The 10 most important National Parks in the world.
The world is full of natural treasures and these are some of the best known nature reserves for nature lovers.
1. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru
Built around 1450, Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian archaeological site often referred to as the "lost city of the Incas." Most archaeologists believe that it was the heritage of the Inca emperor Pachacuti, and it was declared a Historic Sanctuary of Peru in 1982 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. The Spanish did not get there during their conquests and most of the local population their intact dry stone walls are considered sacred. Visit the Temple of the Sun and the room with three walls.
2. Great Barrier Reef (the great barrier reef), Australia
Longer than the Great Wall of China and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Australia's Great Barrier Reef brings together more than 3,000 reef systems and cays of coral formations and is home to hundreds of tropical islands and a paradisiacal place to diving, glass bottom boat rides, water sports, whale watching and swimming with dolphins.
3. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Going on a boat that glides through some of New Zealand's most amazing fjords is just one of the experiences travelers can experience in this national park. Some of the country's most famous icons such as Milford Sound, Miter Peak, Doubtful Sound, and the Great Walks are here too. The park occupies the entire southwest corner of the South Island and provides both the solitude of the mountains and the interplay of guided farm tours, ATVs, and an underwater observatory.
4. Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Wildlife enthusiasts flock to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya to spot leopards, zebras, hippos, and elephants. Established as a protected reserve in 1961, it stretches across southwestern Kenya, near the Tanzanian border and along the Serengeti plains. There are no fences or crowds, so the best dates for walking safaris and 4 × 4 tours are between July and October, when wildebeest and zebra are in greatest numbers.
5. Swiss National Park, Switzerland
Main national park in Europe and the only one in Switzerland. It is full of flora, fauna and wildlife, such as the bearded vulture, the golden eagle, the chamois and the deer. Walk through the alpine forests and its three levels of trails and glaciers. Pros: there is no fee to enter the park. Tips for traveling to Switzerland.
6. Yellow Dragon Mountain, Huanglong, China
This scenic park located in the north of Sichuan province has been declared a World Heritage Site. Its colorful pools formed by calcite deposits make it look like a tapestry painted in pale blue and yellow. More than 3,300 terraced cascading pools and travertine formations are scattered among hot springs, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. The rare plants and pristine habitats found in it are also important to Tibetan culture, religion and folklore. Tips for traveling to China.
7. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
There are brown bears roaming it, but that's no reason not to go. Discovered in 1885, this national park has an area of about 1,000 square kilometers; In it, snow-capped mountains and deep valleys coexist between cobalt blue lakes and mighty rivers. In summer, hike through its lush poppy gardens; in winter, ski on its high peaks overlooking Lake Peyto and sulphurous hot springs. Tips for traveling to Canada.
8. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
It stretches through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, and is known especially for its famous hot spring, Old Faithful, and its immense subalpine forests. Travelers can enjoy the warm seasons here by hiking, camping, boating, and fishing.
9. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA:
ne of the most studied geological landscapes in the world is the Grand Canyon, a huge archaeological site with objects dating from the Paleo-Indian period, 12,000 years ago. Caves, rivers, streams, forests, grasslands and natural springs are just a few of the reasons that campers and hikers come from everywhere to enjoy the unparalleled views of its north and south shores. Tips for traveling to the United States.
10. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador
Located along the equator, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos National Park is made up of 13 main islands and 17 smaller islands recently discovered and not inhabited by man. Known primarily for its exotic wildlife. You can go diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking or mountain biking through this magnificent terrain.
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