It’s spring break for most of the country, and thousands, if not millions, of people are traveling the world in search of fun, sun and relaxation. Traditionally, spring breakers flock to a bevy of common vacation getaways like Cancun, Punta Cana and Daytona Beach. Unfortunately, those places, while beautiful, become incredibly packed with teenagers and families which can make the experience a bit less enjoyable. So, in order to enjoy your spring break to its fullest, here is a small collection of little known destinations that are sure to provide an unforgettable time.
When it comes to hidden destinations, it doesn’t get any better than this. Surrounded by the sand dunes of Southern Peru, Huacachina is a fantastic lagoon that has gained a bit of notoriety recently, but is far less frequented than the aforementioned destinations. The lagoon is shaded by palm trees, and laden with eateries and shops that can provide days worth of content. However, the lagoon’s biggest tourist draw is its areneros, or dune buggy rides, which tourists can drive up and down the several hundred-foot high sand dunes. Tourists can also sandboard, which is essentially sledding on the sand. Huacachina also features an archaeology museum and a boat tour of a nearby marine wildlife reserve. Whether you’d like to lounge near the lagoon or quench your adrenaline junkie thirst, Huacachina has something for everybody.
Located in Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines, these gorgeous waterfalls’ name literally translates to, “hidden,” due to its location behind a ravine. The beautiful falls, which raise about 200 feet high, pour into a clear and cold basin-like pool of water. Visitors can swim in the cold water, but must take caution; the falls can prove dangerous, and the caretakers are not liable should an accident arise. However, you can float on the water and enjoy the falls from a safer distance by utilizing one of the available bamboo rafts. In order to get to the falls, travelers must descend a 500 stair spiraling staircase. Tinago Falls offers one of the most unique, and potentially dangerous, methods of reaching its coveted view, but it is well worth the walk.
Marble Caves of Chile
Also known as “Cuevas de Marmol,” these breathtaking marble caves took almost 6,000 years to form. The caves are only accessible by boat traveling on the deep blue waters of the Lake General Carrera of Patagonia. Once inside of the cave network, visitors are greeted by a stunning array of multicolored swirling patterns. The cave’s marble patterns change colors depending on the season and water level. Though the journey to reach the caves is long, tours last only half an hour, and it isn’t the most conventional of spring break vacations, the brilliant display offered by the caves is an opportunity that is difficult to pass up.