No doubt, beaches are awesome, but lakes are peace. This holiday, why not spend some time falling in love with the beautiful lakes from the various corners of the world?
Nature surprises us in several ways. Sometimes it shows us its hidden side in the form of natural phenomena, other times it destructs the earth by earthquakes. But, what’s amazing is it has more awe-inspiring and breathtaking puddles of water that make us forget about those worst earthquakes and destruction.
Would you believe if I say, there are over 115 millions of lakes on the earth? Maybe not. But humans have indeed been using these lakes as their main sources for irrigation and drinking. Apart from helping humans in their daily needs, the lakes are also home to several aquatic animals and plants.
Several lakes in the world are so huge that they can be called oceans. For instance, the Dead Sea is not a sea, but a huge salt lake with a higher concentration of salt. Let us know about several beautiful lakes from around the world that should be visited once in a lifetime.
With a surface elevation of 3812 m, the Lake Titicaca is one of the largest, deepest, and highest lakes in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru. It attracts thousands of visitors every month and a must-visit site on tour to Bolivia. It is the most magical destination that offers ancient Inca sites and picturesque hiking trails to experience. It is home to over 530 aquatic species including freshwater snails.
In Bolivia, you can visit the lakeside town of Copacabana where women are dressed in bowler hats and petticoats. The lake has a cold temperature most of the year. Winters are dry with cold nights and mornings are warm. It is best known for its artificial floating islands that are constructed by the Uros people.
Don’t forget to take a camera along with you to capture the breathtaking views at the time of sunset and sunrise.
Located in Botolan, Zambales, Lake Pinatubo was formed on 5 June 1991 after its eruption. In 1991, the volcano discharged millions of sulfur dioxide in the air, on what it is considered the largest catastrophic eruption in recent years. The ashes covered Thailand and other neighboring Asian countries. Before the eruption, the site was home to over 30,000 people.
The site is a safe place to visit. The crater of the volcano turned into a mesmerizing lake that is over 2.5 km wide, and the water is crystal clear. The volcano is still alive and is closely monitored. However, trekking activity is safe.
So, if you want to have an adventurous trip, plan this vacation trip to Lake Pinatubo. Trekking to Mt. Pinatubo can save expenses for accommodation. The site also offers restrooms and fresh water near the crater. Several travel groups, also based in Manila, arrange Mt. Pinatubo travel and accommodations.
Lake Matheson in New Zealand is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is located in South Westland and is well known for offering a picturesque mirror view of two highest peaks of New Zealand – Mount Tasman and Mount Cook.
Do you know the color of this lake is brown? The brown-colored water is due to the draining of organic matters from the ancient forest. This beautiful lake was formed about 14000 years ago by the glaciation of fox glacier. It is home to several water birds and finned eels. The site attracts visitors by its mirror view of mountains in the lake.
Take a short walk to the lake and capture an amazing shot of snow-capped Mount Cook reflected in the waters. Have you ever visited any lake that has a unique color?
The popular Lake Isabelle offers alluring views of the Apache and Navajo peaks. It is a popular hiking destination in the peaks of Colorado. The hike to this beautiful lake starts from the Long Lake Trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.
If you plan to visit this exotic place, book the tickets from June to September as the hiking provides easy access to the alpine lake in the heart of the Indian Peaks. When you begin hiking, the trail ascends through the forest and reaches the tip of Long Lake.
At the Long Lake, you would see Isabelle Glaciers and the Indian peaks. The trail is difficult to walk through, so be prepared for storms and sun exposure anytime.
The lake was named for Bill Peyto, a trapper and guide in the Banff area. This lake has another level of beauty that can’t be imagined.
During summers, some amount of glacial rock flour flow into the lake from a glacier, and the rock particles give the lake a beautiful turquoise color. Due to its amazing shading, the lake is a favorite site of the photographers. The view is stunning in winter when the nearby areas are covered in snow, and the lake has frozen over.
If you ever plan to visit the site, hire a car in Lake Louise or at Banff and take the Icefields Parkway. The lake is about 40 km and 60 km from Louise and Banff respectively. The weather here ranges from 10°C to 17°C in summer and -2°C to 11°C in winters.
Jellyfish Lake is a bit different from the other lakes that you might have visited earlier. If you are daring enough to swim along with jellyfish, then this lake is for you. Located off the coast of Koror in Palau, the lake is a saltwater lake connected to the ocean through tunnels and fissures in the limestone of a Miocene reef. The lake is around 12000 years old and is around 30 meters deep. Two species of jellyfish – moon jellyfish and golden jellyfish live in the lake.
