When a body of water is inland, not part of an ocean, deeper than a pond and fed by a river, it is classified as a lake. It is often found in basins or along mature rivers. They’re some of the most beautiful nature-made landmarks on earth. Some are large lakes but some are simply amazing.
Whether dotted with mineral accumulations, cascading down mountains or home to a rare breed of flamingo, each of these 10 lakes are definitely worth veering off course for. Here I have compiled some of the amazing lakes in the world.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Sixteen cascading bodies of water called the Plitvice Lakes are divided into upper and lower basins by dams made of moss, algae and bacteria.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Speckled with white borax isles, the Laguna Colorada is a shallow salt lake in southwest Bolivia. It is red in color due to sediments and pigmented algae.
Dead Sea, Jordan
This landlocked lake in Southwest Asia, which sits at the lowest dry-land elevation on the earth’s surface, is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean which makes it one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water.
Spotted Lake, Canada
In Osoyoos, British Columbia, there is a 38-acre natural phenomenon called Spotted Lake. It contains one of the world’s highest concentrations of minerals.
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia and Peru
Lake Titicaca boasts three major physical distinctions: It’s located on the border of Peru and Bolivia; it sits at the highest point above sea level of any lake in the world; and is, by volume, the largest lake in South America.
Pitch Lake, Trinidad
Pitch Lake, the biggest nature-made deposit of asphalt in the world, is located in La Brea, Trinidad. It attracts nearly 20,000 visitors a year,
Five-Flower Lake, China
Five-Flower Lake is the most awe-inspiring of all of its bodies of water in the region. Its vast color palette is caused by calcium carbonate as well as hydrophytes, which also leave the water crystal-clear.
Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Protected within the borders of Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, Lake Nakuru boasts an abundance of blue-green algae, which attracts a myriad of pretty pink flamingos. Over 400 resident bird species, it still remains one of the greatest bird-watching spots on earth.
Kelimutu Crater Lakes, Indonesia
Atop a strato volcano in Flores it is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. Typically green, red, black or blue, colors are most apparent in the morning, as the sun shines on them from above.
Boiling Lake, Dominica
Bubbling with grayish-blue water, the Boiling Lake is located in National Park on the Caribbean island of Dominica. It is the second largest hot spring in the world.