1. Vertical stairs at Machu Picchu in Peru.
Nobody is entirely sure why the ancient Incas decided to build a huge temple complex at the top of nearly vertical mountain peaks, but they must have been incredibly confident people with strong calves
2. A tree with insane roots in Costa Rica.
Reports of hobbits have not been verified, but this tree in Costa Rica looks like it could house a solid dozen.
3.The Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.
The Colorado River is hundreds of miles long, but in Arizona it takes a leisurely detour to carve out this spectacular formation.
4. Iguazu Waterfalls in Brazil and Argentina.
Brazil and Argentina both get to boast views of these spectacular waterfalls, but the border region is home to an amazing amount of shady business between the two countries.
5. The Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu, Philippines.
Clear waters? Check. Spectacular jungle? Check. Friendly, funny locals? Check. I already booked a ticket.
6. Maly Semiachik in Kamchatka, Russia.
Located at the eastern end of Siberia, Kamchatka is where this region of spectacular landscapes just started getting loose and having fun. “Okay, yeah – let’s put a turquoise lake on top of a volcano. Why the hell not?”
7. The town of Monsanto, Portugal
Monsanto, a town built among boulders in Mt. Monsanto, Portugal, has stood the test of time since the Early Stone Age.
8. The Canola Flower Fields in China
The grizzled canola farmers of this mountainous Chinese region don’t actually care that their workaday crop just so happens to look spectacular for a few short days of every year.
9. Lençóis Maranhenses, located in Brazil.
A coastal stretch of lagoons and dunes form arresting compositions of white sand and blue waters, looking like the cover of your dad’s favorite 70’s soft-rock record from his junior year of college, the one that has a fifteen-minute song about wizards on side 2.
10. The Laja Falls in Chile.
South America is clearly home to a whole clutch of spectacular waterfalls, but it’s rare to be able to stroll among not one, not two, not three, but four clustered together.