Daallo Frankincense Forest

Cal Madow forest, Somalia

Lush forest of frankincense trees (Boswellia frereana) at the base of Cal Madow mountains. Thanks to the trees in the air is a constant, intense fragrance. Other rare plants, including Gabel Elba dragon’s blood tree (Dracaena ombet). Here live also numerous rare animals.

North-West Eifuku Champagne Vent

Eifuku Champagne Vent emitting bubbles of liquid carbon dioxide, Northern Marianas

A submarine vent on a volcano that emits almost pure liquid carbon dioxide at 1,600 m depth. Such phenomenon is known in three places on Earth and at Eifuku it is most abundant.

Caño Cristales (Cano Cristales)

Caño Cristales with waterfall and the red Macarenia clavigera, Colombia. September 2012

A unique river. Its bottom is covered with the endemic Macarenia clavigera plants. From late July to November these plants turn bright red. Then this colorful river is one of the most spectacular sights in Colombia.

Blood Falls, Antarctica

Blood Falls from above, Antarctica

Unusual natural feature – an outflow of hypersaline water, seeping through the ice, tainted with iron oxides in blood color. This approximately 15 m tall fall provides insight into a unique ecosystem that has been isolated from the outside world for 1.5 million years.

Lake Tele

Mysterious Lake Tele, Republic of Congo

Round freshwater lake deep in swampland and rainforest, possible impact crater. According to local stories in this lake and surrounding area lives mokèlé-mbèmbé – purported giant reptile. This remote area is very rich with rare species of plants and animals including a population of more than 120 thousand gorillas. Many other cryptids were reported, such as mahamba – giant crocodile.

Vallée de Mai (Vallee de Mai)

Vallée de Mai, Seychelles

Relict of Gondwana, natural palm forest with the endemic coco de mer palm (Lodoicea maldivica) grove and five other endemic palms. Coco de mer grows up to 34 m tall and has the largest seeds in the plant kingdom – up to 42 kg heavy nuts. Many other endemic species of plants and animals, numerous vanilla orchids.

Forest of Scalesia daisy trees in Santa Cruz

Unique forest of Scalesia pedunculata, Santa Cruz in Galapagos Islands

Spectacular cloud forest dominated by Scalesia pedunculata trees. This is the largest tree in the Asteraceae family and grows up to 15 m tall. These unusual tree-like daisies are endemic to Galápagos and form smaller forest on several islands.

Mocona Falls (Yucumã Falls)

Moconá Falls - approximately 2 km wide waterfall

Unusual, very impressive waterfall on Uruguay River. This approximately 2 km long and up to 12 m tall waterfall is located in parallel to the flow direction of the river and ends in the middle of the stream.

Forest on Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island, San Juan Bautista village in the forefront

Temperate forest with a unique level of endemism – out of 211 local plant species 132 are endemic – e.g. met only on this island. The dense forest is formed from trees that are not met anywhere else. Hundreds of endemic species of insects.