Now Discovering Machu Picchu with @emmett_sparling.
For many visitors to Peru and even South America, a visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the long-anticipated highpoint of their trip. In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland with @eventyr
Fjaðrárgljúfur is a magnificent and massive canyon, about 100 meters deep and about two kilometers long. The canyon has sheer walls, and is somewhat serpentine and narrow. The bedrock in Fjaðrárgljúfur is mostly palagonite from cold periods of the Ice Age and is thought to be about two million years old. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Big Sur, California, USA with @dubsonata.
Welcome to Big Sur, California. Raw beauty and intense maritime energy characterize this seaside location jammed between Santa Lucia Range and the vast Pacific Ocean. A simple glimpse of the intense, craggy coastline at sunset is truly a special moment. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand with @carmenhuter.
You’ll get a sense of the vastness and majesty of the Southern Alps as you drive along the electric blue waters of Lake Pukaki towards the mountains and straight into a valley in the heart of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Poised in the middle of it all is Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, named after Captain James Cook, the first European to set foot in New Zealand. The area was made a National Park in 1953, consisting of 140 peaks and 72 glaciers, which cover 40% of its land. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Tegallalang, Bali, Indonesia @alexanderneimert.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are famous for their beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system), which according to history, was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the eighth century. Tegallalang forms the three most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud's shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan. The Tegallalang rice terraces alone offer a scenic outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice paddies on the slopes across the valley. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Mount Bromo, Indonesia with @iwwm.
Mount Bromo is probably one of the most famous scenic attraction in East Java of Indonesia. It is famous for its magnificent sunrise views and view of volcano crater there, which is very rare to see. Bromo is still one of the most active volcanoes in the world and there are areas that are blocked off from tourists due to its imminent danger. Read more about the world's most unique destinations every week in The Discoverer. Sign up for free at thediscoverer.com. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites, Italy with @bokeh0m.
To travel to the Dolomites is to become immersed in a wholly unique – and, relative to the rest of Italy, seldom trod – winter wonderland comprised of powdery ski runs, pristine forests and frozen waterfalls. The region is quintessentially Italian, but at the same time reflects the region’s majority German population. The Dolomites are often visited as a winter destination, but in the summer, the snow melts to reveal wildflowers and hiking trails, wild protected parks and glistening lakes. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Iceland with @joshuafooo.
There are plenty of reasons why Iceland is one of the most desirable travel destinations: it’s home to some 30 active volcanoes, steaming hot springs, and bubbling geysers, to name a few of its natural attractions. The Land of Fire and Ice is also famous for specific sites, like the largest glacier in Europe by volume and crystalline ice caves that can only be explored in the winter. And that’s to say nothing of the flickering Northern lights above. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Aspen, Colorado, USA with @karl_shakur.
With four mountains for skiing, a full slate of annual festivals, and the ever-present possibility of spotting some celebs enjoying their après-ski, Aspen offers an elegant version of the Rocky Mountain High. And while prices can be loftier in Aspen than in other Colorado resort towns, you have excellent access to gorgeous hotels, top-notch dining and, come summer, great hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering the Phi Phi Islands, Thailand with @joshuafooo.
The Phi Phi islands are some of the most incredible in Southeast Asia. Just a 45-minute speedboat trip or a 90-minute ferryboat ride from either Phuket or Krabi, these picture postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway. With tropical beaches, stunning rock formations and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colorful marine life, it is paradise perfected.
Now Discovering Levi, Finland with @kpunkka.
Levi in the municipality of Kittilä, is a stylish and welcoming resort renowned for its high standard facilities, international atmosphere, and genuine Lappish hospitality. The Levi fell is 531 meters high and is the largest ski resort in Lapland with 43 slopes. Levi has been voted as best Finnish ski resort of the year numerous times and has hosted the first Alpine Ski World Cup Slalom race of the season since 2004. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering the Pacific Northwest, USA with @neohumanity.
Nature is all around you here. Even the big cities are punctuated by looming, snowy peaks: Seattle's Mt. Rainier or Portland's Mt. Hood. The region offers countless outdoor opportunities: camping, hiking, cycling, skiing and mountaineering. It might be a little rainy in this region, but all that moisture translates into a perfect storm of water sports; white water rafting, kayaking, and kiteboarding through coastal winds. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Seattle, Washington, USA with @alberthbyang.
From its retro Space Needle to the booming tech scene, Seattle has always been looking toward the future—but always with the backdrop of the lush Pacific Northwest. Luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, and art galleries are proliferating, and the city's vaunted music scene never went away (even though grunge did), making Seattle tourism more desirable than ever. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering the Koolau Mountain Range, Oahu, Hawaii, USA with @threeifbysea.
Many of Oahu’s best hiking trails are in the Koolau Mountains, ascending valley ridges rising inland from metro Honolulu and Central Oahu to the Koolau’s flora-rich summits, luring adventurers with the promise of complete escape into unsullied nature, remarkably close to modern urbanity. The most scenic of these trails often require practiced hiking skills, rugged stamina and full-day commitments, however, thereby keeping the Koolau wonderfully free of much human traffic. Images of its secret, little-seen wonders up close still stir the senses. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Mount Fuji, Japan with @emmett_sparling.
Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's highest and most prominent mountain, can make for lifelong memories. The mountain itself may look more attractive from afar than from close up, but the views on clear days and the experience of climbing through the early morning hours among hundreds of equally minded hikers from across the world are extremely rewarding. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Schloss Neuschwanstein in Schwangau, Germany with @asyrafacha.
Like something out of a fairytale, Schloss Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. King Ludwig II planned this fairy-tale castle himself, with the help of a stage designer rather than an architect. His vision for the castle was that it would act as a giant stage on which to recreate the world of Germanic mythology. The most impressive room is the Sängersaal (Minstrels’ Hall), whose frescos depict scenes from the opera Tannhäuser. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with @jordhammond.
Atmospheric backstreets paint a very different picture to first impressions of Abu Dhabi. The often slick and modern capital of the U.A.E. presents a fascinating mixture of tradition and progression. Tracing its rich history back to around 3000 B.C., Abu Dhabi maintains a more distinctly Arabian ambiance than glitzy Dubai. The unrelenting and beautiful desert that surrounds the city provides an incomparable backdrop with endless opportunity for adventure for Abu Dhabi. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Verona, Italy with @matteorighiphotography.
The city is famous as it is the place where William Shakespeare set his play Romeo and Juliet. Though situated an hour away from the more popular tourist destination, Venice, many people consider Verona a more relaxed, pleasant place to visit. In the year 2000, Verona has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its urban structure and architecture. Read more about the world's most unique destinations every week in The Discoverer. Sign up for free at thediscoverer.com. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western Australia with @saltywings.
Lake Hillier is a pink-colored lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance. From above the lake appears a solid bubble gum pink. No-one fully knows why the lake is pink, yet scientists speculate that the color comes from a dye created by bacteria that lives in the salt crusts. #thediscoverer
Now Discovering Paris, France with @zweizwei.
Paris is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a truth easily appreciated on a stroll that could yield one stunning vista after another, from the iconic Eiffel Tower to the regal Jardin des Tuileries to the petite cafés bursting onto the sidewalks. Beyond the city’s visual appeal, the cultural riches of the French capital are unsurpassed. Whether you opt to explore the historic, fashion-conscious, bourgeois, or bohemian and arty sides of Paris, one thing is certain: the City of Light will always enthrall. #thediscoverer