Often, the most beautiful landscapes on the planet remain blissfully untouched by human hands. To celebrate Earth Day this year, we take a look at some of the most spectacular natural landsapes on earth. Thanks, Mother Nature.
The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona-Utah, USA
Sat on the Arizona-Utah border, this incredibly colourful wave of rock was actually sculpted by the wind. Prepare for a five-mile hike (advance permits required) through stunning desert country, and take plenty of water whatever time of year you're visiting.
Svalbard, Arctic Circle, Norway
You need to journey deep into the Arctic Circle to find this remote Norwegian archipelago. This is prime polar bear territory, with stark tundras and towering mountains free from almost all human influence.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Between savannah, waterholes and stunning salt flats, Etosha is one of Africa's most iconic landscapes. The park shelters an incredible array of wildlife, including giraffes, elephants, black rhinos and flamingoes.
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Home to one of the world's only remaining populations of mountain gorillas, this Rwandan park combines misty mountainsides, lush green bamboo forests and wide open meadows. Aside from stunning volcanic landscapes, the park probably offers the easiest way to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
The Himalayas, Nepal
Endlessly beguiling, the Himalayan mountain range offers one of the world's biggest challenges. The remote peaks and valleys are enough of a reward to justify taking on one of the world's most inhospitable landscapes.