April 22, 2024 — By a Blue Parallel Travel Expert

Celebrating Earth Day: 9 Spectacular Natural Wonders Across the World

Earth Day is a time to acknowledge, celebrate, and protect the world’s awe-inspiring landscapes and biodiversity.

From tropical rainforests and imposing mountain ranges, to expansive deserts and lively ocean reefs, our beautiful planet is home to a vast amount of spectacular natural wonders.

Earth Day was created to raise awareness about environmental issues. Since then, it has become the largest civic event on the planet with 192 countries participating each year.

Here, we share nina incredible natural settings in Latin America, the Mediterranean, and Polar regions in honor of Earth Day 2024.

Natural Wonders In Latin America

From the driest desert on Earth to lush rainforests in the Amazon, Latin America boasts a myriad of natural biomes. This region is filled with some of the most famous and breathtaking displays of natural beauty….

Aerial view of Amazon river with vegetation

1. Amazon, Brazil

The Amazon Rainforest is the most biodiverse location on Earth, home to roughly 16,000 species in its ancient forest groves. Known as the “Lungs of the Earth,” this area is essential to our world’s oxygen and carbon dioxide regulation. The remarkable array of flora and fauna makes the Amazon a perfect location for witnessing the richness of the natural world.

Close up of two blue and yellow macaws side by side in the Amazon rainforest

There are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature while visiting the Brazilian Amazon, including:

  • Visit the pink dolphin sanctuary: Pink dolphins are an iconic symbol of the Amazon River, known for their fascinating color and playful behavior. They are also a symbol of virility in Amazonian folklore. In recent years, significant strides have been made by local communities in helping this beautiful endangered species thrive once again. During your Brazil tour, visit the pink dolphin sanctuary and see this unique and integral Amazonian species up close.
  • Canoe through Igapos and Igarapes: Igapos (seasonally submerged forests) and Igarapes (small canals or streams)are two fundamental features of the Amazon’s hydrological system, offering important habitats and resources for various species of plants, birds, mammals and aquatic organisms, and contributing to its biodiversity.. We recommend a private canoe excursion to really enjoy the sounds and sights along the river.
  • Explore the Amazon at night: As the sun sets, board a motorboat for a private tour through the gentle canals of the Amazon. As you journey along,keep an eye out for roosting birds, monkeys, and other Amazonian animals. Turn the engine off for a moment and enjoy the lively sounds of the forest animals.
A family on a private boat tour of the Amazon by night leaving from the dock at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Our insider access ensures you have an itinerary of unique activities that showcase the best of the Amazon’s natural beauty and can be enjoyed in private, whether you want to visit the local caboclo community and learn about their traditions and agriculture, or hike through the mainland forest with your personal guide.

Throughout your stay, we recommend staying at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, a luxury sustainable accommodation nestled in the heart of the Amazon Forest opposite the Anavilhanas National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 3.5 billion square meters of preserved forest.


Mount Fitz Roy in Patagonia in Argentina

2. Patagonia, Argentina & Chile

With vast wilderness and rugged peaks, Patagonia is one of the most captivating areas of the world. This remote region boasts breathtaking contrasts, with towering peaks, ancient glaciers, and expansive plains to explore.

Hiking trail through Torres del Paine

We recommend hiking in Torres del Paine. Torres del Paine National Park is considered one of the most beautiful parks in the world, and it is filled with a range of hiking trails. From challenging multi-day hikes to gentle strolls through picturesque valleys, there is something for everyone to enjoy all while taking in the breathtaking natural settings.

Another firm favorite is horseback riding in El Calafate. Explore the raw nature of this unique region on horseback, journeying across the mountainside of the surrounding valley with your private expert guide while admiring the stunning Southern Patagonian landscape.

