Do you know that there are more than 117 million lakes in the world? If I had enough time, I would describe all of them, but OK I will just choose the 10 most beautiful of them. If you agree with this list, perhaps you can send me a reply and tell me which one you have really visited. Ready?
1. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada is a shallow salt lake in Bolivia. The lake contains borax islands, whose white color contrasts with the reddish color of its waters, which is caused by red sediments and pigmentation of some algae. The altitude of this lake is over 4200 m, incredible!
2. Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its amazing nature and landscapes. Lake Wakatipu is located in the South Island of New Zealand and is surrounded by mountains. With a length of 80 km, it is New Zealand’s longest lake. Lake Wakatipu is a habitat for the longfin eel.
3. Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake located in the Sierra Nevada of the United States at 1,897 m of altitude. The lake was formed about two million years ago. The water is really clear and has a cobalt blue color. With a depth of more than 500 m, it is the second deepest lake in the United States after Crater Lake in Oregon (594m).
4. Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park in a spectacular valley in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 1,884 m. When it is full, it reflects a distinctive shade of azure blue. The unique color is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis by surrounding glaciers. Many people visit Moraine Lake to fish, hike, or stay at the Moraine Lake Lodge.
5. Lake Hillier, Australia
This beautiful pinky lake is located in the Goldfields-Esperance region, off the south coast of Western Australia. The color of the lake is due to its hue from pigmented microalgae. The lake is surrounded by a rim of sand and a dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees. Lake Hillier was visited by the Matthew Flinders’ expedition on 15 January 1802. Flinders’ journal entries are considered to be the first written records of the lake.
6. Pehoé Lake, Chile’s Patagonia
Pehoé Lake is a surface water body located in Torres del Paine National Park, in the Magallanes Region of southern Chile. Surrounded by mountains and clear waters, this is a must-see place if you are traveling in Chile.
7. Lake Baikal, Russia
We cannot speak about lakes around the world without speaking of the famous “Lake Baikal”. It is known as the clearest and the oldest lake in the world. Baikal’s age is estimated at 25–30 million years, making it the most ancient lake in geological history. Lake Baikal is a rift lake located in southern Siberia, Russia. During the winter the lake is frozen and creates a beautiful scenery. In 1996, UNESCO declared Lake Baikal a World Heritage Site.
8. Lake Como, Italy
Italy has beautiful lakes that will make you fall in love with this country, besides the food, of course. 😊 Lake Como is one of the most popular and beautiful lakes in Italy. This lake it is the fifth deepest lake in Europe and from there you can see a Panoramic view of the Alps and the surrounding villages.
9. Crater Lake, Orgeon
Located in south-central Oregon in the western United States, the main feature of Crater Lake National Park is its deep blue color and water clarity. It was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years. Incredible!
10. Lake Pichola, India
Lake Pichola is an artificial freshwater lake, created in the year 1362 AD. It was named after the nearby Picholi village, located in Udaipur City. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhoods.