We are both water babies and love to visit anywhere with water, whether it is a trip to the beach, a day by the lake or paddling in a river! Some of the most beautiful places we have discovered on our travels have been lakes and we are looking forward to exploring more on our future adventures. Here are our top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world.
1. Laguna Verde, Bolivia
Most people will see the stunning Laguna Verde when travelling across the Atacama Desert in South America. It is one of the most breathtaking lakes I have ever seen, and its stunning colour which ranges from turquoise to dark emerald is due to the high mineral content in the water. The lake is made even more stunning by the 5,868 metre high inactive volcano behind it and the flamingos who have made the lake its home.
2. Five Flower Lake, China
Five Flower Lake is a breathtaking shallow multi-coloured lake in Jiuzhaigon National Park in China. The water is so clear that you can clearly see fallen tree trunks that crisscross the bottom of the lake. The lake is stunningly coloured many different shades of turquoise.
3. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia, having also been granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. Plitvice Lakes are a series of sixteen lakes, connected by a series of waterfalls and set amongst dense woodland in Croatia. They are a must see for anyone visiting Croatia.
4. Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake is located in beautiful Banff National Park in Canada. This stunningly blue lake is glacially fed which leads to its breathtakingly blue colour.
5. Lake Baikal, Siberia
Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, running almost 400 miles through Siberia. Surrounded by rugged snowcapped mountains that are teeming with wildlife and untouched small villages, Lake Baikal is one of the most remote, untouched and beautiful lakes in the world.
6. Lake Hillier, Australia
Lake Hillier is a salt lake in Western Australia known for its pink colour. A very thin and long shore divides the lake from the Southern Ocean and the best way to see the lake is from the air. The colour of the lake is due to the presence of an organism.
7. Lake Louise, Canada
Iconic Lake Louise is symbolic of the stunning Canadian mountain scene. Lake Louise is an alpine lake with sparkling blue waters located at the base of breathtaking glacial peaks. The Lake is famous for paddling in winter and for being one of the most beautiful ice skating rinks in the world during winter.
8. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
New Zealand's picturesque Lake Tekapo is framed by the stunning Southern Alps and gets its unique, turquoise colour from the fine rock flour (ground by the glaciers) which gets suspended in the water. It is beautiful to visit by day and night, as it is part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it an ideal place to stargaze.
9. Lake Pehoe, Chile
Lake Pehoe is located in the famous Torres del Paine National Park, a haven for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The region offers visitors the chance to enjoy untouched natural beauty and rare exotic animals and unique vegetation. The crystalline waters of Lake Pehoe often reflect Cuernos de Paine, which is an incredible sight.
10. Peyto Lake, Canada
Peyto Lake is a stunning glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Canada features the most in our top 10 due to their abundance of breathtakingly beautiful lakes. The bright, turquoise colour of the lake is due to the large amounts of glacial rock flour that flow into the lake during summer. The lake is surrounding by beautiful mountains and is very popular in both summer and winter for hiking, water sports and skiing.
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