Four people horseback riding through a field in front of mountains on a luxury private tour in Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Blue Parallel can arrange a variety of outdoor adventures based on your interests and fitness level, to be enjoyed in private or in a small group. We recommend staying in Eolo while exploring El Calafate and Tierra Patagonia, Awasi Patagonia or Explora Patagonia when in Torres del Paine; all of these luxury hotels allow you to immerse yourself in the epic natural settings that surround you.


Belize Luxury Tours

3. Barrier Reef, Belize

The Belize Barrier Reef is nestled off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. This lesser-known reef is the second largest in the world, spanning 190 miles across the Caribbean and supporting over 400 fish species and various ecosystems. Its crystal-clear waters and thriving coral reefs make it a haven for snorkelers, divers, and marine enthusiasts, offering incredible opportunities for exploration and conservation.

Person scuba diving with colorful fish in the Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef has some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean; it’s a great place to learn about the fascinating ecology of the diverse marine life that thrives among the corals off the white sandy shores.

Colorful fish swimming in a tropical reef

During your luxury tour of Belize with Blue Parallel, you’ll have access to a stunning private island as well as private boats for your snorkeling and scuba diving adventures in the Belize Barrier Reef. We recommend staying at Itz’ana Resort, a gateway to the reef system and slice of Belizean paradise with spacious private villas and a beautiful coastal view.


Natural Wonders In The Mediterranean

Home to crystal blue waters, mystical deserts, and unique rock formations, it is no wonder millions of people visit the Mediterranean each year. The region’s epic natural settings evoke a sense of wonder, but here are three we think you have to visit…

Hot air balloon floats over fairy towers in Cappadocia

1. Rock Valleys of Cappadocia, Turkey

The Rock Valleys of central Turkey stand as a testament to the forces of nature. Carved by wind and water, these remarkable rock formations are a vision to behold; their crucial role in supporting diverse plant and animal life is equally fascinating. Despite the harsh conditions of the semi-arid climate, these valleys are home to a surprising array of flora and fauna adapted to their rocky environment.

The Rock Valleys are an excellent destination for travelers seeking out of the ordinary experiences.

Cappadocia landscape during private Turkey tour

In the White Valley, you can hike through the rock formations with a private guide and experience the area’s most unique and intimate aspects. Blue Parallel can also arrange for an exclusive Turkish barbecue prepared especially for you to enjoy as the sun goes down behind the rocky valleys.

Or, admire the impressive terrain from above as you enjoy a private hot air balloon ride across the valleys. We also recommend visiting Tokalı Kilise, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its “fairy-chimney” rock formations.

Terrace seating area with view of rocky landscape of Cappadocia at Museum hotel in Turkey

During your private tour of Cappadocia, we recommend staying at the Museum Hotel which boasts magnificent views of the valleys from the rooms, suites, restaurants and terraces.


Clear waters and rocky beach by blue and white village of Mandrakia on Milos island in Cyclades archipelago

2. Cyclades Islands, Greece

Located in the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades are a stunning archipelago of more than 200 islands. Each island has a distinct character and charm, with unique natural beauty to behold. Crystalline waters, hidden caves, and pristine beaches define this region as a destination for relaxation and exploration.

Greece Luxury Vacations

From hidden gems to traveler favorites, we can recommend the best islands for you based on your bespoke interests. However, these are some of our go-to recommendations if you’re visiting the Cyclades Islands:

  • Sifnos Island: From nature walks along the dramatic coastline to hidden coves in gentle waters, admire the rugged beauty and meandering life of Sifnos. Here, we recommend taking a scenic hike to Kastro, a picturesque, car-free village with over 3,000 years of history.
  • Polyaigos Island: Polýaigos translates to “many goats,” a fitting name as they are its only inhabitants. Embark on a private boat excursion around the uninhabited island, admiring the glittering beaches and swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise water. There’s also water-level caves that act as a shelter for Mediterranean monk seals, a critically endangered species.
  • Paros Island: Known for golden sands and crystal-clear waters, Paros is a must-visit destination during luxury tours of the Cyclades Islands, especially the breathtaking Santa Maria Beach. We recommend horseback riding while enjoying the sunrise, or witnessing the vibrant marine life while enjoiyng epic snorkeling experiences.
Woman enjoys a private hiking excursion on Skaros Rock in Santorini

We can create a custom land-based itinerary with stays at boutique properties and a private boat available for daily marine adventures and island hopping, or a sea-based experience with a chartered private yacht as your base.


