After long periods of being cooped up indoors due to COVID-19 and unable to physically explore beautiful places, one of the ways we’ve been able to find comfort is by looking at beautiful places. But instead of showcasing (albeit gorgeous) spots you’ve probably seen tonnes of times, these 15 images show lesser-known places whose beauty deserves more notoriety. Put them on your bucket list for when travel to far-flung places is a part of all of our lives once more.
Salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia
From lakes to deserts, Bolivia offers many natural wonders, including the world’s largest salt flat. Set in the southwestern part of the country, the Salar de Uyuni delivers 10,583 square kilometres of glistening white salt. “Few travellers ever get to Bolivia, opting for more popular Peru, Chile and Argentina,” says travel specialist, Rebecca Rhyan. “The salt flats are another-worldly landscape for anyone who enjoys a bit of adventure.” Although the topography is mostly flat, the destination sits on the Altiplano at 3656 metres above sea level; expect chilly temperatures when the sun goes down.
Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
One of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, Bagan (also referred to as Pagan) is home to a collection of more than 2200 temples, stupas and pagodas. The collection represents a scenic tribute to the religious history and devotion of the settlers of Myanmar over the centuries; some temples, such as the graceful circular Shwesandaw Pagoda built by King Anawrahta, date back to 1057. The Buddhist culture in Burma is among the most authentic in any Southeast Asian nation. “Burma is like Thailand 30 years ago,” says Asia travel specialist, Vinni Bernal. “The Buddhist culture is fully intact and the tourism infrastructure is improving.”