Discovering the unknown and experiencing the true beauty of a place in only a way that can be done on the brink of discovery are the essence of travel. It is even more so exciting to reach and explore a destination that few other travelers have had the pleasure of seeing. From remote islands and deserts to jungles filled with wildlife, new and untapped destinations remain for the true adventurers. Below are some of the best underrated global treasures for you to explore.
The Congo offers a new level of safari destination, with rare and exotic wildlife in luscious forests, with safe cities trickled throughout. Brazzaville, the capital, is considered ‘The Paris of Africa’ and should also be experienced. Head to the Odzala-Kokua National Park to look for endangered Western Lowland Gorillas then head through the Lanugo bais to find buffalo and elephants. There is nothing like coming upon a forest elephant unexpectedly! This destination is adventure at its purest.
Hidden gems found amongst the landscapes of the Jordan are a must on your traveler wish list. Experience the seven jagged rock columns natural landmark, from which the novel The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence was named. Tour the area by jeep or camel and overnight in luxury desert camps where you can eat traditional food served under the stars and around a fire.
Planning a wintry vacation? Finland offers a remote, snowy option filled with husky sledging, snowmobiling and promises of the northern lights. Enjoy delicious eats when night falls then bundle up to head out for an Aurora hunt in a sleigh pulled by horses. Don’t miss the opportunity to safari through the wilderness and go ice fishing!
Located in Central Europe, Slovenia brings promises of endless alpine lakes as well as vineyards and rolling fields filled with wildflowers. While here, experience stunning alpine landscapes and historic castles with some of the finest food and wine in Europe. Head to the Soca Valley for a culinary treat and step foot in the Hisa Franko Hotel, where Ernest Hemingway is said to have written his bestselling novel, A Farewell to Arms.
Northwestern Argentina has a strong spiritual heritage and is a point of meeting for many of the indigenous communities of South America. The landscapes are spectacular with rich colored peaks set against stark blue skies. This area is a haven for rafting, trekking, horseback riding, driving 4x4s and many other adventure-filled activities. Salta has some of the most well-preserved colonial architecture and regional cuisine in all of Argentina, making this a lesser known cultural gem.
The Himalayan Kingdom Ladakh is a relatively untouched and unexplored part of this earth. With an altitude of 11,500 feet, it is intersected by four mountain ranges, including the Ladakh, The Great Himalaya, The Karakoram and the Zanskar. This is one of the best kept secrets of India. Here you can enjoy rich Buddhist heritage and gorgeous views while taking in the fresh mountain air. Stay in a homestay, like the Shakti Village Houses.
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