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Plitvice Lakes on National Geographic World’s Most Beautiful Places List

Plitvice Lakes on National Geographic World’s Most Beautiful Places List

National Geographic, one of the world’s most famous and respected publications listed Plitvice Lakes National Park among “17 of the World’s Most Wild and Beautiful Places  describing it like this: “Deep in central Croatia’s dark, primordial Dinaric Alps, water and rock create the shimmering “land of the falling lakes,” as Plitvice National Park is known. A network of trails and wooden boardwalks entices more than a million visitors a year to explore waterfalls, streams, caves, and interconnected lakes.”

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of eight Croatian National Parks. It is the most popular National Park in Croatia and it is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The park is famous for its chain of lakes arranged in cascades with 16 lakes divided into two groups, upper and lower lakes divided by a long lake Kozjak. The length of connected lakes is over eight kilometers and the park covers an area of almost 300 square kilometers.

Plitvice lakes

The water exiting from the last lower lake forms the Korana river. Lakes are connected by amazing waterfalls and cascades. The biggest waterfall called “Veliki slap” is 70 m tall. During the centuries the water has flown over the natural limestone, creating these wonderful bigger and smaller lakes by the process of tufa development. The lakes are separated by the natural dams and travertine barriers and over some barriers, you can walk the wooden paths between the lakes and admire this beauty of nature.

16 other stunning places on the list:
Molokai, Hawaii
Jasper National Park, Alberta (Canada)
Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Southern Peru
Jujuy Province, Argentina
Faroe Islands, Denmark
Engadine Valley, Switzerland
Nile Valley, Egypt
Samburu District, Kenya
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Davit Gareja Caves, Georgia
Gangtey Valley, Bhutan
Bohol Island Chocolate Hills, Philippines
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
Weddell Sea, Antartica

National Geographic – 17 of the World’s Most Wild and Beautiful Places

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