This 30-mile-wide series of concentric rings in the town of Ouadane calls to mind crop circles.
But it wasn’t etched by aliens or fashioned by pranksters with too much time on their hands.
The upwelling of sedimentary rock has naturally eroded to create what appears to be a rippled pond frozen in the moment after a pebble has disturbed its surface.
Stay Safe: Bad roads and banditry mean overland travel in Mauritania is neither easy nor advisable.
Welcome to Blood Falls—one of the world’s strangest places.
They’re an enigma.” But Mother Nature isn’t the sole creator of these oddities.
See It: Check out fighters galore and mighty B-52 bombers on an hour-long tour of the Boneyard, organized through the Pima Air & Space Museum.
Reserve your spot as early as possible—it sells out weeks in advance.
Traveler’s Tip: Don’t bother brushing up on your Arabic.
The local Socotri language, spoken by the 40,000 inhabitants, is unique in this world—just like the environment.
James broke ground in 1949 and kept adding to his architectural marvel with staircases to nowhere, off-kilter turrets, and open-sided atriums until his death in 1984. A mock-Gothic castle bustling with hundreds of birds, 40 dogs, and—not altogether shockingly—a pet boa constrictor.