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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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Plitvice Lakes National Park - Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Founded as a national park in 1949, it is situated in the mountainous Karst area of the country. The beautiful protected area extends over 73,350 acres and attracts over 1.2 million visitors a year.

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Moeraki Boulders - New Zealand

The Moeraki Boulders are the huge and phenomenally spherical boulders like giant cannon balls found on Koekohe Beach on the coast of New Zealand. They are specially protected as part of a scientific reserve to ensure their lasting beauty and scientific interest. They range in size from about 0.5 to 1 metres (1.6 to 3.3 ft) in diameter, to well over 2 metres (7 ft).

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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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Longji Rice Terrace - China

Village elders have a saying in Longsheng: where there is soil there is a terrace. Two hours ride from the city of Guilin in Guanxi province, the problem of growing rice on steep hills was long ago solved by cutting long terraces, like giant round staircases, directly into the hills, and there has been a rice harvest every year since that time long ago in the thirteenth century.

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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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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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Carlsbad caverns New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns is a National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains in Southeast New Mexico. The caverns form a network of more than 117 known caves, all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone. One of the most impressive attractions of these caverns is the large cave chamber known as the Big Room. Carved out of natural limestone, the Big Room is almost 4,000 feet (1,220 m) long, 625 feet (191 m) wide, and 255 feet (78 m) high at the highest point. It is the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world.

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Lapland - Finland

Any ecotourist planning on visiting Lapland is in for a wonderful experience. For many people Lapland inspires images of thick snow, reindeers and a very festive atmosphere. Whilst it is true that this area of Northern Finland has more than its fair share of snow every year, there is more to do than go skiing or to take your children for a Christmas experience.

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The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a site of great interest to the Ecotourist, and surely on every Green Traveller's bucket list. One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, it took nearly 2000 years to build and measures in at a staggering 5500 miles in length. What's more, it's the only man made structure that can be seen from space. But, to fully appreciate its magnificence, you'll need to get up close.

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