51 mesmerising photos of the most colourful places on Earth

emperorcosar/ShutterstockThe colourful Rainbow Mountain is located in Peru’s Cusco region.
  • There are many vibrant locations to see all around the world.
  • Many multicolored sites are found in nature, such as Rainbow Mountain in Peru and the Grand Prismatic Spring in Wyoming.
  • Other places, such as Cinque Terre, Italy, and the Rainbow Village in Taiwan, are comprised of colourful buildings.
  • There are also a few locations that stand out because they are mostly one bold colour like the blue town of Chefchaouen,Morocco, and the red Rio Tinto river in Spain.

Around the world, there are numerous cities, buildings, and sites that are covered in vibrant hues.

Cinque Terre, Italy, for example, is home to clusters of pastel-coloured buildings that will catch the eye of any traveller. Other colourful places, like the Grand Prismatic Spring in Wyoming, can be found in nature.

From Hokkaido, Japan, to Chefchaouen, Morocco, here are 51 photos of the most colourful places on Earth.

The island of Hokkaido, Japan, is full of colourful flower fields almost all year round.

Thanya Jones/ShutterstockSee everything from sunflowers to Japanese anemones at the Shikisai no Oka field.

Travellers are generally advised to visit Hokkaido after the winter season concludes, as the changing seasons result in different flower crops.

Lavender, for example, is generally grown in the summer, while tulips bloom in spring, and cosmos sprout in autumn.

Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, for example, has bright-fuchsia fields.

yuji11/TripAdvisorThis park in Hokkaido looks like it’s covered with pink paint from afar.

Visitors can stroll through the park’s walking paths to get a closer look at the gardens full of moss phloxes, a type of plant with bright flowers.

Soft-serve ice cream and other food are available at the park, which is located on the eastern end of Hokkaido in the Abashiri district.

And Farm Tomita is home to 13 different flower gardens.

Kyodo News/Getty ImagesVisitors view the farm’s Irodori Field in July 2016.

The farm is located in Nakafurano, Hokkaido, and displays marigolds, lavender, poppies, and Japanese roses, among other flowers.

People who visit Farm Tomita can also go shopping, participate in a perfume workshop, and eat snacks, such as lavender ice cream.

The colourful Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, can be found in the Peruvian Andes.

emperorcosar/ShutterstockVinicunca is known for its colourful stripes.

Vinicunca, also known as Montaña de Siete Colores(Mountain of Seven Colours), is covered in pink, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, and grey stripes.

The mountain’s unique coloration can be attributed to a combination of naturally occurring processes including weathering, tectonic uplift, and crustal shortening, according to geologist and Forbes contributor Trevor Nace, PhD.

The Ausangate trek to Rainbow Mountain can be difficult, but the views are worth it.

Diego Vargas Nasser/ShutterstockHikers may come across herds of llamas.

To see Rainbow Mountain, you’ll need to embark on the Ausangate trek, which typically takes about six days or more to complete.

The strenuous trail is fairly demanding and has several high passes over 16,000 feet. But hikers get the chance to see glaciers, turquoise lakes, and even herds of llamas along the way.

The five villages in Cinque Terre, Italy, are full of multicolored buildings.

Anna Om/ShutterstockThe town of Manarola offers some of the best views of the Italian Riviera.

A popular tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre is a cluster of five small villages along the coast of the Italian Riviera.

You can travel between each village by boat, train, or on foot.

iryna1/ShutterstockIn Vernazza, colourful houses surround the village’s small marina.

Visitors often hike the footpaths that connect each of the villages in Cinque Terre, which was designated a national park in 1999.

Recently, local authorities announced that they will now fine tourists up to €2,500($US2,824 in US dollars) for wearing flip-flops, pumps, or other sandals to walk the area’s many rugged trails.

According to The Telegraph, mountain-rescue units were “fed up” with rescuing tourists who got trapped while hiking because of their footwear.

For a quiet getaway, consider staying in the village of Corniglia.

DiegoMariottini/ShutterstockCorniglia sits on a cliff about 328 feet above sea level.

The only village in Cinque Terre that’s not directly adjacent to the Ligurian Sea, Corniglia is small and picturesque, ideal for travellers who prefer to stay away from crowds.

The Grand Prismatic Spring is one of the most colourful sights to see at Yellowstone National Park.

Lane V. Erickson/ShutterstockThe hot spring is the largest in the country.

