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Donau Auen National Park - Austria

As a country, Austria is one of the most environmentally friendly in the world and a great destination for any eco-tourist currently planning their next vacation. As well as clean cities and green modes of transport there are also seven national parks to choose from, all of which are worth visiting should time allow.

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Lencois Maranhenses Sand Dunes, Brazil

The Sand Dunes of Lencois Maranhenes in Brazil have been formed over thousands and thousands of years. The white sand from the riverbeds is carried along by the current and deposited at the mouths of the rivers, and it is then swept back inland and upstream by the continuous winds and sea currents - and endless cycle that has formed one of the most beautiful natural formations on Earth.

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Ordesa National Park

On the north coast of Spain lies the Ordesa National Park, the jewel in the crown of the Pyrenees and haven for any eco traveller looking for an idyllic destination to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


The area itself has been a national park for almost a century but it wasn't until 1997 that it was upgraded to a UNESCO world heritage site in the interests of conservation.

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Spotted Lake - Canada

Located near the city of Osoyoos in British Columbia, Canada's Spotted Lake is a must for ecotravellers and draws thousands and thousands of visitors from around the world to come and see this beautiful and natural phenomenon. When the water level is low, the calcium, sodium and magnesium sulphate, silver and titanium filled lake dissolves and separates into more than 365 separate pools, forming strange circular swirling patters that you walk in and amongst and around.

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Sevan National Park - Armenia

For eco-tourist who enjoy photography or wildlife a visit to the Sevan National Park should definitely be on the list of things to do. One of the world's newer national parks, this haven for wildlife in the heart of Armenia offers beautiful views, wonderful hiking opportunities and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

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Kalmthoutse national park - Belgium

The Zoom-Kalmthoutse Heide is a nature area that runs all the way from the Netherlands into the Belgian province of Antwerp. The park is extremely beautiful and offers heath along with dunes, pastures, ponds and forests.

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Devil's Bridge and Nelson's dockyard - Antigua

Nelson's dockyard is the largest of all of Antigua's national parks and a real treasure for any green traveller interested in seeing a working Georgian dockyard in all its splendour. More than 200 years old the dockyard has been recognised for its importance due to its central location. It's the only one in Caribbean large enough to accommodate the larger boats as well being a once strategically importance base for the British navy.

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Iguazu National Park - Argentina

First established as a national park in 1934 Iguazu national park is probably the most stunning of all of Argentina's parks. A haven for the eco-tourist this park is home to many beautiful sites and a range of stunning landscape, the most notable of which is the world famous Iguazu waterfalls.

Located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu waterfall is something to behold. At 80 meters high and with a diameter of nearly 3km the only way to really appreciate the waterfalls are to see them in the flesh.

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Blue Grotto Cave Capri Italy

The Blue Grotto Cave on the island of Capri in Italy is one of several sea caves worldwide that is flooded with a brilliant blue or emerald light. Once inside, the dazzling effect becomes clear - the water below is more light-filled, as it were, than the air above the surface. The source of this light comes from a gap in the rock underneath the cave entrance and it sends its iridescence beautifully through the water. If you place your hand in the water it will glow eerily in this light.

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Danxia Landforms - China

The Danxia landforms are the various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China which consist of steep cliffs naturally decorated with red 'beds'. Theses landforms are unique amongst all rock formations in the world. They are formed from red sandstone which date back largely to the Cretaceous period. Peculiar to the landscape of Danxia is the development of numerous caves of varying sizes, shapes and depths. Six of the formations in 2010 were pronounced to be UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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