the basilicas by visiting during the Christmas holidays as the basilicas are closed for the whole month.
During November, visitors are allowed to enter the basilicas to pray and visit them any time of the year. On the other hand, the basilicas in August receive tourists who come to check out the ancient Roman ruins, history and antiquity, history of Jesus Christ and Holy Sunday.
3. Lake Baikal, Russia
Another stunning city in Russia, Lake Baikal, is also famous for monuments that many people enjoy visiting. One interesting thing about it is its size. As much as it is known as a big lake, it is actually about 12 km long by 5km wide, with heights ranging from almost 20 kilometers to 25 km.
Being located in Central Asia, it is surrounded by snow-covered mountains, and so the temperature is approximate -40°C, which makes it freeze-napped in winter. Many people are sure how cold it is for some time in the day as the temperatures range between 10°C – 20°C and in summer it varies between 30° C – 40° C.
After those temperatures, the minimum temperature is 2°C and once again between 0°C and 1°C. Even though it is famous as the home of the icebreaker and the world’s biggest saltwater lake, many people still feel that it is nothing compared to all the wonders of the world like Beijing’s Shang-Chi, China.
The length of the lake is roughly 4km which also makes it the biggest in Russia. What do you think about it? You wouldn’t be surprised if it became Russia’s capital city. In addition, it is a national park and hence protected in the Russian Federation.
Visitors can visit it in June every year, September in April, October in December and January in February. Since it offers a lot of attractions, including water sports, wildlife sightseeing etc., and since it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, foreign tourists are not prohibited from visiting the lake.
As much as it is a UNESCO site, we need to remain safe at all times while visiting the tourist spots around it as accidents have occurred due to water pollution, so we must try and take care of ourselves in case something happens.
Tourists need to carry a bag, shoes and other things to protect themselves as well as others around them as they enjoy spending time at the waterfront. They should wear protective clothing as well as disposable gloves for the safety of themselves and everyone around them.
4. Niagara Falls, Canada
Another magnificent waterfall by the name Niagara Falls is located near the Yukon territory in Alaska. Its maximum height is about 130 m which makes it one of the tallest waterfalls in North America.
From a low point of elevation, it rises to a high point of elevation and is located close to Yukon itself. In order to reach it, travelers need to drive through a series of tunnels that provide easy transportation through several parts of the glacier-strewn valley. The main attraction by Niagara Falls lies in the falls.
It is named after Sir John Muirhead, that was the principal explorer responsible for discovering the Yukon area. Some people claim that it was a dream come true that Muir, being able to land on the south shore, had an opportunity of discovering the entire region’s secrets.
He could not survive the journey to the base since the river had taken him along its path, which was filled with giant avalanches. Nowadays, it is believed that it is impossible to keep to the top. Water levels have changed since then, which makes it challenging even for the most experienced guides of tourists.
It is important to note that despite its impressive popularity, the falls are dangerous, and a person would die if they fall over the edge. Therefore, it is recommended to stay in the vicinity of the falls; especially its upper half that would be closest to the ground.
So these were the most beautiful places in the world from the viewpoint of human civilization, and it shows us that there is indeed plenty to see in the world. Although the countries mentioned above are some of the most beautiful, the majority of them are mainly known by tourists.
Other lesser-known destinations such as Machu Picchu and St. Peter’s Basilica are still popular among tourists, and many tourists often prefer traveling as there are lots to observe and do.