This vibrant hot spring is the largest one in the US and the third-largest in the world. It’s located in the Midway Geyser Basin in Teton County, Wyoming.

The spring’s colours are caused by heat-loving bacteria that live in the water.

Mia2you/ShutterstockLight reflections sometimes give the water pink and purple hues.

According to Live Science, each colourful ring is home to a different type of thermophile, microorganisms that thrive in high temperatures.

The various thermophiles, which have adapted to the unique temperature and pH levels of their environment, are affected in different ways by exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, producing the spring’s rainbow coloration.

The enormous spring measures 370 feet in diameter.

Lorcel/ShutterstockThe Grand Prismatic Spring lives up to its name.

According to the Yellowstone National Park website, the Grand Prismatic Spring is deeper than a 10-story building and longer than a football field.

Whimsical illustrations are spread throughout the Rainbow Village in Taichung, Taiwan.

asiastock/ShutterstockThe buildings in Rainbow Village are painted vibrant shades of red, blue, and yellow.

The walls of many buildings in this small village are covered in paintings of animals, people, and flowers, among other cartoons.

Read more: 13 of the most vibrant and colourful cities in the world

The entire village was painted by a single person: a man named Huang Yung-Fu.

asiastock/ShutterstockEven the floors of Rainbow Village are brightly painted.

Huang, a former soldier, is the only remaining resident of Rainbow Village, which was once home to the families of military personnel.

According to an NDTV report from 2015, Huang, then 93, began painting the colourful murals in the early 2010s to stave off developers’ attempts to demolish the village.

Huang’s murals have turned Rainbow Village into a popular tourist destination.

Phuong D. Nguyen/ShutterstockToys and teddy bears are commonly found throughout the village.

According to NDTV, local authorities agreed to preserve the village after a group of university students campaigned to preserve Huang’s artwork in 2011.

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, brighten up the sky above Norway. Here’s the view from Tromsø.

MarcinWojc/ShutterstockTromsø, Norway, is a popular viewing point for the aurora borealis.

The Northern Lights are produced when gusts of charged particles released from the sun collide with gaseous particles in Earth’s magnetic field, causing atoms in the atmosphere to glow. The colour of the aurora varies depending on the type of gas particles that collide.

You can also view the lights from Alaska, Iceland, and Canada, among other places.

muratart/ShutterstockA photo of the Northern Lights above Tromsø, Norway.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, consider booking a stay at a resort with accommodations designed for viewing the aurora borealis.

The Caño Cristales river in central Colombia is commonly known as the “Liquid Rainbow” or “River of Five Colours.”

Kike Calvo/Getty ImagesThe ‘Liquid Rainbow’ river is more than 62 miles long.

The vibrant river is more than 62 miles long and located within the Serranía de la Macarena mountain range in the Meta Department of Colombia. It’s also surrounded by three large and unique ecosystems: the Andes, the Amazon rainforests, and the plains of the Eastern Llanos.

The river gets its vivid colours from Macarenia clavigera, a species of aquatic plant.

Kike Calvo/Getty ImagesA traveller lifts a Macarenia clavigera plant from the river in July 2017.

While the river is colourful all year long, its brightest shades appear during the dry seasons between July and November. During those months, the Macarenia clavigera plants grow and stick to the river’s rocks.

While the plants often appear in burgundy shades, they also display blue, green, yellow, black, and orange hues.

Kike Calvo/Getty ImagesThe river looks the most colourful on sunny days, when bright light reflects off the surface.

While visitors can swim in some parts of the river, it’s important that they do not wear sunscreen, as it can damage the local ecosystem and destroy the river’s colours.

The Red Beach in Panjin, China, stretches on for miles.

riverwill_kay/ShutterstockThe Red Beach is located in the Liaoning province of China.

Despite its name, the Red Beach isn’t made up of ocean water and smooth sand. It’s actually a wetland covered in reeds.

The wetland is covered in seepweed, a plant that turns crimson when it matures every fall.

Paul J Martin/ShutterstockWhen the plants sprout in the spring, their leaves are bright green.

The aquatic plant, which grows between the months of April and May, thrives in the area’s saline soil conditions.

The Red Beach is home to diverse wildlife.

Guo Yu/ShutterstockThe area is state-protected and has designated spots for visiting tourists.

More than 400 species are said to live within the wetland, and another 250 species of bird migrate to the spot annually.

