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The road less traveled by: forests as you’ve never seen them before

They’re over 30 per cent of our planet’s land surface, despite all man ever managed to build. Wherever in the world you’re heading to for the next holiday, remember that any of the forests below would be a great stop, even if it meant a few hundreds of kilometers more than your planned trip. They’re totally worth it.

Amazon Rainforest

Over 80% of the food we eat comes from rainforests, and specifically about this one – only one per cent of the sunlight makes it through the canopy above. Because of the very fast rate of deforestation, over 137 rainforest species are completely exterminated every day.

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Photo Credits: pichost.me

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Heron Pond

What makes it fabulous is that it’s home to a cypress swamp. Cypress trees with a small number of ferns grow in holes within the limestone bedrock, which sets their roots deeper with time. This is one of the most gorgeous wetlands you’ll ever see. This forest is in Southern Illinois, and it’s designated a nature preserve.

Photo Credits: Thomas Gehrke

Photo Credits: Thomas Gehrke

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Photo Credits: pinterest.com

Dragon Blood Tree Forest

Yemen is where you’ll be finding this wonder. Like and umbrella or like a parasol mushroom, this is how the trees are shaped, and part of the name after which the trees are known is because their saps are blood red. Because of the climate change, the tree population is in decline.

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The Black Forest

Found in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, this is one of the most dense wooden areas.Especially during spring and autumn the multicolored landscape is breathtaking. Due to its appearance, many of the brothers Grimm’s fairy tales happen here. 

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Photo Credits: flickr.com/photos/albtal_schwarzwald/

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Sagano bamboo forest

The paths cutting through the groves are amazing for jogging, walking and biking. One of the most extraordinary things about the bamboo forest is that it stalks sway in unison whenever there’s even the lightest wind. But in Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Japan, people are used to this weird fact. 

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Photo Credits: lh3.ggpht.com

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Avenue of the Baobabs

The diameter of the trees can reach up to 11 meters and their height even goes up to 50 meters. though it is not an indigenous area of Madagascar and you can find baobab forests in many parts of Africa, this is clearly the most spectacular of them; and it’s got the most fun and dangerous places to go off-road.

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Muir Woods National Monument

Just 30 kilometers north of San Francisco, the monument harbors one of the last remaining old-growth coast redwood forests in the entire world. Some of them are the tallest of all the world’s living things and they’re definitely worth visiting if you’re heading to San Francisco.

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Stone Forest

Imagine it as the equivalent of the Great Wall in terms of natural wonders. Turns out that China’s got one of the world’s most impressive miracles, as the forest is sometimes named the first of them all. The giant limestone pillars are stretched across over 200 square kilometers. Carved by rain, wind and seismic activity, the forest in the Chinese province Yunnan has been carved during millions of years.

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    Amazing views. I just realized how many places I still need to visit.
    Just as a side note, Livia, nothing from your own country? 😉

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