Multi-coloured places that almost look like a fake. And yet, they really exist, in a universe characterised by varied and shining hues. They are the most colourful places on Earth.
Stunning natural spectacles, scattered everywhere, from China to Columbia, Holland and Ethiopia and so on, so vividly coloured to give the impression of being in a Van Gogh painting. Here are the 10 most colourful places on Earth, wonderful landscapes, made of bright and lively hues, looking almost unreal and magic.
Yuanyang Rice Terraces, China
Located in the Chinese Yunnan province, these rice terraces have been used for many centuries by the Hani ethnic group. One of the most colourful places on Earth, these fields have a changing landscape, varying according to the season and the daylight. From February to June, the rice terraces are full of water, which creates light effects reflecting all the colors of the rainbow; from June to September, during the seeding months, the view is painted in all green and yellow hues; finally, after the harvest, the fields, gray at first, offer a charming spectacle with their snow cover.
Caño Cristales river, Columbia
Better known as the “liquid rainbow”, this river is located in the National Serranía de La Macarena park, 200 kilometres from Bogotà. From July to November, the Caño Cristales displays a wonderful multicoloured show, created by the macarenia clavigera, an endemic seaweed common in this area. Under the sunlight, the river shines with thousands of red, yellow, green black and white hues, spreading for about one hundred kilometres through valleys and rocks and giving life to a stunning panorama.
Grand Prismatic Spring, United States
It is the biggest thermal source in North America and it is located in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This hot water source stands out for its bright colours due to some bacterias that live at its borders. Among the most colourful places on Earth, Grand Prismatic Spring assumes different shades according to the water temperature. Therefore, during summer it has shining red and oranges tones, whether in Winter it is coloured in vivid green.
Tulip Fields, Holland
The tulip is the symbol of Holland and it has been imported by Turkey in the second half of the Sixth Century. Today, tulips plantation is the main activity in the economy of the country. Furthermore, every year tulip fields attract many tourists thanks to the landscape characterized by many vivid colours that can be seen during the blooming period, from March to May. Tulip fields are among the most colourful places on Earth and there are three areas in the Netherlands where you may find the greatest tulips plantations: north of Amsterdam, in the Flevoland province, and near Lisse, where, during spring, you may admire an amazing multicoloured view.
Rainbow Mountains, China
The Rainbow Mountains are located in the Danxia Geologic National Park, a protected natural area northwest of Zhangye. These mountains cover an area of 500 kilometres. They are made of unusual coloured rocks and they should be on the top of the most coloured places on Earth list. This landscape originates from a geologic phenomenon characterized by red sand and minerals sediments that have been accumulated millions of years ago. These sediments, subject to the Earth plates, then smoothed by wind and rain, have created a marvellous scenario with bright hues.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
If you talk about the most colourful places on Earth, you cannot omit the biggest barrier reef in the world. Located off the Queensland coast, in north-eastern Australia, it has been regarded as a Unesco world heritage site since 1981. It is 2600 kilometres long and may be seen from space. It is the greatest living structure on Earth: made of 400 kinds of corals, it is habitat for about 1500 colourful species of fishes. The Great Barrier Reef makes it possible for scuba diving lovers to live an amazing experience thanks to an unusual shade explosion.
Valley of Flowers National Park, India
In the Uttarakhand state, this wonderful park extends in an area of about 87 kilometres crossed by rivers, flowers fields, waterfalls and mountains. Iced during winter, in spring nature reawakens creating a multicolour and luxuriant scenario. During the blooming period from July to September, this magnificent and uncontaminated place is at his best in its variegated splendour. Regarded as a Unesco World Heritage site, the Valley of Flowers National Park is one of the most colourful places on Earth.
Dallol Volcano, Ethiopia
In the Ancalia depression, in north-eastern Ethiopia, Dallol is what remains of an old collapsed crater. It is in an uninhabited desert area, one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. This mineral zone is scattered with geysers and acid sources releasing sulfuric gases. Despite the extreme living conditions of this wasteland, Dallol stands out for the distinctive geological formations shaping a psychedelic territory. The strong sulfuric presence, together with that of iron and other minerals, creates a magic and surreal scenario. Painted in white, yellow, green and red nuances, the fantastic Dallol landscape is one of the most colourful places on Earth.
Maui Painted Forest, Hawaii
In the second greater Hawaiian island, towards the Hana route, you’ll meet a magnificent rainbow eucalyptus forest. 80 meters high and with an intense balsamic perfume, these trees from Philippines have a multicoloured trunk. Despite the appearances, this place has not been painted by humans. The bark wood splits apart during the life stages, and, while drying out, it colours in different hues: yellow, purple, red and green. These colours make every eucalyptus unique and crete an incredible show.
Reed Flute Cave, China
In a 180 millions years-old cave, this 240 meters long limestone quarry has an enchanting multicolour lake inside. Located in the Guangxi region, in China, this fascinating site offers a different view according to light. Shades and hues enlighten rock formations such as stalactites and stalagmites but also the Tang dynasty inscriptions on the walls, in an extraordinary variegated scenario.