Bright shades of blue stream through the Mendenhall Ice Caves in Juneau, Alaska.

Zhukova Valentyna/ShutterstockThe ice caves inside Mendenhall Glacier are federally protected.

The caves are located inside the 12-mile-long Mendenhall Glacier and are accessible to solo tourists who venture into the area.

Visiting the ice caves is no easy feat.

Alfredo Ruiz Huerga/ShutterstockA stream of water outside the glacier often indicates an opening to an ice cave.

The city of Juneau is not directly accessible by roads, so tourists who visit the area must arrive by air or sea.

Once in the city, travellers must spend approximately four hours hiking to the glacier, or kayaking to the location, which can be much quicker.

The Mendenhall Ice Caves are melting rapidly.

Dawn M. Stepp/ShutterstockThe glacier has receded at a fast rate since 1958.

Since 1958, the Mendenhall Glacier has receded nearly two miles – a much faster rate compared to the 0.5 miles it had previously receded since 1500.

Visitors are now advised to explore the area with tour guides, who are trained to figure out when a section of the cave is melting and about to cave in.

Bright-yellow canola fields are spread throughout New South Wales, Australia.

trappy76/ShutterstockCrops are mostly grown in the central and southern regions of New South Wales.

The oil-seed crops produce canola seeds, which are harvested before they are used to make canola oil, according to ABC Australia.

Some fields are so large that roads pass straight through them.

Greg Brave/ShutterstockThe fields look even brighter compared to nearby green crops.

According to ABC Australia, the high quality of canola grown in Australia makes it a valuable export for farmers in the country.

However, local farmers have urged tourists not to walk through their fields.

Lisa Maree Williams/Getty ImagesThe fields are private property.

Visitors who trespass on farmers’ private fields may unintentionally trample plants or spread diseases and pests, according to a 2018 report from ABC Australia.

In Kunming, China, red soil creates a spectacular sight, especially when viewed from above.

Tanes Ngamsom/ShutterstockThis stretch of red land is 30 miles long.

The vibrant spot is known as Dongchuan Red Land, though it’s sometimes referred to by locals as “God’s palette.”

The striking colour of Dongchuan Red Land is likely the result of high temperatures and frequent rainfall in the area.

Raywoo/ShutterstockAccording to China Discovery, the best time to visit is between May and June.

Weather conditions in Kunming have likely caused iron in the soil to oxidize, according to China Discovery, a Chinese travel agency. As a result, the land is now covered in a rust shade that attracts tons of visitors.

The striking site is an ideal destination for photographers.

ZHANGXIAOLI/ShutterstockPhotographers can get memorable shots at Dongchuan Red Land.

Dongchuan Red Land is located at an altitude between 1,800 and 2,600 meters (or 5,905 and 8,530 feet, approximately) in China’s Yunnan province.

The city of Chefchaouen, Morocco, is awash in blue.

Tanna Ho/ShutterstockMost of the city is painted in various shades of blue.

The city was founded in 1471 but wasn’t painted blue until 1492. At the time, a large number of Jewish people who were fleeing the Spanish Inquisition ended up in Chefchaouen.

They brought with them a tradition of painting houses blue, which is said to be reminiscent of the sky and God.

Read more: Step inside the Moroccan city that’s painted entirely blue

The city looks just as blue up close as it does from far away.

Robb Dixon/ShutterstockThis staircase is a particularly popular tourist spot in Chefchaouen.

Local residents have a few other theories about why so many buildings in Chefchaouen are painted blue. While some have said that the blue city was created to mimic the sea, other residents believe that the colour keeps mosquitoes away.

Even the animals in Chefchaouen blend in with the city’s bright colours.

Nancy Daniels/ShutterstockA peacock sits on a street in Chefchaouen.

Peacocks are known to wander around the city’s streets, and their multicolored feathers perfectly match the aesthetic of Chefchaouen.

The Rio Tinto river is found in the Huelva province of Spain.

Geography Photos/Getty ImagesThe river is located inside the town of Minas de Ríotinto.

The location is known for its rust-like shades of red and orange. The hues can be attributed to over 5,000 years of mining activity in the river, as well as dissolving iron.

Visitors can also see shades of blue and purple in the river.

Andia/Getty ImagesBecause the water has high acidity levels, Rio Tinto is not a tourist attraction.

The river’s water is not only highly acidic, with a pH level between 1.7 and 2.5, but it’s also rich in heavy metals.

