Bolivian and Namibian regions make wilderness list

13th Mar 2013

The stunning scenery of parts of Bolivia, Namibia, Jordan and India are featured in a list of the world's top 10 "last great wilderness areas" compiled by CNN Travel.

Tasmania's Tarkine Rainforest tops of the poll, with Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia in third and Sossusvlei in Namibia taking the fourth spot.

As similar to a lunar landscape as any place on earth is likely to get, the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in the south west of the South American country are the largest on the planet, extending 3,860 square miles.

June and July see the area shine white before the rains come and make it look like a giant mirror.

The apricot-coloured sand dunes of Sossusvlei form part of the Namib desert in Africa and rival Namibia's other areas of natural beauty such as its Skeleton Coast beaches and Kaokoland wilderness.

Jordan's Dana Biosphere Reserve comes in at number eight, with hikers, lovers of nature and those seeking solace enjoying a wealth of plants, wildlife, hills, canyons and deserts.

The Himalayan region of Uttarakhand in India props up the list in 10th place thanks to its shiny peaks and glaciers that provide the source of the country's two largest rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna.

It remains somewhat undiscovered by tourists, but also offers Hindu shrines, rare plant species and the Valley of Flowers National Park to those planning a trip.


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