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Hidden Gems: Natural Phenomenons

Yellowstone National Park, United StatesParque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses, Barreirinhas - State of Maranhão, BrazilKarakum Desert, Turkmenistan

This inspiration list is part of a short series of inspiration lists titled "Hidden Gems:". The Hidden Gems series will be about all sorts of attractions that maybe not everyone knows.



There are some things on the planet that look very supernatural. We at Lentii have also written a blog on this in the past, which you can read here. However, this list will touch on destinations that feel like they could be located on another planet since these places are so bizarre.

Yellowstone National Park, US

You will most probably have seen from Yellowstone National Park without even knowing what you were looking at - which is understandable since Yellowstone looks like something from another planet that definitely deserves some more attention.


Yellowstone National Park is located in the state of Wyoming, US, and even though it may be a national park, it's a bit unconventional as it has something a little different to offer; a supervolcano.



Yellowstone's most visited attractions are, of course, the various geysers and hot springs. In fact, there are more than 500 geysers in Yellowstone National Park. 


When you arrive in Yellowstone, there's a lot to do. Of course, the main attraction is the geysers, but the park actually has more to offer. Yellowstone Canyon is an attraction that is also very popular in Yellowstone National Park. Multiple trails provide excellent views of the mighty river running through the canyon.


Besides Yellowstone Canyon, the roads in Yellowstone National Park are also charming, which contributes to a super delicious trip when visiting the park.


It is recommended to visit Yellowstone either up to summer or just after summer is over. Here the weather is mild, and there are not nearly as many people as there are in the summer, which means that the experience will be a lot more peaceful.

Lencois Maranhenses National Park

In the northeastern part of Brazil, in the state of "Maranhão", a true Hidden Gem is located, named “Lencois Maranhenses National Park”. Imagine a desert full of sand dunes, albeit with several thousand lakes.


But although it is so similar to a desert, it is not actually a desert at all, as it is located in a region that has a rainy season. Hence why all these lakes occur, since the lakes are made entirely of rainwater. For this reason, it is recommended that you visit Lencois Maranhenses National Park after the rainy season is over, as the lakes will be larger, which contributes a lot to your experience in the National Park.


If we look at some practical stuff you need to have in mind before visiting Lencois Maranhenses, you will need a 4WD vehicle since you will be driving in the sand, making it impossible for 2WD vehicles to enter. 

Also, it's no secret that the Lencois Maranhenses is very remote, which means you won't have the possibility of using a restroom, so you better be prepared to get creative!


It is recommended that you spend either between half a day or a full day exploring Lencois Maranhenses National Park, as you don't profit that much from being there only for a few hours. 


You might have the idea that it all looks the same, but it doesn't actually. The many dunes and lakes are shaped differently, giving you the feeling that you see something new.

Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

This one is a little different since we don't expect many people to even visit Turkmenistan in the first place - although we still believe that it's worth mentioning since the Karakum Desert is quite unique.


In the desert, you'll find the "Darvaza Gas Crater," also known as the door to hell. And it's no surprise why it has gotten that name since it's a burning hole. Yes, it is literally a 70 wide, 30 deep, burning hole in the ground.


We don't want to get too historical, but basically, some scientists started drilling in the hopes of finding oil in the desert but little did they know, just below them, there was a gigantic cavern of methane gas.


Photo by: sunriseOdessey


It ended up collapsing when they were drilling, turning it into an enormous hole, leaking deadly methane gas. Of course, they had to do something about that, so they decided to set it on fire, which then caused it to burn. 


The scientists expected it to burn for a maximum of a few months, but here we are, 50 years later, and it's still burning.





The Darvaza Crater is relatively remote, so it does take some time to get there, but it is pretty easy as long as you have a vehicle. Since it is remote, remember to bring lots of food and water for your trip.