Each year, fields of bluebonnet flowers take over Texas.

DCA Photography/ShutterstockLocal residents can drive through fields of bluebonnets in the spring.

The flowers bloom between the weeks of March and mid-April and are typically found alongside roads.

As pretty as the flowers look, you might want to avoid picking them from the ground.

Barcroft Media/Getty ImagesEven when facing Texas’s harshest weather, bluebonnet fields stand out.

According to The Dallas Morning News, locals believe that picking the flowers will result in bad karma, even though it’s legal to do so.

The Zhangye National Geopark in China is made up of uniquely striped mountains.

KimRs/ShutterstockThe multicolored mountains are striped with shades of red, yellow, green, and blue.

The rock formations are also known as the “Rainbow Mountains of China.”

Visitors can view the mountains from four different platforms in the park.

Xinhua News Agency/Getty ImagesTons of people visit the mountains each year.

But climbing up to the platforms will take some work. While the park’s first platform is easily accessible, reaching the second one takes at least 30 minutes of hiking.

Lake Hillier in Australia stands out from its green and blue surroundings.

matteo_it/shutterstockThe lake measures approximately 1,968 feet long.

The body of water is located right next to the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists don’t fully understand why Lake Hillier is so brightly pigmented.

Phassa K/ShutterstockIt’s more difficult to see the lake’s pink hue from up close.

According to one theory, the lake’s colour can be attributed to the presence of an algae species called Dunaliella salina and pink bacteria called halobacteria, which thrive in the water’s high salinity.

However, according to Atlas Obscura, Lake Hillier remains pink year-round, unlike other pink lakes that change colour as local temperatures fluctuate.

“Glowworms” are responsible for the bright-blue hues that stream through the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand.

criskorah/ShutterstockThe bugs are the larvae of gnats, but local residents call them ‘glowworms.’

Unique to New Zealand, these bugs are a distinctive breed called Arachnocampa luminosa. Technically, these creatures aren’t worms at all but rather the larvae of small gnats that feed on fungi.

Visitors can see the bugs while taking a boat ride through the caves.

Fotos593/ShutterstockThe bugs’ iridescent glow illuminates the dark caves.

Tourists can expect boat tours to be a serene and quiet experience, according to Waitomo’s website.

You’re sure to see shades of orange and red at The Wave in Arizona.

Filip Fuxa/ShutterstockThe colours in this rock formation are striking.

This famous rock formation is located in the Coyote Buttes North area in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.

Currently, only 20 people are allowed to visit the Wave per day.

Johnny Adolphson/ShutterstockDuring sunset, shades of blue enhance the rock formation’s bright orange colours.

According to Antelope Canyon’s website, the rocks within the area are “ecologically sensitive and vulnerable to irreparable damage if access to them is not strictly controlled.”

Prospective visitors need to enter a lottery system to get a permit several months in advance.

China’s Huanglong Valley is filled with terraced hot springs.

Tawatchaiwanasri/ShutterstockThese colour-changing hot springs are located within China’s Huanglong Valley.

The pools are created naturally by mineral deposits, according to Travel + Leisure, and are known to change colour every season. They’re sometimes nicknamed “Fairy Land on Earth.”

In the areas surrounding the hot springs, animals such as pandas and monkeys are said to roam.

THONGCHAI.S/ShutterstockThe hot springs can be found in a variety of colours, such as blue and green.

According to Travel + Leisure, it costs between $US9 and $US25 to visit the hot springs, which cover over 2.2 miles of land.

The illusion of an “underwater waterfall” can be found along the shoreline of Mauritius.

Myroslava Bozhko/ShutterstockAerial photos of the optical illusion are remarkably colourful.

What appears to be a flowing river underneath the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean is actually just sand getting pushed off an underwater shelf called the Mascarene Plateau.

Located in Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft National Park, Deadvlei is a claypan full of long-dead camel thorn trees.

Anna Morgan/ShutterstockPhotos of the claypan look like colourful surrealist paintings.

The trees have not decayed fully due to the region’s dry climate.

The colourful city of Salvador is full of Brazilian history.

hbpro/ShutterstockPastel-coloured buildings line the streets of Salvador, the capital of Bahia state.

According to TripAdvisor, the historical city is often called “The Capital of Joy,” a reference to the weeklong Carnival celebrations that take place there each year.

Salvador’s streets are also lined with colourful buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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