World’s Most Mysterious Places

This week’s blog is a bumper edition packed with a visual soiree of mysterious places, that you might not book you’re next holiday to but you’ll certainly be able to appreciate they exist. From haunted hotels to 10,000 year old pictures of space aliens, which ones have you heard of?

Eye of Africa – Mauritania

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Known as the ‘Eye of the Sahara’ it lies within the in the African country of Mauritania, in the Sahara Desert. Its official name is the Richat Structure, and was widely unknown until astronauts spotted it whilst orbiting the planet. Originally they thought the cause was an asteroid impact, but it’s now believed due to the flat surface the cause is erosion.

Stone Spheres – Costa Rica

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The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica are an incredible collection of over 300 spherical orbs that were built by Diquís Culture somewhere between 600 AD but before the arrival of the Spanish in 1600AD. They were found in 1930 when the United Fruit Company started clearing bits of jungle for a banana plantation. With no written words as to why were built it’s led to lots of different conspiracy theories – From gods of thunder, aliens and Atlantis to name a few.

Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia

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When covered by water Salar de Uyuni becomes a mirror, and anyone walking across it appears to be walking on clouds. The salt crust, which covers 10,583 square kilometres in southwestern Bolivia is 11,995 feet above sea level. Salar de Uyuni’s origins lie in prehistoric lakes; it is a major breeding ground for several species of flamingos.

Death Valley’s ‘Sailing Stones’ – California

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The moving rocks all are geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. With hardly any information on anyone seeing them move, the speed they move with is also up for debate.

Great Blue Hole – Belize

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The great blue hole is a spell bounding sink-hole off the coast of Belize in a place called Lighthouse Reef. The sense of isolation and remoteness adds to the mystery, with its first piece of recorded history in the early 16th century. The reefs around Belize are some of the best in the Caribbean and even have a glowing endorsement from Charles Darwin himself.

Magnetic Hill in Ladakh – India

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Located around 30km from Kashmir and at 14,000ft above sea level, the hill is alleged to have magnetic properties that are strong enough to pull cars uphill at a speed of 15mph.

El Hotel del Salto – Colombia

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El Hotel del Salto in Colombia was built in 1924 but then abandoned in the 90’s. Built on a cliff facing a waterfall the luxurious hotel would welcome wealthy travellers visiting the Tequendama Falls area. The reason for closing was thought to be contaminated water, but locals believe that the hotel’s resident ghosts forced the owners away…

Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park – California

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Another California offering, but this time it’s situated in Yosemite National Park. If Horsetail Fall is flowing and the weather conditions are just right, the setting sun illuminates the waterfall, making it glow orange and red. This phenomenon is often referred to as the “Firefall,” a name that pays homage to the manmade Firefall that once took place in Yosemite.

Ellidaey Island – Iceland

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This mysterious house is located on an island called Ellidaey, which is a small archipelago off the coast of Iceland. The island is apparently uninhabited despite reports of lights coming from the large hunting lodge. The lodge was constructed in 1953.

Heaven’s Gate Mountain (Tianmen Mountain) – China

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Located in the north-western Hunan province, the mountain measures up to 131 metres in height and runs 60 metres deep. The mountain is sacred in china due to it looking like an open gate to heaven.

Luxury Resort in Krausnick – Germany.

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Ok so it’s maybe not that mysterious, but something slightly odd about the setting for this luxury resort. The ‘resort’ is located on the site of a former Soviet military air base in Krausnick, Germany.

A Tropical Island has been built inside hangar originally used to house airships, and despite it looking like temperatures are through the roof outside the giant hangar it is actually snowing.

10,000 Year Old Cave Paintings Of Aliens – India.

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Our final offering takes us back to India and the Charama region, where people claim that 10,000 year old pre-historic paintings are proof that aliens visited earth. Stories from ancestors include the “rohela people” (the small sized ones) – who used to land from sky in a round shaped flying object and take away one or two persons from the village who never returned.

Some strange phenomenons above, but which one is the most mysterious? Let us know…

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