Imagine a travel adventure off the beaten track where you get to see something new, unusual and breathtaking all at the same time. Fortunately, with the discovery of quirky spots across the world, travellers get the chance to experience some of the world’s most quirky places. Here is a list of places to visit:
The Hand in the Desert, Chile
Author Mario Irarrázabal describes the sculpture as the ‘connection between man and the universe’. Located in the Atacama Desert, around 76 kilometers south of Antofagasta on the North Pan-American Route, this sculpture has won the hearts of many tourists and has featured in a number of films and commercials. Built with iron, cement and the ability to withstand the desert climate, the Hand in the Desert has become quite the attraction for international visitors. With its towering features, it should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island, the Philippines
While not literally made with chocolate, this remarkable spot at the Bohol Island is a sight to behold. It is named Chocolate Hills because when the grass turns brown in dry seasons, it resembles giant chocolate kisses. Known for having more than 1,268 cone-shaped hills, it is spread over an area of 50 square kilometers and varies in size, from 30 meters to 120 meters, in height. While geologists are unable to find an explanation for the formation, the hills cover the towns of Sagbayan, Batuan, Carmen, Bilar, Sierra Bullones and Valencia.
Cat Island, Japan
Tashirojima, known as Cat Island, is a small island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. It gets its name from the large number of stray cats that live on the island. According to local’s beliefs, feeding the cats will bring good fortune and wealth. With a population of only a 100 people, mainly elderly, the island is divided into two villages, Oodomari and Nitoda. Do not expect to see any dogs on the island, with the large number of cats, there is no place for canines.
Spotted Lake, British Columbia, Canada
One of the most unusual yet stunning places to visit is the Spotted Lake in British Columbia. The spots are formed from a number of minerals, including magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates. In summer, most of the lake evaporates and as a result reveals a colorful mineral deposits.