Set up at private desert camp in Sahara Desert during luxury Morocco tour

3. Sahara Desert, Morocco

The Sahara Desert covers much of Morocco’s southeastern region, with dunes stretching as far as the eye can see. These endless sands, shaped by wind and time, hold natural wonders often skipped over by most travelers. Its extreme climate creates fascinating plants, animals, and landscapes, all framed by a clear blanket of stars in the evening.

Group during a camel riding excursion through a vast expanse of giant sand dunes

From sandboarding down the Sahara’s perfect dunes and trekking across the desert atop a camel to a fascinating astronomy experience with a local expert astronomer, you can experience a unique set of activities amidst the epic natural wonder.


Natural Wonders In The Polar Regions

The Polar Regions are home to some of the most phenomenal landscapes and untouched snowy paradises. There’s plenty to see in these rugged landscapes but these three impressive destinations should be top of your travel list:

Woman swimming in the thermal springs of Iceland's Blue Lagoon

1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Amidst Iceland’s volcanic terrain and icy landscape rests the iconic Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most sought out attractions. The Blue Lagoon is a natural geothermal spa located in a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula, filled by volcanic aquifers 2000 meters from the Earth. The mineral-rich water is rich in silica, algae, and mineral salt believed to strengthen and moisturize the skin and is an ideal to unwind after a busy day of outdoor activities.

Outdoor view of the Blue Lagoon Spa at The Retreat Hotel in Iceland

The contrast of rugged volcanic rocks and relaxing blue waters is an impressive view to behold, even to the most seasoned traveler. Regardless if you visit this singular destination during the summer or winter, the Blue Lagoon offers an impressive and relaxing natural sanctuary to all.

We recommend staying at the luxury Retreat Hotel where you can enjoy private access to a secluded extension of the Blue Lagoon, ensuring you can enjoy this natural wonder to the fullest.


2. Fjords, Norway

Created by the slow yet powerful movement of glaciers, fjords are awe-inspiring natural features found across the polar regions. Norway is home to over 1,000 fjords, each holding unique views and features to explore. If you’re looking for epic outdoor adventures while enjoying Earth’s natural beauty, we recommend:

  • Kayaking through Storfjord: Paddle through the breathtaking fjords of the Storfjord region and enjoy views of the Sunnmøre Alps. You’ll admire the sheer size and beauty of the snow-capped mountains, towering granite walls, mountain ledge farms, and charming villages tucked into bays.
  • Hiking Geirangerfjord: Trek along a well-trodden uphill path that was originally used by the postal service to deliver mail between Bergen and Trondheim. Enjoy this challenging hike with its picture-perfect views of the surrounding fjords.
  • Boating through Naeroyfjord: The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Naeroyfjord is the narrowest fjord in Norway. Surrounding mountain peaks reach almost 6,000 feet and waterfalls crash down the steep mountainsides in the waters below. Board a ferry and enjoy a relaxing boat excursions through the beautiful landscape and colorful towns that dot its shores.
Norwegian Fjords Luxury Tours


3. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

The Antarctic Peninsula is a remote and pristine region of ecological significance and unparalleled beauty. This rarely visited destination holds a dramatic landscape, marked by towering glaciers, rough mountains, and expansive fjords. The pristine environment is home to diverse wildlife which thrives in the harsh conditions of Earth’s southernmost continent.

Weddell Sea Luxury Cruises, Antarctica

Cruise along ice-filled fjords and pass spectacular icebergs while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. During your tour, you can disembark from the main ship and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board, attend engaging presentations, and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge.