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Cano Crystales (Crystal River or the River of Five Colours) Colombia

A unique biological wonder, Ca?o Cristales has been referred as the "river of five colours," "the river that ran away from paradise," and "the most beautiful river in the world." For most of the year, Ca?o Cristales is indistinguishable from any other river - a bed of rocks covered in dull green mosses which are visible below a cool, clear current. However, for a brief period of time every year, the river blossoms in a vibrant explosion of colours.

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Tuscany

Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its permanent influence on high culture. But it is not only the arts and sciences that Tuscany holds precious, for it is also a hub of outstanding natural history and the ecotourist may be interested to hear that the region boasts over 120 nature reserves.

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Seychelles

The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km? and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 km? in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa.

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Ha Long Bay - Vietnam

Meaning literally 'descending dragon bay', Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Quang Linh Province. The Bay has an area around 1,553 km2, including 1,960-2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments, and as a result has created an enormously rich biodiversity, and is home to 14 endemic floral species, and 60 endemic faunal species. A truly staggering place.

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Multnomah, Oregon - USA

Bora Bora - French Polynesia

A couple of thousand miles east off the coast of Australia lie the French Polynesian islands. One of these islands is that of Bora Bora. Surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef this island is beautiful and a virtual haven for the ecotourist.

The island is very much self-sustaining with most of its produce coming from the sea, thus ensuring that every penny spent goes directly back into the local economy.

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Lake Baikal - Russia

Lake Baikal sits in Southern Siberia in Russia, located between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast, near the city of Irkutsk. Also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia," it contains more water than all the North American Great Lakes combined. At 1,637 meters (5,371 ft), Lake Baikal constitutes the deepest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, holding approximately 20 percent of the world's total surface fresh water.

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The Swiss Alps - Switzerland

Ecotourism Swizerland

Any ecotourist visiting Switzerland should make the time to take in the wonder that is the Swiss Alps. There are few greater sights in the world than that of the Swiss Alps. This stunning array covers over 41,000 square kilometres and an incredible 60% of the country of Switzerland.

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Inga Falls, Congo River, Africa

Inga Falls is a rapids in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the Congo River drops a staggering 96m (315 ft) over a 15 km (9mi) course. The rapids are extremely lively - the Inga Falls actually form part of a larger group of rapids known as the Livingstone Falls - and have formed a sharp bend in the river, the width of which fluctuates from a mere 260m to an enormous 4 km.

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Crystal Caves - Iceland

One of the world's most stunning natural wonders, the centuries old ice coming down the slopes of ?raefaj?kull via the Sv?nafellsj?kull glacier Iceland has had almost all of the air pressed out of it, turning the ice into a positively magical blue that has to be seen to be believed.

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