Though the jellyfish do have stingers, it doesn’t harm humans. Swimming in the lake is easy, but you can’t scuba dive. The lake is formed into two layers, the upper one is rich in oxygen and less saline, other is with a lower anoxic layer. While the lake was once home to millions of jellyfish, the population decreased in 2016 after the drought.
So are you ready to dive into a lake filled with jellyfish? If yes, make sure that you enjoy without harming the floating creatures.
Lake Pehoe, located in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, is the most beautiful attractions in Patagonia. It is the best site to see exotic animal species and unique vegetation. It is no wonder that incredible turquoise jewel that sits beneath the iconic Paine Massif is rare to see and is everyone’s favorite. The glacial water in the lake looks like it is painted as it changes with the sunset and sunrise.
You may find it difficult to reach the lake, but it is worth visiting. It takes long ride on dirt roads and bumpy journey to reach Pehoe Lake. The lake offers varieties of flora and fauna, sport fishing, and majestic views for photography. There is no perfect time to visit the lake; the weather is cool throughout the year. The feeling you get when you capture the view from the top is indescribable.
Japan's amazing culture, delicious meals, and the history of ancient Japan have always attracted people. While Japan is known for its inventions, it is also popular for enchanting sightseeing. One of the most popular attractions that welcome thousands of visitors is the Lake Kawaguchi.
Located at the border of the towns of Fujikawaguchiko and Minobu in southern Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan, the lake has the longest shoreline of any of the Fuji five lakes. The best views of the lake can be enjoyed from the lake’s northern shores and look alluring during the mid-April and the first half of November.
Apart from being popular for the Fuji Five Lakes, the area is also known for windsurfing facilities, excursion boats, and lakeside hotels. Be prepared to make a plan for a full day to visit Lake Kawaguchi as the site also has Kubota Itchiku Museum, Herb hall, Kawaguchiko Music Forest, and other attractions nearby. Be it a museum, lakes, theme park, music forest, or sightseeing: Japan has covered it all.
But before you make a plan to visit the country, know some bizarre facts about Japan.
Lake Mansarovar or Manas Sarovar near Mount Kailash in China carries a massive spiritual relevance. The lake of Tibet is also considered to be the world’s highest fresh-water lake. This beautiful lake welcomes thousands of pilgrims from around the world.
The Hindus believe that the Lake Mansarovar was first created in the mind of Lord Brahma after which it was formed on Earth. The lake is a personification of purity. Anyone who drinks water is believed to be free from all his or her sins. Pilgrimage tours are organized, especially from India and the most famous of which is Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
The yatra is mainly known for taking a dip in the Mansarovar Lake and doing a parikrama of Mount Kailash. To pre-book, one can talk to a private tour operator in Tibet. The best time to enjoy this peaceful journey along with the incredible sightseeing is the summertime when pilgrims from neighboring countries indulge in the divinity lying in the Yatra. Also, the animals in the lake are witnessed as the magical medicines by the pilgrims present in the Yatra.
It is one of the most beautiful lakes found in the Jiuzhaigou National Park in China. You won’t believe, but there are over 100 multi-colored lakes in the park, and the Five-flower Lake is the most colorful of all. It is renowned worldwide and lies at the end of the Peacock River.
The lake is 5 meters deep and reflects multiple vibrant colors like dark green, light yellow, and more. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides and makes a spectacular view in the park. The leaves of different colors, when gathered at the lake, shows a pleasing multi-colored brocade that attracts visitors. During the fall, the color of the forest changes to light orange and yellow.
The water here is so clear that you can see the bottom of the lake with tree roots scattered below. It is also called Wuhua or Wuhua Hai Lake. The Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve aims to save nature as much as possible. Several buses are available that takes the visitors around the nearby attractions. But it is suggested to explore the nearby places by walking to enjoy the views to the fullest.
Have you ever been to these places? No? Then check out a few tips when you are traveling to unknown places. Exploring other countries gives a different experience of fun and adventure. The next time, when you plan for a vacay, visit these beautiful spots and also don’t forget to add these stunning lakes on your bucket list.
What could be better than sitting alongside a beautiful lake and enjoying breathtaking views? Relax and connect with nature. If not these, you can also visit other popular lakes that are tourist attractions.
Do you know other beautiful lakes that should not be missed? Drop your comments below.
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